Williams has been through this before -- too many times


Williams has been through this before -- too many times

If Chris Williams seems calm in the face of a perceived demotion from possible starting left tackle to third or swing tackle, its because hes been through this kind of thing before, even with JMarcus Webb.

Williams was the Bears No. 1 pick in 2008. He struggled with back problems his rookie season but wasnt able to beat out journeyman tackle John St. Clair by seasons end.

The Bears were not sufficiently convinced about Williams to prevent them from signing veteran Orlando Pace in the 2009 offseason. Williams was inserted at right tackle, then moved to left after 11 games when it became evident that Pace was done.

Williams briefly held onto the left-tackle spot in 2010 but went down with a hamstring injury week two in Dallas. By the time he recovered, the Bears were satisfied with Frank Omiyale, and JMarcus Webb was playing well enough as a rookie tackle.

So Williams, whod played left guard early in his time at Vanderbilt, was sent there to open the season. That ended after nine games when he went on IR with a wrist injury.

Then came 2012 and he was back at left tackle but again facing Webb, who spent Wednesday with the No. 1 offense on a day that had been allocated to Williams based on previous schedules.

Williams attitude wasnt necessarily upbeat but it was direct:

Just keep getting better, working the trade and getting better, Williams said. Im just a man out here working what coaches ask me to do.

We all push each other, the whole group, because we have an obligation to block people and that makes this team better.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, CSN's Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with Brandon Saad.

The two-time Stanley Cup Champion discusses the disappointment of getting traded just two weeks after winning the Cup in 2015, plus what’s the biggest difference between Joel Quenneville and his former Columbus coach, John Tortorella?

Saad also breaks down some of his favorite moments from his first stint with the Blackhawks, getting engaged, similarities between the Penguins and Blackhawks and of all his nicknames, which one is his favorite?

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q


White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

After a wild day at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes discuss John Lackey hitting four White Sox batters and also play Hawk Harrelson's epic on-air rant directed at the Cubs pitcher.

"Jeff the Sox Fan" appears on the podcast and suggests what he thinks Jose Abreu should have done to Lackey when he was hit for a second time.

While they taped the podcast, Anthony Swarzak was traded to the Brewers. What kind of return did the White Sox get? Garfien also interviews White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper about losing Quintana to the Cubs, why he can't watch Quintana and Chris Sale pitch in different uniform, when some minor leaguers like Reynaldo Lopez will be called up and more.

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