Posts tagged with: super bowl

Good news for Bears legend Perry: He’s released from the hospital

A CBS News report says that former Bear defensive tackle — and occasional touchdown-maker — William “the Refrigerator” Perry was released from a South Carolina hospital yesterday.

Perry had been hospitalized with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a chronic inflammation of the peripheral nerves.

Perry is one of those Bears that has become legendary. Although it’s questionable how much of his reputation he deserves. He was always a decent defensive tackle, especially against the run. But he could have been great if he had kept his weight under control.

That sounds funny to say now. Professional football fields today are filled with players who make Perry look svelte.

It’s hard not to look back at Perry’s career –his offensive hijinks notwithstanding — and not feel at least a twinge of regret at what might have been.

In fact, it’s a bit like looking at the 1985 Bears as a whole. This was an amazing team … for one season. Like Perry, it was a collection of marque talent that never quite lived up to its ability, save for one magical year.


Running game the key to this Bears season?

If you’ve never visited Da’ Bears Blog, make sure you do so. It’s a fun blog to read. Even better, it makes you think. (Not that we should ever think too much about football.)

Anyway, in this recent post, one of the blog’s writers says that though new quarterback Jay Cutler is receiving most of the attention, the real key to the upcoming Bears season is the running game.

The post cites some strong evidence for this belief. In the Bears’ 2006 Superbowl season, the team had only three games with under 100 yards rushing. This is a big reason it won 13 games that year.

In 2008, though, the team had a whopping 10 games where it didn’t rush for 100 yards. It finished with a lucky nine wins. (That stat is a little surprising considering the success of Matt Forte last year. He did, though, tail off significantly at the end of the season.) In 2007, when the Bears won only seven times, they had 12 games where they didn’t manage 100 yards rushing.

Lovie Smith likes to say that the Bears are a running team. But too often, they aren’t. And when they’re not, they lose.

Check out the post at Da’ Bears Blog, and be sure to read the long, long list of comments under it. You just might learn something.


Bears need a top-form Urlacher, too

Brian Urlacher is a jerk. Listen to him talk to the media and you can tell: This guy is an a-hole. He doesn’t seem like he’s going to win any father-of-the-year awards, either.

Despite this, he’s been the face of the Bears for years. Maybe this is why the team hasn’t won the Super Bowl since 1985: It’s hard to win it all when you’re most dynamic player plays on the defensive side of the ball.

Last year, Urlacher regressed significantly. In fact, he’s been regressing ever since the Bears last appearance in the Super Bowl.

For the Bears to get back to the Super Bowl, they need Urlacher to return to the player who was an annual Pro Bowl selection. They need the Urlacher who gave opponents nightmares, who nabbed sacks, interceptions and fumbles, along with all those tackles.

Even with the addition of Jay Cutler, the Bears won’t be a championship force unless their defense improves upon its largely miserable peformance of last year. And this won’t happen if Urlacher doesn’t pressure the quarterback or grab some turnovers.

And, yes, even if Urlacher does have a good year, he’ll still be a surly, ungrateful jerk. But at least he’ll be a Pro Bowl-caliber surly, ungrateful jerk.