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Bears fans are scratching their heads at how a team so talented could be so inconsistent and awful.  And now fans aren’t the only ones scratching their heads, seek as many Bears players are asking themselves the same questions.  Half way through the season, cialis Chicago’s own are struggling to find any sort of rhythm and consistency out on the field.

To quickly recap this past Sunday’s game vs. the New England, no rx Patriot QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady, Source: espn.go.com

Tom Brady, Source: espn.go.com

played one of the best games of his life as NE quickly destroyed the Chicago Bears, 51-23.  All five of Brady’s touchdowns occurred in the first half of the game, while Chicago only had one in the first half.

While the Bears have a 3-5 record overall (third in the NFC North), their only victories on the road… and not against QBs named Tom Brady.  To quote Brandon Marshall, “This is simply unacceptable”.

Who’s to blame?

If I could assign a grade to the Bears performance for the first half of the regular season, I would give them a D+ or C-. Lack of leadership (Jay Cutler), locker room blow-ups (Brandon Marshall), and negative comments regarding fans (Kyle Long) make these last couple weeks brutal at best.

Let’s break down a couple key players performance so far this year:

Jay Cutler Jay Cutler – C

I’m probably being too nice, Jay. I still wear my “Jay Cutty is my Buddy” t- shirt, but I can’t say the friendship is there anymore – we’re more like frenemies.  The Bears front office has been grooming you for this leadership role and you’re failing miserably. Heck, even your bromance buddy, Brandon Marshall is calling you out. 293 attempted passes with only 197 completions? 8 interceptions and 9 fumbles? UNACCEPTABLE!

Brandon Marshall – B-

Marsh has 34 receptions for 384 yards with 5 touchdowns and 1 fumble so far this season.  Not bad.  However, he had 100 catches for 1,295 yards with 12 touchdowns and 0 fumbles in 2013.  Granted, I’m comparing a full 2013 season to a partial 2014 season but it looks like Jay should connect more with Marsh to give us both the yards and TDs that we so desperately need.  Marshall’s leadership is also what makes him a key player for Chicago. I love that he’s the first to admit that the Bears sub-par performance is ridiculous.

Alshon Jeffrey – B+

Jeffrey has 38 receptions for 563 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his 2013 season with the Bears he had 89 receptions for 1421 yards.  Cutler has 2 of the best WR in the league – how can he not take advantage of this opportunity?

Matt Forte – A

Forte is our silent force on the field. He has over 562 rushing yards this season and 3 touchdowns, compared to the 1,339 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns in 2013. He’s consistent, reliable and one of the top 10 leading rushers in the NFL to date. (He currently sits at #5.)Matt Forte Running

Isn’t it weird that our offense is pretty solid? Where’s the problem? Defense. The Bears defense sits at 3rd for most allowed the most points in the league at 222. (Side note: please don’t get me started on Lamarr Houston’s sack and torn ACL.)

Hopefully Coach Trestman can find a way to rally the troops during this bye week. I hate saying this, but maybe we need to take a page out of Dallas’ playbook.  The Cowboys know they have a weak defense (sound familiar Bears fans?) so they try to run the clock on offense – giving the D little time as possible on the field.

Bottom Line

We need more than positive thinking to get us through the second half of the season. Otherwise, Bears fans will continue to spend hundreds of dollars to sit at Soldier Field and boo what could be a spectacular but what has sadly become a sub-par team. Next up? Bears take on our arch-nemesis, the Green Bay Packers 11/9 at Lambeau Field. Unfortunately, with Jay’s lack of wins against GB, I am already going to say that I don’t foresee a Bear victory.

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Pat O’Donnell

After yesterday’s gut-checking Bears loss to the enemy up North, discount it’s pretty clear that this team definitely still has their work cut out for them this season. But despite getting run over by the Packers (what’s new?), illness there are plenty of players to be excited about – and keep on your radar for multiple reasons – especially a few of the members of special teams. These guys don’t get the attention of their play-making teammates, ask but still deserve your attention none-the-less. Continuing our trend of new eye candy is Pat O’Donnell, our HAM of the Week.

We first profiled O’Donnell with the rest of the 2014 draftees, but he deserves a post of his own. Here’s why:

He’s the go-to punter and has started in four games–and did we mention he’s also VERY easy on the eyes AND looks great in a tight white shirt?

