Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond


It's time for our weekly run around the NFL. If you have some thoughts to add, just drop them in the comments section. Enjoy...

1) Last week an arrest warrant was issued for Chad Johnson because he failed to meet with his probation officer. My initial thought was; How dumb do you have to be to miss out on a scheduled visit with your probation officer? But then I realized it's probably just as stupid as getting arrested for domestic violence in the first place.

2) I like the San Diego Chargers signing of Dwight Freeney. Even though he's best suited to play a 4-3 DE, and San Diego runs the 3-4, Freeney received experience as a 3-4 OLB last year. And besides, on passing downs many 3-4 teams bring out various fronts to confuse an offense, and Freeney will be able to rush the QB from where ever he's most comfortable.

3) Oh look, another Seattle Seahawks player was busted for using PEDs. Bruce Irvin is the 7th Seahawk to test positive for an illegal substance since 2011. I wonder if Pete Carroll just took his cheating ways from USC to the Emerald City...

4) The New England Patriots are receiving quite a bit of flak for cutting DT Kyle Love after he was diagnosed with diabetes. The Pats didn't violate ant NFL rules, nor did they break any employment laws, they simply made a decision to part ways with a player they believed could no longer help them win. There are no guarantees in the NFL, and N.E. did offer him a retirement deal.

And in case you missed it, the Jacksonville Jaguars did sign Love to play and he did pass his physical.

5) I'll make a prediction right now, Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop will not win the leagues Defensive MVP. Bishop won't even be the Packers Defensive MVP. And just in case you're not sure what I'm talking about, he predicted an MVP for himself this year.

6) In the Some People Sure Are Stupid Department: Word got out that Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was registered at Bed Bath And Beyond for his upcoming wedding.

What would prompt fans to go to the store and buy stuff for a multimillionaire is beyond me. You have to hand it to RGIII, he's been very grateful for all his gifts.

Smh indeed RGIII, smh indeed...

7) Per Adam Schefter, the NFL is expected to move the start of the league year up to before the NFL Combine, and push the draft back to May. What this means is an earlier free agent frenzy and more time for Mock Draft Season.

8) The Chicago Bears released DT Andre Fluellen earlier today, I wonder if there's still room for the still unemployed Israel Idonije? I think he would bring very good depth across the Bears D-Line.

9) Just in case you were still holding out hope for a Brian Urlacher return, Phil Emery pretty much slammed the door shut on that.

"Brian was a great player and still is a great player," Emery said. "I have the utmost respect for Brian. As I've told people before, I've got far too many gray hairs to never say never. But obviously we've made an investment in terms of bringing a couple of key veterans in and drafting a couple rookies. So I would say that that is less likely to happen than more likely."

Hopefully those few #54 faithful that are still holding a candle for their guy, can now move on and get back to focusing on the current crop of Bears players.

10) Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com asked a pressing question of each NFL team heading into the Summer. His big question for the Bears has him wondering who starts at middle linebacker.

For years, it was Brian Urlacher in the middle. Now he's gone, released earlier this year. The Bears signed veteran D.J. Williams from Denver to take over in the middle. But they also drafted Florida's Jon Bostic in the second round of the draft. Whoever takes over has some big shoes to fill.

If that is the top question for the Bears, then 2013 will be smooth sailing. I think the pressing question for the Bears is; How will the Bears offensive players take to the new Marc Trestman West Coast Offense?

What do you have as the most pressing question for the Bears heading into this summer?

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