Catching up with Legend #1: CHutch takes on the Chicago media …
"We're evaluating it right now," coach Lovie Smith said. "Next week will be better than this week. We still have time. You take it all the way up until [the regular season]. We want to have our best team going into that final week before we play. As long as we're making progress and not seeing some of the same mistakes, we're fine with that."
Hutchinson's mistakes included two interceptions, one thrown into triple coverage. A fumble recovered by the Bears and three sacks are open to debate on blame going to an offensive line minus All-Pro center Olin Kreutz or Hutchinson's reputation of holding on to the ball too long.
But Hutchinson, who will be eager to rectify his mistakes in Friday night's home exhibition opener against Buffalo, shrugged off pressure over job security.
"I don't give myself the job, and I don't take the job away," he said. "That's the coach's job, and I leave it up to him.
"It's preseason. You make mistakes, you learn, you move on. That's why they call it preseason. I'm going to get better. It's a starting point. It's 11/2 quarters of football. I've had a great training camp, so I'm not going to say that 11/2 quarters is going to count for everything."
Catching up with Legend #2: Antonio Bryant dazzles Browns camp …
``When I first came in the league, I saw a tree,'' he said. ``Now, I can see the apples on the tree. Some guys get it earlier. I'm just starting to understand things a little better. As I catch up, it's moving faster. You mature.
``When I first got in the game, I was doing a lot of things off anxiety. When you learn how to bring your emotions under control, then you can distribute that energy where you need it best.''
As for the run-in with Parcells, Browns coach Romeo Crennel spoke with Cleveland offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, who was with Dallas, to find out more about Bryant's character.
``I asked Maurice what happened and he told me. That was it,'' Crennel said. ``I really wasn't worried that Antonio and I would have a confrontation. If he did, well, I'm the head coach.''
Colishaw says major problems exist in the clubhouse …
Instead of meeting with Hart and Showalter and announcing Tuesday that he has "complete confidence" in his manager, he needs to investigate it one step further.
Hicks needs to hold a meeting with the leaders of this team. He can look at the All-Star selections from the last couple of years to see who they are.
Those players, who won't publicly admit to more than disappointment and misery, will tell Hicks their version of the truth. It is far, far different from "losing-streak frustration" in the Texas clubhouse.
That doesn't mean Hicks has to give in to players or let the inmates run the asylum. This isn't about the modern player and his sense of entitlement as opposed to the old- school players who ran through walls and asked no questions.
This is about whether or not Showalter has lost this team and whether he can possibly get it back in the spring of 2006.
Back in March, I wrote about the differences of the 4-3 and the 3-4 defense …Perhaps you would like to check it out…
Another big trade in the NHL, Dany Heatley to the Senators, Marion Hossa to Atlanta ….
Two weeks ago, Dany Heatley asked the Atlanta Thrashers to trade him so he could avoid facing the daily reminders of the automobile accident that resulted in the death of his friend and teammate Dan Snyder in 2003.
The Thrashers obliged yesterday and traded Heatley, a 24-year-old right wing who was the league's rookie of the year in 2002, to Ottawa for right wing Marian Hossa and defenseman Greg de Vries.
"We would have obviously brought him back under different circumstances," Thrashers General Manager Don Waddell said of Heatley during a conference call yesterday. "But he just felt this was a change that would be better for him personally. And I felt this was a trade that would help our franchise in the immediate future."
First, Kramer admits he was offsides, and now, Maradona admits he used his hand …
Diego Maradona acknowledged that he struck the ball with his hand in the famous ``Hand of God'' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals.
Speaking on his local television talk show Monday night, Maradona called one of soccer's most controversial goals ``something that just came out of me. It was a bit of mischief.''
Maradona appeared to punch the ball into the net, and officials allowed the goal to stand despite protests by the English team. Argentina went on to win the 1986 quarterfinal match 2-1 and then win the World Cup.
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