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Earl Warmup and Take Snaps #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett During the 2013 season, I realized the importance of knowing multiple positions. These types of things never dawned on me until we played the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. In the second, starting quarterback Jay Cutler was injured and carted off into the locker room. Josh McCown entered the game and began to rally the troops. McCown would give us a chance to win the game, but a crushing hit that looked like it injured Josh had me on pins.   Earl why are you on pins if the backup quarterback was hurt? Well, because I was the emergency quarterback. My college stats were AMAZING. I completed …
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Goodnight, Jon Ryan #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Special teams is a sector that often get overlooked. The returners get all the fame. They score the touchdown and they look fantastic without fans or the media acknowledging the hard work put in by the other 10 players. I enjoyed blocking and returning. I do have a touchdown return under my belt which helps me to understand how the returner gets the glory. Then, there is the other side of me that knows what it’s like to make that touchdown leading block. The end rusher on punt returns were interesting. I had a quick get off, but for some reason was never able to place my …
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My Reaction: Bears vs Packers

By Earl Bennett Rough start to the season. Here is my instant reaction:  

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DA YEAR! Hope My Dreams Come True!

By Earl Bennett Last night I dreamed of a Super Bowl. The Navy and Orange from Illinois stormed the field to play against the red and gold team from Missouri. The stands filled with mostly Bears colors just like it should have been. Before the game, as I watched on the television, I whispered to myself, “This is DA YEAR for the Bears to win.” Bears have the best Defense in the NFL and Mitch Trubisky was playing like a “Top 5” Quarterback. The wide receivers were playing at a high level, and rookie running back sensation David Montgomery was having a better rookie campaign than Saquon Barkley. Khalil Mack …
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B Marshall v. Marc Trestman Film Study #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Receivers get the “Diva” tag due to their flamboyant attitude and greediness to always want to ball. NO MATTER WHAT! As a former receiver, I can tell you that I was open every route I ran. No doubt about it – 100% of the time I was open. However, if you are open, but run the route improperly that causes problems and confusion for the offense.  Brandon Marshall is a great player. No doubt about it. You can do a Google search on his magnificent catches and his ability to fend off defensive backs. His talent to snag the ball at its highest point was a skill …
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The Birth of Orange Cleats #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett After lacerating my liver and trying to figure out if I would play again in 2011, I was skeptical about my return. I talked to several doctors and was cleared. I figured that I would need something that would really grasp the attention of Chicago fans.  I thought about a weird haircut like Rashied Davis used to wear. Maybe I should have BEARS in the top of a mohawk? Or, should I wear one long orange sleeve during my first game back? After contemplating several ideas, it hit me. I love sneakers, so why not do something with my shoes.  ALL ORANGE! That was the first idea. …
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My Top 10 Wide Receivers for 2019

By Earl Bennett There is always a debate about receivers and who should be ranked higher. Are they rated off stats, pure abilities or in-depth analysis of game tape? What is typically missing from “the top” receiver conversation is their intellect, toughness, blocking and effecting the team when they are not receiving the ball. Drawing coverage, being the clear-out guy and occasionally taking a break to discombobulate the defense. Teams practice and study for the top players to be in the game a lot. So, when they are not, they can run their usual defense, which makes play a little easier than usual.   There is no doubt that most …
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Coach Drake, Thank You

By Earl Bennett A heavy heart and tears well up knowing that at least once a year I will not be receiving a text or call from you to just speak and check on the family. Coach Drake you were the truest form of what being a coach really entails. The multiple hats worn in the word “coach” was exemplified by you daily. First Meeting During my pre-draft, there were two teams that showed up to Vanderbilt for a workout. The Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. First, were the Bears. They came to Nashville for a visit and workout. There was bad weather, and at the time Vanderbilt did …
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Wesley Woodyard’s Scary Remarks During Game #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Inside of a Riddell helmet there is this huge “WARNING” sticker. The sticker explains all the dangers of improperly using the helmet.  For me, it was the last few words that really hit me after I was told by Wesley Woodyard that he was going to kill me during my freshman year when Kentucky played Vandy in Nashville.  Trash talking is one thing. Very typical in sports all around and no different in football. You hear the usual “You suck,” “Take your sorry ass to the sideline,” and “Your mom should be ashamed of your sorry ass” quotes all the time. Trash talk is a part of …
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The Peanut Punch with Charles Tillman


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