Supporting fellow teammate @DjWilliam55 new clothing line! Order @ http://t.co/AKjkIyrRLc#BeAMonster#DymeLyfepic.twitter.com/aUEYFzMUT5

— Pat O’Donnell (@patod_16) September 26, 2014

The 23-year-old has made 14 punts and posted an average of 43.6 yards per punt since his NFL debut.

O’Donnell was selected as the 15th pick in the sixth round of this year’s draft, and the only punter to be selected, so you know he’s pretty special. A Florida native with golden skin, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and just the right amount of scruff, this 6’4″, 220-lbs hottie’s got everything it takes to be a truly great football star.

Playing for the Bears also reunites O’Donnell with former high school teammate (and former HAM of the Week) Jon Bostic. O’Donnell lettered three times in both track and field and football, and averaged 45.1 yards on punts and made seven field goals as a senior.

Pat O'Donnell, http://www.zimbio.com

Pat O’Donnell, http://www.zimbio.com

At the collegiate level, O’Donnell punted 181 times for 7,670 yards for three seasons at Cincinnati. By his junior year, he was selected to the first-team All Big East and posted a career-long punt at 76 yards, along with a career-high 43.8 average yards per punt.

O’Donnell transferred to the University of Miami as a fifth-year senior, where he set the school’s single-season record for yards-per-punt average at 47.1 yards. He finished the season with 53 punts for 2,498 yards.

At the 2014 NFL Draft Combine, O’Donnell posted a higher bench press rate than number one draft pick (and current Houston Texan) Jadeveon Clowney. He also posted a 4.64 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times by a punter since 2006, according to the Miami Herald. A guy with super strength and super speed? Sounds like a real-life Superman to us.

Even at training camp, O’Donnell casually earned the nickname “Mega-Punt“, easily emerging as a fan favorite. And how could we not agree? He’s Mega-GORGEOUS.

In an exhibition with One on One Kicking, O’Donnell shows off his superhero skills that bear his nickname:

We’ve got high expectations for O’Donnell, so be sure to keep him on your radar this season.

Follow Pat O’Donnell on Twitter at @patod_16.

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Chicago Bears Football 101 Ladies Night

Chicago Bears Football 101 Ladies Night

Female fans and friends…we’re just a few weeks away from the Chicago Bears annual Meijer Football 101 Ladies Night, sovaldi sale hosted at Solider Field. Always a fun event, Ladies Night is created with the female fan in mind, but don’t be misled, this event is not a ‘101’ event for beginners, but a night for female fans of all knowledge levels, looking for a behind the scenes Bears event with their fellow female fans.
If you missed my review from last year’s event, you can check it out here. This year, Ladies Night – Meijer Football 101 will be hosted on October 6th, 2014 at Soldier Field in The United Club. This event is for women, (although there are always a few token men present), providing gals a great opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the Bears brand, and meet some of the newest members of the Chicago Bears. The rookie Bears are always present at Football 101 and last year we had a surprise guest (former back-up QB Josh McCown).
Modelling Marshall's gear at Ladies Night Meijer Football 101 in 2013

Modelling Marshall’s gear at Ladies Night Meijer Football 101 in 2013

Other highlights of Football 101 include:
  • Bears player locker room tours (AMAZING)
  • Player autograph sessions including the Bears 2014 rookie class
  • Hands on equipment demonstrations
  • Live Q&A with Chicago Bears radio personalities Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman, and players
  • Charity auction hosted by Bears Care
  • Bears Pro Shop discount on select ladies’ apparel and more!
Tickets are reasonably priced at $45 for general admission and go up to $100 for those looking for the “MVP” front row access. Admission includes a boxed dinner and swag bag. A cash bar is open for beverages. Attendees can roam the halls of Soldier Field and visit vendor booths for free samples and product demonstrations.
To purchase tickets, click here.
To join the conversation and share in your excitement about Ladies Night, use the hashtag:  #BearsFB101.
We’ll see you there!
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Football is back, troche Divas!

After a lackluster Chicago baseball season (there’s always next year, right?) it’s finally time to turn our attention to football. While the Bears had a rocky first game (and that’s putting it mildly…) last night’s whopping 28-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers is one we’ll talk about for the rest of the 2014 season.

