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Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers week 2 match up

This is one of the nastiest rivalries in the sport, perhaps any sport, and can yield some truly ugly match-ups. On paper, with key injuries on both sides, notably Charles Tillman and Brian Urlacher (who will probably start) for the Chicago Bears, and Greg Jennings severely limited, if playing at all, with a groin injury.

Aaron Rodgers is a sure start, just like he always is. He is simply the most reliable player in fantasy football right now. Win or lose, he will get his. As far as the receivers are concerned, I would look for a big day from Jordy Nelson, and especially Jermichael Findley. The last two meetings between the clubs, he put up four TD’s, and the Bears really do not have a counter for him yet.

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Recap

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears:

The Bears offense started a similar way to what Chicago fans have been used to for the past few years, poorly on Offense and stead-fast on Defense.  The first couple of series for the Bears saw a sack on the first play, and the Chicago Bears second possession ended with a pick 6 from the Chicago 4 yard line for Jerrell Freeman.  Chicago rebounded after the early mistakes, Matt Forte broke two long runs (31, 15) setting up a Michael Bush 1 yard score. 

Bears trade with Tampa Bay

The Chicago Bears traded for Defensive Tackle Brian Price from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chicago will send back an undisclosed draft pick, probably 5th rounder.

Price who was drafted in 2010 with the 35th overall pick, is a 6 foot 1, 303 pound DT with a nice first step and above average strength. Price started 14 out of the 15 games he played with TB last year.

Caleb Hanie to get an education

Former Chicago Bears backup Quarterback Caleb Hanie is on his way to Denver to backup perhaps the best cerebral Quarterback of all time in Peyton Manning.

Hanie had been seen as a sure fire #2 QB in the NFL after an above average performance filling in for Jay Cutler in the 2010 NFC Championship game. However when given his chance last season with Bears, after a Cutler finger injury, Hanie was unsteady at best.

Hanie showed slow footwork and slow decision making skills while struggling in Chicago last season. Many in the Bears organization believed that Hanies struggles had more to do with the Mike Martz offense and it was thought that Chicago would give him one more season in the Windy City. However when the Bears were able to resign Josh McCown and then bring in Jason Campbell, the need for Hanie’s services were dashed.

In Denver, hopefully Hanie can reproduce the strong arm gun slinger mentality he showed in that NFC Championship game against Green Bay. Playing behind Manning should only help bolster his confidence and that can mean great things for Denver if Peyton should go down, which is not out of the question.

Special Team Specialist heads to Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens signed former Chicago Bear corner back and special teams captain Corey Graham. Graham led the Bears in Special Teams tackles last season.

Perhaps a little to Bearish on a good thing…

Working the Wire Opinion:

The Chicago Bears signed former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush on Thursday to a four year deal, but they have yet to give pro-bowl running back Matt Forte a long term contract.  Forte saw this as yet another sign of disrespect, going as far as to tweet:

There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last….

Matt Forte would later back down slightly from his comments by tweeting:

for the record I’m not mad at the signing of another running back. This is 4th time that’s happened. I embrace competition as well as help

Now I am not the General Manager or Director of Player Personnel or anywhere near the Owner of a NFL franchise, but…  I understand the importance of appealing to your fan base, which Forte does.  I understand the importance of having a player in a key position that is willing to do what is necessary to make the play successful, which Forte is.  Those two points alone should be enough to sell you on the idea that Matt Forte deserves a long term contract, 4 years worth $42 million with 23 mil guaranteed seems more than reasonable for a  player who contributed a larger percentage of positive yardage while on the field than any other player in the NFL last year.

At the same time I understand the importance of manipulating the salary cap and acquiring the best possible talent at a fair market price.  My problem hear is the Bears, who I must admit are my “home town team”, are failing to realize the full value of Forte as a commodity.  I’m taking a short break to state that I do not believe people can be categorized as commodities in any what, but the word is appropriate to establishing value based on ones performance.  To that point, Matt Forte’s production has been on par with the top performers in the NFL, the fact that he is producing the amount of yardage he has, while playing in an antiquated offensive system, behind a sub-par offensive line is more valuable than the idea of a second round draft pick that has good hands coming in and replacing him.

The Chicago Bears ownership and football operations guys seem to always miss the one obvious solution they need to become the NFC leading title contender.  In the past they were reluctant to bring in a stud Quarterback, finally they did so with Jay Cutler.  They have refused to give Cutler the kind of receiving threat that a legitimate QB needs to be successful, they finally did that with Brandon Marshall, and now all they need to do is lock in a legit pro bowl caliber running back to keep the offense balanced, the Bears have their guy, sitting on the Franchise Tag, but again seem unwilling to pull the trigger to solidify would may be considered the best offense in the NFC.  Chicago Bears I love you, and I always will, however, its time to recognize what you have and what you need.  Do not let Forte get away, there is not enough value in the draft to trade him and keeping the tag on him this year can only lead to a hold-out, which will cause you to lose him next year.

I understand the mind-state that running backs are a replaceable commodity, the injury concerns at the position are huge, granted.  Here is the thing though; average running backs can be easily replaced the league is crammed with average backs.  Matt Forte, not an average back.  Forte is one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, one of the best outside the tackle runners in the NFL, and showed when the O-line could open a hole that he has the patience and vision to be a prototypical downhill runner between the tackles.  The man has done it all in Chicago and has handled his contract issues professionally (for the most part), its time Da Bears need to bite Da Bullet, lock up Forte, he’s a Chicago style superstar in the same mold as Derrick Rose of the Bulls, Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, Frank Thomas of the White Sox or Chris Chelios of the Blackhawks.  He is one of us, he needs to stay.

Chicago Bears Corner does USO tour

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman spent eight days with the men and women of the United States Military in both Iraq and Kuwait. Upon returning Tillman had this to say about his experience:

I just wanted them to know that I appreciate what they do. It’s hot over there. They’ve got all this armor on. They’ve got guns. It’s war. They’re out there working hard. They’re working seven days a week, 8-to-12 hours a day. They do 12-month tours at a time. They’re away from their family. They want to come home. They want to see their kids. But they’ve got a job to do and they’re doing a damn good job.

Thank you from the WIRE to all the men and women currently serving our Military, and to those before them, Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.