“He’s an intelligent guy, and he’s accepted his faults, and he’s working toward improving them," Emery said. "I thought about it a lot. Isn’t that what we’d want out of our children? They might stumble, but when they do, they seriously try to improve their lives. We felt if there was a place Brandon would fit, it was here.”—
“I think [Bears president] Ted Phillips said when they had the owners meeting they’re gonna wait until the season is over, Urlacher said Friday on WMVP-AM 1000, via the Sports Xchange. “See what happens, how I play. It’s kind of exciting. I’ve never been a free agent. So if I can get to free agency we’ll see what happens. I no doubt want to finish my career here. There’s no doubt about that. But you bring in free agency and all that you just never know what’s gonna happen.”—Bears LB Brian Urlacher on this being the last year of his contract.
Nate Collins had 10 tackles in 12 games with the Jaguars last season, but might be better known for getting arrested for marijuana possession in February. The Jaguars rescinded the exclusive rights free agent tender they placed on Collins a short time later, making him available to every team in the league. The Seahawks took a look, but he remained unemployed until the Bears decided to bring him on.
“To be honest, I thought about this, and I think in 2008 we finished No. 2 in offense, and everyone said we were really successful, and even we walk around sometimes saying it," he said. "But when I look at film now, I think we were terrible, and I say that humbly. We were just young and immature out there on the field, not understanding the big picture of the offense and the game itself. To see where we’re at now, where our football mind is now, it’s going to be really dangerous. I’m excited to really fall into this offense with a new mind.”—
Bears WR Brandon Marshall on how he feels like the Cutler-to-Marshall connection in Denver never hit it’s stride.
“It’s hard to show what you can do when you have a flat tire," said Paea, who has been running at full speed for five weeks. "You’re not going to function. Now I feel great. I can bend the knee all the way now, which is easier for running and change of direction and all that. Last year I couldn’t do that.”—
Bears DT Stephen Paea on how he expects to contribute heavily to the 2012 team’s success.
“Good solid work, a lot of the movement we felt that he had,” Marinelli said. “His work habits are very good, so just learn a little of what we’re doing, the tempo’s good. Good solid work.”—Bears DC Rod Marinelli on how rookie DE Shea McClellin’s coming along in OTA’s.
“When I heard about it, I was hoping it would be true. You never know how the future is going to work. You never know what’s going to happen. Absolutely he could help. Tommie will make any defensive line better, any team better. Having him, you know that you’re getting an elite defensive tackle.”—Bears LB Lance Briggs on speculation that the Bears may re-sign DT Tommie Harris.
“I was actually looking forward to it. Even in college I felt I was oversized for corner,” said Hardin, who expects to get his contract with the team ironed out soon. “With my physical size, I’m more suited for safety, so I was open to the change, and it’s been a nice change and so far it’s working out well.”—
Bears rookie safety Brandon Hardin on switching positions.
“You know, the offensive line is definitely going to be a concern and seeing where those guys are going to fit in and seeing what five we go with,” Cutler said when asked a general question about the excitement for the upcoming season. “If Gabe [Carimi] comes back, if J’Marcus [Webb] pans out. Where are we going to put Chris Williams? There are some question marks there. Until we really get that resolved and get our front five settled in, we’ve got some work to do on offense.”—Bears QB Jay Cutler on offensive line problems.
The investigation into a woman’s accusation that Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall punched her in the face outside a New York City nightclub in March is expected to end this week and it is unlikely he will be charged criminally, according to an ESPNreport Monday.
ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported that police have struggled to find evidence supporting the woman’s claims and that it’s unlikely Marshall will face any charges.
The New York City Police Department told the Tribune the matter remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. Sanford Rubenstein, the attorney for 24-year-old accuser Christen Myles said that the matter remains open in an ongoing investigation.
In a decision issued Friday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman in Chicago sided with the NFL. As a result, the case will be decided in federal court in Philadelphia, said Thomas Demetrio, the Duerson family attorney. About 2,000 other players are plaintiffs in that consolidated case.
“‘‘I did the ‘Randy Ratio’; that came back to bite me in the ass, right?’’ a playful Tice said Friday. ‘‘But Devin is going to be on the field. If he’s not on the field, then they should fire me.’’”—Bears OC Mike Tice on getting Devin Hester involved in the offense.
“There is a guy Hardin, who he really loves special teams. He was a gunner on their special teams, starting gunner and the first guy down the field on kickoff, the first guy down on punt, made a lot of tackles. He jumped out at you on special teams so we’re not going to have to do a lot as far as changing his mind-set to play special teams. He’s already there.”—Bears ST coach Dave Toub lauding rookie safety Brandon Hardin
After saying on draft weekend that he would look for help at defensive tackle via free agency, Bears general manager Phil Emery on Friday announced the signings of John McCargo and DeMario Pressley, plus defensive end Cheta Ozougwu, to one-year contracts.
The additions of the three are expected to fill the voids left by the offseason departures of Amobi Okoye and Anthony Adams. The Bears worked out McCargo, Pressley and Ozougwu Thursday at Halas Hall. McCargo is a former 2006 first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A career backup, McCargo has 52 tackles and 2½ sacks in six NFL seasons. Pressley has played for several teams since being drafted in the fifth round in 2008 by the New Orleans Saints. He saw action in seven games in 2009 for the Saints, then appeared in one game last year while in Carolina.
He’s also spent time with the Colts and Broncos. Ozougwu was taken by Houston with the final pick in the 2011 draft but failed to make either the Texans’ final roster or practice squad.
