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Sunday, September 25th, 2016

MORE BEARS-CHARGERS FALLOUT

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And the Chargers continue to run their mouths. From the Tribune:

During an interview on Sirius Radio, Shaun Phillips echoed a Yahoo! Sports report Sunday saying San Diego considered Cedric Benson “soft.” Apparently that was San Diego’s pregame scouting report.

“When we studied him that was one of our knocks on him is if you hit him a little bit he can get a little disgruntled and talk a little trash to him and give him a couple shots, he’ll fold and take it in,” Phillips told “The Afternoon Blitz.” “That’s what we were able to do and I’m pretty sure that’s going to haunt him the rest of his career.”

But that’s not the end of it. Apparently former Bears coach Ron Rivera told the Chargers D what he thought of Rex Grossman.

“Coach told us that Rex was kind of a mental midget, so you can get into his head and create that doubt,” Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm said. “That is what I tried to do — I was talking to him a lot of times, I was talking to whomever.”

I’d be curious if those were the words that Rivera used. Ron, good luck in the offseason when you break the NFL record for most interviews without receiving a Head Coach position. And for the Chargers? They must have really bought into that “forget about last year” business. Which is not always a good thing. They’ll lose to New England this week like they did in the playoffs last year.

  • dhaab

    Mental midget. :o You’re sounding pretty bitter here, Zoner. Professional athletes talk smack sometimes. I wouldn’t try reading too much into it.

  • Schmidty

    WOW Zoner…no love for the trash-talking and “gain any advantage” attitude in the NFL! I don’t think the Bears are innocent in doing things like talking to opponents and using a former coach to get a scouting report. They may not be as mouthy as Warren Sapp or anything, but you can bet most guys on the field talk crap over the course of a game. Comes with the territory. As for Rivera, who cares if those were the exact words he used or not. He’s not employed by the Bears any more. Obviously he’s going to give the Chargers any info he can to get a win. And if that includes telling them how to get into Rex’s head, then so be it. BTW, didn’t see you saying Rivera was wrong in that assessment. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Not bitter at all. There’s no advantage to talking after the game. And if my year ended like theirs did last year, I’m pretty sure I’d keep my mouth shut. Especially when it seems they can dish it out but not take it.

    The Chargers haven’t done jack. Their best defensive player was suspended for drug use last year. Their best player had a hissy fit when they lost to the Pats last year.

    “[The San Diego players] talked from the beginning to the end,” linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said, according to the Union-Tribune. “We’ll take the win.”

    They all talked about how disrespectful the Pats were. But it’s OK for them to do it? The Bears may talk trash–like you said they all do–but they don’t disrespect anyone.

  • Schmidty

    Bitter. Totally bitter. :)

  • http://www.meaninglis.com Lis

    I lost some respect for the Bolts this weekend. They won because a stoopid special teams fumble recovery. Sure they’re a good team but they’re not any more more classier then the Pats in my book.

    Here’s hopin’ the Chargers bow out of the playoffs yet again.

  • dhaab

    Lis, the refs blew an obvious offsides by Harris and it resulted in a Charger fumble on the Bears 1 yard line. Your version of which team got lucky in this game is seriously skewed.

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