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From a Chicago Bears fan, I have some things to say about our football team…let me beat you to it, and say, yeah they suck this year. Let me tell you why….the trade for Jay Cutler is still the best thing the Bears have done in a very long time. He is the piece we need to build around. The FRANCHISE quarterback. His performance so far is not great by any means, but you can’t deny his positives. Our current receiving core isn’t going to cut it. If Cutler had more experienced and taller receivers, I think that would be a start. Our failed attempt to acquire Anquan Boldin gives us fans hope that Jerry Angelo still knows what he needs to do. The Cardinals will now gladly trade Anquan Boldin this off-season, and I think we need to do whatever it takes to get him. I still think we should have signed former Jaguars (WR)Matt Jones. He is still out there, and despite having some off the field issues, he has all the tools we need at the position. Next year if we had Anquan Boldin, Matt Jones (or another free agent signing), with Devin Hester or Johnny Knox in the slot with Greg Olsen at Tight End, this would fix our receiving core. Another huge problem is our terrible offensive line…we will be without 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks in the 2010 draft, so we need to do our research and get ourselves some offensive lineman, and some help for our secondary. Free Agency might also help both of these positions a bit. As far as our running game is concerned, I think it all starts with our offensive line. They aren’t giving Matt Forte the holes he needs. Some of the blame has to go to Forte himself as well. He seems too antsy, and just needs to have a good off-season of strengthening and conditioning. I’m not totally opposed to adding another running back through the draft or free agency though. Kevin Jones is not the answer as our back up. He is just too injury prone, and I wouldn’t mind adding a bruising type back. Our defense is getting older, and I think the acquisition of (DE)Gaines Adams from the Buccaneers will help. I’m not too concerned with our defensive line or linebackers. They just need to stay healthy, and we need to make sure we have adequate depth in case of injury.

There has been some talk of letting Head Coach Lovie Smith go after the season. I have mixed emotions on this….I think Lovie is a players coach, and I doubt there is a single player in that locker room that holds any ill will towards Lovie Smith. He lead us to a Super Bowl in 2007, and that should tell you right there that he is capable of being our head coach. I feel that Lovie needs to fire himself up a bit more, and drop the reserved approach. He should still treat his players as men, but needs to take a tougher approach to it. I read somewhere that former Denver Broncos head coach, Mike Shanahan would be a perfect fit. I don’t disagree with that at all, because he is from the Chicago area, was the head coach of Jay Cutler since he entered the league in 2006, and has lead the Denver Broncos to multiple Super Bowl championships. It is no guarantee he would take the job here anyway, but you can see why it would be attractive to the Bears, as well as Shanahan himself. It surely is an interesting scenario. I just don’t think Lovie is to blame for all of our problems. We need to fire Ron Turner in the offseason….that is one thing I am very sure of. We need to start from scratch and implement a new offensive scheme with a new offensive coordinator, who will build our offense around Jay Cutler’s abilities. As far as free agents in 2010, I will list a few players that would help us in getting this thing turned around. Remember that we don’t have many choices in the 2010 draft, so we need to bring in fresh faces through free agency or trades. Bringing in the right group of talent could get this thing turned around. It seems like any offensive player who comes to Chicago from another team, never does as well as his previous stint with the old team. The players that leave the Bears to go to different teams seem to do so much better with their new team, than with their stint with the Bears…just look at (RB)Cedric Benson – Bengals, (RB)Thomas Jones – Jets, (WR)Bernard Berrian – Vikings, (QB)Kyle Orton – Broncos, (DT)Tank Johnson – Cowboys & Bengals….it’s too much to be coincidence. Our upper management needs to make sure we work extra hard in the off-season, to not only evaluate players, but evaluate how their independent skills will mesh with the next guy.

