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  1. BROOKSHEER TO BECOME FREE AGENT CHICAGO - Per multiple league sources, the Chicago Bears and former #1 overall draft pick Norris Brooksheer have agreed to part ways once his rookie contract officially expires at the end of the league year. A move that was widely expected given the selection of West Virginia quarterback Mohammed Foster in last year's draft, this closes what has been a turbulent, occasionally joyful, and ultimately frustrating chapter of the history of the Chicago Bears. Over his five-year tenure, the Bears failed to make the playoffs but only twice finished with a record worse than 7-9--one of those times being his rookie season on an expansion roster. "We will be forever grateful to Norris and his family for everything they've done for this team and this community," said a Bears official. "He's always been a leader in the locker room and in the Greater Chicagoland area, and wherever he goes next will be a better place for having him." Those words speak little to the tension that developed between the organization and Brooksheer's camp over the final two years of his contract. Brooksheer's statistical progress seemingly stalled after his second season: his passer rating jumped from 84.8 as a rookie to 89.1 as a sophomore, and from there it never rose above his fifth-year mark of 91.6. He finished his Bears tenure with 20,404 yards, 131 touchdown passes, 68 interceptions, and an 88.2 career passer rating. Brooksheer's camp strikes an equally optimistic tone as his free agency begins, also belying behind-the-scenes frustration. "Norris wants to thank the fans and the Chicago Bears organization for five wonderful years in Chicago," said a source close to Brooksheer. "He looks forward to the next chapter of his career." Those close to the Heisman winner and 2015 national champion at Oklahoma paint a picture suggesting that Brooksheer never felt like he was given the tools to succeed. The Bears selected Brandon Snead in the expansion draft, traded for David Gaines, drafted tight end Donnie Allen, and eventually signed former Lions wide receiver Aaron Paglieli--but he was often under pressure due to poor offensive line play. The Bears gave up 50 sacks in the 2021 season alone, more than anyone not named the Chargers. It's the third time the Bears' offense has been among the worst 7 in the league in sacks allowed; they've never been better than the median. Combined with the retirements of Brandon Snead, Wayne Gelbaugh, and Josh Hall, Brooksheer's departure will likely require the Bears to retool significantly. That'll be particularly true if legendary linebacker Morris Millen, fellow LB starter Kevin Harris, or offensive guard Matthew Brewer joins that trio in retirement--and painfully true if Mohammed Foster struggles in his first year as a full-time starter. At the same time, it gives Chicago more room to maneuver: Brooksheer made $14.5 million in 2021, and Snead and Gelbaugh's retirements cleared up another $10 million a year. The Bears have more freedom to make moves in free agency, absorb cap hits or picks, and secure the long-term futures of Donnie Allen, Ivory Hull, and David Medley. They also have the #11 pick in the draft. Where Norris Brooksheer goes and whether or not he becomes a starter when he gets there is an open question. There will be multiple quarterback-needy teams and multiple quarterback-wanting teams. New England quarterback Reggie Watkins will reportedly become a free agent, both New York teams are in uncertain contract negotiations, Seattle and Arizona may be looking for a fresh start, and any team looking to draft a quarterback may prefer to have a five-year veteran mentor him. With that, the reins are officially handed to Mohammed Foster. And a new era of football in Chicago tentatively begins.
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    [2022] Re-signings

    Bears are ready.
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    OC Ben McAdoo

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    OC Ben McAdoo

    OC Ben McAdoo $2,695,000 per year 2 years
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    Update your team wiki pages for a reward!

    Kansas is updated: http://www.cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Kansas_Jayhawks
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    [2022] Re-signings

    @alienufo We still need to make sure to include the list of players who are not being re-offered and are going into free agency, correct? I want to make sure that doesn't slip by any new GMs who might not have done this before.
  7. #12 DT David Medley 6-7 310 3 Colorado [2-Gap] [-1] 88 - Accepted $6.75 million
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    [2021] Final Coaches Poll

    First time Kansas has finished ranked since 2015, and our second-highest year-end ranking ever. Not at all what I was expecting from this season, but this team had that It Factor. Hopefully we'll keep the It Factor next year.
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    Contract Lookup Thread 3.0

    Chicago Bears: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lrbf0ni9UUYGkF208P6r9-Ho_Y4iAnFEO1D--m3yhkE/edit#gid=1620317207
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    [2022] Scout Contracts

    Chicago Bears randye4 1 year
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    Super Bowl VIII

    Congratulations to alien, to Malcolm Davis, and to the legendary QTrain!
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    Who are the 2022 Heisman favorites?

