Bear Essentials: Harbaugh Rips Bears

BR discusses Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who is still upset about the botched draft-day trade, as well as former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon's recent auto accident and more.

Those in the Chicago Bears organization, specifically GM Jerry Angelo, have moved on. Yet the higher ups in Baltimore are still unhappy about the botched draft-day trade between the Ravens and Bears in the first round of this year's draft.

The trade was supposed to have sent Chicago's fourth round pick to the Ravens in exchange for the two teams switching spots in the first round. This would have moved Chicago up two spots, from 29th overall to 27th overall. Yet something went wrong in the Bear's war room, and the organization never called in the trade to the league.

As a result, the Ravens ran out of time to make their first-round pick and were leapfrogged by the Kansas City Chiefs, who took WR Jonathan Baldwin. The Ravens turned around and got the player they waned, CB Jimmy Smith, as did the Bears with OT Gabe Carimi.

According to Angelo, it was an honest mistake, which he apologized for profusely at the time. League commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged the Bears to offer Baltimore the agreed upon fourth-round pick as compensation for the error, but Angelo refused. The organization instead used that fourth rounder to trade up with the Washington Redskins in the second round to acquire DT Stephen Paea.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is still upset over the whole ordeal.

"It was disappointing," Harbaugh said, appearing Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "They can get mad at me if they want, but I'm not buying the mistake thing. It wasn't a mistake. They knew what they were doing.

"They put their guy on the phone. They agreed to a pick. They got their guy on the phone. They recognized he wasn't getting calls from the team behind them, and they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us they had called the trade in. They hadn't called the trade in. They said it was a mistake. Those guys have been doing it for a long time, c'mon."

Harbaugh doesn't understand how such an egregious lack of communication could occur.

"You communicate back and forth. And someone's responsible for calling a trade in," Harbaugh said. "There's no way to not get that done. We saw on TV that they had their guy on the phone and he was who they were talking to, and then they drafted him.

"So they basically just stole two spots from us, and that's not OK. That's not something ... it's not ethical, it's not right. And I personally agree with our owner Steve Bisciotti that they should have been held accountable for it. But also it is what it is, they didn't do anything illegal. We were just disappointed with it."

QB Jim McMahon
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McMahon involved in car crash

Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon, who led the Bears to the organization's only Super Bowl championship in 1985, was in Lake Tahoe, Nev. this past weekend competing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

On his way to the airport early yesterday morning, the limousine McMahon and his girlfriend Laurie Navon were riding in apparently careened off U.S. 395 in Pleasant Valley at 2 p.m. and crashed through a fence, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The limo, owned by Bell Limousine of Reno, went through a wired fence, over a culvert and into a pasture.

"Right now he's in a lot of pain," Trooper Mike Edgell said of McMahon. He described McMahon's injuries as "non-incapacitating," and it wasn't immediately known if he would be admitted to the hospital. He also said alcohol was not involved in the crash and its cause is still under investigation.

McMahon's agent Vincent J. Calo said in a statement Monday night that the former QB suffered injuries to his left foot, as well as his head, neck and back. He added that McMahon's girlfriend of several years suffered a concussion and both would stay in the hospital overnight for testing. The driver, Robert McCoy, was also injured.

Shockey says football to begin this weekend

In an interview with Busted Coverage, Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey said the current labor negotiations will end Thursday with a deal being signed, and that football activities will resume this weekend.

"The deal will be done Thursday and we're being told to report to Charlotte for a three-day camp the 22nd through 25th," Shockey said.

He added that the Hall of Fame, scheduled for Aug. 7 between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, will also be played on time.

"Obviously the details have to be completed, but this deal is done," Shockey said. "The Hall of Fame game is a go. It's a win-win for both sides."

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