Joniak’s Journal

Bears defensive end Willie Young.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Young Expects ‘Nasty’ Game Against Packers

From his time in Detroit, Willie Young knows what the Green Bay game means.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Focus On Marshall Won’t Affect His Game Preparation

Brandon Marshall is as prepared as they come in the NFL.

09/20/2014

Josh McCown. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown Grateful For Starts As Cutler Takes Over

First Impression There is no gray area in Marc Trestman’s decision to return Jay Cutler to the starting lineup.  He meant what he said when the high ankle sprain occurred against Detroit Nov. 10. It […]

12/12/2013

DeMarco Murray  of the Dallas Cowboys runs over Tim Jennings. (Credit: David Banks/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Run Defense Biggest Concern For Bears

The water cooler talk in the city and burbs regarding the Bears is no doubt a raging debate of Jay or Josh at quarterback. However, the most pressing concern remains the run defense.

12/11/2013

Alshon Jeffery (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Jeffery One Of NFL’s Top Receivers

Alshon Jeffrey is now in the top 11 among receivers in yards after the catch with 351 yards.

12/03/2013

Defensive end Jeremiah Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the football during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on September 16, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 37-20. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Ratliff Ready For Bears Debut

By Jeff Joniak First Impression Jeremiah Ratliff has turned the page on his football career, and he likes what he sees in Chicago. Four times a Pro Bowl defensive tackle in Dallas, the nine-year vet […]

11/28/2013

A view of the Bears offensive line and the Vikings defensive line. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Vikings Pass Rush A Concern For Bears

No team in the NFL has pressured quarterbacks more than the Minnesota Vikings.

11/26/2013

Kyle Long and Chris Long

Joniak’s Journal: Kyle Long’s DE Brother, Chris, Has Been Known To Snap

By Jeff Joniak First Impression Kyle Long reminded right tackle Jordan Mills not to do anything to get under his brother’s skin during Sunday’s game in St. Louis.  Chris Long doesn’t need to be provoked. […]

11/21/2013

Charles Tillman  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Tillman Won’t Be Retiring Anytime Soon

Charles Tillman has no plans to retire anytime soon. Even though the first nine games of the season were challenging physically because of a sore knee and now a triceps injury, Tillman wants to keep playing.

11/12/2013

Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown Pumped To Start In Green Bay

By Jeff Joniak   First Impression Josh McCown is truly appreciative of his opportunity to start in Green Bay Monday night. He made mention of it repeatedly in his 15 minutes at the Halas Hall […]

10/31/2013

Quarterback Jay Cutler  of the Chicago Bears walks off the field after being injured on a play against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Cutler Could Be Back Sooner Rather Than Later

Admitting the torn left groin is the most “significant” pain he’s had in his career, Cutler is also optimistic he can get back to playing quarterback before the four week minimum “window” offered up by doctors.

10/29/2013

Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown In Good Hands With Trestman

McCown makes his first start for Trestman Monday night November 4 in Green Bay at 34. Age is just a number when it comes to quarterbacks for Trestman. Sometimes, there is magic in NFL maturity.

10/22/2013

Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears breaks away from Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Saints defeated the Bears 26-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Brandon Marshall Living A Conundrum

Brandon Marshall is living a conundrum. If that’s possible, he’s doing it.

10/08/2013

Bears defense.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Can’t Miss Tackles Against Saints

Tackling is going to be a huge factor in Sunday’s game against the Saints.

670 The Score–10/01/2013

Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears returns a kick-off for 80 yards against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Hold Serve At Home

They beat a pair of 2012 playoff teams with high hopes and third year quarterbacks who are trying to show they are long term solutions at the position.

09/17/2013

Jay Cutler. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Trestman Confident He Can Handle Cutler

Most of Marc Trestman’s Thursday news conference was about Jay Cutler, where the quarterback is, if he’s ready to go in the new system, and how he’s been to work with.

WBBM Newsradio–09/05/2013

Jordan Mills #67 and Kyle Long #75 of the Chicago Bears line up for a play against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on August 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 33-28. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: New Faces Give Bears O-Line Potential For Improvement

With six new offensive linemen, including four starters the Bears have the potential to be significantly improved up front.

09/03/2013

Devin Hester. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Rating The Bears Players Who Made The Roster

 By Jeff Joniak First Impressions I’m pleased to see Michael Ford make the final 53.  From his first practice in the rookie mini-camp, his speed and running style was attention-grabbing.  He only left LSU a […]

08/30/2013

Brandon Marshall. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Marshall Evolving Into A Leader

Brandon Marshall is having a career year for a Bears team with flickering playoff hopes. However, his frustration with the overall production of the offense eats at him.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2012

Brandon Marshall. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Must Begin Putting Points On The Board

Sneak in, charge in, or fold up the tent.

WBBM-FM–12/11/2012

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