    He's as well situated as any RB. He's already shown he can handle massive volume to a large degree and ace has been willing to use him that way. He needs even more efficiency and needs to avoid a late slump like this year, but the counterpoint to that is that he hasn't been a 5.0/5.0 yet. I think he was at 1000 yards through six games this year. It would take a non-trivial leap to be able to, say, rush for 2000 yards which would put him in great position. But less of a leap than most elite RBs.
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    Who are the 2022 Heisman favorites?

    Marcus Black and Bryce Thompson have to be up there. Returning starting QBs from playoff teams who both have coaches who are willing and able to hype them up. Solomon McLaughlin still has more room to grow and could be a 2000-yard back next year.
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    [2021] Sophomore Quarterback Update

    Tier 2 makes perfect sense for CG3. I hope he'll be able to shine a little brighter his junior year with a somewhat better line and more warm bodies at WR (though Burgos leaving early hurts). He's set an array of conference underclassman records already but I want to see him develop that upperclassman consistency.
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    [2021] CFBHC National Championship Game

    I am pleased to report that this National Championship Game was an act of scorigami.
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    [2021] CFBHC National Championship Game

    Congratulations to both of you on a pair of incredible runs. Neither one of these teams was built in a day, or in a single season, or really even in a year of real time, and the ease with which you both powered through to the title game reflects that. Vt, rivalry aside, I'm proud of you. We talk a lot of smack at each other, and that's fun and I never expect it to change, but I wouldn't be talking it if I didn't respect you on every level as a coach. And after seeing what your team's done this year I'd have to be an idiot not to. And inspiral, you're putting together one of the greatest runs in site history. I could say a lot about everything you've done for the site as a whole off the proverbial field, but I hope people recognize that you're going places nobody's gone before.
  17. A phenomenal oral history, and it's impossible to come away from this without thinking that this was the greatest game we've ever had.
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    [2021] Bowl Games - Day #14

    Ohio State and Oklahoma State were both favored in the pick 'em, though LSU covered the spread and Ohio State wasn't favored by *that* much.
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    Buccaneers RB Jackson suspended

    First two games are @Denver and at home against Atlanta. Taylor Heiden will have to put 'em on his back.
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    2022 NFL Draft early entries

    Go make us proud, Chris. Wish we could've given you more time to shine.
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    [2021] Bowl Games - Day #11

