Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 12:18 p.m.
By John Mullin
The precarious state of negotiations between NFL players and owners continued teetering through Friday but a tiny choice of words by Bears President Ted Phillips on Friday reinforced the impression that the labor situation will be resolved, later if not sooner.
The Bears are not cutting staff or salaries in anticipation of a lockout or other actions that could imperil offseason programs if not 2011 regular-season games at some point.
Our job on a team level is to continue to do everything in our power to be ready when an agreement is reached to bring another championship back to Chicago, Phillips said, and thats what were focused on.
The operative words from Phillips: when an agreement is reached.
Not if. No qualifiers.
Neither Phillips nor Bears Vice Chairman George McCaskey volunteered thoughts on how a resolution of the complex financial issues may ultimately be resolved. And neither questioned the commitment to reaching an agreement by both sides, as some rhetoric began to suggest Thursday.
I do know that the league and the union are meeting with the mediator again today, Phillips said during show of support by Bears players and the organization and others for legislation dealing with concussions in Illinois sports. So until were told otherwise, we all remain hopeful that the game will continue.
Its the best game in the world and everyones working hard at trying to get an agreement.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.
On Sept. 12, 2015, two current Bears were on the same field well before they became NFL prospects and promising pieces of a franchise’s core.
Tarik Cohen, playing for North Carolina A&T, ran 15 times for 69 yards, putting together an impressive day given the opponent was a Power Five program in North Carolina. And for the Tarheels, a backup quarterback named Mitch Trubisky tagged into a blowout and had a 35-yard touchdown run, and also completed five of seven passes for 37 yards with a touchdown.
Two years later, Trubisky and Cohen are here in Chicago and have already provided glimpses into what the Bears’ offense could be in the not-too-distant future.
“Tarik’s always been a beast,” Trubisky said. “I’m glad we’re on the same team. He’s fearless, man.”
Cohen (seven carries 39 yards) and Trubisky (18/25, 166 yards, 1 TD) were the offensive stars of the Bears’ first preseason game. It was the biggest stage Cohen played on after that 2015 game in Chapel Hill, and in it the 5-foot-6, 181 pound rookie showed he belongs in the NFL.
“I’ve always said it’s all about heart,” Trubisky said. “You’ve got a bunch of measurables, but it’s all about heart and that’s what he goes out there and plays with. He’s fearless running the ball and he can take it the distance any given snap.
“It’s tough for me because if I hand it off to him I want to watch him run but I’ve got to carry out my fakes and stuff like that. But he’s a great teammate to have and what I love about him is he always practices hard. No one is outworking him. He’s practicing hard and he loves being out here playing this game.”
Who says football can't be fun?
Per wide receiver Markus Wheaton's Instagram account, the Bears had quite a bit of fun playing the "Who he look like?" game on Wednesday:
No mercy on the new guys as Roberto Aguayo was compared to Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite." Are "Vote for Roberto" T-shirts next?
Even the most respected veterans don't have a free pass as Kyle Long apparently looks like Marcin Gortat.
This could be the best one, though. Kevin White as Kel from "Good Burger."
We'll order up a healthy season for White and many touchdowns.