2010 Free Agent Wide Receivers of Interest :
– Eagles (WR)Jason Avant
– Bills (WR)Terrell Owens
– Ravens (WR)Mark Clayton
– Bengals (WR)Chris Henry
– Broncos (WR)Brandon Marshall (looks like he will get an extension in Denver though)
– Giants (WR)Sinorice Moss

2010 Free Agent Cornerbacks of Interest :
– Cowboys (CB)Terence Newman
– Colts (CB)Marlin Jackson
– Eagles (CB)Ellis Hobbs
– Packers (CB)Will Blackmon
– Panthers (CB)Richard Marshall
– Steelers (CB)Deshea Townsend
– Steelers (CB)William Gay (RFA)
– Falcons (CB)Brent Grimes (RFA)

2010 Free Agent Safeties of Interest :
– Colts (S)Antoine Bethea
– Packers (S)Atari Bigby
– Steelers (S)Ryan Clark
– Eagles (S)Sean Jones
– Jets (S)Eric Smith
– Saints (S)Usama Young (RFA)

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FIRST QUARTER
– Packers (QB)Aaron Rodgers passes to (WR)James Jones for TD
– Falcons (QB)Matt Ryan passes to (TE)Tony Gonzalez for TD
– Cardinals (QB)Kurt Warner passes to (WR)Larry Fitzgerald for TD
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (WR)Andre Caldwell for TD
– Buccaneers (QB)Josh Freeman passes to (RB)Derrick Ward for TD
– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler passes to (TE)Greg Olsen for TD
– Colts (QB)Peyton Manning passes to (RB)Joseph Addai for TD
– Jaguars (RB)Rashad Jennings rushes for TD
– Patriots (RB)Laurence Maroney rushes for TD
– Cardinals (QB)Kurt Warner passes to (TE)Ben Patrick for TD
– Buccaneers (QB)Josh Freeman passes to (WR)Sammie Stroughter for a TD
– Falcons(D/ST) Falcons (CB)Tye Hill 62 Yard Interception Return for TD
– Packers (RB)Ryan Grant rushes for TD
– Bengals (RB)Cedric Benson rushes for TD

SECOND QUARTER
– Cardinals (QB)Kurt Warner passes to (WR)Larry Fitzgerald for TD
– Buccaneers(D/ST) Buccaneers (CB)Ronde Barber 31 Yard Blocked Punt Return for TD
– Packers (QB)Aaron Rodgers passes to (WR)Donald Driver for TD
– Falcons (RB)Michael Turner rushes for TD
– Cardinals (QB)Kurt Warner passes to (TE)Anthony Becht for TD
– Dolphins (RB)Ricky Williams rushes for a TD
– Jaguars (QB)David Garrard passes to (WR)Mike Sims-Walker for TD

THIRD QUARTER
– Redskins (RB)Ladell Betts rushes for TD
– Texans (QB)Matt Schaub passes to (RB)Ryan Moats for TD
– Dolphins (RB)Ronnie Brown passes to (TE)Joey Haynos for TD
– Patriots (QB)Tom Brady passes to (WR)Randy Moss for TD
– Patriots (QB)Tom Brady passes to (WR)Randy Moss for 2 Point Conversion

FOURTH QUARTER
– Redskins (QB)Jason Campbell passes to (TE)Todd Yoder for TD
– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler passes to (TE)Greg Olsen for TD
– Texans (RB)Steve Slaton rushes for TD
– Falcons (RB)Michael Turner rushes for TD
– Ravens (RB)Ray Rice rushes for TD
– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler passes to (TE)Greg Olsen for TD
– Packers (QB)Aaron Rodgers rushes for a TD
– Jaguars (RB)Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for TD
– Buccaneers (QB)Josh Freeman passes to (TE)Kellen Winslow for TD
– Colts (RB)Joseph Addai rushes for TD
– Cardinals (QB)Kurt Warner passes to (WR)Steve Breaston for TD
– Chiefs (QB)Matt Cassel passes to (WR)Chris Chambers for a TD
– Chiefs (QB)Matt Cassel passes to (WR)Chris Chambers for a TD
– Buccaneers(D/ST) Buccaneers (S)Tanard Jackson 35 Yard Interception Return for TD

