Preview of Bears vs Seahawks

December 17, 2011

After the crazy week that was “Hurd”, we still have a game to play on Sunday.

Henry Melton (shin) with one sack in the last three consecutive games,is not expected to play on Sunday. Amobi Okoye, who has four sacks will make his first start in place of Melton. Devin Hester (ankle) is also listed as questionable,but is expected to play. Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee), Safety Major Wright (shoulder), and left guard Edwin Williams (calf) are all listed as probable.

On another note, runningback Marion Barber remained mum towards the media, in spite of fine threats, and Josh McCown will be moved to number 2 on the quarterback depth chart Sunday.

Here’s hoping that our beloved Bears can pull it together on Sunday,and go for the playoff berth. Hey if Tebow’s doing what he’s doing, then anything is possible!! #BEARDOWN

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Hurd Busted on drug charges

December 15, 2011

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Bears receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night outside a Chicago restaurant after he accepted a kilogram of cocaine from a confidential informant and an undercover federal agent posing as a drug supplier, according to federal charges filed Thursday in Dallas.

Hurd was charged with one count of conspiring to possess half a kilogram of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Hurd appeared in federal court in Chicago in late afternoon and will remain in custody overnight while his attorney arranges bond.

Hurd, dressed in street clothes — fashionable jeans and a gray T-shirt — stood ramrod straight in front of the judge and replied, “Yes, sir,” to various questions about whether he understood his rights.

At the Wednesday night meeting, authorities allege that Hurd negotiated to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week for distribution in the Chicago area. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges.

Hurd said at the meeting that he plays for the Bears, gets out of practice at about 5:30 p.m., and would pay them on the next day, authorities said. Bears players are paid on Thursdays.

Hurd told the undercover agent and informant that he and someone else distributed about four kilograms of cocaine each week in the Chicago area but that their supplier wasn’t able to meet their needs, according to the criminal complaint.

The Bears issued the following statement: “We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it. We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.”

Bears coach Lovie Smith said after practice Thursday that Hurd remains a member of the team.

“I am in shock over it,” Smith said. “Never saw it coming. My dealings with Sam here as most of you would probably say the same has all been good. He’s a guy that showed up every day to go to work.”

Hurd, who played at Northern Illinois, signed a three-year contract with the Bears this offseason after playing the previous five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The veteran receiver has been primarily a special teams contributor for the Bears.

Bears receiver Roy Williams, who played with Hurd for three seasons with the Cowboys, said he was “shocked” by the news.

“It’s a situation I don’t want anyone to be in, especially a close friend, a teammate that I have been playing with now for four or five years now, especially a guy from Texas with a wife and daughter,” Williams said Thursday at Halas Hall. “So, it’s tough for me just because I am not into drugs or anything like that. I know it has to be tough for him because he has his family. It’s a choice he made and there are consequences with choices that you make.”

Asked for his thoughts about Hurd, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said, “It’s sad for him. I’m not sure what’s going on, but you never want to hear about one of your teammates, something like this happening to them.

“He’s a good teammate. That’s what I know of him. He comes to work every day and works hard. Outside of here, I don’t know him very well. But he comes to work every day and practices hard and plays hard. That’s all I know of him. He’s a friendly guy.”

Hurd was inactive for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons because of a sprained ankle, and has eight receptions for 109 yards on the season.

The complaint alleged that Hurd first came to the attention of federal authorities in July when the confidential informant tipped off agents that a man — later learned to be a Hurd associate — was attempting to coordinate the purchase of about four kilograms of cocaine in the Dallas area. The associate wanted to complete the deal that day so the buyer could transport the cocaine to a northern destination that same day, authorities charged.

At the direction of authorities, the informant met with the Hurd associate. After the meeting, Dallas County police conducted a traffic stop of the Hurd associate and recovered $88,000 in cash and a marijuana plant.

Hurd, who owned the vehicle pulled over by police, later reached out to federal agents and claimed that he had placed the $88,000 into the vehicle and then turned over the vehicle to the associate — who worked at a car repair shop — for maintenance and detailing work, according to the charges.

Hurd produced a bank statement that he said showed he had withdrawn the $88,000 from his account, but authorities said the statement did not reflect that size of a withdrawal.

Hurd’s three-year contract with the Bears had a maximum value of $5.15 million ($4.15 million base total), and Hurd received a $1.35 million signing bonus. His base pay this season was $685,000. The Bears could pursue trying to recover some of the signing bonus.

The investigation is being handled by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas.

