Monday, January 26, 2015

Breaking down the QBs in the NFL draft and talking Bears coaching staff, RIP Ernie Banks


We begin our coverage of the NFL draft by covering the most important position: The Quarterback.  We tie it in with coverage of the extended Bears coaching staff and their off season plan.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Podcast: Bears hire John Fox, Hawks and Bulls slumping, the NFL draft.


John Fox and #FoxWatch are finally here in Chicago.  Bears have their first head coach with experience.  What does that mean for the team?  The Blackhawks and Bulls are slumping.  The Cubs and White Sox still crawling through the off-season with a few updates.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Only interested in one team or want to skip around? Here are the times:
Chicago Bears: start-36:30
Blackhawks: 36:30-49:20
Bulls: 49:20-57:35
Cubs: 57:35-1:05:20

Sox: 1:05:20-end





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Monday, January 12, 2015

New podcast: Bears have a new GM, tale of 2 Bulls teams, Hawks still streaking


The Bears have a new GM, the coaching search is still on, the Bulls are schizophrenic, and the Blackhawks are still streaking.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bears have hired a new GM


Ryan Pace, formerly the director of pro personnel for the Saints, became G.M. of the Bears today. Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis said this week that he believes Pace is ready to become a general manager, although the Saints were hoping not to lose him.
Pace will now participate in the Bears’ coaching search, which the team was reportedly hoping to conclude shortly after finishing their general manager search.
The first, biggest question facing Pace and the new coach will be whether Jay Cutler has a future in Chicago. Although Cutler’s disappointing 2014 season has called his future into question, his guaranteed $15 million salary for 2015 may make him impossible to move.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Podcast: talking Bears GM/coach searches, draft strategies, and offseason moves


We discuss the GM and head coach searches, draft strategies, and the off season moves the Bears should and could make with Lester Wiltfong of WindyCityGridiron.com.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Podcast: Bears fire Emery/Trestman and we talk successors. Plus Bulls and Blackhawks on a roll


After a disastrous season, Virginia McCaskey is PISSED and cleaned house.  We discuss the firing of Phil Emery, Marc Trestman, and Aaron Kromer.  We also break down the streaking Blackhawks and Bulls.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Football talk from 0:00-40:20
Bulls Talk from 40:20-52:00
Blackhawks/IceHogs talk from 52:00-end





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Friday, December 26, 2014

Is playing Cutler the last week the right choice?

Prior to the week 16 game versus the Detroit Lions, it was announced Jay Cutler would be benched for the remainder of the season.  After the concussion suffered by backup Jimmy Clausen, the team announced the return of Jay Cutler as the starter.  Was this the right choice?

I guess the answer is...it depends. It depends on what your ultimate goal is.  If you want to put your team in the best possible chance to close out the season with a win, you play Smokin Jay.  He is physically the most talented QB on the roster.  He has also received about 90% of the practice reps for the whole season.  Not to mention, he shredded the Vikings D for 330 yards and 3 TDs in week 11.

But if you want to think more long term, the right answer is starting 6th round pick rookie David Fales as QB.  Let's weigh the pros and cons here.
Pros:
-Talent-wise, he was fairly highly regarded coming out of college.  His height is what dropped him down the boards.
-If you're Phil Emery and you want to save your job, you show you can develop a QB.
-If you're Marc Trestman, if you ever want to work in the NFL again, you show that it was Jay's fault for the offensive implosion.
-If you're ownership and Fales plays well, you have some options with trading Jay in the off season.
-If you win the game, you hurt your draft position.  It sounds like a defeatist attitude to have, but being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and with a much more shallow draft than last season, position counts this season.

Although it's not often that a 6th rounder steps up and performs well as a starting NFL QB, but it has happened.  More likely, we'll see an over-matched and bewildered youngster.  But this team is about to turn to a new leadership direction.  I think whoever is hired as new management would love to see what they have in David Fales...because everyone, good or bad, knows what they have with Jay.
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