Pagano Gets Egged for the Crack Cancer Challenge, Tricky Kicks, Stroll Down Memory Lane, and Other Bullets

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Pagano Gets Egged for the Crack Cancer Challenge, Tricky Kicks, Stroll Down Memory Lane, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

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It’s worth noting they have Bears-themed shirts, too:

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  • I remember watching this replay a dozen times (at least) in 2001, but never have I ever seen it from this angle:

  • Let’s set the scene. The Bears were 5-1 and rolling until the Browns came in and opened up what was a 21-7 lead after three quarters. So how did the Bears climb all the way back and win this one? Last-minute touchdown passes from Shane Matthews to Marty Booker and James Allen sent the Bears and Browns to overtime, then Mike Brown returned a tipped interception 16 yards for the game-winner. But seriously, how did Shane Matthews (never one to be known to have a rocket for an arm) muster enough oomph! on that one? Or better yet, how did James Allen end up in the right place at the right time? So many questions.
  • Take a trip down memory lane and re-visit the box score from this game. Dick Jauron was coaching the Bears and was opposed by Butch Davis. There was still hope for Tim Couch at this point. Anthony Thomas was going to be the next great Bears running back.Courtney Brown was going to be a star on the defensive side of the ball for Cleveland. Paul Edinger and his cork-screw kicking style was taking the world by storm. Oh, what a time to be alive.
  • These are some of the more fun names you’ll find in that box score: Dez White, D’Wayne Bates, Blake Brockermeyer, Ted Washington, Keith Traylor, Warrick Holdman, Walt Harris, Jerry Azumah, R.W. McQuarters.
  • Wait, how were the Browns not better? Davis had Bruce Arians as his offensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano as his secondary coach, Todd Bowles as an assistant to Pagano. What happened here, guys?
  • I was today years old when I learned that Pete Carmichael (currently the Saints Offensive Coordinator and a name who pops up from time-to-time when head-coach openings pop up) was an offensive assistant under John Shoop on Jauron’s staff.
  • This should be good:

  • Recent history hasn’t been too kind to the Bears, who just ended a lengthy active playoff drought, haven’t been to the Super Bowl since losing in XLI, and haven’t won it since XX. And yet, this franchise has countless memorable moments that helped build the fandom to what it is today. As someone who once dug into Tribune archives as an employee and subscriber, I’m looking forward to being taken back down memory lane.
  • Mitch Trubisky is a Pro Bowl quarterback. Those words bring so many good vibes to my mind:

  • Ali Bhanpuri (NFL.com) runs down the greatest quarterbacks to ever suit up for the NFC North’s four teams, but I have a feeling the Bears’ representative will need to be updated in a few years. Just call it a hunch.
  • Four Bears show up on Field Yates’ (ESPN) list of top-100 fantasy players. Tarik Cohen (52nd) and Allen Robinson (60th) are the highest ranking Bears, with Mike Davis (92nd) and David Montgomery (95th) sliding in on the back end. The Packers and Lions each have three top-100 guys, while the Lions check in with just two. Slackers.
  • BOOM! CRACK!

  • Uhhhh, sign this guy up:

  • An update on the Jets’ GM search that includes Bears front office exec Champ Kelly:



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.