    What a shootout in the Military Bowl, goodness gracious. Easily the game of the bowl season so far. RIP TCU, but they still had the best season in school history and they'll be back next year. And we're in for an excellent national championship game.
  22. #3 TCU Horned Frogs (13-1) vs. #2 Purdue Boilermakers (13-1) Seven years ago, TCU and Purdue were scrapping their way to 4-win seasons. Seven days ago, they were coming off of huge offensive performances to earn a spot in Glendale. And today, one of these two once-moribund programs will earn the right to play Missouri with the national championship on the line. A lot is going to be said about the quarterback play these two teams bring to the table, and it's deserved. But what can get lost in the shuffle, particularly with Purdue, is the level of defense that both teams are capable of playing. They're both among the nation's elite in scoring defense: TCU ranks 6th allowing 15.7 points per game, whereas Purdue is 13th at 18.6 per game. But let's take a deeper dive into how these defenses do their damage. For Purdue, there are five names you need to know. That's not to say the defense has a lot of holes outside of those five, but they're the guys who have gone above and beyond the most. The first two are both defensive ends: redshirt junior Derrick Dawkins and true freshman Landon Crowder. They've been the principal edge rushers, and trying to maintain a pocket against them is like getting squeezed by a set of pincers. By and large, offenses haven't been able to stop them from making plays in the backfield: Dawkins recorded 10.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss in the regular season, and Crowder (reminder: he's a true freshman) had 12.0 sacks and 6 TFL. If that first line of defense fails, there's middle linebacker Sammy Dawkins to clean it up. The Juco product has a diverse portfolio of 50 reported tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 passes defensed, and 2 fumbles forced and recovered. He's just as adept in pass coverage as he is at run stopping, which is good news for the Purdue secondary--specifically the duo of Jordan Westbrook and Jeremiah Butler. At CB2 as a true sophomore, Butler's shown some nice flashes with 4 interceptions; the star of the show, though, is Westbrook's 7 picks and 7 passes defensed. Playing primarily man coverage, they stick to their assignments like glue. We know that TCU is going to throw the ball. That's been their modus operandi this season and they're not going to change horses mid-race. That worked splendidly against Michigan, as Felix Luck went 27-43 for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns to earn Peach Bowl MVP honors in the 34-27 win. It was the 6th time this season that he's thrown at least 3 passing touchdowns in a game, and he's the 9th Big XII quarterback to accomplish that feat. For the season, he's 357-589 (60.6%) for 3,936 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions--that's good for a 129.9 passer rating. He's not the type to put up great efficiency numbers this season (due in large part to his heavy volume). The calculation by TCU is that if they can get 250-300 yards through the air with a couple of scores, get into field goal range a few more times, and defend like crazy then they'll be in good shape. But it shouldn't be overstated just how difficult that will be against a Purdue defense that's built to feast on opposing passers. TCU's receivers are all talented but young (which I'm sure comes as a shock). While Finn Nielsen, Griffin McHanna, and Miguel Aguilera are all capable of a big game, none have emerged as a go-to guy. If they can get anything from Shamar Burroughs to keep the defense honest, it would go a long way. Otherwise, it's going to be a grind scoring any points. That said, TCU's defense almost always makes it a grind to score. That was kinda sorta the case against Michigan, who scored 27 points but saw Gabe Cooper finish 18-34 for 186 yards and 1 TD while runningback Jaden Whitley put up 85 yards and 1 score on 20 carries. TCU's good at keeping the waters muddy, and a large part of that is that pretty much everybody's going to be playing at a high level at all times. Whereas Purdue has a few names that stand out, TCU's defensive production is very spread-out. Eleven players have made at least 3 statsheets through the Big XII Championship Game, and nobody has made more than 6. Six players have between 22 and 33 reported tackles. Four players have forced a fumble, led by Adriel "The Mountain" Sierra's 3; likewise, four different players have recovered a fumble. Four players have at least 4 tackles for loss, and six players have at least 1 sack. The exception is interceptions: Roman Blackmon (6) and William Cooper (4) are the snipers there, recording 10 of the team's 12 picks this season. TCU's been adept at limiting efficiency (56.6% completion percentage allowed, 113.8 passer rating allowed, 4.4 yards allowed per carry) and limiting volume (162.1 passing yards and 86.7 rushing yards allowed per game). There's not a box this defense doesn't check. The same can be said for the Purdue offense. Matt Jones is obviously the star of the show. His 271-385 (71.4%) effort for 3,798 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in the regular season will surely put him in the Heisman finalists discussion, and he's the runaway favorite to be selected with the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. He averaged 316.5 yards per game in the regular season, which was more than Felix Luck on significantly lower volume. He also finished with a 181.7 rating before throwing for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns on Duke's defense in the quarterfinal. He loves throwing to senior tight end Ajani Winston, who led the team with 68 receptions for 1019 yards and 12 touchdowns; on the outside, he also has burner Frederick Bartlett (58 for 963 yards, 7 TD) and target-man-most-of-the-time Milo O'Connell (51 for 813 yards, 10 TD but 4 drops). It goes without saying that the TCU secondary will have their hands full here, and that's without even factoring in Brendan Milton. The senior power back averages a full 102.3 rushing yards per game on 5.2 yards per carry, scoring 18 touchdowns in the regular season in the process. He's explosive: his touchdown run against Duke went for 41 yards, and he's racked up as many as 55 yards in a carry this year. Compare the way this offense is structured to Oklahoma State, then consider that Purdue is an upgrade on every level but one. That said, the one level is important: it's the offensive line. The Boilermakers start freshmen at both tackle spots, and the interior line is solid but not star-level like much of the rest of the offense. TCU's opportunity to shut it down starts there: if Aidan, Aidan, and Adriel get penetration into the backfield then that gums up the works across the board. Jones is a good enough quarterback to make something out of nothing (and he already loves his security blanket of a tight end), but anything the defense can do to make it harder for him is crucial. I think both teams have their plan of attack ready. Purdue's going to try to keep TCU's defense off-balance and ready their anti-air defenses against Felix Luck. TCU's going to try to play purely to their strengths on offense and win at the line of scrimmage on defense. I think both teams' Plan A is formidable, and if one team's able to execute their own Plan A while knocking their opponent down to Plan B, they'll win. But when a spot in the national championship game is at stake, Plan A is often a draw. It's the team that has the ability to win with their Plan B or even Plan C that is usually able to advance. Purdue's ultimately more balanced on offense and more balanced as a team, and their Plan A is to exploit that balance. That's why they're one of the best teams in the country, and that's why they're my pick to win this game. #2 Purdue Boilermakers 26, #3 TCU Horned Frogs 20
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    [2021] Bowl Games - Day #10

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    [2021] Divisional Sunday - 1 PM

    Quite possibly, but the Jets with Weldon would have a much better chance of contending with this incredible Miami defense...and maybe would've been playing at home. What-ifs are just that, though, and we're getting a gem of a conference championship game.
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    [2021] Divisional Sunday - 1 PM

    Congratulations to the New England Patriots on putting the Dolphins in the AFCCG.