At the first half of the game, it seemed nearly impossible the Bears would win, much less catch up, especially with the 49ers at home. The Bears lost their home opener last week to the Buffalo Bills, which should have been an easy win, and it seemed almost everyone immediately knew this week’s game was going to be a rough one to shake off.

But then the defense woke up, something we’ve long been struggling with for a long time. And miracle of all miracles, we finally pulled through. It was the first win for the Bears in San Francisco SINCE 1985.

Kyle Fuller, http://www.themash.com

Kyle Fuller, http://www.themash.com

It all started with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller–whose performance alone crowns him our HAM of the Week. Of the four turnovers from the 49ers, Fuller caught two of them, leading to the first points of the night. And the momentum only grew from there.

We first gave you Divas a glimpse of Fuller when we first profiled the 2014 draftees. With Fuller making the waves in just his second NFL game, what else is there to know about our gorgeous HAM of the Week?

Fuller made headlines for choosing Devin Hester‘s number, but now that he’s making waves in just his second NFL game, we’re thinking maybe that’s a good thing.

The 22-year-old cornerback from Baltimore, Maryland was selected as the 14th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He’s the first defensive back drafted by the Bears in 18 years, but we already know he’s going to go far and prove he deserves to stay as a starting player on the roster.

Fuller began his career in high school as a track and field and football star, but ultimately followed through with football, starting as a true freshman at Virginia Tech. He played in 43 games, and recorded 173 tackles, 6 interceptions and 28 breakup passes for all four years (not to mention 231/2 tackles for loss), and made All-ACC second and third team in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

He’s also the third member of his family to play in the NFL, following older brother Corey (now a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions) and brother Vincent (a former safety for the Tennessee Titans). His younger brother Kendall plays for Virginia Tech.

In addition to being an impressive athlete, Fuller is also a pretty great dresser, which goes great with his megawatt smile:

And he graduated with a degree in finance, so you know he’s a smart cookie–he just so happens to be more athletically gifted than the rest of us.

We think Kyle‘s got a strong fit with the Bears D, and we can’t wait to see him grow throughout the season.

Follow Kyle Fuller on Twitter at @kbfuller17 and Instagram at @kbfuller17.

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It’s clear Marc Trestman and Phil Emery are on their way to rebuilding the Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. The freshmen class of 2014 is a diverse group of men from schools across the nation, cialis sale and each is fighting for a spot on the roster come August. Get to know the newest members of the team:

Kyle Fuller School: Virginia Tech Position: CB

One of the first picks of the draft (14th pick in the 1st round), the Baltimore, Maryland native was selected due to his versatility to play safety, something this Bears team desperately needs. And he’s the first defensive back drafted by the Bears in 18 years. He played in 43 games, 173 tackles, 6 interceptions and 28 breakup passes for all four years (not to mention 231/2 tackles for loss), and made All-ACC second and third team in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He’s also the third member of his family to play in the NFL, and a pretty great dresser to beat.

 

Follow Kyle Fuller on Twitter at @kbfuller17.

Brock Vereen School: Minnesota Position: S

The Bears’ draft record for safety hasn’t been the best, but according to the Chicago Tribune, Vereen’s discipline and versatility to play at multiple positions may be what Bears’ safeties need to succeed. The 31st pick in 4th round, the Valencia, California native and B1G alum had 200 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, and was named 1st team All-Big Ten last fall for the Golden Gophers.

And hey, if football doesn’t work out, he’s ready for a game of Jeopardy:

 

He certainly has the personality. In an interview with the Minnesota Gophers, Vereen talks about growing up in SoCal and having a brother in the NFL—find out which team he plays for:

Follow Brock Vereen on Twitter at @brockvereen21.

Pat O’Donnell School: Miami (FL) Position: PT

Pat O'Donnell http://www.chicagobears.com

Pat O’Donnell
http://www.chicagobears.com

Major hottie alert: all we have to say is “WOW”. The 15th pick in sixth round, the Florida native is the frontrunner to nab a spot as the lead punter now that the Bears recently cut Drew Butler. He’s easy on the eyes and on the field, he also bench-pressed more than Number 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney at the NFL combine in February. IM-PRESS-IVE.

