In this Friday edition of Bears Bites, we deviate from the script a bit. We do take a look at a couple of Bears stories, but for the most part, we focus on Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be contested on Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
-We’ll start out with the two Bears stories of the day. The first is an interesting mock draft by Dominique Blanton. Most drafts that are out right now have the Bears taking Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan, but Blanton has Jernigan too high on the board for the Bears to grab. Instead, this mock draft has the Bears taking Stephon Tuitt, a defensive lineman out of the University of Notre Dame. His versatility is a huge boost to a line that desperately needs it. [Bears Huddle]
-How are the Bears looking at cornerback next season? With only Tim Jennings under contract, the Bears have some serious work to do, and have to decide whether they are going to bring back Charles Tillman and/or Zack Bowman next season. [ESPN Chicago]
-Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll may rub some people the wrong way, but the enthusiasm with which he attacks the job is definitely fascinating to behold. [Yahoo! Sports]
-Malik Jackson, a defensive end for the Broncos, idolized Bears defensive end Julius Peppers while growing up. John Mullin has more on his story. [CSN Chicago]
-Yes, there are still stories being written about the weather and the Super Bowl. [Daily Herald]
-In their recent “spat,” Peyton Manning got the upper hand on Richard Sherman, according to Rick Telander. From our view, there really wasn’t a winner or loser. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Finally, Champ Bailey has been waiting 15 years for the chance to play in a Super Bowl, and he is confident that he can get a victory with the Broncos on Sunday. [Chicago Tribune]