Mullin: Some early Vick-ing

Mullin: Some early Vick-ing

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010
Posted: 11:05 p.m.

By John Mullin

For all of the Vicks-ation on Michael, and it will do nothing but increase as this pre-Eagles week plays out, certain members of the Bears can boast a very respectable record against him.

The Bears virtually owned Vick when he was against them as a member of the Atlanta Falcons and it wasn't always pretty for Vick.

Brian Urlacher had one of the greatest games of his very distinguished career against Vick in 2001 when Urlacher registered an interception, sack, tackle for loss and a 90-yard touchdown return of a fumble in a 31-3 destruction in Atlanta. In an icebox game late in 2005, Vick clearly had no real interest in being anywhere in Soldier Field and went turtle when Urlacher and others assaulted him to the point that he angrily flipped the ball at his tormentors after one failed play.

Julius Peppers saw Vick twice a year for many of Peppers' early seasons as a Carolina Panther and has 7 career sacks in nine games against Vick. The left-hander, however, owns a 5-4 record against Carolina teams with Peppers in the lineup.

"We're going to have our hands full with Michael Vick," said cornerback Charles Tillman. "Everyone knows the kind of year he's having this year. He's having an MVP year right now. So he'll give us our money's worth."

The problem for the Bears is there is more than one problem when they play Philadelphia. For all of the broadcast attention paid to Vick, the game turned on 149 rushing yards by the Eagles vs. 55 by the supposedly superior running Giants. Vick ran for 35 yards and a TD, but the real damage was by tailback LeSean McCoy with 111 yards and a score on 14 carries.

"The Eagles are a tough team," said running back Matt Forte. "They are a really good team. We have to prepare for them". We have home-field advantage and we have to get a win there."

Interesting commentary from NBC's Cris Collinsworth, who on more than one occasion of Sunday night's broadcast noted how pressure on Vick from Vick's left side forces the Philadelphia quarterback to his right. And when that happens, Collinsworth said, Vick tends to become a runner first rather than passer, which this season is a decidedly a good thing.

John "Moon" Mullin is'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.

Bears trade up and get their quarterback: North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky

Bears trade up and get their quarterback: North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky

General manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday the Bears had come to a consensus on the three best players available in this year’s NFL Draft. One of those players, as it turned out, was North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. 

The Bears traded the Nos. 3, 67 and 111 picks, as well as a 2018 third-round pick, to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the second overall pick. 

Here's what Pro Football Focus wrote on Trubisky:

"Despite being a one-year starter, Trubisky is very polished as a passer playing with good balance and consistent mechanics, which leads him to throw with great accuracy in the short/intermediate passing game. Although he comes from a version of the spread in his college offense, he was asked to do many full field progressions and showed he can click from receiver to receiver quickly and efficiently. Has very good pocket instincts and ability to keep eye level up to see receivers down the field while moving within the pocket. His three-quarters release may lead to more batted balls at the LOS but is likely not a huge issue at the next level. Will need to work on hitting his deep shots with more consistent accuracy to keep defenses from sitting at the break point. Shows all of the tools to develop into a very solid NFL starting quarterback and appears to be the safest option of the 2017 quarterback draft class."

Trubisky completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 3,767 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016 with North Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 222 pound Ohio native is the sixth quarterback to be taken by the Bears in the top five in franchise history:

Sid Luckman (1939, No. 2 overall)
Bob Williams (1951, No. 2 overall)
Bobby Layne (1948, No. 3 overall)
Johnny Lujack (1946, No. 4 overall)
Jim McMahon (1982, No. 5 overall)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What will Bears do with No. 3 overall pick?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: What will Bears do with No. 3 overall pick?

Nick Friedell (, Mark Lazerus (Chicago Sun-Times) and Jordan Cornette (120 Sports) join Kap on the panel. Will the Bears go defense or quarterback with the No. 3 pick? Alex Brown drops by to say who he wants Ryan Pace to take. 

Plus the Bulls lose again. Can Fred Hoiberg do anything to save the season?

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