In this Thursday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at an interesting TV move that the NFL made, what Charles Tillman did with his Super Bowl tickets, and a lesson that the Seattle Seahawks could learn from the 1985 Bears.
-We start out with some big news about the NFL’s TV deal, as the league announced on Wednesday afternoon that they would be splitting their Thursday night slate of games with CBS beginning next season. The games will be simulcast on NFL Network, and all Thursday games (as well as two Saturday tilts) will feature CBS’ lead team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call. [CBS Chicago]
-John Mullin is currently taking a look at where the Bears stand at various positions on the field, and he took a look yesterday at how the team is looking at the linebacker spot, with veterans like Lance Briggs and youngsters like Khaseem Greene and Jon Bostic. [CSN Chicago]
-When the Chicago Bears won the 1986 Super Bowl over the New England Patriots, many folks thought their stellar defense and sold offense would lead them to more championships. They never made it back to the Super Bowl. What can the Seattle Seahawks learn from the Bears’ missteps following their victory? [Daily Herald]
-What did Charles Tillman do with his Super Bowl tickets? He gave them away to the family of Sgt. Ryan Doltz, who was tragically killed in Iraq. Is it too early to nominate him for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award again this year? [ESPN Chicago]
-700,000 Seahawks fans packed the streets of Seattle on Wednesday as the team celebrated their first ever Super Bowl championship. [Chicago Tribune]
-Could the Houston Texans actually draft Johnny Manziel with the first overall pick in May’s NFL Draft? Paul Banks thinks they very well could, and could be looking at taking either Johnny Football or Blake Bortles with the pick. [The Sports Bank]
-Finally, if you’re into golf, you should know that several NFL stars, including Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, will be competing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week. On Wednesday, Manning practiced at the legendary course with his long-time nemesis, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. [Shutdown Corner]