January 3, 2012 |
The fallout from the Bears missing the NFL playoffs after starting 7-3 claimed two victims Tuesday: general manager Jerry Angelo and offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Angelo was fired by team President Ted Phillips while Martz resigned over "philosophical differences," according to the Tribune. "Today is a difficult day," Phillips said of Angelo's exit. "Jerry did a lot. He's a wonderful man, high character. He's put his life's blood into the Bears, he's a tireless worker, and I'm going to miss him. "But at the same time, we need more.
October 8, 2012 |
It's been more than a day since the Bears ground the Jacksonville Jaguars into a grainy, lumpy paste and I'm still grinning like a lunatic. Although the game started slow, the Bears looked absolutely monstrous as they delivered the biggest margin of victory in Lovie Smith's eight years at the helm. At 4-1, the Bears clearly sit in the VIP section of Club NFL, and heading into their bye week everyone's getting bottle service. It feels weird for me to be the guy saying it, but Bears fans need to slow their roll.
February 7, 2012 |
Excuse Bears fans for getting a little excited Tuesday. The news that the Bears had hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterbacks coach was welcomed with mostly open arms. Why? Because Bates worked with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Denver from 2006 to '08. "I'm very excited to be working with Jeremy Bates again," Cutler said on the team's website. "We got the right guy for the job. "He's a grinder. He's a guy that's going to work extremely hard to find weaknesses in defenses and he's going to be able to present it to us in a way that we understand and will be able to make plays where we can take advantage of those weaknesses.
October 7, 2012 |
The Bears crowd at Rogers Park's Poitin Stil filed in one by one before kickoff, and with each new fan came a shout of "Bears!" from the rest of the bar, as if this were Cheers and Bears fans were Norm. I was at a table with my buddies Ben and Ben, the three of us waiting for our pal Tony the Packers Fan, a man surely downtrodden after Green Bay blew a game in Indianapolis. Halfway into the first quarter a friend of Tony's in a Colts hat walked in and received applause and a standing ovation.
July 29, 2013 |
In April, the Bears assigned new linebacker James Anderson No. 50, aka Mike Singletary's number. A month later, they formally announced that Mike Ditka's No. 89 would be the team's final retired number. This leaves several worthy candidates, including Singletary, without the distinction. RedEye looks at the top five Bears jerseys that should still be retired. 1. Mike Singletary, No. 50, 1981-92 Here's how much Singletary owns No. 50: In college, I attended a party at the home of one of my brother's friends.
September 23, 2012 |
Mama said there'd be days like this. Days where the defensive line's relentless pursuit wins more battles than the uber-athleticism of the receiving corps. Days where the game-controlling freaks are Peppers and Idonije, not Marshall and Jeffery. Days where you win by double figures because you held the opponent without a touchdown, not because your offense scored five. The Bears dusted off their run-stuffing, quarterback-pasting franchise identity during their 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams, grinding St. Looie quarterback Sam Bradford into the ground like a cigarette on the sidewalk.
September 9, 2013 |
I watched the Bears 2013 season opener at a friend's apartment, and while we squirmed as Cincinnati jumped out 21-10, we at least had the comfort of not being a Lions fan. There was one in the room, watching the Lions on a laptop in his own little corner, and his agony comforted us. Bad things were happening everywhere - Peanut Tillman getting a pick-six called back, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green performing their own personal air show - but it was...
December 19, 2013 |
Three Bears fans walk into a bar. Let's call them Trusty, Scaredy and Doubty: Trusty: So, Jay Cutler should start Sunday, right? Scaredy: Absolutely! Did you see that arm strength in the Cleveland game? He fits the football into windows that Josh McCown can't. No, no … that NO OTHER quarterback can! Doubty: Did you see him force throws in that same Cleveland game? Cripes, he cost the Bears 10 points on forced throws to Brandon Marshall, and simply got lucky that his lollipop of a toss to Alshon Jeffrey wasn't intercepted, either.
December 30, 2012 |
It came down to this. The Bears needed a win over Detroit and a Minnesota loss to Green Bay on Sunday to make the playoffs. It's likely coach Lovie Smith's job hung in the balance, too, considering his teams had just one playoff berth since the 2006 season. And as luck would have it, Sunday's games were staggered, meaning that for six-plus hours Bears fans' nerves were in overdrive. Here's how the day played out, and how fans were feeling at the time, from dejected, to doubtful, to hopeful, to elated.
November 27, 2011 |
Caleb Hanie, this is your cue, this is your mission--if you choose to accept it. With the Bears entering Sunday's game on a five-game winning streak and fans thinking playoffs, you can save the season filling in for injured quarterback Jay Cutler. All you have to do is win a three or four games, and there will be football in January in Chicago. Then, of course, Cutler likely will be back to bask in the playoff spotlight. But, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. First things first.