As the preseason commences, the Chicago Bears have quite a bit of news swirling around --some football related, some not; some good, some bad. Prior to their contest with the Denver Broncos, it seems like as good of a time as any to take a look at some of that news.
Where is Brian Urlacher?The word on the street is that Brian Urlacher is "fine." It becomes harder and harder to make that argument when the man continues to miss training camp as well as being ruled out of the first preseason game. Head coach Lovie Smith continues to insist that Urlacher will be the full time middle linebacker. Anything I can offer to the situation is just speculation, but maybe he's pulling a Brett Favre? You know, the "I-Hate-Training-Camp" concept. While Favre just chose not to come out of retirement until training camp had conveniently ended, maybe Urlacher is just putting his own spin on it. That's the optimistic Bears fan in me coming out.
Jay Cutler is a DadOn August 8th, Kristin Cavallari announced (via Twitter of course) that she and Jay welcomed their first child --one Camden Jack Cutler-- into the world. " We want four kids, so we're thinking maybe have one more, then get married, then have two more," Cavallari said . "But we'll see -- it all depends on how the first one goes." I'm thinking she might change her mind when she has to do everything because dad is too busy playing quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
Dane Sanzenbacher is Battling For a Roster Spot.I like Dane Sanzenbacher. I liked what he brought to the Bears last season and I hope he makes the team again this season. When Devin Thomas abruptly retired earlier this week, Sanzenbacher looked to be sitting pretty for the last receiver slot. However, the Bears immediately signed Rashied Davis. He was a consistent contributor on special teams during his time with the Bears previously, which is what the receiver who takes the last slot will have to be able to do. I still hope Sanzenbacher holds on to a roster spot.
Alex Brown to Retire as a BearLong time defensive end Alex Brown has decided to call it a career. He spent eight seasons with the Bears (2002-2009) before signing with the New Orleans Saints in 2010. He re-signed with the Bears in order to retire with the team that gave him his chance: " I appreciate the club and I think they appreciate what I was able to do while I was here... I tried to play football the right way. I hope people always felt I played my butt off and played the game the right way and kept my nose clean off the field." Alex Brown was a guy that really was a pretty productive player for the Bears and was a defensive staple during a few memorable seasons. While Julius Peppers has been everything Bears fans could have hoped for, it was too bad that Brown more or less found himself unsigned because the Bears signed Peppers. Oh well, it looks like there aren't any hard feelings. Congratulations, Alex.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the NFL throughout.