Grading Jay: How Bad Was It?

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There’s a rather simple narrative in Chicago right now when it comes to the season-opening loss to Buffalo, and it’s JAY CUTLER’S FAULT. This isn’t entirely wrong, as Cutler threw two interceptions in the Buffalo game, and both led to Buffalo points. In fact, as I went over yesterday, every Bears turnover led to points for the Bills.

But while one of the interceptions Jay threw was terrible, the first one wasn’t really clear until looking at the tape. After watching the play a few times, I feel confident that the interception wasn’t on Cutler, and that he actually made the right decision. It was somebody else who screwed up.

Let’s take a look at it.

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Defending The Bears Defense

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I come here today not to tell you that the Bears defense played well Sunday. It didn’t. Nor did I come here to tell you that the defense is good. It’s not. Instead I come here to say that, as awful as the Bears defense looked at times, the truth is things weren’t as bad as they seemed.

I mean, unless we’re talking about Chris Conte. He was just as bad as it seemed.

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Santonio Holmes Gives The Bears An Interesting Option

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The Bears signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday, and while this would have been a much more exciting signing four years ago, it’s still an interesting one today.

With Marquess Wilson going down with a broken collarbone in camp, the options the Bears had for the third receiver spot weren’t very inspiring, and now they’ve got an option in camp that could end up working out pretty well.

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POTD: Training Camp Is Here

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Only a few more weeks until we are all freed from the tyranny of Chicago baseball.

Oh, and since it’s everybody’s favorite, here’s Jay Cutler’s van.

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The 20 Highest Paid Players In Chicago

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On Wednesday it was announced that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had signed contract extensions with the Blackhawks that would see both making $10.5 million a year starting in the 2015-16 season.

It also means they’ll be the highest paid players in NHL history, but how do their salaries compare to other athletes in Chicago? Well, not all that well, actually.

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This Is One Way To Sign A Contract Extension

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Brandon Marshall is the first professional athlete to go on a morning talk show and sign his contract extension. At first I wasn’t sure it was really happening, but the Bears confirmed the extension themselves shortly after Marshall broke the news on The View.

So it has to be true.

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Brandon Marshall Isn’t Looking To Break The Bank

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You may not actually be aware of it since there hasn’t been a lot of chatter on the situation, but Brandon Marshall only has one year remaining on his contract. Marshall is going to make $9.3 million in 2014 and then, barring a contract extension before the end of the year, he’s going to hit the free agent market.

Considering the way he has played since coming to the Bears and putting on the orange and blue, there’s a chance he could prove to be too expensive for Chicago, particularly with the emergence of Alshon Jeffery.

There’s good news, however. Just because Marshall may be worth a lot doesn’t mean he’s going to need a lot. Marshall says he has no plans on leaving Chicago, and he’s not going to need a huge contract to stay, either.

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