Cameron Worrell & The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt [AUDIO]

Cameron Worrell & The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt [AUDIO]

Former Bears safety Cameron Worrell joins us for his weekly spot and:

  • Discusses Chris Conte's technique struggles against the Carolina Panthers
  •  Wonders whether Steve Smith simply has a good masseuse in Chicago
  •  Dissects why the Bears struggle with the quarterback draw inside the ten yard-line
  • Opines that the difference between Bennett and Hester at WR is the quarterback's confidence
  •  Breaks down the system's approach to a quarterback like Matt Hasselbeck

Next we're joined by Titans beat writer (and Vanderbilt season ticket holder since he was 7) Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Jim discusses:

  • Chris Johnson's return to being Chris Johnson over the last five weeks
  • The struggling Titans defense and maligned coordinator Jerry Gray
  • The reaction Cutler & the Vandy alum should expect from a combination of Vandy and UT fans
  • Recommendations on where to get the best country grub in the great city of Nashville

I'm off to Nashville! For those Bears fans looking to get together, the plan is to meet post-game Sunday at watch Giants v. Steelers at Nashville's best Steelers bar, Piranhas. For those looking to buy Noah and I drinks, section 310, row C.

Reverend's Rant and Picks Contest tomorrow.


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  • First!

  • Hey Cor, how was Mule the other night? Working on your stuff.

    I only saw a brief clip of Conte's hit (at full speed). I didn't think it was that bad but a few of you guys said it was blatant. I'm sure you had multiple looks at it (at various speeds) so I'll trust your judgment. $21K seems like a lot for a first timer.


  • Nice tribute to Walter from the Suntimes.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I miss Walter.

  • Yeah, me too. I don't care about any of the off field stuff that was in the latest book. I just remember all the great runs, blocks, passes (caught and thrown). I also remember all the silly stuff, practical jokes, the intensity and his kindness to fans, esp kids. So what if he was a flawed individual. We all are. We were lucky he played his whole career for the Beloved.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    & on that note, here's how difficult that rushing title will be hard to break (I give Emmit Smith credit for his longevity, but he had 36 more games and ran behind the greatest Oline in NFL history. So Payton in my heart still holds the record). The fact that Sweetness did behind some bad teams is nearly miraculous...

    "Finally, consider the list of future “contenders.” Steven Jackson leads the list of active rushers, and his 9,496 yards are barely halfway to Smith’s total of 18,355. Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew are both 26, and both likely to reach 8,000 yards this season. Only 10,000 more to go, fellas. Chris Johnson? Not a prayer. Ray Rice got his NFL start at 21, the same age as Smith, so he is on a good pace. But does anyone believe he will hold up? The Ravens are already talking about reducing his workload, five years into his career. Foster is the best back in football today, and if he gains 100 yards a game, and 1,600 yards a year, it will take him nine full seasons before he reaches Smith. He would be 35 at the time."

  • I'm not going to lie.. If anyone can do it, it has to be Adrian Peterson.

  • I'm no math major, but if AP will be around 8,000 after this season, that would mean next season, at 27, he would have to avg at least 1,300 yds rushing/season until he's 35.

    I don't remember the last back to rush for 1,300 yds at 30, 31,32,33, 34, 35...if AP gets that record, he's earned it.

  • Walter said something about whoever breaks his record would have to break his heart to do so, and Emmitt Smith did that.

    His first five seasons or so were "easy", but the rest certainly was not; there were some lean years from 1998 and beyond. And don't underestimate the quality of the Bears offensive line late in Payton's career. They were as good a line as I've ever seen.

    The man still carried the load. 4409(!) carries + 515 receptions for Emmitt. Almost unimaginable. And it reminds me of another thing attributed to Payton that when asked what accomplishment he was most proud of, it was carrying the ball over 4000 times for the Chicago Bears (3838 carries + 492 receptions)...

    While Walter will be first for us, Emmitt Smith deserves every bit of our respect as a football player.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Totally agree Dave. I was never an Emmitt fan but when he kept pounding away against the G-Men when he had a separated shoulder, I knew he was a cut above. No doubt Walter could have hung around for a few more years in a reduced role to pad his stats but he was way too proud for that. His last year, Neal was the better RB.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


  • Yeah, no kidding!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Nice. Being at the other end of achievement from Walter, I was too drunk to remember his passing, but it always irked me when someone described him as mortal. Not in football terms he wasn't. As Forte takes his regular rests and holidays in the middle of football seasons, Sweetness was making his own holes, and legendary moves with a style and beauty that still takes the breath away.

    Walter was mortal, Sweetness was not. God just had other plans for his star back. R.I.P Walter.

  • FWIW, I knew about a dozen people who did know Walter (some quite well, some casual acquaintances) and NOBODY had anything but positive things to say about him (and they had no reason to lie to me about that). Back then my ex-wife, fresh from Ireland, was a waitress at the Ultimate Sports Bar where the 85 Bears hung quite a bit. She told me that other than Walter and Jim McMahon (who were "the nicest guys, real gentlemen"), the rest of the Bears were a bunch of total asshats.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I'm actually surpirsed that McMahon was a nice guy. Although, I guess I've never read anything about him being a hound. Not surprised Walter was nice. Not surprised about the rest of them being jack asses. A lot of the jocks that I knew growing up were total dicks and they weren't rich or famous.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Well, I've got a brother and sister who had interactions with McMahon later on who would tell you he's the king of asshats (he used to live in the Northbrook, the Chicago suburb we grew up in). And this was pretty much after his time in the spotlight was over. Not sure about Walter but Jim is definitely mortal....

