Bears Chat with Former Chiefs Defensive Lineman Jaye Howard

After not drafting a defensive lineman, the Bears are considering veteran options, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Former Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard visited Halas Hall on Monday, a source confirmed.

One year removed from being a hot free agent, Howard would be an intriguing option for the Bears, who still have a vacancy in their starting lineup alongside Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks. Howard played in eight games last year, starting five, before finishing the season on injured reserve. The 6-3, 301-pounder had 5 1/2 sacks in 2015.

New Bears QB Mike Glennon Not a Happy Camper; Report Says He’s Upset About Drafting of Trubisky

The Bears shocked the NFL by trading up and drafting quarterback Mitch Trubisky on Thursday night.

Mike Glennon who was supposed to be the Bears starter this year is now relegated to being a place holder for the rookie. How long he holds the starting job is anyone’s guess.

Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports Glennon felt as though he had been cheated on, according to people in the know.

Pace called Glennon that night. “I’m excited about Mike’s future here,” Pace told reporters Thursday.

“I like a lot of things about Mike Glennon,” Pace said Saturday. “But one of the things I really like is the inner confidence that he has. He believes in himself, and he should because he’s a good player.

“I think any quarterback has just got to be able to brush off adversity and fight through, and that’s what Mike will do. I think we’ll handle that well.”

Chicago Bears Draft Review 1.0: Picking Trubisky by the Numbers

By Bryan Dietzler

If you have been following any of the stories about quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft I have been writing you will know that there was one top quarterback I didn’t cover.  That quarterback was Mitchell Trubisky.  Why did I barely say a word about him?  I didn’t because I felt that the Bears weren’t going to pick him.  It didn’t add up, it didn’t make sense, and it just didn’t seem likely.

I am a man, and I admit when I am wrong.  I was completely wrong about who the Bears would pick with their first-round selection and I was also wrong about what they would do to get him.  However, I do think, that many people were wrong on this one.

To recap, the Bears moved up from number three in the draft to number two, a spot held by the San Francisco 49ers.  They took the 49ers pick while giving San Francisco the third pick along with their third round pick in the draft (67th), a fourth round pick (111th) and a third round pick next season.  All of this to move up one spot to grab Trubisky.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind is why the Bears gave up what they did to get Trubisky.  They also wonder if he would have been there at number three. If you read some of the reporting, it’s been said that at least two teams were trying to move up to get Trubisky.  The Bears did what they felt they had to do to secure him and get him drafted.  They gave up more than they should have to stop the other teams from taking him away from them.

But did Chicago give up that much to get him?  Let’s think about it in terms of the trade value chart that is often used for trading picks in the NFL draft.  Here is the way that I have it broken down.

The 49ers pick at number two was worth 2,600 points.  The Bears pick at number three was worth 2,200 points.  Chicago needed to give San Francisco their pick, so that gave them 2,200 points, but they had to give up another 400 points to make it even.

Chicago’s third round pick at number 67 was worth 255 points.  Combine that with their number three overall, and that gave the package a value of 2,455 points.  The Bears still had to make up 145 points.

The Bears added one of their fourth round picks, the pick at 111, and that one is valued at 72 points. Add that in, and the Bears had 2,572 points for the trade.  That left them just 28 points shy of the 2,600 mark.

Perhaps, to help make up for the balance, the Bears decided to ship next year’s third rounder to San Francisco.  We don’t know what the value of that pick will be yet, but at its highest, it could be 265 points, and at its lowest, it could be 116 points.  So if the Bears had the high third round pick next year, they would have given the 49ers 2,837 points in value overpaying by 237.  If they had the lowest value third round pick, they would have overpaid by just 88 points at 2,688.  But the value of that pick won’t be known until early 2018.

So, the bottom line is the Bears may have overpaid for the move up, but maybe they had to in order to secure the pick and keep it from other teams.  Rumor has it that there were a couple of other teams trying to trade up to possibly get Trubisky.  The Bears wanted him bad enough they did whatever they could to ensure they got him.

I have heard that fans feel like the team got “taken” by the deal and at first, it appears as that is correct.  It looks like the Bears overpaid to move up one spot to get someone that could have been there at number three.  But if the rumors about other teams trying to come up to number two and get him are true then the Bears did well.  Whether they overpaid for the move, that will be determined next season.  It’s too early to make a judgment call on that now.

