Bears' Davis spends free Saturday giving back

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Bears' Davis spends free Saturday giving back

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
2:54 p.m.

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com
Im not sure what everybody does with a free Saturday in an NFL season but I really like what Rashied Davis was doing with his and where thats leading for some future Saturdays.

The Bears wideout was down in the city overseeing the real startup, the first day of programming, at Saturday Place, a special undertaking by Rashied and wife Dianna through their Rashied Davis Charities. Rashied was on hand for volunteer training and also the testing of 3rd-grade students drawn from several schools primarily on the near West Side.

Saturday Place is just that, a place where children see beyond their existing circumstances, acquire the knowledge and academic skills necessary, and understand obligations. Saturday Place will provide tutoring, to 3rd-graders now and hopefully expanding to include 4th-graders next year.

The goal, Rashied said, is helping with students who are working below grade, have them move to a level at or above grade, and give them the tools they need to be successful, including the discipline to study and do the things you have to.

The British School of Chicago has given a huge gift in the form of opening its building and equipment to Saturday Place and kids were buzzing around doing their tests, reading, trying out computers and, well, being kids on a Saturday. In their Place.

The British School has been unbelievable, Rashied said. Head Master Mike Horton was gracious enough to donate the use of the facility and thats been a tremendous help.

The next step is to review the tests and make assessments of the students levels and then to get to work. Were really excited to about it, Rashied said, and the kids are, too.

Rashieds own story defines inspirational, overcoming the horrors of losing his father at age 8 to a teenager with a gun, surviving the race riots that wracked Los Angeles in 1992 and avoiding the gang culture that ruled so much of his neighborhood. How he was shaped by family, education and athletics, as well as Dianna (vice president and executive director of their Charities) is worth a read in itself.

Theres a lot more going on. Check out the website at RashiedDavisCharities.org, which also has a venue for donations as well.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Tennessee OLB Derek Barnett

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Tennessee OLB Derek Barnett

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Derek Barnett, OLB, Tennessee

6'3" | 259 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 19 TFL, 13 sacks, INT, 5 PD, 2 FF

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"Strong edge presence with NFL-caliber hand usage and play strength. Barnett is one of the most productive defensive linemen to come out of the SEC in quite some time despite lacking the length and twitch that teams usually look for off the edge. His awareness and play traits should keep him near the action and he has the talent to step into a starting base end spot right away. There could be coordinators who view him as an early down, outside backer in a 3-4 with the ability to put his hand in the ground on sub packages." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Bears Chairman George McCaskey sets 2017 demands for Ryan Pace, John Fox

Bears Chairman George McCaskey sets 2017 demands for Ryan Pace, John Fox

PHOENIX — When the 2014 season concluded, with all its drama, poor play and internal dysfunction, Bears Chairman George McCaskey passed along the unvarnished mood of Bears matriarch and owner Virginia McCaskey:
 
"She's pissed off," George McCaskey declared.
 
The 2016 season ended worse record-wise (3-13) than 2014 (5-11) but Bears ownership sees arrows pointing up, not down as they appeared after 2014, occasioning the jettisoning of the general manager and coaching staff.
 
"[Virginia] sees the progress, but like any Bears fan, she wants results," George McCaskey said, chuckling at the recollection of relaying his mother's mood. "That's the quote that won't go away."
 
"Progress" and "results" are vague terms, and sometimes relative. But Bears ownership is not setting a public fail-safe point for either general manager Ryan Pace or head coach John Fox to remain in place, although no scenario could presumably consider four wins actual "progress" from three.
 
"We want to continue to see progress, see the building blocks but there isn't any sort of particular threshold," McCaskey confirmed. "We're not on any particular timetable that somebody else is wanting to set for us. We're wanting to see continued progress toward our goal of sustained success."
 
"Sustained success" is not beyond the scope of possibility, assuming that a talent core can be established and includes a quarterback, which the personnel department under Pace believe it is on the brink of putting in place, whether around Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez or a player to be drafted or traded for later.

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GM Phil Emery adopted the buzz phrase of "multiple championships," but current leadership does sound less grandiose and more grounded. And where Emery drafts proved disastrous, the Pace administration has had clear hits, injuries notwithstanding, as recently as the 2016 class, which McCaskey mentioned in the context of Pace building the roster exactly the way ownership prefers.
 
"We have confidence in Ryan and John," McCaskey said. "We want to build through the draft. Ryan said that in his interview when he said he was interested in coming to the Bears and we like how he's stuck to that plan. We saw it last year when we had three rookies on the Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team; Cody Whitehair, Leonard Floyd and Jordan Howard.
 
"And that's what we need to keep doing; keep building through the draft. I told Ryan he should get ripped this time of year every year for not being more active in free agency and that's because we're developing our own guys and rewarding our own guys."
 
McCaskey supported the actions, or lack of same, by Pace in the pursuit of max-dollar free agents this offseason. The Bears dropped out of sweepstakes for cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Tony Jefferson, among others, when prices spiked far beyond the parameters set by the Pace staff.
 
"I've been very impressed with [Pace] as a leader, as an evaluator of talent," McCaskey said. "And one of the things I've been most impressed by with him is the discipline he's shown just as recently as this free agency period. He didn't want to overpay guys. Too often, I think, you overpay guys who don't come through for you and then you have a big hole in your salary cap and you're behind the 8-ball. So I like the discipline he has shown, the restraint he has shown in free agency."