FIRST QUARTER
– Jets (RB)Thomas Jones rushes for a TD
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (WR)Chris Henry for a TD
– Falcons (QB)Matt Ryan passes to (WR)Roddy White for a TD
– Bills (RB)Marshawn Lynch rushes for a TD
– Jets (QB)Mark Sanchez rushes for a TD
– Dolphins (RB)Ricky Williams rushes for a TD
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (WR)Chad Ochocinco for a TD
– Dolphins (RB)Ricky Williams rushes for a TD

SECOND QUARTER
– Panthers(D/ST) Panthers (DT)Hollis Thomas and (DE)Tyler Brayton get safety
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (TE)John Paul Foschi for a TD
– Jets (RB)Shonn Greene rushes for a TD
– Dolphins (RB)Ronnie Brown rushes for a TD
– Cowboys (QB)Tony Romo passes to (WR)Miles Austin for a TD
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (WR)Laveranues Coles for a TD

THIRD & FOURTH QUARTER
– Bills (QB)Ryan Fitzpatrick passes to (WR)Lee Evans for a TD
– Jets (QB)Mark Sanchez passes to (WR)David Clowney for a TD
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (WR)Chad Ochocinco for a TD
– Cowboys (QB)Tony Romo passes to (WR)Patrick Crayton for a TD
– Falcons (RB)Michael Turner rushes for a TD
– Cowboys (QB)Tony Romo passes to (WR)Miles Austin for a TD
– Saints (QB)Drew Brees rushes for a TD
– Saints(D/ST) Saints (S)Darren Sharper **42 Yard Interception Return for a TD**
– Bengals (RB)Cedric Benson rushes for a TD
– Jets (RB)Shonn Greene rushes for a TD
– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler passes to (WR)Devin Hester for a TD
– Panthers (RB)DeAngelo Williams rushes for a TD
– Saints (QB)Drew Brees passes to (WR)Marques Colston for a TD
– Cowboys(D/ST) Cowboys (WR)Patrick Crayton **73 Yard Punt Return for a TD**
– Dolphins (RB)Ricky Williams rushes for a TD
– Saints (RB)Reggie Bush rushes for a TD
– Falcons (QB)Matt Ryan passes to (WR)Eric Weems for a TD
– Saints (QB)Drew Brees rushes for a TD
– Saints(D/ST) Saints (CB)Tracy Porter **54 Yard Interception Return for a TD**

This weeks Who’s Hot / Who’s Not is for one late (really late) due to Adam’s wedding (which was a blast by the way). This one is going to be short and sweet because timing is not good at putting this out….but here are my picks for this week.

WHO”S HOT :

1) (QB)Eli Manning – New York Giants (vs. Arizona Cardinals)
Why : The Cardinals rank second to last in pass defense (#31/32) allowing an average of 265.2 yards per game and have given up 9 passing TD’s

2) (RB)DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers (vs. Buffalo Bills)
Why : The Bills and their banged up defense rank dead last (#32/32) in rush defense having given up a staggering average of 181.8 rushing yards per game as well as 8 total rushing TD’s.

3) (WR)Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears (@Cincinnati Bengals)
Why : The Bengals rank (#28/32) in pass defense and have given up 9 passing TD’s.

4) (TE)Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts (@ St. Louis Rams)
Why: The Rams rank (#27/32) in pass defense and have given up an average of 252 yards per game with 8 TD’s.

5) (WR)Mohamed Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns (vs. Green Bay Packers)
Why : My sleeper pick of the week is going up against a pass defense that ranks (#10/32) with an average of 192.6 passing yards per game, but they also have given up 9 passing touchdowns. I know Cleveland is a dismal team, but I see (QB)Derek Anderson connecting with Massaquoi for a TD this week.

WHO’S NOT

1) (QB)Donovan McNabb – Philadelphia Eagles (@Washington Redskins)
Why : The Redskins rank third (#3/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 169 yards per game with only 5 passing TD’s allowed.