BFO Exclusive interview with Glenn the Tattooed Bears fan!
Legendary Bears fan Glenn Timmerman is renowned for his massive collection of tattoos, almost all of which are signatures of Bears players and coaches throughout the years. Glenn was nice enough to answer a few questions for Bears Fans Online.com!
BFO: Which one of the names was the hardest one to acquire?
GLENN: Well it wasn’t hard to find him, since he was at a public signing. But having to ask the meanest player in football history Dick Butkus to sign my inner thigh was about the scarest thing I’ve ever did LOL
BFO: Do you give the players free reign over where they can sign or do you usually have a place in mind? And is there a process generally behind getting from signature to the tattoo shop, a routine, etc?
GLENN: I tell the players where they can sign (I have to have that area shaved ahead of time) and if I gave them thier choice I’d have 135 tats on my head.
BFO: Which tattoo signature has the craziest story behind it?
GLENN: I would have to say going to Tank Johnson’s home while he was on house arrest. Knocked on his door, his girlfriend answered and reconized me from a story in the local paper. She said he was upstairs getting a massage, but made him stop and come down and sign me. He was still wearing the towel from the massage, LOL! What a nice guy he was.
BFO: I’ve seen your Bear Den at home from when you were on the news, it looks like you’ve got an incredible collection. What are some of the highlights of non-tats you’ve acquired over the years?
GLENN: As for my collection of Bears stuff, I’m just a normal Joe that lives paycheck to paycheck, so my collection has taken years to collect. One of the best things I’ve acquired was a chair back from Soldier field signed by Jim Mcmahon. It came in the mail one day, and to this day I have no idea who sent it!
BFO: Is there a current or former player that’s tops of your wish list for the next signature tat?
GLENN: I would love to get Doug Plank, another player that you knew when he hit you. I love my defense!
BFO: I know it’s hard to answer, but which Chicago Bears legend/non-legend inscribed on your body is your favorite or wear with the most pride?
GLENN: This is easy, Da Coach! C’mon, he signed my head! And afterwards said that he will never sign another one, LOL!
BFO: Last question, Glenn, and thanks so much for doing this: What’s a great Bears memory you have, and what’s your prediction for the 2012 Bears?
GLENN: The 1st time I met Walter Payton, he kicked me out of his club (Pacfic club) for being underage. The diffence between Mongo and Olin Kruetz is Mongo would stop hitting you when you where down while Olin would toss in a kick or 2 before leaving you be, ha! Bears go 13-3 this season and WIN the Superbowl
Fmr #Bears QB Jim Miller evaluates rookie impact in 2012
RD 1 (19th) Shea McClellin 6-3, 260 Boise State DE/OLB - Whether McClellin can prove to be an every down DE — which is what Lovie wants McClellin to be — is a big question mark. McClellin was targeted for OLB in a 3-4 scheme. What McClellin may provide the Bears is the ability to kick DE/DT Israel Idonije down to DT, putting three pass rushers (Peppers, McClellin, & Idonije) on the field in passing situations. The Bears were ranked 28th in the NFL versus the pass and 19th with only 33 sacks in ‘11. Three pass rushers should provide more pressure on opposing QBs, but this is a wait-and-see approach.
RD 2 (45th) Alshon Jeffery 6-4, 220 South Carolina WR - Jeffery could provide the biggest impact for the Bears in 2012. I imagine him backing up Brandon Marshall at the Weak side (X) position to start. Jeffery can watch how it is done from one of the best. It will be easier for the veteran to learn both X & Z (Flanker) positions than to overload Jeffery. All rookies learn at a different rate and this has been a problem area for the Bears in the past due to Martz’ system, but maybe no longer with new OC Mike Tice’s simplified approach moving forward.
The Bears’ two best offensive personnel groupings will be: “Regular” (X, Y, Z & 2 backs) which equates to Jeffery, Davis, Marshall, Klutz and Forte or Bush all on the field and the other grouping is 3 WRs (X, Y, Z, W & 1back) which would be Jeffery, Davis, Marshall, Bennett and Forte or Bush all on the field. Either grouping is a monster lineup that would be difficult to defend. It also coincides with what Tice did while coaching the Vikings.
Sorry Hester fans, Devin will have a role, but more of the package type.
RD 3 (79th) Brandon Hardin 6-3, 217 Oregon State S/CB - Missed all last year with a broken shoulder. The Bears felt comfortable with their medical due diligence and research to select Hardin. Safety has been a revolving door for the Bears and history suggests Hardin may have to contribute at some point in 2012. Any impact will more likely be on special teams or if the Bears utilize “Big Nickel,” which is three safeties on the field to combat “Heavy” personnel on offense. Hardin will start out as the third or fourth safety on the Bear’s depth chart.
RD 4 (111th) Evan Rodriguez 6-4 FB/H back Temple - Rodriguez could potentially carve out a nice role and playing time if he can pick up the offense quickly and of course will contribute on special teams.
No Guarantees/Practice Squad
RD 6 (184th) Isaiah Frey 5-11, 188 CB Nevada / RD 7 (220th) selection Greg McCoy 5-10, 180 TCU - There are no guarantees for Frey or McCoy. The additions of free agents CB Kelvin Hayden and CB Jonathan Wilhite will provide some great battles in training camp to make the team. These two better strap up their special teams hat to scrap like crazy to make the squad. Both may potentially be practice squad material.