Surprising development greeted us this morning-apparently 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will not play tonight. Given that this will be San Francisco backup Colin Kaepernick’s first career start, and Bears backup Jason Campbell’s 71st, one might think this would provide confidence. However, I still remember Eric Hipple’s first start against the Bears on Monday Night Football in 1981.
Ditka on the stroke he suffered Friday: “I’m Iron Mike, c’mon!” Love ya, coach.
Mike Mulligan has an interesting article in today’s Tribune. Apparently there were unofficial conversations at the end of the 2009 season between Jim Harbaugh and the Bears, indicating mutual interest in Chicago’s head coaching job should Lovie Smith be fired. But Smith wasn’t, and that ship has sailed. But I was secretly hoping at the time that Harbaugh would end up coaching the Bears.
Now-I’d love to hear everyone’s predictions on tonight’s game. I think the Bears, led by Jason Campbell, CAN win this game. Whether they will or not, I don’t know.