It takes more than talent and schemes to be in the elite in the NFL -- in all sports, really. There's a certain body language, too. You have to try to take something. You have to reach out.
You have to lean forward.
Otherwise, you're just covering up and asking to be hit. Or you're the guy driving 45 mph down the middle lane, not trying to get anywhere so much as just trying not to crash.
Well, San Francisco took something Monday night -- and Chicago crashed.
The Niners won 32-7 in the Concussion Bowl, with both starting quarterbacks out. You don't expect to learn a lot with the two most important players off the field. But we did.
The Niners are Super Bowl contenders. The Bears are no longer an elite team.
"You have to take everything into consideration,'' Bears coach Lovie Smith said, trying to convince someone. "We have to take 7-3 (the Bears' record) into it. And I'm not disappointed in us being at the top of our division with the best record, tied for the best record. Tha...