  • MBHP.. still won't give it up? lol I wanted to trade him because I didn't think he was worth Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson type money. I still don't think he is but the deal he signed was great for the Bears and him.

    Let's make a bet.. Over the next five years, we will see who is better? All right? 25 dollars ?

    I will understand if you don't take the bet considering Forte will be 32 years old by then.. but if Forte is as good as you say he is then it really shouldn't matter. Plus, Trent is on the Browns and that should be enough to make it a even bet. You up for it?

  • Terrible bet and you pegged the reason why.
    Every single RB falls off at 30.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    $20.4 million contract (fully guaranteed)

    $32 million contract (17 million guaranteed)

    Both under contract for 4 years.. we will see who is better and that will be the only this argument ends my friend.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    where in the fuck have you been? How's flo rida?

  • Check this:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol... great stuff

  • Chapter2:!

  • Was over on voting for the Pro-Bowl, and it was great to be able to go to CB and pick two Bears and not have even the slightest sense that I was being a homer.

    As of right now, both Tillman and Jennings *deserve* to start in the Pro Bowl.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yeah, go back 6 months (hell, go back 3 months) and not many people would identify CB as a strength on this defense. And here the Bears have 2 NFC DPotM and legitimate Pro-Bowlers.

  • it's so freaking awesome.

  • (Putting my hand up)

    I thought Jennings sucked man-man when he got here. But does he have more INTs because QBs are throwing away from the Peanut the Stripper??

  • so who was the guy making the timmyJ calls LAST year again?

    (THIS guy!)

  • Add Emery to the list. He was obviously looking for help in the off-season. I think we brought in a total of 5 guys. 2 FAs, 2 draft picks, 1 trade.

    We do need to get younger at CB in the next couple of years, but not because we're hurting now.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Jennings was BENCHED - BENCHED - late in the year. He was on his way to Bowman-land...remeber that? And remember in PS when Peanut got burned by the Gmen and everyone began grumbling about moving him to safety? As the old C&R commercial sings, "What a difference a day makes...24 little hours..."

  • just read this from a commenter on ESPN Chicago..... can anyone verify if this is true?

    "FYI...Tillman wears high intensity yellow contact lenses for night games."

    kinda makes sense that he wears contacts (I hadn't known this) considering how bloodshot his eyes get every game, but the gun-range-glasses yellow is an awesome twist I wouldn't have thought of.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    I have noticed he wears the red ones but never the yellow ones.

  • Dammit, I should've posted when I first saw this and I could be first.

  • Cameron's discussion of Bennett vs. Hester is virtually identical to what I wrote a couple threads ago. It's really all about confidence throwing to someone.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    See I disagree. I think Bennett is a much more complete reciever than Hester is.

    In the words of Jay Cutler "he's not the best guy at any one thing, but he's just really good at everything." Earl can line up anywhere you want him to be and pretty much run any route you want him to run. He doesn't have the big body of a Marshall, he doesn't have the speed of a Hester, he doesn't have the precision of a Steve Smith (I guess that must be it), but he does all of it well enough to put himself in a position to make a catch.

    And then he catches the ball. Pretty much every time.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Believe me, NBiT, I am a big fan of Earl Bennett. And that should have been clear for the last three years.

    But I think Hester can play. They just need to figure out how to use him.

    Is he as good as Earl? No.
    Is he good enough to keep? Absolutely.

  • I see Irish is up to his old tricks. Banging away on a dead thread. Hey Irish, come join the living!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


  • C-Bear, I'm one of those people who deletes all his Youtube mail without reading it.

  • You know I'm just yanking your chain. All in good fun.

  • btw, the chargers are a fucking terrible football team. That said, I can't even express in words what the chiefs are.

    There is one thing... can we have eric berry romeo? You guys aren't really using him/don't need him at this point.

    Oh, and this is for Shady:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock..

    That being said, before the Chiefs played that night, people were getting onto Eric Berry and saying he hasn't been playing anything like he used to. Guess he didn't like that.

    Another point, you still don't trust Conte and Major.. I don't blame you but I can't deny somehow it's working for the defense.

  • I think that without a doubt they've both improved a lot this yer Erik. And I like the way that they are playing together. That said, out of the two, the one I'm still pretty worried about it conte. He's ok, just nothing great. I get he's just a sophomore, but we need a 100% FS.

    Major, if he can stay healthy, will have had a nice year (if he keeps up the same level of play). yes, I still think we need a real, franchise mike brown-type FS back there for us... conte isn't that guy in my mind.

  • Once there's a Turner involved ....