2) (RB)Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Chicago Bears)
Why : The Bears rank (#6/32) in rush defense allowing an average of 88.4 yards per game with 5 rushing TD’s. I don’t think the Bears will take to Cedric Benson’s claim of the Bears “black-balling” him lightly.

3) (WR)Any Wide Receiver – Oakland Raiders (vs. New York Jets)
Why : The Jets rank (#8/32) in pass defense giving up an average of 187.7 yards per game with only 4 TD’s allowed.

4) (TE)Derek Fine – Buffalo Bills (@Carolina Panthers)
Why : The Panthers rank second (#2/32) in pass defense allowing an average of 156.8 yards per game with only 6 TD’s allowed.

5) (RB)Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons (@Dallas Cowboys)
Why : The Cowboys are ranked (#17/32) in rush defense allowing an average of 106.4 rushing yards per game but have only given up 2 rushing TD’s all season. So owners “beware”!

– Texans (QB)Matt Schaub passes to (TE)Owen Daniels for a TD
– Panthers (RB)DeAngelo Williams rushes for a TD
– Steelers (QB)Ben Roethlisberger passes to (TE)Heath Miller for a TD
– Bengals (RB)Cedric Benson rushes for a TD
– Saints (QB)Drew Brees passes to (WR)Robert Meachem for a TD
– Texans (QB)Matt Schaub passes to (RB)Steve Slaton for a TD
– Saints (QB)Drew Brees passes to (WR)Lance Moore for a TD
– Giants (RB)Ahmad Bradshaw rushes for a TD
– Browns(D/ST) Browns (KR)Joshua Cribbs returns kickoff for 98 Yard TD
– Giants (QB)Eli Manning passes to (WR)Mario Manningham for a TD
– Steelers (QB)Ben Roethlisberger passes to (WR)Hines Ward for a TD
– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer passes to (WR)Laveranues Coles for a TD

Vikings : (QB)Brett Favre passes to (TE)Visanthe Shiancoe for a TD
Redskins : (RB)Clinton Portis rushes for a TD
Steelers : (QB)Ben Roethlisberger passes to (WR)Mike Wallace for a TD
Bengals : (RB)Cedric Benson rushes for a TD
Panthers : (QB)Jake Delhomme passes to (TE)Jeff King for a TD
Giants : (QB)David Carr rushes for a TD
Eagles : (RB)Brian Westbrook rushes for a TD
Vikings : (RB)Adrian Peterson rushes for a TD
Cowboys : (RB)Tashard Choice rushes for a TD

Who’s Hot for Week 4

1) (QB)Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears (vs. Detroit Lions)
Why : The Lions are ranked (#30/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of of 278.7 yards per game. They also have given up the most passing touchdowns of any team in the league with 10. That’s right, 10. That’s 3 more than second worst in the league which is 7 touchdown passes, given up by the Cardinals, Titans, & Buccaneers. Plus, Cutler’s flat out on fire. Enjoy it while it lasts Mo-town.

2) (RB)Cedric Benson-Cincinnati Bengals (@ Cleveland Browns)
Why : The Browns are ranked (#30/32) in run defense, giving up an average of 184.3 rushing yards per game. Terrible….want to know what makes them even worse? They have given up a league high 8 rushing touchdowns so far this year (along with the Texans). Benson has become a heavily reliable running back each and every week. Just look at what he did last week against one of the leagues top defenses in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3) (WR)Mike Sims-Walker-Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Tennessee Titans)
Why : The Titans are ranked (#29/32) in passing defense, giving up an average of 274.7 yards per game. On top of that, they have allowed 7 touchdown passes already this season. Sims-Walker is one game away from becoming the Jaguars #1 receiving threat. I believe this week, will be the week.

4) (TE)Chris Cooley-Washington Redskins (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Why : The Buccaneers are ranked (#21/32) in passing defense, giving up an average of 245 yards per game. They also have given up a total of 7 passing touchdowns. These numbers are expected to get worse for the Buccaneers due to losing (S)Jermaine Phillips for the season. Look for (QB)Jason Campbell to find Cooley often during this match-up.

