WBEZ | Philadelphia Eagles http://www.wbez.org/tags/philadelphia-eagles Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Congrats to the Chicago Bears organization. You've won back a fan. http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-08/congrats-chicago-bears-organization-youve-won-back-fan-93848 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-08/AP111107038551.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-08/AP111107038551.jpg" title="Marion Barber uses his hair to gain extra yards (AP) " width="512" height="430"></p><p>The Chicago Bears assumed the familiar role of "us against the world" last night and defeated Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles played well but the Bears played better.&nbsp;</p><p>It was a gamer game -&nbsp; the kind of game we're accustomed to seeing from the Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots. And the Bears responded. No miscommunication on the offense. No blown assignments on the defense. An actual comeback in the second half?!!! And poise under pressure from a certain QB who Chicago loves to hate. All this, on the road.&nbsp; It's a good morning, Chicago. Don't even care if it is raining.</p><p>This is how it is supposed to be. This is how it was drawn up from the beginning.</p><p>Make no mistake about it, the Philadelphia Eagles are good. They have an outstanding QB and a terrific running back. They play at a very high level. So that's why this win is sweeter than most (not to mention that the Eagles were heavily favored). It is also sweeter because Cutler, Peppers, Urlacher, Briggs and even fumble-fingers Matt Forte played ball on national television. And if you read this Bears rant regularly, that's all I ever want.</p><p>Congrats to the Bears organization. You've won back a fan. Just in time for the holidays. Which probably was your plan all along. The Bears play well in November, forcing fans to spend loot on merchandise. Great conspiracy theory, eh?</p><p>And I have to give big ups to Bears head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears are 5-3 and currently in wild card contention. They've also rattled off three wins in a row. NFL fans, take note.</p><p><strong>Here are some other random observations</strong>:</p><p>This is how the Eagles came out of the tunnel:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-08/AP111107138070.jpg" title="C'mon. We can all agree that this is pretty dumb? (AP) " width="512" height="341"></p><p>The conversation in the City Room this morning is delightfully positive. "We can beat the Lions. We can beat the Chiefs. The Broncos? Give me a break. The Packers on Christmas? Done. RUN THE TABLE!!!! WE ARE GOING ALL THE WAAAAY!!!!!!!" Then Tony Sarabia smashed a window and it got weird.</p><p>Either Peppers is a huge drama queen or he is the toughest man on earth. How many times does a football player hurt his knee (twisted back under a pile) and return four plays later? Usually when a defensive lineman has a knee injury, he's out for like, two years. This guy is unbelievable. Or he is faking. Regardless, I think Julius Peppers is the best defensive lineman in football.</p><p>John Gruden said that Lovie Smith dresses more defensive backs than any other team in football. He said it was for special teams. Is that true? Can someone fact-check this? Not me, I'm busy fixing the window Sarabia broke.</p><p>Towards the end of the game, Xfinity was selling those local commercials like crazy. Doesn't it seem like every other local commercial is for a business in Willowbrook?</p><p>Is it me or does Roy Williams look awkward out on the field? I don't know if it's the way he wears his pads or helmet, but something is off. It's like his neck is too tall or something. Maybe the Bears have only one set of pads left, and they used to belong to Bobby Engram. And now Williams has to wear them.</p><p>Devin Hester was neutralized and the Bears won without him. Cut him and bring back RW McQuarters. Right? Am I right Chicago?</p><p>You know what I would like to see less of? This:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-08/AP111107138773.jpg" title="C'mon coach! (AP) " width="341" height="512"></p><p>Let's do a quick poll. This poll is for the coaches. Which Bear should run extra laps at practice this week?</p><ul><li>Matt Forte (2 fumbles, one resulted in Eagles TD)</li><li>Roy Williams (couple catches, but dropped huge bomb)</li><li>Major Wright (interception, but faked out of shorts down by goal line)</li></ul><p>And let's do a positive poll: Who should get a free can of soda from the vending machine?</p><ul><li>Jay Cutler (this is what we paid for, eh?)