Posted on: April 2, 2009 11:35 pm

Denver Snow Job results in Chicago Wind Fall!

Here I am just back from Denver and all I can say is the Broncos front office snow job of trying to deal, then say he is our QB and then deal Jay Cutler to the Bears is one melt down for the ages.  I expect to be hearing for several years people in Denver asking, “What just happened?”  In Chicago they are saying, “Look what the wind just blew in, OMG!”  Let me go on record right now the Bears got the best end of this deal. 

Okay, I just got back from Denver and in a short survey learned that while the populace thought both sides handled themselves poorly, 60% laid the blame on the Bronco front office.  If Denver doesn’t win in a hurry there are going to be some very unhappy campers in Denverland.  There is just no way Chris Simms or Kyle Orton can measure up to Cutler on arm ability.  Sure Jay was 17-20 as a starter but we in Nashville know how well Cutler can do on teams that don’t have the talent. This Pro Bowl QB given the talent already in Chicago will result in more than his share of playoff appearances. Mark my words, this trade may end up being the biggest news in Chicago since the great fire as early as next year.

Here is some nostalgia for you, who was the last Bear’s quarterback from Vanderbilt?  If you said, Bill Wade you would be correct.  I once had the privilege of attending a football camp sort of where we got tips from Bill on how to catch the ball.  Bill just happened to have graduated from the same Hillsboro HS as me.  Okay that’s enough of going back in time lets go Back to the Future.

This has all the same writing on the wall when former Bear coach, Mike Ditka then with the New Orleans Saints bet the ranch and traded everyone on the team for who?  That was the infamous Ricky Williams trade up that included the Washington Redskins.  Well, there is a lot riding on this trade as well.  Ditka ultimately paid the price and fired following a 3-13 season in which he had promised a Super Bowl.

Well coach Lovie Smith’s job is not on the line for this trade but you better believe there will be great expectations in the Windy City this season.  There is something else intriguing about all this.  Even when everyone in the entire SEC knew that Cutler would throw to his former Vanderbilt teammate Earl Bennett, a combination renewed as a result of the trade, teams couldn’t stop him. Will history repeat itself?  This is going to be one great season to watch in Chicago.  




Posted on: November 8, 2008 8:21 am




No one I talked to before the start of the season could see this coming.  The Titans were supposed to be at best 6-3 with losses to the Jaguars, Colts, and Houston.  They were picked last in their division by some and even a few had them, yes #1 but certainly not 8-0.  So why would Fisher be looking at re-establishing the Karma.  There is something to be said about a coach that played on a winning superbowl team which incidently happened to be the Chicago Bears (1985) and ten years ago took the Titans to the superbowl in 2000 only to lose to the Kurt Warner and the St Louis Rams and that is they live in the moment.

That is why this game is so special.  Let me see, Kurt Warner is revitalized and the Titans well, they are unbeaten, go figure.  That is what Jeff Fisher is doing.  He is capturing the Karma he remembers about his superbowl appearance as a player and generating energy to fuel the second half of the season for the league's surprising Titans.

That makes the additional emphasis on winning this week a "Bear" Necessity.  A loss here has the potential to cause the rift that up until now has been deathly quiet, "When do you let Vince play again?"  I don't want to ignore it.  Winning is exactly what keeps friction under the radar but once winning is replaced with losing then that leaves the door open for someone to bring up the inevitable. 

Nobody expects Kerry to win every game as a back-up (well anyone that knows football) but this week's game is one that could expose why Vince was the original starter.  I am speaking of mobility.  Now the Bears have not shown the defense of old this season with exception of the opener against the Colts but don't underestimate what they bring to the table this season.

The Bears were able to hold Adrian Peterson to 121 yards. Aside from that only four other backs have manged more than 20 yards.  Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are healthy and they know how to stack the middle and play the gaps. 

If the Bears are able to stop the Titans (149 yds/gm) rushing then Collins will have to go to the air and that means he will have to be willing to break out of the pocket.  Suddenly there may be a call that Vince would be better suited against the Colts.  That of course would not come out until after the game (loss) when someone asks,  "Did you ever think about playing Vince?"  When that question comes and it will come then pandora's box will be opened.

The Titans have to win here and Jeff Fisher knows it.  He also knows that his defense is not "Body by Fisher" and that concerns him.  That is why he is looking into the past and trying to find the Karma.


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