5) (RB)Michael Bush-Oakland Raiders (@ Houston Texans)
Why : This is my sleeper pick of the week. The Texans are ranked dead last against the run this season, giving up an average of 204.7 yards per game. They also have given up 8 rushing touchdowns this season. Darren McFadden should also have a great game this week, but don’t be surprised if Bush finds the end zone on at least one occasion this week.

Who’s Not (John Madden)for Week 4:

1) (QB)Tony Romo-Dallas Cowboys (@ Denver Broncos)
Why : Surprisingly, the Broncos rank second (#2/32) in pass defense, giving up only an average of 136.3 yards per game. They are also the only team in the league to not allow one single passing touchdown this season. Denver did some great re-arranging of their secondary in the off-season, adding long time Eagles great, (S)Brian Dawkins, and a pair of former Dolphins defensive backs, (S)Renaldo Hill, & (CB)Andre Goodman. It looks like the change of scenery has done them well, and Romo still seems to be not completely on the same page with their #1 Wide Receiver, Roy Williams. I don’t see Romo playing that well in Denver either. Sure seems like Tony Romo, and Terrell Owens are LOST without each other.

2) (RB)Fred Jackson-Buffalo Bills (@ Miami Dolphins)
Why : The Dolphins are ranked (#3/32) in rushing defense, giving up an average of only 66 rushing yards per game. They have only given up 2 rushing touchdowns as well. Bills (RB)Marshawn Lynch is coming back from a 3 game suspension this week, and will definitely reduce the work load of Fred Jackson. Fred Jackson did an excellent job of filling in for Lynch through the first 3 weeks of the season, but you cannot ignore the talents of Marshawn Lynch.

3) (WR)Nate Burleson-Seattle Seahawks (@ Indianapolis Colts)
Why : The Colts are ranked (#10/32) in passing defense, giving up an average of 192.3 yards per game. The Colts have only given up 1 passing touchdown this season.

4) (TE)Sean Ryan-Kansas City Chiefs (vs. New York Giants)
Why : The Giants are ranked first (#1/32) in the league in passing defense, giving up an average of 124 yards per game, and a total of 2 passing touchdowns. Now, I know Sean Ryan isn’t even a huge threat in the first place. He is the Chiefs starting tight end, but this week this Chiefs went out and signed for Cardinals (TE)Leonard Pope, who was released during final roster cuts. Leonard Pope is more of a threat than Sean Ryan is, and i’m sure he will see action this week, but the way the Chiefs passing attack has been, combined with the fact that the Giants are ranked first in defense, no Chiefs tight end this week will “light it up”. Oh how they shouldn’t of traded Tony Gonzalez.

5) (RB)Steven Jackson-St. Louis Rams (@ San Francisco 49ers)
Why : This is my “Beware” pick of the week. The 49ers are ranked (#4/32) in rushing defense, with an average of only 66.7 yards per game allowed. The reason I call for “beware” is because a) 66.7 yards per game is impressive and b) they haven’t allowing one single rushing touchdown yet this season. Steven Jackson is great running back in my eyes, but Mike Singletary has his defense on top of its game this season. Don’t look for them to faulter at home this week either.

Calling myself out : Last week I chose to put (TE)Vernon Davis in the “Who’s Not” section, when it should have been the complete opposite. He compiled 96 yards, 7 receptions, 2 of them going for touchdowns. My bad, but in my defense, I’m just giving it to you “by the numbers”. But what a game between the Vikings and 49ers. That game personified why the game of football is such a great game, and why I have such a passion for it. Anything can happen. Where else can you get a guy coming out of retirement for the second time, with everyone questioning if he still “had it”, throwing a pass to the back of the end zone with seconds left in the game while on the losing end, to a guy that was newly aquired and hadn’t even caught a single pass with his new team yet. 2 feet in bounds….TOUCHDOWN!! What a game….what a sport.