It’s also too early to tell just how good Trubisky will be.  He looks like he’s got a lot of skill, but he has some weaknesses that will need to be overcome.  Hopefully, he will be able to adapt to the NFL iin time.  Perhaps he will eventually be the franchise quarterback that management hoped he will be when they drafted him.

So there you go Bears fans, we now have a “franchise” quarterback.  He is ready to begin his ascent from a college quarterback who started just 13 games to a full-time NFL quarterback.  Sure, drafting him may still sting right now and it will for a while.  But if this works out, Bears fans will cast aside this disappointment and bask in the glow of success.

If this doesn’t work out, it means another regime change is coming.  If this fails, it can be assured that the coaching staff will get let go quickly.  And Ryan Pace will probably never be a general manager in the league again.

Bears fans should hope that this works out.  It’s either going to make the franchise great or sink to the bottom of the league for several more seasons.

Stay tuned for additional coverage of this and all the Bears picks made in the 2017 NFL Draft.

A Rundown of All the Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Bears 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 2 (No. 2 overall, from 49ers)

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC: Pick 2 and the first massive surprise of the night. The Bears sent picks 3, 67, 111 and a 2018 third-rounder to the 49ers to move up one spot for Trubisky. That’s a pretty strong indication that a.) the Bears believe Trubisky is destined to be a star, and b.) multiple teams were lining up for Trubisky (or San Francisco at least made Chicago believe that). It is a massive commitment that comes right after the Bears signed Mike Glennon in free agency. Is Trubisky here to take the job in 2017 or to sit and watch? Given the price, it almost has to be the former. This is a huge gamble by the Bears on a quarterback who drew mixed reviews throughout the draft process.? GRADE: D

Round 2, Pick 13 (No. 45) (From Arizona)

Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland: Just like that, we have a tight end run on our hands. The Bears needed depth at the position—Zach Miller’s been banged up a lot, Dion Sims has never had 300 yards receiving in a season and the rest of the depth chart is thin. Shaheen’s solid pass catching, suspect blocking combo actually will fit well with those other options. But there were a lot of other directions Chicago could have gone here. Grade: C

Round 4, Pick 5 (No. 112) (From Buffalo) Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama

Round 4, Pick 13 (No. 119) (From Arizona) Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T

Round 5, Pick 3 (No. 147): Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown University

Bears GM Ryan Pace Sets the Record Straight – “Mike Glennon is Our Starting Quarterback”

Despite drafting Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, Bears general manager Ryan Pace says that Mike Glennon is the starting quarterback, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

“In regards to Mike Glennon, Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback,” Pace said. “There is no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here. Glennon is our starting quarterback. We’ll focus on Mitch’s development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears.”

In the next breath, however, Pace suggested that Glennon is OK with the Trubisky move. Come on. How can that possibly be true?

“I talked to Mike [Thursday night],” Pace said. “He understands the competitiveness of our business at every single position. Mike also understands he’s our starting quarterback. Mike’s been here working hard all the time, already developing leadership with his teammates. I’m extremely excited about Mike Glennon this season, and I’m extremely excited about adding Mitch to our roster.”

Bears Pull Off Draft Stunner; Move Up to #2 and Pick QB Mitch Tribusky

The Chicago Bears pulled off the first big stunner of the 2017 NFL Draft, moving up one spot from number three to number two and taking North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Tribusky.

Many felt the team would take Stanford pass rusher Solomon Thomas, but instead they took the guy they feel will throw the football and lead the team to hopefully a bunch of wins in Tribusky.

Thomas, by the way, went to the 49ers with the third overall pick, the pick that was at first the Bears.

The Bears traded the third-round pick (No. 67 overall) and the fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall) and a 2018 third-round pick to the Niners to move up to take the quarterback.

Here’s some highlights of the newest and now most talked about Bears player in the long time.

The Odds For The Chicago Bears In Super Bowl 2017

You cannot expect a team to resurrect its franchise from a disastrous season of 3-13, especially when it has no clear answer at the position of a quarterback. Surely it cannot be believed that such a team would make it to the Super Bowl, but the way the Cowboys have improved in the 2015-16 season, it gives them quite a good reason to believe in themselves to ace the tournament.

When it comes to the worst performance in ten years, the Bears are notoriously at the top. Considering these odds is very important for bettors for better returns. You can find many online sites which let you bet on different teams’ performances – you can go for betting in sports but also casino games at Betfair.

