In this edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at the two sides of the argument over whether the Chicago Bears and the city are kowtowing too much to the NFL, how the Bears’ secondary performed in 2014, and whether keeping Jay Cutler is a good idea.
-We start out with Tim Baffoe, who weighed in on the controversy surrounding the list of demands that the NFL made of the city of Chicago in order to host the 2015 NFL Draft here. In Baffoe’s eyes, the draft feels like less of an opportunity to showcase the city than a chance for the NFL to act like the International Olympic Committee and dip their hands into another municipal piggy bank. [CBS Chicago]
-On the counter argument that the draft represents Chicago as the football city it fancies itself to be, David Haugh wrote a column defending the city’s decisions regarding its hosting duties. [Chicago Tribune]
-Just how well (or how poorly), did the Bears’ secondary perform in 2014? In their latest edition of Making the Grade, the CSN crew takes a look. [CSN Chicago]
-Keeping Jay Cutler around doesn’t feel like the fresh start the Bears are looking for, Barry Rozner opines. [Daily Herald]
-Matt Forte doesn’t fumble very often, which made his coughing up the football toward the end of the Bears’ Week 5 loss to the Carolina Panthers worthy of inclusion on Michael C. Wright’s list of plays that shaped the Bears’ season. [ESPN Chicago]
-The $1 billion concussion settlement that the NFL is negotiating with former players is getting close to final, but there are still questions to be answered. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Finally, welcome back to the NFL Richie Incognito? The former Dolphins lineman who was roundly blasted and summarily released by the team after his involvement in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal came to light, looks like he’s found a new home with the Buffalo Bills. [Shutdown Corner]