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Goodbye, Peanut, and Good Luck

Few Chicago Bears have been as reliable as Charles Tillman. And in recent years, none have been more respected.

But with new decision makers at Halas Hall and Tillman, now 34 years old, coming off two injury-shortened seasons and at the end of his contract, the bittersweet divorce wasn’t difficult to forecast. This week, Tillman signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers and closed the book on his 12-year career in Chicago.

But that doesn’t mean Bears fans should stop cheering for Peanut. The Bears weren’t going to pay him the $3 million he’s getting now, and he’s said all along he planned on playing 2015. Now, he’s joining a team that not only has some familiar faces in head coach Ron Rivera and tight end Greg Olsen, but has also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

Still, it won’t be easy seeing Peanut in a Panthers uniform, not after he’s played every one of his 156 NFL games for the Bears. His mix of performance (42 forced fumbles, 9 defensive TDs) and professionalism made him a favorite of fans, teammates, local reporters and even opponents:

Tillman introduced himself on Friday to the Carolina media, a group he’ll win over, too. The talent and intelligence will help, but it was always his uncommon mix of candor and humor that the Chicago media most appreciated.

Assuming he’s healthy, he should have no problem fitting in on the field, either. He said he’s not aiming for a starting role, but it’s easy to picture him lining up across from the NFC South’s tallest wide receivers, guys like Mike Evans and Julio Jones.

Of course, he needs to prove he’s up to the task, and let’s hope he is. Tillman was a consummate pro in Chicago, and he really had nothing left to prove there. Other than kicker Robbie Gould, he was the last player remaining from the Bears’ 2006 team that went all the way to the Super Bowl.

If Carolina makes the playoffs and doesn’t cross paths with the Bears, why not cheer for a guy like Tillman to win a championship?

I know I will be.

Chicago Bears on National Signing Day

Today is National Signing Day or College Football’s Draft Day. Each high school recruit is given a ranking on a star scale with 5 stars being the highest. Then each school is graded by the number of recruits they signed and the number of stars those recruits were given, similar to Draft Day grades. Many times, the star ratings end up meaning nothing. For example, JJ Watt was a 2 star recruit out of high school and many 5 star recruits go undrafted in the NFL.

Throughout the years, the Bears have drafted some 5 recruits and currently have 3 on the roster.

2002 Devin Hester (28th overall) Miami

2003 Greg Olsen (10th overall) Miami

2005 Martellus Bennett (8th overall) Texas A&M

2007 Jimmy Clausen (1st overall) Notre Dame

2010 Christian Jones (20th overall) Florida State

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Episode 10: Week 6 Preview vs. Falcons — Should the Bears kick to Devin Hester?

In this week's podcast, we discuss why Lamarr Houston blasting fans on Twitter was a mistake.
In this week’s podcast, we discuss why Lamarr Houston blasting fans on Twitter was a mistake.

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In this week’s episode, Jordan and I review the Bears’ disappointing loss to the Panthers in Week 5, discuss why Lamarr Houston should sit out a few plays on Twitter and preview this weekend’s game against the Falcons.

Jordan was in Carolina for the game, so he talks about what the atmosphere was like in the stadium — when the Bears were winning 21-7 in the first half, and when he had to walk shamefully from the stadium after the Bears’ collapse.

If you have a suggestion for a guest you’d like to hear on the show, or if you’d like to ask a Bears question and have it answered on the podcast, reach out to us via Twitter.

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SHOW NOTES

• Why do the Bears at times look flawless and other times look inept?

• Why Greg Olsen scoring two TDs against the Bears is like salt in the wound

• Have you ever seen anything like Philly Brown‘s punt return for a TD?

• Why Kyle Fuller deserves a pass for his pass interference call in the end zone

• After another concussion, what’s Chris Conte‘s future?

• How much of an effect has special teams coach Dave Toub‘s departure had on the Bears?

• Why Lamarr Houston was wrong to blast Bears fans on Twitter

• Should the Bears kick to Devin Hester?

• Who is Antone Smith and why should the Bears care?

LINKS

VIDEO: Philly Brown’s punt return for a TD (Panthers.com)

Bears release Isaiah Frey, elevate Louis-Jean (ESPN)

Bears’ Jared Allen confident sacks will come (Chicago Tribune)

Falcons’ Antone Smith increasing value with every touch (ESPN)

John Hansen, publisher, FantasyGuru.com (Twitter)

Vaughn McClure, Atlanta Falcons reporter, ESPN (Twitter)

Episode 9: Week 5 Preview vs. Panthers — Could The Bears Get Ndamukong Suh?

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In this week’s episode, Jordan and I review the Bears’ unfortunate loss to the Packers in Week 4, discuss a few notes from around the league — like, is the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh headed out of Detroit and to Chicago? — and talk about why the Bears look good heading into this weekend’s game at Carolina.

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SHOW NOTES

• Why there’s no shame in losing to the Packers (but it still hurts)

• Where’s the Bears’ pass rush?

• Why the Bears’ offensive line is the team’s best unit right now

• QB Jay Cutler‘s two INTs: Were they his fault?

• Was the officiating in the Packers game epically bad? And did TE Martellus Bennett actually cross the goal line?

• NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk called the Packers’ win “Fool’s Gold” … is that fair?

• What are the odds Jon Gruden leaves the ESPN broadcasting booth for the sideline?

• Any chance Lions DL Ndamukong Suh leaves Detroit next season? Any chance he comes to Chicago?

• Why is former Bears GM Jerry Angelo admitting trading TE Greg Olsen to Carolina was a mistake?

• Every Panthers running back is injured … so who is Darrin Reaves? Will we see more of QB Cam Newton on the ground this week?

• Matchup to watch: rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin vs. CB Kyle Fuller

• WR Brandon Marshall is clearly not 100 percent healthy, so why not let him rest?

LINKS

Article: Ndamukong Suh’s frustration boils over on contract talk (USA Today)

Article: Jon Gruden: ‘I’m not even thinking about coaching’ (NFL.com)

Hub Arkush, Director of Football Content at ChicagoFootball.com (Twitter)

Dan Pompei, NFL reporter for the Chicago Tribune (Twitter)

Greg Olsen’s career stats (Pro Football Reference)

Cam Newton’s career stats (Pro Football Reference)

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