And besides, Robbie Gould and O’Donnell would make the best-looking duo on special teams. O’Donnell punted 181 times for 7,670 yards for three seasons at Cincinnati. He transferred to Miami as a fifth-year senior prior to last fall, punting 53 times for 2,498 yards.

Will Sutton School: Arizona State Position: DT

Will Sutton http://www.rantsports.com

Will Sutton
http://www.rantsports.com

The Corona, California native was the 18th pick in 3rd round.  He was a member of the 2012 All-American team and earned two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He had 113 total tackles (66 solo and 47 assisted), 32 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks throughout his career. The Bears really struggled with their D-line last season, and according to an interview with Fanspeak at the 2014 Senior Bowl, as a 4-3 team, Sutton’s drafting is the perfect fit—only time will tell if it rings true!

Check back next week for our recap of the other four draftees!

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Devin Hester

Devin Hester

Ladies, nurse get a good look at the back of that jersey, viagra because the unthinkable has happened…our beloved Devin Hester is on his way out of Chicago. Despite losing a record-setting player, sildenafil I see a bright future for the Bears on special teams, as management makes some much-needed moves.

Just a couple of days ago the Bears released veteran punter, Adam Podlesh, and yesterday No. 23 posted his goodbye to Chicago on Facebook for all of his fans to see. I’ve posted the sentimental parting words for you below.

Devin Hester's Departing Words

I am going to be very (embarrassingly) honest when I say that I teared up a bit when I read the “we will have all broken it together” part. Maybe that isn’t so embarrassing though? At his best, Hester did provide us with some of the most exciting football moments Chicago fans could have ever asked for.

Let’s break down Hester’s 8-season career in the Windy City, to remind us why it’s going to be so hard to never see him in the Soldier Field end-zone again (well, not as a Bear at least).

  • The return-wizard, as many call him, has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times due to his impressive performance on special teams. Hester scored a total of 32 touchdowns for the Bears, 13 of those being punt returns (the current NFL record) and five being kick returns. But in the end, it’s more about quality than quantity with No. 23.
  • In 2010, he averaged 35.6 yards on every kick return and in 2011 he tallied a spectacular 98-yard return. What made watching him such a treat was his ability to navigate the field and make what seemed impossible to us fans, possible, and unfortunately that can’t last forever.

    From Losthatssportsblog.com

    From Losthatssportsblog.com

  • Hester was drafted by the Bears in 2006 as a cornerback and has obviously moved around a great deal since then. Although he didn’t find success in every position he was put in, his dedication to making Chicago the best team it could be, despite how it may have affected him personally, was very apparent.

There are a couple of players you should keep an eye on to take over on returns. Chris Williams is one of them. The Bears signed the receiver/return specialist, who formerly played with the New Orleans Saints, as well as in the CFL, near the end of last season.  Other candidates, who are already on Chicago’s roster, include veterans Eric Weems and Earl Bennett. 

One thing is for sure, Hester’s shoes will not be easy ones to fill and according to Chicago Tribune’s Steven Rosenbloom they may not need any filling. In an article yesterday, Rosenbloom pointed out that the league’s move a couple years back to try to counter head injuries has done more than just please Congress.

“The NFL neutered him (Hester) a couple years ago when the league moved kickoffs up five yards. That increased touchbacks. That devalued Hester. The NFL calls it safety. That’s a crock.” 

Whether that is true or not, Hester will be moving forward with his football career and it looks like he is hoping to do so with a familiar face…Lovie Smith, who is now the Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It’s possible,” Hester said on the on the NFL Network’s Total Access show. “I know Chicago wants to go a different route with me…Tampa, I look at Lovie as my No. 1 coach right now. He’s the one that took a chance on me coming out of the draft. He has all my respect. If he’s a guy that’s going to shoot at me and want me to come play with him again, my arms are open.”

It is hard to say, but I do think Emery and Trestman made the right choice releasing Hester. Seeing him break the record in Chicago would have been nice, but his productivity had dwindled and a shake-up on special teams seemed long overdue. I really do hope the return-wizard ends up somewhere he wants to be. And as a diehard Bears fan, I am extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication he displayed over the past eight seasons with the Bears.

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