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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.

Pernell McPhee placed on PUP list to start Bears training camp for second straight year

Pernell McPhee placed on PUP list to start Bears training camp for second straight year

After expressing optimism earlier Wednesday that he wouldn't have a player begin training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, general manager Ryan Pace's first major free agent signing will be held out when practices begin Thursday morning.

For the second straight camp, linebacker Pernell McPhee will be sidelined by a knee problem that's plagued him his first two seasons with the Bears. He'll still be able to attend meetings and receive treatment in Bourbonnais and can be activated at any time. 

A year ago, McPhee was coming off knee surgery and was on injured reserve the first six weeks of the season. He'd spent this off-season getting his weight down to decrease stress on the knee, but when physicals and conditioning tests were held Wednesday, the team determined to hold him out. McPhee was actually recovering from offseason labrum surgery, but their announcement only specifically mentioned the knee.

With several other players coming off injuries and being limited during OTAs and minicamp, it's not certain Wednesday night's announcement means McPhee will be the only player starting camp on PUP. Among others, Kyle Long, Zach Miller, Eddie Jackson, and Jeremy Langford were easing their way back from surgeries. Josh Sitton was another, and John Fox revealed Wednesday Sitton won't join the team until Saturday after his wife gave birth.

With McPhee sidelined, two other outside linebackers coming off surgery, Willie Young and Lamarr Houston would be set for more practice time at the position, along with Leonard Floyd, Dan Skuta and Sam Acho.

Thursday's opening practice is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. at Olivet Nazarene and will not include pads.

You can hold your fantasy football draft at Soldier Field this year


You can hold your fantasy football draft at Soldier Field this year

The CSN Fantasy crew is taking its talents on the road.

CSNChicago fantasy analysts Slavko Bekovic and Scott Krinch will join a Chicago Tribune panel of fantasy football experts for a Draft Party at Soldier Field on Thursday, Aug. 24.

It's the ultimate event to kick off the 2017 fantasy football season.

Sponsored by Jewel-Osco, fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host their fantasy drafts at Soldier Field, complete with insight and analysis from a panel of experts that includes Bekovic, Krinch, Rich Campbell and Phil Thompson from the Chicago Tribune, Bears broadcaster Jeff Joniak and The Score's Hub Arkush. Derek VanRiper and Kevin O'Brien from RotoWire will also be on hand to provide analysis.

The general admission tickets for fans include access to the Soldier Field press box. VIP tickets will give fans access to the private suites around Soldier Field for their drafts. All fans will receive complimentary food and beverages plus photo opportunities on the field and giveaways.

Head to and follow @ChicagoSports and @CSNFantasy for more information.

The CSN Fantasy crew provides analysis all season long, from weekly podcasts and video segments to written articles that include a focus on the waiver wire as well as start/sit for each week.