How Bears fans and writers got Olin Kreutz nominated for the Pro

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Football Hall of Fame EDITOR: With today’s news that Olin Kreutz is officially back on the nominees list for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class Youth Roquan Smith Jersey , we wanted to remind you guys about the role that Windy City Gridiron’s resident Bears’ historian, Jack M Silverstein, played a little over a year ago in helping get Kreutz back on the list. You can check out the story and how it all played out below as told by the Superfans...CHICAGO, IL September 15, 2017 — Olin Kreutz was a man’s man. He was an old school throwback that would have fit right in with the Hamptons, and the Buffones, and the Ditkas. Could he be a jerk at times? Sure, that’s fair, but he was our jerk. Kruetz played with the Chicago Bears from 1998 to 2010, then he moved on for four more games with the New Orleans Saints before realizing he was done with pro football. He was elected to six straight Pro Bowls from 2001-2006. He was 1st team All Pro in 2006, and 2nd team All Pro in ‘05. His 191 games played in Chicago is tied for 2nd best in the history of the franchise behind a certain mulletted long snapping great. He was the leader of his locker room for the majority of his career, he played the game with an edge, and he was one of the best centers in the game for much of his time in the league. Olin Kreutz epitomized the Bears. So imagine our disappointment when reading that he wasn’t one of the Bears nominated for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame’s class of 2018. We remembered he was on there last year , so what gives?Quite frankly, it pissed us off even more than that whole hashtag fiasco. But then a miracle happened. Well, maybe not a miracle, but we were alerted to that Hall Of Fame article being updated. So naturally, we clicked it, and we discovered this.From our fellow WCG writer and fellow Chicago guy, Jack M Silverstein;Jack received permission to share the email that he received from the Hall of Fame.You’ve got to be kidding me.He did it.Jack, along with Biggsy, got Kruetz back on the nominees list for the 2019 Hall Of Fame class. We caught up with our guy Jack to get his take on his legendary move and he took the humble road. “Now, to be fair, it's totally possible that people other than me and Biggs nominated Kreutz. Also to be fair, Kreutz shouldn't need fan/writer nominations.” Jack speaks the truth.“He should have been a semifinalist last year.”Yep, more truth.But the story gets even cooler Youth Eddie Jackson Jersey , thanks to the man himself.Jack got retweeted by a legend.But wait, there’s more!Thomas Jones also retweeting Jack while offering up his congratulations to Olin! But then Kreutz replied to TJ and the thread takes on a life of it’s own!For those not hip to the Twitter thing, @Jmack37 is former Bears fullback Jason McKie.With three Bears now tagged in the thread, Dave (aka @Dpecilunas8) asked the fellas who their favorite quarterback to play with was. And the fun was on!Jonathan Quinn!Fred Flintstone!Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesQuinn was benched in that Tampa Bay game in favor of Craig Krenzel after going 5 for 9 with 2 sacks.The thread goes on a bit longer, with them going on a few tangents, but it was fun seeing three teammates having a little fun. It was at the expense of another teammate, but I’m sure he could take the good-natured ribbing. Quinn played five games for the Bears in 2004, and he actually made three starts. He was a 52% passer, and he racked up 413 yards while chucking one lonely touchdown pass with three interceptions. He was sacked 15 times and he has a passer rating of 53.7!But he was a Bear and we love him!#DaBearsBears vs. Buccaneers: Snap counts, stats, and more All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as we’re the snipped pictures in my tweets.The Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 to 10, and it wasn’t even that close. Take a look at the team stats where the Bears had the edge in total yards , (483 to 311), total first downs (26 to 16), average yards per offensive play (8.3 to 5.2), and third down conversions (4-8 50% to 3-12 25%), although the Bucs were 2 for 2 on 4th down.The Buccaneers did have the edge in time of possession (31:54 to 28:06), and they had more penalties too (11 for 99 yards to 4 for 38 for the Bears). It was a dominant and complete performance by the Chicago Bears. They put the NFC North on notice that that are a team to take seriously.This may have been the Bears big breakout game for Mitchell Trubisky and the Matt Nagy offense, but the defense was putting in serious work again as well. And this was against the number one offense in the NFL. The Bears were favored by most people in this game, but no one saw a 38 point spread coming. The Bears will now take a week off to regroup and refresh themselves while on a bye before traveling to South Beach for an October 14th showdown with the Miami Dolphins. OFFENSEThis massacre against the Bucs will forever be known as the Trubisky break-out game. I don’t remember the last time a Bears’ player put up video game numbers, but I could get used to this from the second year QB. He went 19 of 26 for 354 yards, with 6 TD passes, and his passer rating was a sparkling 154.6. He added 53 yards on the ground too, just to show he’s a dual threat. He had two players go over a hundred yards receiving. Tarik Cohen (7 receptions for 121 yards and 1 TD), and Taylor Gabriel (7/104/2). This was the first 100+ yard receiving day for both players. Cohen added 53 yards on the ground and another 14 on punt returns. Gabriel had a 10 yard run too.Trubisky’s other TD passes went to Allen Robinson II (2 catches for 23 yards) Blue Anthony Miller Jersey , Trey Burton (2/86), and Josh Bellamy (1/20).Jordan Howard only had 11 rushes 25 yards, but after three straight weeks with defenses focusing on him, maybe the Bears wanted to showcase a few other weapons. His 33 offensive snaps and 54% of the offensive plays were both season lows. The Bears o-line kept Trubisky clean most of the day, he was sacked once and hit three total times. Kyle Long and Bobby Massie had one penalty apiece. Also interesting to note that rookie James Daniels received some play at left guard this week. DEFENSEAkiem Hicks was ejected for bumping an official, but before leaving the game he recorded his third sack of the season. Other Bears picking up sacks were Khalil Mack and Aaron Lynch, and Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris split a sack. Mack added a forced fumble, tackle for loss and a pass defense to go along with 4 tackles. It was kind of a quiet day for the MVP candidate.Nichols had 2 of the Bears’ 6 TFLs, and Lynch had 2 of the Bears’ 7 QB hits. Lynch also had an interception and he continues to plat good football for the Bears after missing most of training camp and the preseason. Other Bears with interceptions were Danny Trevathan and Eddie Jackson. With Prince Amukamara missing, the Bears gave rookie undrafted free agent Kevin Toliver II the start at corner and he led the team in tackles with 7. He was also hit with a ticky-tack pass interference late in the game. SPECIAL TEAMSCody Parkey went 2 for 2 on field goals, and 6 for 6 on extra points. He also put 7 of his kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks. Patrick O’Donnell punted twice for 96 yards. Benny Cunningham had a kick return for 28 yards. Sherrick McManis led the Bears with 2 special teams tackles.To see the full statistical breakdown of the game, check out the ESPN box score and game recap.

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