Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 10:15 a.m. Updated: 3:47 p.m.
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is planning on wearing red, white and blue cleats and gloves to honor the 10th anniversary of 911 on Sunday. The only problem with that is the NFL's strict uniform rules prohibit players from wearing colors other than that of the team's.
Briggs tweeted on Thursday that he expects to be fined for wearing the patriotic gear in the team's season opener against the Falcons.
For the anniversary of 911 game why is it if I wear shoes and gloves that are the colors of our nations flag..I will be fined by the league, Briggs wrote. Shaking my head . . . looks like Im getting fined this week.
He doesn't seem worried about violating the rules as he tweeted it will be, "by far the best fine I will ever have to pay."
Briggs also pointed out that NFL players can wear pink shoes and gloves in conjunction with the league's breast cancer awareness campaign.
Update: The NFL announced that it will not fine players for wearing patriotic cleats and gloves during Week 1 games.
The Bears went into the 2017 offseason with a clear plan to make changes, presumably positive ones, at the quarterback position. The idea was and always is to improve the quality of players at this or any position.
With the Bears agreeing to terms with former Jet/Eagle/Bronco/Cowboy Mark Sanchez, as first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, GM Ryan Pace and the organization are addressing the quantity aspect of the position, if not necessarily the quality. And that should not be dismissed.
Sanchez fits the template of a Brian Griese, Jason Campbell and even Josh McCown, veterans with less than auspicious resumes' but with more a David Fales or Caleb Hanie had brought to previous rosters. He gives the Bears a third quarterback under contract; expect another to be added before training camp, most likely through the draft next month.
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It really does not matter that Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, could not beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver two years ago or Dak Prescott in Dallas last season (while Prescott was still an unknown backup to Tony Romo). The Bears before Thursday had just Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw under contract, and teams typically go into training camps with four passers, if for no other reason than to have arms to spread drill work around.
But Sanchez, whose career began with trips to the AFC Championship game his first two seasons in the NFL, represents the kind of backup that teams crave, irrespective of any journeyman status they might have. Sanchez is 30, whose teams have gone 37-35 in his starts, and has experienced winning, albeit less and less as his career has played out.
Not that the comparison is particularly notable, but Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley? If Sanchez somehow surprises perhaps even himself and challenges Glennon, the Bears and Glennon are the better for it.
Would the Bears consider selecting DeShone Kizer with the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft?
At what point in the draft should they consider taking a signal caller?
Does it make sense for Ryan Pace and the Bears to take at least one quarterback in every draft?
We answer those questions in the video above in the latest SportsTalk Live segment.