Words to live by from The Colonel Richard Dent

Words to live by from The Colonel Richard Dent

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
9:43 p.m.

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

Richard Dent and the Hall of Fame selectors made their choices known as far as the Bears defensive end earning inclusion in that august fraternity. But Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com (http:tinyurl.com6jlnkfw) takes a contrarian course along with thoughts from Mike Florio and Jason Whitlock on why Dent had to wait as long as he did for the necessary votes.

A piece that doesnt make sense, however, is that part of the Dent discussion uses tackle Willie Roaf as an example of someone more deserving. That doesnt seem to be relevant, though. Roaf most definitely deserved to be voted in, having made the Team of the Decade for two different decades. More apt comparisons might have been Dent with Rickey Jackson or others like Andre Tippett in past classes.

Dent and Roaf belong in the Hall of Fame.

Not a company man
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl trophy in spite of losing 15 players to injured reserve through the season. A 16-game season.

As Gregg Rosenthal notes on ProFootballTalk.com, McCarthy is not in any hurry to get to 18 regular-season games, even if NFL owners have that as part of the collective bargaining agreement discussion (http:tinyurl.com4mynrut).

Hard to argue with someone whose team limped, literally, into NFL history. Best guess here is that the 18 games will happen, in some form. The TV money is so massive from two real games vs. two meaningless preseason games, and TV is the NFLs biggest customer.

But teams wont go into an 18-game calendar with existing roster sizes. And one thought may be that coaching itself may need to change as far as use of starters. Currently a quarterback and most key players are rarely taken out of games until they are beyond even blowout level. The need in an 18-game world may be to use reserves more frequently and in longer stretches as a means of saving wear on critical starters.

Not a done deal, either way.

A final thought

I did a short video report on this, but just in case you didnt catch it:

Richard Dent and I had dinner sometime back and he reflected on the 85 Bears, but also on so much more.

My thing, he said, is that they put on your grave the year you came and the year you left. In between is the little dash, and life is about what you did with your dash. You met some people, you had some fun, some people helped you and you helped them, and thats your dash. Thats what its all about: filling your dash. Its gone too soon.

Words to live by from The Colonel.

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.

Want to be in on Bears QB deliberations? 'Look at the film'

Want to be in on Bears QB deliberations? 'Look at the film'

Back in 1992 the Dallas Cowboys were in draft deliberations around the No. 17 spot of the first round, looking for upgrades on defense. A scout made a suggestion that they target Ohio State defensive end Alonzo Spellman, one of the most physically imposing (6-4, 280 pounds) players and best athletes in that draft.
 
Coach Jimmy Johnson responded, "Tell me about the production."
 
Came back the answer: Three years at OSU, nine total sacks.
 
"Oh, please!" Johnson scoffed, calling in cornerback Kevin Smith and leaving Spellman to the Bears at No. 22. Spellman had several respectable seasons but never more than 8.5 sacks in nine NFL seasons.
 
As investment advisers counsel, past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future results. But past performance can be, and an axiom in NFL personnel rooms is, look at the film.
 
CSNChicago.com is doing that as the NFL Scouting Combine approaches (Feb. 29) along with free agency and the start of the league year and its trading window. It becomes an increasingly relevant exercise to look at the intricacies behind some of the key players and positions the Bears will be addressing through the upcoming weeks. CSNChicago.com previously looked at the need to evaluate quarterbacks from the intangible standpoints first, then the measurables.
 
Using Jay Cutler as an object lesson for how immense physical skills have questionable correlations to immense NFL performance, a look at one aspect of quarterback "film" warrants more attention than the measurables that command a disproportionate share of attention and scrutiny.
 
Ball security.
 
It has been Cutler's single biggest issue through his eight Bears seasons, was a reason why coaches once wanted to stay with Josh McCown instead of returning to Cutler following a Cutler injury absence, and why Brian Hoyer played his way into prominence in the discussion of 2017 Bears plans. Adam Gase went from offensive coordinator to hottest head-coach prospect in no small measure because he managed Cutler into better ball security.

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But the point here is less Cutler – expected to be traded or released within the near future – than the level of ball security in the available options beyond Hoyer.
 
So, look at the film:
 
The widespread drooling over a possible trade with New England for Jimmy Garoppolo. The best thing in Garoppolo's favor is that he has been a Patriots backup to Tom Brady. Garoppolo, drawing distant comparisons to a Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel and other past experience-lite quarterback options, has thrown 94 NFL passes without an interception, which is impressive until matched against Hoyer's 200 last season without an interception, for comparison purposes.
 
But evaluating Garoppolo against the coming chief draft competition – DeShone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson – suggests comparing apples to apples, meaning college ball security, since that's all the kids have to this point.
 
Garoppolo vaulted up draft boards (to New England's second round) on the strength of an Eastern Illinois senior season with 53 touchdown passes vs. nine interceptions, against chiefly FCS opposition. But in his first three seasons Garoppolo threw for 65 touchdowns and was intercepted 42 times.
 
Kizer? In his two Notre Dame seasons, 47 touchdowns, 19 interceptions.
 
Trubisky? 30 touchdowns last season, six interceptions. Including his two years as a North Carolina backup, 41 touchdowns, 10 interceptions.
 
Watson? 90 touchdowns, 32 interceptions in three Clemson seasons, the last two as Tigers starter.
 
Observations:
 
Garoppolo put in four college seasons, but has a little of the Trubisky/Flynn/Cassel, one-year-wonder feel. 
 
Kizer and Watson have more starting seasons, but the Watson intangible of getting his team to two national-championship games speaks to another level of "intangible."
 
GM Ryan Pace will incorporate heavy input from coach John Fox and coordinator Dowell Loggains. Coaches love ball security. Garoppolo? Watson? Trubisky? Kizer?
 
Look at the film.

BearsTalk Podcast: The risk and reward for Bears in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

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BearsTalk Podcast: The risk and reward for Bears in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

In this edition of the BearsTalk podcast, CSN's Chris Boden, Sun-Times Bears beat writer Patrick Finley, and CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch discuss the Bears' approach to the two-week window opening to franchise-tag Alshon Jeffery again, the risk/reward in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo or drafting a QB (and how high to draft one), Scott's 2.0 mock draft, plus the workers' compensation controversy the team found itself in last week and the club's decision to raise ticket prices.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: