Chicago Bears Name Captains

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The Chicago Bears named the five players who will serve as team captains for the 2007 campaign. The captains are: Olin Kruetz , Muhsin Muhammad, Brian Urlacher, Mike Brown, and Brendon Ayanbadejo. While the first four were captains last year, Ayanbadejo will be a new captain, replacing Patrick Mannelly.

Rather than just for show at the coin tosses, this year the NFL has put more of an emphasis on the importance of captains in the league. The goal of the captains is to act as a go as a liaison between players, coaches and management.


Greg Olsen diagnosed with knee sprain

Although it is unclear if Greg Olsen will be ready for the Chicago Bears season opener against the San Diego Chargers, his injury could have been much worse. Officially diagnosed with a “knee sprain,” Olsen was held out of practice, but is able to walk without the aid of crutches. He has a simple wrap on his knee.

Hopefully the Bears have dodged a bullet on this one.  I really wish the league would consider having only two or three preseason games because it seems that every year someone is hurt in a meaningless game.


Chicago Bears Cut 19 players

The Chicago Bears finalized their roster on Saturday, cutting 19 more players. The following players did not make the team:

  • Running back Josh Allen
  • Wide receivers David Ball and Drisan James
  • Defensive ends Copeland Bryan and Chris Frome
  • Defensive tackles Tory Collins and Antonio Garay
  • Safety Tyler Everett and Andrew Shanle
  • Cornerbacks Greg Fassitt and Tim Mixon
  • Quarterback Chris Leak (Leaving the team with three QBs)
  • Tackles Mark LeVoir and Steven Viera
  • Tight ends Fontel Mines and Brett Pierce
  • Guards Anthony Oakley and Tyler Reed
  • Linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler

  • Chicago Bears Reserves Lose to Browns in Final Preseason Game

    The Chicago Bears starters hardly played enough to dirty their uniforms in the final preseason game of the year against the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback Rex Grossman only played one series and all four Bears quarterbacks saw playing time. The final result of the game, a 19-9 loss, is not really that important as the game was an opportunity for those players on the potential cut list to show their stuff. The final cuts will be made on Saturday.

    The Bears offense was pretty lackluster in the first half and did not even gain a first down until over half-way through the second quarter. There were some high notes, however, such as some great spin moves and runs by rookie running back Garrett Wolfe and a fantastic sideline catch in the end zone by wide receiver Mike Hass.

    The night was not without negatives, however. In my post yesterday, I wrote that the biggest goal of the final preseason game of the season is to prevent injury. The Bears may not have accomplished that goal, however, as promising rookie tight end Greg Olsen left the game with the a knee injury. It has been officially labeled a “knee bruise” and he remains under evaluation.

    The Bears finished the preseason 3-1 and will open the regular season in San Diego on September 9th.


    Bears final preseason game tonight against the Browns

    The Chicago Bears will play their fourth and final preseason game tonight at Soldier Field against the Cleveland Browns. The goal of any final preseason game should always be the same: no injuries! The last thing the team needs is to lose a player to injury in the last contest before the regular season begins.

    The game will be at 7:00 p.m. and will air locally on NBC5. The Bears first official game of the season is September 9th against the San Diego Chargers.


    Meet the new Chicago Bear: Garrett Wolfe


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    Garrett Wolfe is a rookie running back out of Northern Illinois University. He is only 5’7″ but is a strong 180 pounds and has tremendous speed. He has showed promise in his appearances during the preseason and hopefully he will get more chances during the regular season to prove himself.

    While at NIU, he had quite a storied career:

  • Ranks 4th all-time in Division I-A with career rushing average of 156.5 yards per game, surpassed only by Ed Marinaro, O.J. Simpson and Herschel Walker.
  • Holds the school-record in rushing with 5,164 yards in three years at Northern Illinois (2004-2006)
  • Won the MAC offensive player of the year award.
  • Below is a video showing some highlights of Wolfe against the Ohio State University Buckeyes last season.

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    Lance Briggs faces misdemeanor after Lamborghini crash

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    Lance Briggs spoke with police on Monday after his brand-new Lamborghini Murcielago was found abandoned on the side of the highway following a crash early Monday morning. The car, valued at over $350,000, was heavily damaged after hitting a pole on Interstate 94 near the Devon Avenue exit. Briggs was not injured in the crash.

    Briggs, who admitted that he was driving the vehicle, is facing a misdemeanor charge for leaving the scene of an accident. He was also given tickets for failing to notify police of the crash and improper lane usage. He posted $100 bail and will have to head to court on October 4th. The car is capable of speeds of up to 205 miles per hour.

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    Photos courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

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    Grossman, Defense strong in Bears win over 49ers

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    The Chicago Bears easily handled the San Francisco 49ers in their third preseason game on Saturday 31-28. The score does not in anyway indicate the dominance of the Chicago Bears first sting defense, whose day for the most part ended at halftime.

    The good news for Bears fans was that quarterback Rex Grossman had a strong outing, going 13 of 20 for 211 yards, including two touchdowns. He only had one hand-off miscue which did not result in a turnover, in addition to one interception. Overall, his play was very good and Coach Lovie Smith chose to sit him after halftime, rather than play him into the third quarter as previously planned.

    There was a scary moment in the first half when wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester hurt his shoulder while blocking. He blocked too low and used his head and shoulder, causing a “shoulder bruise.” Although it looked like it might be serious, the official word is that it is nothing to be concerned about. Being new to the wide receiver position, Hester is also new to blocking, so hopefully someone will teach him the proper technique so he won’t be putting himself in danger.

    The Bears play their final preseason game on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns.


    Chicago Bears third preseason game tomorrow

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    The Chicago Bears will participate in their third preseason contest tomorrow night against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. The starters are expected to play more than they have in the previous preseason games and hopefully the turnovers and miscues will be kept to a minimum.

    The home game will air locally on NBC5 at 7:00 p.m. central time.


    Rex Grossman not worried about hand-offs

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    Despite the fact that Chicago Bears fans everywhere are stressed out about Rex Grossman’s inability to handle hand-offs from his center, Rex is not worried.

    I think we got a good handle on it. It shouldn’t happen again. We’re just going to keep working on it and make sure [we take care of] first things first…I should always get it no matter what. If it’s a bad snap or not, I should always at least get it, and it wasn’t a bad snap. It’s just something that we’re going to work on and hopefully it doesn’t happen again for the rest of the season.

    It’s never one person’s fault. I pulled out a little bit early and he may have felt like he could have done something different. But I definitely could have got both snaps and that’s how I feel about it. But it’s something we’re working on, and like I said, hopefully it never happens again.

    Coach Lovie Smith said that he believes that the issue is being blown out of proportion. Although Grossman and the other quarterbacks continue to work on hand-offs for the first 15 minutes of every practice, I think that maybe they should consider making it 30 minutes a practice, just for good measure.

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