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Making a strong case for future Bears success like the trained lawyer he is, Marc Trestman methodically worked off note cards the longtime NFL assistant had prepared over the last two decades for this moment. Never in 22 years of calling plays had...
Forget Calvin Johnson versus Charles Tillman for a minute. Let's pit Calvin Johnson against Brandon Marshall. Viewed strictly on the field, who would you rather have? Start here: Most teams in the NFL probably would love to have either. "Either...
The game against the Lions on Sunday could have been the last one for a Bear who has been around forever and has his name listed prominently in the team record books. But the Bears decided they wanted him back. Whether or not the Bears will take the...
Tags: Mike Martz, Charles Tillman, Lovie Smith, Troy Nolan, Wes Welker
Hard to imagine Lovie Smith going toe to toe with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli at halftime of an important Bears game. Of course, Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan famously had to be separated in the locker room at halftime of the...
Most fans go to Bears summer training camp hoping to be entertained by spectacular offensive plays. Jay Cutler lofts a deep pass to Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester or Earl Bennett and the crowd goes wild. Matt Forte bursts through a hole and races 35...
Shea McClellin is hearing voices. So are most NFL rookies during this point of training camp. From their position coaches, coordinators, veteran teammates, friends, media, fans — everyone offers well-intended advice on how best to transition...
Roger Goodell just gave the Bears a season. No, the NFL Commissioner didn’t send out a press release. And no, he did not appear on NFL Network to explain how and why. But when Lord Roger Voldemort sent his Death Eaters to New Orleans in the wake of...
My advice for Phil Emery days before running his first NFL draft as Bears general manager is to address the receiver issue before anything else. The receiver on Emery's telephone, that is. Make sure it works and everybody in the draft room knows who's...
On a 20-acre farm off Chicken Dinner Road in Marsing, Idaho, Shea McClellin developed the work ethic that made him into a first-round NFL draft pick. McClellin helped the grandparents who raised him care for animals that roamed their land: goats,...
Tags: Dan Bazuin, Chandler Jones, Shea McClellin, Football, Phil Emery
If Mike Tice leaves to coach the Oakland Raiders,the Bears would have all kinds of bad news. Or, looking at it another way, the Bears would have all kinds of typical Bears news. The Bears thought they were looking for just a passing game coordinator/...
Tags: Mike Martz, Lovie Smith, Football, Mike Tice, Oakland Raiders
The Bears defense took one look at the new and improved Falcons’ offense, and then destroyed it. The Bears sized up quarterback Matt Ryan and his new rookie receiver and his established star on the other side, and blew them up. Blew up all the...
Tags: Charles Tillman, Johnny Knox, Lovie Smith, Matt Forte, Matt Ryan
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