New Coaching Options for 2010 Bears

New Coaching Options for 2010 Bears

Sunday, November 29th

I am trying folks! Like I stated in an earlier Blog "I'm a glass is half full kind a guy", but it is becoming more and moredifficult drawing positives during a Bears season spiraling out of control. Here's one, "There's always next year"! But I've got one better, there are a lot of good Offensive Coordinators, QB coaches, and even some 'A' lister head coachesavailable this off season if the Bears decide to make some changes.Clearly, the dollars investedin Jay Cutler dictatethat he is the QB of the future. The front office of the Bears now has to build around him and it may start with a new play caller. Here are some early thoughts on who may be available:The 'A' listers we know about. Mike Shannahan, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, Jon Gruden to name a few. They are only coming if they get full power and the Bears organization decides to make a change at the Head Coaching position. Otherwise, forget it.

Offensive CoordinatorsCharlie Weis - Maybe this hits too close to home because of hisfailures at Notre Dame as the head man, but Charlie was one of the better play callers I have ever been around. He is very demanding, detailed, and expects perfection from all offensive personnel. He can be tough to handle as a QB, thus, the Bears would need to hire an excellent QB coach to be a buffer betweenCharlie and Jay. Super Bowl victories are under his belt.Chan Gailey - Former Chiefs OC, Head Coach at Georgia Tech, Head Coach of Dallas Cowboys, Steelers and Denver OC. Chan is an excellent teacher and can bring along young QB's. He coached me in Pittsburgh and I thought he made the game easy how he broke it down. Chan stresses situational play from the QB spot.He worked miracles in Kansas City last year whenhe switched to a "Pistol" offense midseason whenTyler Thigpen became their starting QB. Tyler had never started an NFL game. Look up Tyler's numbers, and how KC performed offensively when he started to play, they are impressive. Super Bowl appearances and victories are under his belt as well.Mike Martz - I thought the Bears want to get off the bus running! I do like Martz'sfast break style and his offense has won Super Bowls as well. The Bears will need to run the football just due to weather concerns late in the year and it is not a priority for Martz. He is another demanding offensive coach, but his stops other places suggest Mike does not work well with others. He's clashed with front office personnel along with his fellow coaches on all his stops.Up andComersDarrel Bevel (Minnesota OC) - That's right! Steal from your enemy the Minnesota Vikings. Darrel has done a nice job with Farve and Tavarus Jackson incorporating what they do well and what to avoid. Also, think of the impact their rookies have made up in Minnesota and how other playmakers have emerged. PercyHarvin and Sydney Rice may both make thePro Bowl. Bevel is aMidwest guy as heplayed QB at Wisconsin and hascoached for Green Bay (QB coach), and now OC Minnesota the last two years. Kyle Shannahan (Houston OC) - This guy is awesome! They have no running game to speak of down in Houston, but Matt Shaub is lighting it up. He has brought the young Shaub along intoa top 10 NFL QB (numbers are sick!)and obviously his ties to Mike Shannahan would go over "Big Time" with Jay. It would be the same offense Jay ran in Denver. Jeremy Bates (OC USC) - This dudes a grinder! He learned underJon Gruden. Jeremy was Jay's OC last year out in Denver. They have a great relationship and Jeremy also brings the offense Jay knows best. Kyle and Darrel would require a new title other than just OC because the NFL does not allow lateral moves.Most teams get around this loophole withtagging a new coach as"Consultant" or "Assistant Head Coach".Is your glass half full yet or did you just slam itto drown your 2009 sorrows?

Red Stars enter NWSL semifinals with chip on shoulder

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Dan Bartel, ISI Photos

Red Stars enter NWSL semifinals with chip on shoulder

Just over a year ago the Chicago Red Stars hosted a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal and had high expectations for a playoff run.

However, it all came crashing down quickly in a 3-0 loss at Toyota Park in which visiting FC Kansas City scored all three goals in the first 25 minutes. Kansas City went on to win the league title and the Red Stars were left to wonder what the heck just happened.

Now, the Red Stars have a chance at redemption in a return to the NWSL semifinals. The Red Stars will visit the Washington Spirit on Friday.

“I’m personally really excited to play on Friday, to be back in the semifinals the year after kind of a hard loss last season against Kansas City,” Red Stars forward Christen Press said. “I think that the girls that were here last year we kind of have a chip on our shoulder about that match and how it went down. I think that’s helped motivate us to get back.”

After finishing third in the NWSL regular season the Red Stars have to go on the road in this year’s semifinal. The Spirit and Red Stars are the only two teams to return from the 2015 playoffs and both lost 3-0 in the semifinals so the redemption factor goes both ways.

The Red Stars are well aware of what happened last year, but coach Rory Dames doesn’t expect a repeat.

“I expect the game to not be over 20 minutes in,” Dames said. “Different team, different year.”

[SHOP: Pick up a national team jersey t-shirt of Red Stars defender Julie Johnston]

This year’s Red Stars racked up plenty of individual accolades in getting back to the playoffs. Press is one of five finalists for league MVP, Julie Johnston and Arin Gilliland are Defender of the Year finalists and Alyssa Naeher is up for Goalkeeper of the Year.

A win would push the Red Stars into the club’s first NWSL final in the NWSL’s fourth season. Last year’s semifinal was the first playoff appearance for the Red Stars.

The Red Stars just beat the Spirit on Saturday 3-1 in the regular season finale at Toyota Park. Back on July 9 the Spirit won 2-0 at the Maryland SoccerPlex, host site of Friday’s semifinal.

“We played them at (their) home earlier in the season and it didn’t end the way we wanted,” said midfielder Courtney Raetzman, who graduated from Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. “But I think we showed that we can play with them and as our game just showed, we beat them and we probably didn’t even perform to our absolute best so I’m really excited going into this next game.”

Dames said playing back-to-back games against a playoff opponent “isn’t ideal” in terms of coaching but it’s also a confidence boost to have a win heading into the playoffs.

“I think it’s a good and a bad thing because we both have extra video on each other, on playing each other specifically,” midfielder Taylor Comeau said. “We have a couple things that we definitely want to clean up and we’ll rewatch the film and clean up just what we think we need to and hopefully have a better performance in the next game.”

The winner of Friday’s semifinal will play in the NWSL final in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Oct. 9.

Cubs fan gets 2016 World Series Champions tattoo for radio contest

Cubs fan gets 2016 World Series Champions tattoo for radio contest

This Cubs fan is pretty confident the curse will be broken in 2016.

A radio station in Des Moines, Iowa called 1460 KXnO held a contest for which brave soul would tattoo their body with something that has not happened ... yet.

A man named Noel got this 2016 World Series Champions inked on his leg:

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans!]

Here goes nothin'.