All-Decade Fun, Mitch's Donation, Hicks' Request, and Other Bears Bullets

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All-Decade Fun, Mitch’s Donation, Hicks’ Request, and Other Bears Bullets

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Leftover chocolate chip pecan bourbon pie tastes as good as when I first made it. Heck, maybe even better. That’s always a sign of a good pie.

  • Yesterday, I was reminded that there is still a clump of Bears fans who hold it against Julius Peppers for signing with the Packers as a free agent. Never mind that it was Phil Emery who released Peppers from his Bears contract, then signed Jared Allen to replace him. Somehow, Peppers takes the brunt of the criticism for something he mostly couldn’t control.
  • Could he have signed with any of the league’s other 30 teams? Sure. And while I was certainly disappointed to see Peppers sign with Green Bay when he did, it’s hard for me to have beef with the guy. In fact, I’m still mad at Emery for cutting him, then bringing on Allen — who spent less time in Chicago as Peppers’ replacement than Peppers did in Green Bay. Nice move, Phil.
  • With that being said, I’m sharing this as a reminder of how great Peppers was in Chicago:

  • ICYMI: Four players with Bears ties made the NFL’s All-Decade Team. Each was well-deserved.
    • My All-Decade Bears Offense: Jay Cutler (QB), Matt Forte (RB), Alshon Jeffery (WR), Brandon Marshall (WR), Allen Robinson (WR), Martellus Bennett (TE), Charles Leno Jr. (LT), Roberto Garza (LG), Cody Whitehair (C), Matt Slauson (RG), Kyle Long (RT)
      • Cutler with the option to throw to four big dudes or hand it or dump it to a top-notch running back is the stuff Matt Nagy’s dreams are probably made of as a play designer.
    • My All-Decade Bears Defense: Julius Peppers (EDGE), Akiem Hicks (DT), Eddie Goldman (DT), Khalil Mack (EDGE), Lance Briggs (LB), Brian Urlacher (LB), Kyle Fuller (CB), Peanut Tillman (CB), Tim Jennings (CB) Eddie Jackson (S), Adrian Amos (S).
      • Maybe I’m stretching it a bit with Urlacher, Briggs, and Tillman. But those guys were so good in the early part of the decade, I couldn’t leave them off the team.
    • My All-Decade Bears Special Teams: Robbie Gould (PK), Pat O’Donnell (P), Devin Hester (PR), Cordarrelle Patterson (KR).
  • Imagine having to prepare to stop both of these guys:

  • Good luck scoring agains that defense! Best wishes to those on kick coverage teams! And opposing defenses might have a shot if Cutler is asked to throw it 50 times per game. Otherwise, this team is pretty solid all around.
  • An incomplete list of players who might have beef with me because I snubbed them: Jordan Howard, Danny Trevathan, Prince Amukamara, Henry Melton, Brad Maynard.
  • Remember when Tim Jennings made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back years? That happened in the last decade!
  • Way to go, Mitch:

  • Yikes:

  • When the 6-4, 352-pound man tells you to do something, you do it. If he says “jump,” you say “how high?” Should he request you stay inside in an attempt to stem the spread of a virus, your response should be “yes sir.”
  • Some words from the Bears’ chairman:

  • High school baseball fields can be weird-looking, often because of football fields

  • Could you imagine what football would look like if each team’s playing field had different dimensions?

Author: Luis Medina

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