    By the bye, Crown mang, you're 8-0 ???? That's obscenely un-natural and excellent. My last pennies are on CHI/DEN covering the spread, but who do you like in the later games? Viva? Anyone?

  • What are the spreads?

  • Spreads -

    Houston are joint faves to win the SB????? WHY????

    Anyhoo, rather than do the dead thread thing, I'll do the right thing.

    Artoo - sorry I didn't have your back earlier, I just saw the birth of the TR thing. The guy has been playing with chest/rib injuries and is the only weapon on offense so I don't read anything into his 3.7 per carry.

    Waffle, my love for Jimmy may be somewhat skewed by the tender age at which I marvelled at his abilities given his body size. People talk about the Minnesota-off-the-bench comeback, but it was the KC and TB comebacks that will stick in my memory. I never suggested that he was the 5th best of all time, just that only 4 Qbs won more of their games ... but I guess it's not fair to compare him with Cutty since only one of those guys had a line in front of him.

  • Does anyone think Buffalo will even put up 10 pts?

    I really like Houston, Redskins, and Denver. In fact, you just made my decision a lot easier this week.

  • By the way, do you bet on a site or go to an actual place?

    Just curious lol

  • And on Doug Martin, I need to see how well he does now that he doesn't have two of the best guards blocking for him anymore.

    Forte has looked good to me. A lot of times he looks like he is going to get caught at the LOS or from behind and he just speeds on pass them. Last year, he was almost or he was 50% of our offense. I can see why his numbers have gone down but I still see the same back that the Bears had last year and that's all I want.

  • Matt has always looked that way, except for sophomore year when he was on a bum knee.

    Forte's speed is deceptive, except when you look how often he gets caught from behind in the open field. Not much.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    looks like he's 75% at BEST right now Dave. Can't wait for him to hit 100%... better be by the pack game.

  • I love this headline I saw on Yahoo sports.

    "Breaking: DeAngelo Williams might get traded, might not"

    So, journalists have resorted to reporting tautologies now?

  • a little tidbit:

  • Hey, just noticed Cam and the rest of the crew in the thread pic are wearing dark top and bottom jerseys. Guess I missed that game because I don't recall the Bears ever wearing that combo.

    Also, although it has nothing to do with anything, I stumbled over this and thought it was funny enough to share:

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hey Tobi, last thread you mentioned you liked Metal. Have you seen the 2 metal docs (Metal Evolution and World Metal, or something like that)? Both by the same guy. Very interesting. Also, the doc on Iron Maiden was great. Rush isn't exactly Metal but the doc on them was worth watching. I'm not a huge Metal fan or a fan of Rush but all the docs were very entertaining. I saw Judas Priest about a million years ago (went to see the opening act) and the energy was terrific.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'll check those out, thanks!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I forgot to mention, I saw Black Sabbath back '72 with the original lineup. Great show!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Now you're dating yourself...:)

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I'm older than dirt and don't even care. Unless you meant I'm going out with myself. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

  • I think Ed O'Bradovich told this joke somewhere, but if I'm wrong, oh well.

    Brett Farve* dies and goes to Heaven. When he gets there, an angel shows him to the house where he'll spend eternity. The house is a modest little fishing cabin on a rustic country road; nice, humble, and with a Green Bay Packers flag flying from the front porch.

    Farve* goes for a walk to get the lay of the "land," and soon the rustic country road widens into a tree-lined boulevard, and on a massive and beautifully manicured piece of property appears a ginormous mansion of granite and marble, big as a football stadium and beautiful to behold. From the roof flies an enormous Chicago Bears flag.

    Farve* grabs a passing angel and says, "Hey, I don't want to complain, and Walter Payton was certainly a great player, but was he THAT much better than me that I get a little cabin and HE gets a fancy, massive mansion?"

    The angel looks at Farve* quizzically and says, "Ummm, that's not Walter's house. That's God's."

    *There is no word in the English language or in French where an "R" after a consonant is pronounced before the consonant. Sure, there are words like "litre," "centre," "metre," etc., but Rs are never pronounced before a consonant when the R appears after the consonant. It should be pronounced "Fav-ray." Since the dunce wants it pronounced "Farve," that's how I spell it.

    And yeah, Brett "Dickpic" Farve might not make it to Heaven, and might not have a Packers flag in front of his house there, but it's O'Bradovich's joke, not mine.

  • Either way, I like it. Now that he's finally retired, he doesn't even bother me.



  • Just hope it wasn't one of your 4 pay articles/month. Unless your paying the $15/month.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I can't justify paying to read those guys. I almost crashed my car into a building out of anger listening to Rosenbloom this morning. I think maybe the reason that they didn't take my call was because i told the call screener that Rosenbloom and his sidekick Mark Rhode have got to be the luckiest guys ever to blow their way into a radio show.

  • 'What, a screen game? What's that? Ss that like that forward pass thingy I heard about?' - Mike 'Beautiful Mind' Tice...

    "It negates a pass rush when you can’t block one.'' Ya think?

    And for those advocating patience, WE HAD A GREAT SCREEN GAME LAST SEASON with almost the SAME EXACT PERSONNEL. Didn't Tice have to coach the Oline how to screen block!? JEBUS!

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