Da Bears Making Da Moves

What’s that you hear? Oh that was a collective sigh of relief coming from Chicago Bears fans. Finally the Bears have acquired a top NFL wide receiver, and we caught ourselves a big fish. Three-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall is taking his talents from South Beach to Chicago’s South Loop. Giddy up!

The Bears traded Marshall from the Miami Dolphins Tuesday for their third-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013. Last season, Marshall caught 81 passes for 1,214 yards and six touchdowns -free agency was on Chicago’s side.

In his first big move as the Bears new general manager, Phil Emery reunited Jay Cutler with one of his go-to men from his Denver days. For the entire three years Cutler has spent in Chicago, he’s been seeking a big target with reliable hands and next season he will have his chance to show us what that arm can really do. Marshall will wear No. 15 with the Bears, the same number he donned in Denver.

The 6-4 Marshall instantly gives the Bears’ offense, running under first-year coordinator Mike Tice, a big-time playmaker.

“I think he’s going to be great for Jay and our offense,” linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s cool that he and Jay played together in Denver so there is some familiarity.”

I can’t wait to see this offensive beast in a Bears uniform. Here are some highlights, Bear down!

 

Third Base Up for Grabs for White Sox

It’s only day-two of the Cactus League and things seem to be getting interesting over at Camelback Ranch. For the second day in a row the White Sox have Brent Lillibridge playing third base, replacing Brent Morel. He’s only played 17 major-league innings at this position in his career…hmmm.

Third base is a position the White Sox have struggled to fill for at least the past two seasons. Morel was simply mediocre, but a better option than his predecessor Mark Teahen – Chicago wasn’t working with much.

Last season Lillibridge spent most of his time in right field or second base, seeing him at 3rd is throwing me off a bit, but spring training is meant for testing the waters. However, new manager Robin Ventura knows a thing or two about third base so I guess his judgement can be trusted. He was one of the better defensive 3rd basemen the league has seen the past few decades. “It’s tough because you’re the one making decisions,’’ Ventura said. “Some are good; some are bad. Some work out; some don’t. Not every decision, just because it works, you say it was the right decision. The manager has to believe in it, and a lot of other people have to believe in it, as far as the player you’re putting in and the guys on the field.’’ I’m interested to see what he can do for Lillibridge at third.

Here’s today’s lineup against the Los Angeles Angels and their new big man Albert Pujols according to sources at the Chicago Tribune:

1. De Aza CF
2. Beckham 2B
3. Dunn 1B
4. Viciedo LF
5. Fukudome RF
6. Flowers C
7. Gallagher DH
8. Lillibridge 3B
9. Escobar SS
Danks SP

One more thing, I really miss Joe Crede, and not just for his talents at 3rd base.