Welcome to your Weekend Den Open Thread
We have a relaxed atmosphere here in the Weekend Den and we make it an Open Thread to give you good people a place to come and leave comments, links, mock the Packers because… well… PACKERS, and whatever else you want to say (as long as you stay within the community guidelines). The seat belt light is off, feel free to get up and wander around the cabin! As always, open thread responsibly!!!!
A FEW LINKS FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
Biggs: In midst of a negative national narrative, at least Bears admit to rebuilding - Chicago Tribune - With controversial fallout from draft of quarterback Mitch Trubisky and a hint of organizational discord, Bears set on unknown, new course.
LeGere: Former Bears QB Jay Cutler retires from football, joins the media - Daily Herald - Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is done with football and has decided to become a member of the media with FOX Sports.
Boden: Will Bears fans finally get to see another side of Jay Cutler in his new role as FOX broadcaster? - CSN Chicago - After years of limited exposure as the Bears' quarterback, will fans finally see another side of Jay Cutler in his new role in the broadcast booth?
Jahns: Former Bears QB Jay Cutler retires from football, joins the media - Chicago Sun-Times - Cutler played eight seasons with the Bears and went 52-52.
Morrissey: Jay Cutler as a TV broadcaster isn't a joke. It's a punch line. - Chicago Sun-Times - Fox hires a guy who hated talking with the media.
Mayer: Jay Cutler to join FOX Sports broadcast team in 2017 - ChicagoBears.com - Jay Cutler announced Friday that he has been hired as a color analyst by FOX Sports. But the former Bears quarterback left the door open to return to the playing field.
8 reasons why Jay Cutler should be a great fit for Fox's NFL broadcasts - Pro Football Weekly - The former Bears QB has the football intelligence and the wit to be an entertaining commentator
Patra: Jay Cutler's broadcasting move different than Romo's - NFL.com - Jay Cutler and Tony Romo are both heading to the broadcast booth, but that's where the similarities between their second careers outside of football end, Kevin Patra writes.
Cutler: Retirement, move to broadcasting 'permanent' - NFL.com - If there was any question that Jay Cutler, FOX Sports' newesr color commentator was considering a return to football, the former Bears quarterback quashed those concerns on Friday afternoon.
Florio: Colt Lyerla escapes from prison - ProFootballTalk - He's loose. Literally. Former NFL tight end Colt Lyerla, who had a limited stint with the Packers, has escaped from custody in Oregon. Lyerla reportedly bolted through the window of a minimum-security facility, two months in to a six-month sentence.
KNOW THY ENEMY
Alper: Mike Zimmer wants the Vikings to get back to being “blue-collar” this year - ProFootballTalk - Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the end of the 2016 season that he heard from some of the team's players about what he could do to be a better coach and said Friday that he also met with "a number of head coaches" to discuss the same topic.
Reisman: PFF calls Lions most improved team in NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - Not everyone is hating on the Lions’ offseason.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Wiltfong: Statement from George McCaskey on Jay Cutler - Windy City Gridiron - Earlier today former Chicago Bears’ quarterback, Jay Cutler, sort of retired by releasing a statement that began, "I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really...
Wiltfong: Was it really Trubisky or nothing among the rookie QBs for the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - The MMQBs Albert Breer, is reporting that the Chicago Bears were Trubisky or bust in the 2017 NFL Draft. If he was gone, they would have passed on taking a QB.
Householder: Cutler’s first broadcast will be a Bears game - Windy City Gridiron - Will the former Bears QB go from the field to the booth?
Wiltfong: Our favorite and least favorite of the Bears’ rookie class - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he was joined by EJ Snyder, to talk about their favorite, and least favorite, among the Chicago Bears’ draft picks. They also talked about the 2017 UDFA class.
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