Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

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After devoting last week's Ten Thoughts to Chicago sports, we're back at the NFL this week. Let us know what has been on your mind the past week surrounding the National Football League.

1) The NFL Network's Top 100 players list has concluded with Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings at #1, and I have no problem with that.

2) I thought it was a good move that the New England Patriots are allowing fans to trade in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for a jersey from a player that, you know, wasn't accused of murder.

3) Mark Sanchez just can't seem to get away from being stupid. His latest is the naked butt video, that if you really want to see you can google for yourself. There's a fine line between letting off a little steam by goofing around away from the field, and from making an ass out of yourself. Fair or not, the QB of an NFL team is held to a higher standard when it comes to maturity, and Sanchez's off field antics may cost him his job.

Here's a video I will provide, no nudity however...

4) Josh Brent, the Dallas Cowboys DT that killed his teammate last year when he was driving drunk, is in jail because he failed another drug test. When you are free on bond awaiting trial on intoxication manslaughter charges, you should probably be on your best behavior. Calling this guy a dumbass would be insulting to dumbases. I hope he receives the maximum sentence.

5) The NFL has a serious problem. Yahoo sports recently published a slideshow, 27 NFL players arrested since the Super Bowl, and it's already outdated and wrong. Besides Brent, the Indianapolis Colts Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun charges. That's at least 29 by my count, unless another player was cuffed while I was writing this...

6) Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who I picked as the Chiefs Face of the Franchise, recently said his new QB is Super Bowl-caliber, and I agree. I think the addition of Alex Smith to work with head coach Andy Reid will be exactly what they need to turn that franchise into a contender.

7) What a shocker, the Oregon Ducks football program was busted by the NCAA, and their former coach Chip Kelly, who currently is the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, received a little slap on the wrist.

8) I get that the NFL Power Ranking articles are just to drum up conversation, but how does a ranking fluctuate in the off season when nothing really is going on? Around the NFL North: Chicago Bears still at 13, Minnesota Vikings up 1 to 11, Green Bay Packers up 1 to 5, and the Detroit Lions remain at 25.

9) Pro Football Talk is running down their own Top 100 NFL players list, and three Bears made their bottom 25. Matt Forte at #100, Lance Briggs at #96, and Henry Melton at #95. I think after a year in the West Coast Offense, we'll see Forte shooting way up in these types of lists.

10) I wasn't expecting to see such a low contract number for Israel Idonije. I just assumed that the Lions offered up substantially more than the Bears were offering.


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