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Tillman, Harris, Clark expected to be questionable

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Linebacker Lance Briggs (left knee) and left tackle Orlando Pace (groin) will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. St. Louis, but neither will play.

Cornerback Charles Tillman (concussion), tight end Desmond Clark (neck) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) are expected to be listed as questionable. It's interesting that Harris is questionable. He was llimited in practice on Wednesday, but had full participation on Thursday. Still, he will probably play.

We'll check in later with the official injury report.

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Did you all see that Cato June is wearing #59? What about Pisa? Man, talk about kicking a man when he's down, the body is not even cold and they strip him of his number! What goes around, comes around! Ruthless basturds!

Tommie Harris has been questionable for two years but their is nothing wrong with his knee. Yep, thats my Bears.

Once again: why don't they rest the vets and simply let the rooks and second and third stringers play? What have they got to lose? Dignity? Integrity? Or thats right... EGO!!!!

Well, if you think about it, if the coaches really started playing all their bench players and literally gave up trying to win, first of all they would be in jeopardy of losing their jobs if they kept losing, and if they do lose their jobs whatever evaluation they do of the talent on their team would be utterly meaningless, second the coaches showing the players that winning is not their top priority will have a lot of negative effects on their play, and third a lot of fans still pay money to watch the team play hard and be competitive, and they wouldn’t be very happy watching a mid-season pre-season game take place. There’s only one way to play this game, and that’s to win.

I have a suggestion for Ron Turner. I think his comment that the defenses they are facing are dictating that they pass a vast majority of the time is bologna, because that would imply that the passing game is open for them, but in actuality the passing game hasn’t really been all that effective either, with most of the passes being short-range. Most of the turnovers have come in the passing game too.

I think for the last 5 games, Ron Turner and the offense should just concentrate on getting Forte over the 1,000 yard mark for the season (he has about 550 yards right now); 100 yards rushing for each of the next 5 games, I don’t care if it takes 35 carries a game for Forte (and consequently just 15 pass attempts for Cutler). If the defense has 8 in the box, who cares. If the Bears are losing by 10 points, who cares. Pass the ball to set up the run, and go for the bomb to loosen up the defense on occasion, but keep running the ball. Sprinkle Bell and Peterson in there for single plays on first and second downs not just to spell Forte but as a change of pace and mix it up. This will help them control the clock, keep the game from turning into a pass oriented shootout, keep the game close if they are overmatched, and keep the defense off the field and fresh, and it will help the Bears win. And allow yourself to call only one smoke screen to a wide-out per game and only in the 4th quarter. And run your taller receivers like Aromashodu and Olsen on corner routes. Etc. etc. etc…

It doesn't matter who they play or who's injured. The Bears need 1) a new team president who's a true football man, 2) a new general manager who's good at getting talent that fits the Bears's system, and 3) a new head coach who runs good, aggressive systems, puts hard-hitting intimidating teams on the field, and gets the most out of his players. The Bears currently have almost no talent, so it doesn't matter which untalented players they put on the field.

I feel the frustration manifested in today's comments and mostly share in it, but I still would prefer the regulars to start. I don't have confidence that they will suddenly show their top form, but at least there will be more evidence about whether they should be kept or dumped.Against a weak team, maybe they'll get their act together and excel in all phases of the game. At least it is unlikely that their pass defense will be shredded

With the season basically over, I'd sit Tommie Harris for the remainder of the season and begin grooming his replacement rookie Jarron Gilbert. When Bears GM Jerry Angelo brought Gilbert in, he said he saw him as an under tackle that can play end. I say play him there for the final 5 games and see what he can do at the under tackle position. Same with Gaines Adams, play the guy, and not just one or two snaps a game, give him some full drives and see what he can do. With the coaching staff probably not going anywhere after the season is over, the Bears are probably gonna be running the same scheme next year on defense. If so, start playing some of these young guys like Gilbert and Adams. And again, for more than 1 or 2 snaps a game, you can't seriously evaulate a guy with only one or two snaps worth of game tape either. These young guys need playing time, its the only way their gonna develop.

The Bears also have some major decisions to make with some vets on the front four of the defense, namely ends Mark Anderson & Adewale Ogunleye. Who do you keep? Who do you let go? Myself, I'd keep Anderson, he's younger and will probably be around a lot longer than Ogunleye. I liked the idea of keeping Ogunleye earlier in the season, but the guy just doesn't seem to be the same pass rusher he was as a younger player. Anderson isn't much of a pass rusher either, but his overall play on defense has been pretty solid this year, especially vs the run, he's really improved in that department. I'd go with the younger guy in Anderson. I think one will be back, I can't see Chicago letting both of them go. They need a left end. When Angelo brought Gaines Adams in, he said, "he's prototypical of what we look for in a DE, particularly on the right side." If they see Adams as a right end, and Alex Brown has always been a right end, their gonna need someone to man the left side, even if they choose to make Jarron Gilbert a left end. Either way, Ogunleye or Anderson, one of them, will be needed next year. It should be interesting to see who GO BEARS!!

There's already a www.TradeJayCutler.com website out there. Not hard to believe I guess, given the 4-7 record and the "going nowhere" attitude by the team.

Your paper hired Morrissey???? Whats he hear to do write about the Broncos and how awesome Elway was? Didn't he recentlly have to eat one of his columns because he was stupid. What happen did he get fired from the Trib and then the Sunt imes hired him to do more of his I wish I was Jay Mariotti garbage?

Oh and Brad the Bears should never, ever, ever, try to be more like the Rams. I mean they keep trying with guys like Pace, Pisa, Archuleta, Miller, and now with all the Martz talk. Can't we try to build our line and team more like the Saints or Colts or Vikings, or Broncos, or Jets instead of the Rams who have won one of their last 21 games. In fact the further we are from the Rams the better.

Kevin the Bears see Gilbert as an end not a tackle, Marinelli has said he wants to use Gilbert on first downs as an end and on third and long as a DT. Its they same way they have been using Anderson, Gilbert has said he thinks he is more of an end because of his length. So I doubt he will replace Harris. Besides Angelo probably feels Harris is an All Pro this year and is telling everyone that. Heck his favorite pet reporter Dan Pompei said any team in the league would love to have Tommie Harris. Thats not a joke he actually said it. Most sports writers in Chicago are just plain bad, most writers today are just bad, they hardly ever give the facts and instead of exposing problems with teams they become friends with the players and managment and cover for them. Just look at that wierd Silver, Urlacher thing. What was that about?

Anyway I am invoking the term "Culture Change" so let it be written, so let it be told.

if you think about it, if the coaches really started playing all their bench players and literally gave up trying to win, first of all they would be in jeopardy of losing their jobs if they kept losing, and if they do lose their jobs whatever evaluation they do of the talent on their team would be utterly meaningless, second the coaches showing the players that winning is not their top priority will have a lot of negative effects on their play, and third a lot of fans still pay money to watch the team play hard and be competitive, and they wouldn’t be very happy watching a mid-season pre-season game take place. There’s only one way to play this game, and that’s to
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I have a suggestion for Ron Turner. I think his comment that the defenses they are facing are dictating that they pass a vast majority of the time is bologna, because that would imply that the passing game is open for them, but in actuality the passing game hasn’t really been all that effective either, with most of the passes being short-range. Most
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