It is a tough job for hope to do the trick when performance is this bad, and according to the sources from the ESPN:

“In the last ten years, the Bears have made the playoffs only once. They had won the Super Bowl on 26th January, 1986. Lovey Smith got fired nonplussed in 2012 with a record of 22-40. John fox worsened it to 3-13 in 2016, so the prospect of Chicago having the odds of 100-1 in winning the Super Bowl LII sounds to exceed the expectations.”

Chicago has joined only two other teams as far as the 100-1 odds category are considered and the teams are the Jets and the Rams. There are only two more teams who have worse odds than this (300-1) and they are 49ers and the Browns.

The Patriots have the best chances to make it all the way this year with the odds of 5-1, if you have been surmising. The Packers are ahead at the NFC north with 12-1, while the Lions have the odds of 60-1 and the Vikings are at 20-1 which are much more promising places as far as odds are concerned, than the Bears.

The Falcons are currently on 12-1, just behind the Steelers, cowboys and Patriots. But with the season this early, it is time for them to enjoy their game for now and gear up later when going gets tough, as Vaughan McClure says.

Denver Broncos have improved a tad bit, advancing to a 16-1 from the 20-1 where they started. They missed their playoffs in 2010, and keeping that in mind they should pay attention to their faltering offence and spend the 40$ million wisely and pick the right players who would be a good addition to the strength of the team, as observed by Jeff Legwold.

The Kansas City Chiefs are currently at 18-1, which places them at the eighth position in the points table and this is not such a bad start for them if one keeps in mind that they could not make it to the play offs last season. They certainly look like the team stuck in a kind of limbo, never having the much needed luck to get through the play offs, says Adam Teicher.

The Indianapolis Colts have the odds of 20-1, with all the trouble going on, Ryan Grigson getting fired by Jim Irsay. Possibly, Andrew Luck would take the position of the cornerback for the, who has had an offseason shoulder injury (throwing arm) treated recently.

Chicago Bears History: The Quarterback Carousel

By Bryan Dietzler

The Chicago Bears have an “interesting” history with quarterbacks.  To put it honestly, they haven’t had much success with quarterbacks over the history of the franchise.

There have been a couple of players that the Bears can say were good, if not great, quarterbacks in their history.  Sid Luckman, who played with the Bears from 1939 to 1950 helped the Bears win four championships.  He was easily their best quarterback ever because he helped them earn championships.

George Blanda also made a stop in Chicago during his lengthy career in football.  He was with the Bears in 1949 and then from 1950 to 1958.  Blanda was pretty much only a kicker when he was with the Bears but was listed as a quarterback.  He needs to be mentioned because some people think that he played a lot at quarterback in Chicago.

We will fast forward to more recent times.  Well, more recent times if you want to say that three decades ago was more recent.  Let’s go back to 1985, just over thirty years ago.  The Bears were flying high with their stellar defense and a quarterback, Jim McMahon, who did enough to win.  The Bears drafted McMahon to be the “savior” of the offense and be a player that could help take them further than they had been before.  He did a decent job but unfortunately suffered several injuries that kept him from making a bigger impact for the Bears.

After McMahon had left, the Bears went through (and are still going through) a quarterback “hell.”  No single signal caller has helped earn a Super Bowl victory since 1985.  Sure, Rex Grossman took them to a Super Bowl in 2006, but they lost.

Some of the guys that they have had play since McMahon will bring back good and bad memories.  I will always remember three of my favorites during the time between McMahon and Cutler.  Those three were David Krieg, Jim Miller, and Erik Kramer.  They were decent quarterbacks that kept the Bears relevant but didn’t win any Super Bowls.  They just bring back some pleasant memories.

Then you had the guys that dragged the team down.  Possibly the Bears biggest bust, at quarterback, of all time, was Cade McNown.  He was with the team for just two years after being drafted as a first round pick (12th overall).  He was jettisoned after two miserable seasons.  His attitude conflicted with his teammates and management so much they didn’t want him around.

What a mistake he was.  But you should learn from your mistakes, right?

Some of the other players who were put the fire and failed include such memorable guys as Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchison, and Kordell Stewart.  There were many players that didn’t pan out for the Bears.  They tried and tried but kept on stumbling.

We mentioned Grossman.  He had a rough start to his career as he suffered injuries that kept him on the sidelines.  This meant that another investment at quarterback was in limbo.  I, personally, remember how disgruntled I was, hearing he would be out for an extended period.  I imagine a lot of fans felt the same way I did.