</li><li>Brian Urlacher (his pursuit and energy was just plain awesome)</li><li>Lance Briggs (loves playing against Vick)</li><li>Julius Peppers (hurt, comes back, chases Vick all over field)</li><li>Earl Bennett (look, a WR sighting!!!)</li><li>Matt Forte (even with fumbles, put together 130 yards)</li></ul></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-08/congrats-chicago-bears-organization-youve-won-back-fan-93848 EXCLUSIVE: Coach Lovie's bye week wiretapped voicemails http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-31/exclusive-coach-lovies-bye-week-wiretapped-voicemails-93631 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/AP111010149198.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/AP111010149198.jpg" title="Hey Jay. It's Coach Lovie. Pick up. (AP) " width="512" height="341"></p><p>This week, the Chicago Bears had a bye. This usually means that the players are given time to rest up, visit family and do non-football related things in various parts of the country. But not Coach Lovie. He takes football very serious. And he wishes his team would do the same.</p><p>What was Coach Lovie doing on Sunday? Well, he was at home watching all the games, preparing for the second half of the season. How do I know this? Well, I tapped his phone lines...<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-09/exclusive-coach-lovie-smith-wiretapped-voicemails-left-during-last-n">again</a>. What can I say, I practice 21st century journalist tactics. Coach Lovie likes to analyze the games, so he calls his fellow coaches and star players to get their thoughts on other teams around the NFL. The one problem? Nobody picks up.</p><p>Today, I bring you another installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-09/exclusive-coach-lovie-smith-wiretapped-voicemails-left-during-last-n">the Coach Lovie Voicemails</a>!</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483808-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/lovie-byeweek-voicemails.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-31/exclusive-coach-lovies-bye-week-wiretapped-voicemails-93631 Bears win! The real loser of yesterday's game? The Chicago Park District http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-win-real-loser-yesterdays-game-chicago-park-district <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP101128057078.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Bears are 8-3, gassed up and ready for the final five games of the season. This game is a hard game to apply my usual snark to because a) the Bears played pretty damn good, and b) a dude died from falling off a Soldier Field wall.</p><p>That being said, wasn't it great watching Bears' linemen pummel Michael Vick?&nbsp;There's just something inside you that really wants to see him get smashed. Maybe it's for killing all those dogs. Maybe. Okay, Let's get to the observations.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="512" width="478" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-29/AP101128057078.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">The cold weather doesn't do any favors for Eagles' Head Coach Andy Reid. He is a very big dude. This reminds me of a funny 'Separated at Birth' my wife did from back in the day:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="426" width="604" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-29/andyreid-hamburger.jpg" /></p><p>Were there any good signs at Soldier Field yesterday?&nbsp;I was hoping the Bears fans would put some clever ideas on display to taunt Michael Vick. Give me details, please.</p><p><strong>Loser of the game</strong>:&nbsp;It wasn't Andy and the Eagles, but instead, the Chicago&nbsp;Park District. Sorry, but that field is atrocious - probably worst in the NFL. They will blame it on conditions, but when the field looks like it has been played on for 7 straight hours before the ball is even kicked off, we have problems. Hey, if the field and grass are worn out, go to the Ace hardware and get some green spraypaint. Seriously, it was garbage. The lawn in Union&nbsp;Park after Pitchfork looked better. And if it was because of some event the day before, plan better. This is the NFL and not to mention, a nationally televised game. <strong>Hey Rahm</strong>, you want to make Chicago a 'first tier city?' Fix the grass.</p><p>Jay Cutler was the Jay Cutler we thought we had coming to Chicago when we heard of the trade in 2009. <strong>More Philip Rivers, less Jeff George</strong>. It helps to spread the field when the running game bites off huge runs. When that happens, the Bears offense works. Who knew?