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Moon: There are reasons for hope, but...

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Moon: There are reasons for hope, but...

Thursday, March 10, 2011Posted: 1:50 PM

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

The reasons for optimism continue to flow out of Washington in the NFLNFLPA talks even though a key in all of this, as we stress in virtually every collective bargaining story, is to realize that nothing is settled until its settled.

The latest, reported by Mike Freeman at CBSSports.com and elaborated on by Gregg Rosenthal at ProFootballTalk.com, is that some owners appear willing to open team books for examination as part of discussions on how much of a 1 billion sum the owners should receive based on needs and diminishing profits.

Not surprisingly, other owners remain opposed. But a difference of opinion on an issue likely shouldnt be considered a fracturing in the ownership ranks. A league official told me that he had never seen owners so unified in thinking, and while some will inevitably take differing sides on an issue, disagreement shouldnt necessarily be taken as dissension.

Good advicebut

Former coach and current commentator Tony Dungy had a simple bit of advice for the two sides in the labor talks, but he also isnt sure its possible, which is the bad news from someone with long, storied experience in the NFL.

Speaking with Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk.coms Live show, Dungy underscored the obvious: Weve got to find the middle ground. And thats where in the past the Dan Rooneys and Wellington Maras have been so good. But he was not overwhelmingly optimistic for a simple reason: My fear is that we dont have enough Wellington Maras, Dan Rooneys, Gene Upshaws.

Well see. With the number of owners streaming into the meetings, you have to hope (believe?) that the Maras and Rooneys slipped in among em.
Kudos

Bears Vice Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips and former stars Richard Dent, Kurt Becker and Otis Wilson from 1980s teams are joining Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) at Soldier Field to bring awareness and show support for legislation moving through the General Assembly to help address the issue of concussions in Illinois elementary and high schools. Theyll join members of the IHSA, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and other groups in drawing the spotlight to a problem that is now finally being recognized for the insidious specter it is.

Why Mitch Trubisky has been so impressed by Tarik Cohen

Why Mitch Trubisky has been so impressed by Tarik Cohen

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.”

Bears edition of 'Who he look like?'

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Bears edition of 'Who he look like?'

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.