New-look Bears uniforms no cause for alarm

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New-look Bears uniforms no cause for alarm

The Bears have made some course corrections under new GM Phil Emery and are making a minor one with the NFL and Nike unveiling uniform changes on Tuesday.

The changes, at least to the Bears uniform design, can be classed as minor, with good reason, since the Bears brand is not something to be trifled with or tweaked on a fashion whim.

Actually, the one thing that does catch the eye right away thats the idea, after all is that the Nike logo is larger and more pronounced (strong color swoosh on white pants) than the NFLs well-known shield logo.

The St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to make significant changes to their game apparel. But team logos arent being altered.

The overall has stopped short of turning the uniforms into advertising billboards. But the question here is probably just when that moves to a higher level than just the swoosh logo on articles of the uniform.

And that shouldnt be cause for any hand-wringing now any more now than it was a century ago when stadium walls were one billboard panel after another. Its a tradition carried on at minor-league ballparks now and ultimately is part of the ambience rather than an eyesore.

Wilson gets its name out there on every closeup of a holder putting the ball down for a field goal or PAT. Purists once decried putting names on the backs of uniforms when the AFL started that in the 1960s.

These latest modifications shouldnt be any more troubling. The game is the thing, after all.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

6'2" | 226 lbs.

2016 stats:

2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD

Projection:

Third/Fourth Round

Scouting Report:

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Dawuane Smoot, OLB, Illinois

6'3" | 264 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"Duck-footed, face-up rusher able to generate some power in his rush, Smoot failed to put together the breakout season many predicted after a strong junior showing. He lacks a track record of pass rush production to excite NFL teams as an early round pick, but his athleticism could create an opportunity for him as a 3-4 rush end if given the chance. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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