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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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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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Keep it Simple, Stupid! #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie “Keep it stupid simple” …Or is it, “Keep it simple, stupid”? Either way, this is the most important lesson I learned from Peyton Manning when I played behind him for a year in Denver, and I learned in week 1 of the season. I grew up watching Peyton play, and I viewed him as one of the best to ever do it. He was fun to watch too, as it always looked like he was directing a symphony out there on the field; yelling random words, moving his arms all around, signaling to just about everyone on the field. He looked, at times, like a mad scientist out there running the clock down to darn …
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Mouth Wrote Check My Ass Couldn’t Cash #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

Personally, I always enjoyed Jay Cutler.  Sour face and all, I appreciated his company no matter how brief.  After a game against Green Bay, the way I looked at him changed.  Jamarcus Webb was having a tough game. This was something that happened with young players from time to time.  I didn’t witness the play where Cutler pushed Webb, but I remember being upset when I saw it on ESPN the next morning. Now Webb is a big fella compared to Cutler, but you can understand the significance of pushing another teammate in any capacity.   Frustration is understandable, but a player getting physical with a teammate for poor performance is not cool.    Arriving at the …
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McCown for the Win #StoryTimeWithEarl

For me, the Chicago Bears 2013 season started off as a blur. A concussion that ended my preseason and a pay cut that docked $1 Million was not a great start. Though the season started off rocky, things picked up during week seven when QB #2 entered the game. There are some players who are prepared to play every single game. Who know the offense like the back of their hands. This was QB #2. When QB #1 went down there was no doubt we were in good hands, because QB #2 had been waiting on his moment.  Everyone in the organization knew I had taken a pay cut. All …
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Thumbs Up #StoryTimeWithEarl

My playing days with the Bears granted me the opportunity to play with Hall of Famers. Notably, on the defensive side. LB#1 already being inducted, LB#2 on the way and of course DE #1.  Future Hall of Fame DE #1 was very quiet. He kept to himself and spoke mostly in joking manners. His ability to connect with players without really talking was always a cool thing to see. Safe to say he was introverted. Playing with him and getting to see his athletic abilities on display daily was indeed a treat. That was until the day came where we would meet in the first-team offense vs first team defense. …
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“Nonstop” #StoryTimeWithEarl

The offseason 2014, my agents CJ Laboy and Doug Henderickson knew a change was coming. After taking a million dollar pay cut and earning back half in 2013, we figured they would ask the same or release me. My mindset was to do what was best for my family and career whether it was playing in Chicago or elsewhere. After speaking to team officials in late February, they assured my agent that I was a part of the 2014 season plans.  Fast forward to March 18th, and I received a call asking me to take a pay cut or be released. I wondered if I would have the same language …
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