My Instant Reaction: Bears vs Raiders

Earl Bennett gives his post game reaction to the Chicago Bears 24-21 loss vs Oakland Raiders in London:

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Almost A Bronco #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett My first year as a Chicago Bear was depressing. I would practice each week as if my time was coming, however I was not playing during the games. I would get to the field on Sundays and notice a sweat suit in my locker for not being a part of the 46 roster. No matter how well I performed in practice, it still did not warrant me the opportunity to play. Having a lot of veterans on the roster was one of the issues. We had Marty Booker, Brandon Lloyd, Rashied Davis, Devin Hester and Mark Bradley. Not only were most of these guys annoying and irritating, …
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Vontaze Burfict vs Brandon Marshall #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Vontaze Burfict’s recent suspension has brought more awareness to the selfish, intentional, negligent mooncalf who has been content trying to end careers. September 8, 2013 we squared off against the Bengals and Burfict. We were all aware of his antics and foul play, so we expected a chippy game. The fiasco would not take long especially after remarks made by Burfict in reference to Brandon Marshall. As the trash talking ensued between Burfict and Marshall, I saw it go south quickly. Burfict told Marshall, “I’m going to beat you, like you beat your wife.” Now, trash talking is fair game until you bring up family. The situation …
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Hard to Live When Your World is Upside Down #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore It was my first year out of Chicago. I was in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing with the Carolina Panthers. I was excited because I had been fortunate enough to play for my hometown team. The Panther’s facility is one hour from where I grew up, and they hold training camp in the very town where I’m from – Spartanburg, SC on Wofford College campus. I had made it through the dog days of training camp and the season was up next.  The first game finally arrived, and we were playing the Seahawks. It was Sept 8, 2013, on a hot day in Charlotte. I was playing nickel …
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Post Game Reactions: Chase Daniel Time?

By Earl Bennett Earl Bennett reacts to the Chicago Bears Victory over the Minnesota Vikings 9/29/19:

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Trusting The Life Process #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie I’ve always been a very conscientious person. However, I didn’t necessarily realize that was the case until my 6th year in the NFL. I was with the Baltimore Ravens and my Offensive Coordinator/QB coach Jim Caldwell wrote that word in my evaluation coming out of the offseason. Don’t give me too much credit for the big word as I didn’t necessarily know what it meant and had to google it. Some synonyms for the word are self-aware, thorough, meticulous, diligent, painstaking. I wasn’t honestly sure if this was a good thing or not. Lol. The definition, “wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly” brought me to the conclusion …
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Peppers and Cutler #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett There are very few people who frighten me in this world. Brock Lesnar, being one of them. Playing with someone who scares you is different. Not scared in a way that I was fearful of my life — just in a way that if a fight went down I would have to pray that God gave me David-like abilities. The one player who possesses the traits of Goliath on the team was Julius Peppers.    Standing 6 feet 7 inches, Julius towered over pretty much every football player. Weighing 295 pounds placed him in the range of the sloppy fat lineman you see with their bellies out. …
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Vanderbilt’s Michael Jordan #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I arrived on Vanderbilt’s campus full of optimism. I had just graduated from high school and would attend summer session at Vanderbilt University. I had never really even heard of Vanderbilt until they started recruiting me. After that, I began to see them all the time on television. The first time I had ever watched a game was a Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee game. A young freshman wide receiver was making plays all over the field. I think he won the game on a slant or something like that. After a little 7 on 7, it was time for DB vs. WR. If you know me, you know …
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Changing of the Guard: State of the QB Position #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong For most NFL teams, you can immediately name the starting quarterback. Brady in New England, Rodgers in Green Bay or Wilson in Seattle.  But after a high number of injuries to franchise quarterbacks, some lesser-known signal callers got the nod this past Sunday and for the coming weeks.   Cam is out in Carolina due to injury, so Kyle Allen got the start in his second season.  Mason Rudolph is calling the shots in his second season with Big Ben down for the year due to elbow surgery, and Mustache Mishnew is running things since Nick Foles went out in the first quarter of the opening game. …
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Peyton Manning’s Code #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie As a backup quarterback, you are assigned certain projects and tasks weekly during the regular season. This can look like anything from watching blitz tapes and pulling clips to help the starter and the rest of the QBs prepare for the week to doing more of a deep dive into something specific on film. Heck, for me, as a rookie, it consisted of buying gourmet breakfast every Friday and bringing it into the QB room to enjoy for morning meetings. Whatever it takes to get a win, right?   My time in Denver was amazing. In a few of my other blogs, I have written about my …
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