The first day of the NFL calendar brought with it the expected flurry of activity. Visions of giant zeroes dances through our heads and the number of high-“two-comma” players expanded quickly. Twitter feeds couldn’t reload fast enough to keep up with the unending string of rumors, conjecture and speculation. If only for a little while, […]

I’ll get into the Carson Palmer trade to Oakland in another post. This is an interesting one with the trade deadline looming in the NFL. Matt Forte and the Bears are at a standstill in contract negotiations. His future in Chicago is most definitely in question. A Chicago Tribune report (reissued by discusses that […]

Harmon jumped on the blower to chat up Week 5 of the NFL season with Bob Haynie and Rob Long on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. They start with the hiring of Robin Ventura by Harmon’s hometown team and segue into football from there. Don’t get called for the false start. Listen up now. Harmon […]

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Earlier this week, 2010 breakout star Johnny Knox was demoted from the first team on the Bears’ first depth chart. Devin Hester gets the nod opposite Roy Williams in year two of the Martz offense. Reports surfaced that Knox had requested a trade following the move, and quotes from Mike Martz don’t help things. Brad […]

“Defensively, we carried all year, and looking back at the film offensively, those first four or five games , it’s hard to watch at this point.” That statement says it all. Cutler doesn’t do many interviews, which made Thursday morning’s appearance on the Mully & Hanley Show mighty intriguing. Listen to his voice inflection when […]

Just as things started to get back to normal and fans put aside their displeasure and sour feelings about the lockout, the Bears canceled a much-anticipated “Family Night” event. Granted, I saw about 20 pictures of the dreaded Soldier Field turf that left you shaking your head and wondering how things had gone so wrong. […]

Kids’ bedtimes took me away from the computer and draft coverage. So, I’m going rapid-fire for these Final Seven. Let’s rock and roll. #26: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh to Kansas City (Baltimore’s clock had expired) — Cassel and Bowe get much-needed help #27: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado to Baltimore — I thought he’d end up […]

Zach Zaidman, sideline reporter for The Chicago Bears Network, appeared on Chicago’s “The Score 670” with Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein to talk about Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. In addition to breaking down the game, Zaidman offered up his interview with third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie following the game. Hanie talks up the game, but the […]

The Green Bay Post-Gazette was issued with a fairly sizable gaffe (literally and figuratively) in its headline about this weekend’s forthcoming NFC North battle. Perhaps someone in copyediting was channeling his or her inner Rex Ryan?

Jim Cornelison, who regularly sings the national anthem for the Chicago Blackhawks, stepped onto the field for Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks. The crowd, as it does during Blackhawks home games, added their voice. The roar of the crowd behind Cornelison is something that sometimes draws criticism. […]

Here’s a quick video. We did the long version on the air for FOX Sports Radio for three hours. NFC Divisional Round: Chicago Over Seattle

Mike Harmon and John Halpin reconvene for the first time in awhile to discuss the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Harmon proffers his predictions, they talk a bit about their MLB mock draft and have some fun with the glory of snow days. F15 Wednesday: Halpin Returns Check out the archives at .

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Brett Favre is the first man that I can remember to be revived from “OUT” status to starting a game. That means that “sneaky” Flex play Joe Webb is only going to see the field if Favre leaves because of an injury or through some gadgetry. Adrian Peterson has been affected by myriad lower-leg injuries, […]

I didn’t sleep well last night. Perhaps it was the gallon of glorious coffee coarsing through my veins (sponsors are welcome to inquire) or perhaps it was some of the football that I viewed on Sunday. There were some fabulous moments along the way, but there was seemingly some ugliness at every turn. Any football […]

I loaded up the straight up picks on Saturday. Here’s a run through the third week of NFL action – Against The Spread. Cincinnati at Carolina (+3): Carolina Buffalo at New England (-14 1/2): New England San Francisco at Kansas City (-3): San Francisco Tennessee at New York Giants (-3): New York Giants Cleveland at […]

Here are my picks for Week 3 — Straight up — Against the spread to come. Cincinnati at Carolina: Cincinnati Buffalo at New England: New England San Francisco at Kansas City: San Francisco Tennessee at New York Giants: New York Giants Cleveland at Baltimore: Baltimore Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay: Pittsburgh Atlanta at New Orleans: New […]

It’s the talk of NFL Week 1. It’s the play that set the Twitter-verse ablaze this afternoon. If you’re unaware, I’ll recap it briefly — Calvin Johnson, who had been held in check by the Chicago secondary all day (the Bears got some pressure & did knock Matthew Stafford out of the game – more […]

The long and winding road has begun. The 2010 Harmon training camp tour began Saturday night with a stop in Bourbonnais to visit the Chicago Bears. It’s a team that faces a lot of “what ifs?” as preparations get underway for the opener. — What if Jay Cutler gets hurt? — What if Julius Peppers […]

The glorious three-day spectacle that is the NFL Draft came to a close on Saturday afternoon. The months of rumor, conjecture and speculation ended with the selection of wide receiver Tim Toone by the Lions. Fans will sit and criticize or laud the efforts of their respective GMs. Shrines will be built to the expected […]