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Last year, Jay Cutler got a Pro Bowl receiver in Brandon Marshall and a newly signed Pro Bowl running back in Matt Forte. This year, the Bears quarterback got an offensive-minded head coach known as a quarterback whisperer in Marc Trestman, and before...
I still don’t get the NFL scouting combine. Last weekend in Indianapolis and through Tuesday, football players will wear almost no football equipment while running some drills they practice specifically for this showcase but rarely execute in...
Heading into his fifth season with the Bears, Jay Cutler doesn't have a whole lot more to ask for at this point. General manager Phil Emery continued to build around the quarterback Tuesday, making aggressive moves in the first three hours of free agency...
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Jared Cook, Israel Idonije, Sports
The question was innocuous enough. But it struck a nerve with Marc Trestman during his lengthy introductory news conference in January. "Based on the pieces you have in place, do you anticipate any major changes by bringing in a new defensive...
Jermon Bushrods don't just happen. Jermon Bushrods hardly ever are available in free agency. Jermon Bushrods rarely are available in the draft after the first handful of picks. So when Jermon Bushrod falls from the sky in March, and your starting...
It’s this simple: If Brian Urlacher can play, then the Bears should sign him. If he can't, then they shouldn’t. Any questions? The reality appears to be the Bears don’t believe their Hall-of-Fame-bound middle linebacker can play. OK....
Maybe it’s just me, but members of the Chicago Bears new coaching staff sound like they don’t have a clue. Based on what they’ve said publicly, at least. Which is virtually nothing. Starting with new coach Marc Trestman and going...
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Lovie Smith, Sports, Marc Trestman
As the Bears have combed through the free agent left tackles, they undoubtedly have noticed the group has thinned out like the hair on Brian Urlacher's head. The Broncos put the franchise tag on Ryan Clady. The Chiefs did the same to Brandon Albert. And...
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Detroit Lions, Sports, Jared Cook, Free Agency
Though J'Marcus Webb reportedly won't face drug charges, he created questions about himself for a new Bears coaching staff when he was arrested in downstate Pulaski County and initially charged with marijuana possession. The starting left tackle for...
Veteran free safety Ed Reed has been a constant presence in the NFL for nearly a dozen years, instinctively patrolling the Ravens' secondary and baiting quarterbacks into miscues. Although he's not here at the NFL scouting combine, Reed's name was...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After seeing Manti Te'o shave about one-tenth of a second off his 40-yard dash time Tuesday, hearing the linebacker sing down a hallway inside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex confirmed the skip in his step. Relieved, Te'o...
Strength and conditioning in the NFL is radically different from what it was 28 years ago, when Rusty Jones first started working for the Bills. Jones, the Bears' retiring director of physical development, is a big reason. He was the first NFL...
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