&nbsp;I hate the rhetoric the announcers are throwing out about how Mike Martz had to change his game plan. I don't think the game plan has changed. I&nbsp;just think the Bears' running game is on track, not forcing Cutler to throw to make plays.&nbsp;What a concept. Good running games make QBs better.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, who gets flagged for yelling at a ref? <strong>This isn't basketball</strong>. Did reporters ask Jay Cutler what he said? It reminds me of that scene in <em>Semi-Pro</em> where Will&nbsp;Ferell spews awful profanities at the ref and gets ejected from the game. His response after the whistle?&nbsp;&quot;Whaaaat?&nbsp;What did I say???&quot;</p><p>Color commentator Daryl &quot;Moose&quot; Johnston wore another crazy pin-striped suit up in the booth. He's quietly turning into the <strong>guy who dances in front of the ABC&nbsp;7 studios</strong> during the 10pm news.</p><p>I've been saying it all year: If the Bears' offense <strong>scores 21 points</strong>, they win. If they put up three TDs the rest of the way: Super Bowl, Super Bears.</p><p>I hate to do this to you Bears fans, but the next few games are crucial - not just for the Bears season, but for defying history. <strong>The 2008 Denver Broncos were 8-5</strong> and on their way to the playoffs when they tanked and lost the last three games. Cutler played awful in those games and was shipped after the season ended. Coach Shanahan was fired. And not to be too prescient, but the Broncos lost the last game of the season to rival San Diego Chargers. The winner got the division.&nbsp;Loser went home.</p><p>You know who sucks? <strong>DeSean Jackson</strong>.&nbsp;Everyone loves the Eagles WR, but I&nbsp;saw him alligator arm a TD and just go down on a punt return. If I&nbsp;were an Eagles fan, I wouldn't like that very much. Say what you will about Devin Hester, but he does take hits.</p><p><strong>Winners</strong>: Lovie Smith, Mike Martz, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, THE&nbsp;Tommie Harris, Chris Harris, Olin Kreutz, Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and Earl Bennett.</p><p><strong>Losers</strong>: Chicago Park District, Brad Maynard (don't line drive punts!&nbsp;You cost us three points).</p><p>Next up: Lions in Detroit. Motor City baby! Who wants to go with me? We'll party in Bloomfield Hills.</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-win-real-loser-yesterdays-game-chicago-park-district Bears make it four wins in a row http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/bears-make-it-four-wins-row <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP101128116155.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears looked sharp in their win over the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-26.<br /><br />The Bears' Matt Forte rushed for 117 yards Sunday and Quarterback Jay Cutler threw 14-of-21 passes for 247 yards.<br /><br />Coach Lovie Smith says this is the time of year the team needs to come together to prepare for a run for the playoffs.</p><p>&quot;We knew that this was a big game and whether we've gotten enough respect or not, none of that really matters, either,&quot;&nbsp;Smith said. &quot;Just us, with our schedule, we get a chance to play the best - supposedly the best - teams out there, and of course they stood up to them.&quot;</p><p>The Bears have now won four in a row. Next up, the Bears are in Detroit Sunday to play the Lions.</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/bears-make-it-four-wins-row Bears face big challenge against Philadelphia Eagles http://www.wbez.org/story/american-football/bears-face-big-challenge-against-philadelphia-eagles <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/hester_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears look to make it four wins in a row Sunday when they square off against the Philadelphia Eagles.</p><p>In the past three weeks, the Bears have beaten two of the worst teams in the NFL and a team reduced to using its third string quarterback. Sunday they'll play the Eagles, who have been experiencing their own hot streak lately. Eagles' Quarterback Michael Vick is having a stand-out year - throwing for more than 1,600 yards despite not playing in every game.</p><p>The high-flying Philadelphia offense will clash with the Bears' defense, which has allowed only one team to score more than 20 points in a game so fare this season. Tomorrow's battle of division leaders starts at 3:15 at Soldier Field.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/american-football/bears-face-big-challenge-against-philadelphia-eagles