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.

Three Bears necessities to lay a broom on the Lions

Three Bears necessities to lay a broom on the Lions

If the Lions beat the Bears in Detroit, it'd be a recent rarity. No, not the Bears losing, but in this long series that reaches 175 games Sunday. One team or the other has swept the season series 11 of the last 12 years (the lone exception being 2011). The 17-14 Bears win Oct. 2 ended a string of six consecutive losses to their division rivals. At that point, both clubs were 1-3. The Bears have remained at that pace since, while the Lions have taken off, winning seven of eight.

It was Brian Hoyer's steady hand that guided that win, while a Vic Fangio defense missing Eddie Goldman, Pernell McPhee and Danny Trevathan forced Matthew Stafford into easily his worst game of the season.

1. STAY COMMITTED

That first meeting was Jordan Howard's first start, and his first 100-yard game, and the rook ran it 23 times for the first of five 100-yard rushing efforts (113). And since the two Bears touchdowns were scored by a couple of players who won't suit up Sunday (Eddie Royal and Zach Miller, from a quarterback who also won't be suiting up), keep feeding the beast. He's 117 yards from reaching the 1,000-yard mark (after just a dozen carries the first three games), and another 100-yard effort would give him the most for a rookie in Bears franchise history.

2. A FASTER START FOR MATT

...meaning Barkley, not Stafford. The Bears want to avoid a faster start by Stafford and the home offense, which was held to just one first down and 14 total plays on their first four possessions back in October. As Barkley makes his first NFL road start in a dome, he and his offensive teammates need to get out of the gate quicker than they have the last two home games. Before they got things rolling on the final drive of the first half against the San Francisco 49ers, they had four possessions that totaled 14 plays, 27 net yards and two first downs. In Barkley's first start two weeks ago against the Tennessee Titans, they surrounded one 13-play touchdown drive in the opening half with five possessions, totaling 16 plays, 108 yards, three first downs, and an interception.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

3. HOO-RATIO

The Bears have lost the turnover battle in eight of their 12 games, and just twice have they won it. One of those instances was in Week 4. For a team that has just five interceptions all year, against a quarterback who's thrown just five picks, two came in the first meeting on the lakefront. And those picks were by (....wait for it....) Deiondre Hall (the rookie who'll play for the first time since that game), and Jacoby Glenn, who's now back on the practice squad. Now, yes, Stafford is a different beast in his den, and there's a completely different confidence level now for the NFC North leaders. But what if the defense can pull an encore? And can Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks pick up where they left off against another mobile quarterback? The Bears had just two sacks in the first meeting, registered by (....wait for it....) Mitch Unrein and Cornelius Washington.

** Finish up your snow removal by 11 a.m. Plop yourself in front of CSN, and watch ex-Bears Lance Briggs, Jim Miller and Alex Brown join Chris for Bears Pregame Live. Then as soon as the second quarter ends on CBS, log on here to CSNChicago.com as Jim and Chris break down the first 30 minutes and go over second half adjustments on Bears Halftime Live. Finally, as soon as the team's start sharing handshakes, flip back to CSN as the three ex-Bears and Chris provide 90 minutes of reaction, analysis, press conferences and locker room interviews from Detroit on Bears Postgame Live. **

Complete Bears-Lions coverage on CSN

Complete Bears-Lions coverage on CSN

The Bears and Detroit Lions square off Sunday at noon and CSN Chicago has you covered along the way.

Check out a schedule of Sunday's events:

— Meijer Bears Pregame Live with Chris Boden, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Jim Miller airs at 11 a.m. on CSN.

— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Bears Halftime Live streaming live on CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBears.com.

— State Farm Bears Postgame Live airing immediately after the game on CSN.

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