Mike Ditka saying a mouth full to Merrill Hoge

December 14, 2011

Tim Tebow rallies Broncos to late tie, past shocked Bears in OT

December 12, 2011

DENVER —  Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to another comeback victory, with Matt Prater‘s 51-yard field goal with 8:34 left in overtime giving the Denver Broncos a 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Prater’s 59-yarder with 2 seconds left in regulation tied the score.It was Denver’s sixth straight win, and half of them have come in OT since Tebow was promoted to starter.

After failing to score on their first 11 possessions, the Broncos (8-5) erased a 10-0 deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation.

Tebow hit Demaryius Thomaswith a 10-yard touchdown pass, then got the ball back with 58 seconds left and drove Denver downfield for Prater’s kick.

The Bears (7-6) won the toss in overtime and were in field goal range when Marion Barber coughed up the football at the Broncos 34 and Elvis Dumervil recovered.

Major Wright sidelined

December 10, 2011

Major Wright won't play against the Broncos Sunday. (Tribune photo/Brian Cassella)

Bears coach Lovie Smith said safety Major Wright is out for Sunday’s game at Denver with a sprained shoulder.
Wright suffered the injury in last Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.

“It’s always disappointing not to be up,” Wright said. “It is what it is. Just have to make the best of it and look at the positive part of it. It could be worse. I could be out for the rest of the season. But it’s not that.”

Craig Steltz will start at strong safety in place of Wright.

Jay Cutler (thumb surgery) and Matt Forte (sprained knee) also are out for Sunday’s game.

Bears not interested in signing another quarterback

December 7, 2011

The Bears know they need to get better play from their quarterback position. But they’re not going to send a limo into Chicago to pick up Donovan McNabb or a private jet to Mississippi for Brett Favre.

Coach Lovie Smith believes that the solution instead involves continuing to develop Caleb Hanie, rookie Nathan Enderle and recent pick-up Josh McCown while Jay Cutler recovers from thumb surgery.


Caleb Hanie looks for a receiver during Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Chiefs at Soldier Field.

“We have our quarterbacks here now,” Smith said. “We have three of them here now and another one is rehabbing who will come back hopefully this year. Those are our quarterbacks.

“We’re going to make improvements with our group like all positions. We’re not looking on the outside. We’re not having a quarterback tryout or anything like that. These are our guys and we’re all going to get better.”

Although Hanie struggled in Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Chiefs, the Bears believe that he gives them a better chance to win than a street free agent who would need several weeks to learn Mike Martz’s high-volume offense.

In his second NFL start, Hanie completed just 11 of 24 passes for 133 yards with three interceptions and a 23.8 passer rating against the Chiefs. But he had one touchdown pass nullified by a penalty and a second potential score turn into an interception after his perfect pass squirted through Roy Williams’ hands.

“Caleb’s our quarterback and he, like the rest of our team, didn’t play well yesterday,” Smith said. “But give us a little bit of time. There’s this week. Hopefully we’ll see some improvements this week for our football team.”

Rumor mill: Smith vehemently denied a report that surfaced over the weekend indicating that Martz would not return next season to coordinate the Bears offense.

“If there’s a change that will be made, I’ll be making it and I definitely haven’t discussed that with anyone,” Smith said. “I’m sure there are a lot of things out there that people make up. That has to be made up because nothing like that came from me. It should definitely stop right there.”

Super sub: Smith praised Craig Steltz for his performance in Sunday’s game. Filling in at strong safety after Major Wright exited with a sprained shoulder in the second quarter, Steltz recorded a team-leading and career-high 10 tackles while also forcing a fumble with a big hit.

“I was very pleased with what Craig came in and did,” Smith said. “But that’s how he normally plays when we ask him to come in. He’ll come in, he’ll be steady, he’ll be where he’s supposed to be always and you know what type of play you’re getting from him. We were very pleased with what he did.”

Backup plan: McCown is making progress, but he could be inactive Sunday in Denver for the third straight game since signing with the Bears Nov. 23.

“Nathan Enderle is our backup quarterback right now,” Smith said. “We’ll see how the week goes. I can’t look that far into the future. Josh is doing everything we’re asking him to do and he is making progress, but our focus is somewhere else right now.

“It’s hard to come in off the street. Josh is listed as our third quarterback, and the third quarterback is not getting a lot of reps. But what we’re asking him to do, I’ve been pleased with that. He’s been taking a lot of the ‘look’ squad reps right now. He’s a veteran, but hopefully we won’t get to our third quarterback.”

Quick Recap: Bears fall to Chiefs at Soldier Field

December 4, 2011

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On the bright side, back-up QB Caleb Hanie did have a couple good drives late in the game… Unfortunately, neither of those ended up generating any points. The Chicago Bears have dropped two in a row since Jay Cutlerbroke his thumb, losing 3-10 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also lost was RB Matt Forte, who left the game in the 1st quarter with a knee injury. Sean Jensen says that itmight only be a sprain, but further tests will be done to determine the actual severity. Safety Major Wright was also banged up later in the game, and did not return.

 

Bears RB Forte out for the game with knee injury

December 4, 2011

Matt Forte

Matt Forte was injured in the first quarter when it appeared Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson hit the Chicago Bears running back on a knee with his helmet.

Forte was taken to the locker room during the first quarter and the team has ruled him out for the remainder of the game, meaning the listless Bears’ offense is without quarterback Jay Cutler and the NFL’s leader in yards from scrimmage.

Forte has been a model of durability during his NFL career since being a second-round draft pick in 2008. He has not missed a game. Marion Barber replaced him and Kahlil Bell is active as the third running back.

Forte played through an MCL sprain during his second season in 2009. He is in the final year of his contract. The club negotiated with Forte in training camp and preseason for a long-term extension but the sides could not reach an agreement. Staying healthy is a significant risk that Forte took. The Bears are expected to place the franchise tag on Forte if a deal cannot be worked out after the season ends.

We’ll see if the team shares any information on Forte’s health after the game.

Defensive end Julius Peppers was taken to the locker room a few minutes later, but he returned.

Former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton started the second quarter for the Chiefs. He injured his throwing hand on the first play while throwing a pass on an incomplete flea-flicker play and had to leave the game. Orton is questionable to return.

 

 

Chiefs Vs. Bears: Anthony Adams Going To Miss Second Consecutive Game

December 4, 2011

The Chicago Bears will be missing a key member of their defensive interior on Sunday for the second consecutive game as Anthony Adams is reportedly not going to be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson reports that Adams and D.J. Moore will both be unavailable for the game:

Adams will be listed as questionable after he suffered a back injury in the middle of the week, which kept the defensive lineman off the practice field on Thursday and Friday. He was inactive last week in Oakland as the Bears opted to dress a fellow defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, instead of Adams.

Meantime, nickel back D.J. Moore is questionable to return to action this weekend after missing the previous two games due to a sprained ankle. If Moore is inactive for the third consecutive week, Corey Graham will once again handle the nickel duties versus Kansas City. The Bears defense hasn’t missed a beat with Graham, who has intercepted a pass in each of the last three contests while filling in for Moore.

Adams has only 12 tackles on the season so far, but he’s definitely a large force on the front line of a defense that misses his presence.

Three Keys Against the Chiefs: Defense

December 3, 2011

1) No Pot Of Gold For The Dwayne-Bowe

Horrible joke aside, Dwayne Bowe remains the key playmaker for the Chiefs‘ offense with the injuries to rising-fast-running-back Jamaal Charles and starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Bowe’s 14.9 YPC ranks highest on the team, and his 55 receptions are 12 more than the next-highest receiver (Steve Breaston) and 23 more than the next (32, Dexter McCluster). He remains a solid target despite the atrocity of quarterbacking displayed by Tyler Palko, and Charles Tillman will have his hands full.

2) Force Palko into Bad Decisions with Pressure
The line finally showed some damn signs of life, and for a quarterback who’s thrown six interceptions to zero touchdowns, pressure isn’t a welcome thing. So don’t make it easy for him. Either get in his face and force a bad throw (like he needs much forcing) or add to his four sacks taken (and 26 team sacks allowed). Who knows, Palko may not last deep into the game if he struggles.
3) Stop The Run and Force Palko or Orton to Win
The Chiefs have 341 passing attempts (and 26 sacks) on the season compared to 330 rushing attempts. In the last two games, the Chiefs has 28 passing attempts and 34 rushing attempts against Pittsburgh and 37 passing attempts to 27 rushing attempts against New England. That doesn’t seem like much of anything – in fact, it might contradict the key. However, in those games combined Tyler Palko is 42 for 65 for 64%, but for only 397 yards and six interceptions and his longest pass is 28 yards. And Orton’s only had a week of practice. Look for theBears to load the box and make whoever’s at quarterback make some play

This is Tyler Palko. Doesn't he look more like a Hawaii 5-0 extra than a quarterback?