In his absence, his backup, Kyle Orton, became one of the best game managing quarterbacks in recent Bears history.  He was solid, not spectacular but solid, and helped keep the Bears relevant while Grossman healed.

The 16-plus games leading up to the Bears second Super Bowl were brutal for the offense.  Grossman was finally healthy, but he played like he was injured.  Yes, the Bears managed to win, but they won thanks to their defense and special teams.  When it was time to finally “put up,” in the Super Bowl, Grossman could not get them over the top, and the Bears lost.

Rex Grossman’s time in Chicago came to an end soon after their Super Bowl appearance.  After years of struggle, the Bears decided to finally do something about their unstable quarterback position.  In 2009, former general manager Jerry Angelo decided to mortgage the Bear’s future on a disgruntled young star named Jay Cutler.  Cutler had done just enough to raise Angelo’s eyebrows and make him send some draft picks, along with Orton, to Denver to get him

I admit, when I first heard that Cutler was coming to Chicago, I thought that the Bears had finally found their quarterback of the future.  People were excited and I was excited.  I had read all about him and thought he could be the savior at the position the Bears needed.   I felt that the Bears had finally found the answer at quarterback.  Years of struggle had finally come to an end, hadn’t it?  I could see a Super Bowl win ahead and was excited for the future of the Chicago Bears.

While Cutler had a lot of talent, he suffered from a couple of different things.  One was not his fault, and one was clearly his problem.  What he couldn’t control was his supporting cast.  He did not have a great supporting cast around him for most of his career.  The lack of solid talent around him caused him problems and his first few seasons in Chicago were less than stellar.

But Cutler was his own worst enemy. His attitude and struggles with his decision making and mechanics were almost just as bad as not having a supporting cast around him.

If you look at the numbers, Jay Cutler was, statistically, their best quarterback.  But he never got them to a Super Bowl.  He won one playoff game in his entire career in Chicago.  One in eight seasons.

Ultimately, the era of Cutler in Chicago was a failure.

The Bears have chosen to turn the page and move on from Cutler.  Now they have career backup Mike Glennon, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in house and ready to start.  They have signed Mark Sanchez and have Connor Shaw to help give Glennon some competition.

On paper, the Bears quarterbacks of today look like the Bear’s quarterbacks of the past (since McMahon).  They look mediocre and uninspiring.

But you never know what

It’s time for Chicago to open a new chapter in their long history of quarterbacks. It’s time to draft someone that can take this team to the next level.  The opportunity is here they just have to take hold of it.

So will the Bears be able to find a quarterback in this draft?  They can, but if they can’t get a quality player that they can develop into a future starter, then they need to pass and get a guy next year.  Chicago cannot afford to make another mistake as they have before.  They must be perfect this time, or the quarterback position could be set back for years.

Let’s hope they make the right decision for the future in this draft.

I am very optimistic that the Bears will correct the quarterback situation this year.  I love the Bears and want them to do well but want this to be the year they finally start to stabilize the position for good.  This has to be the year to finally right the ship at the quarterback spot.

Just for fun, I thought that I would list all of the quarterbacks who have started, by year, since Jim McMahon left Chicago.  Anyone remember the picture of the storefront in Cleveland that shows all of the quarterbacks that the Browns have had over the last few years.  Well, the Bears have had quite a few since McMahon departed.  So let’s go back to 1989 and walk down the different starting quarterbacks the Bears have had since then.

1989 and 1990: Mike Tomczak and Jim Harbaugh

1991: Jim Harbaugh

1992 Jim Harbaugh, Will Furrer and Peter Tom Willis

1993: Jim Harbaugh and Peter Tom Willis

1994: Erik Kramer and Steve Walsh

1995: Erik Kramer

1996: Dave Krieg and Erik Kramer

1997: Rick Mirer and Erik Kramer

1998: Erik Kramer, Steve Stenstrom and Moses Moreno

1999 and 2000: Jim Miller, Shane Matthews and Cade McNown

2001: Shane Matthews and Jim Miller

2002: Chris Chandler, Henry Burris and Jim Miller

2003: Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman and Chris Chandler

2004: Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn and Rex Grossman

2005: Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman

2006: Rex Grossman

2007: Brian Griese, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton

2008: Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman

2009: Jay Cutler

2010: Jay Cutler and Todd Collins

2011: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Caleb Hanie

2012: Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell

2013: Jay Cutler and Josh McCown

2014: Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen

2015: Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen

2016: Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley

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