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November 28, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
It's time for a Bears edition of "would you rather?" starring Brian Urlacher. The question: Would you rather have Lance Louis' knee injury or Devin Hester's head injury? Let's compare. Louis tore his ACL during Sunday's win over Minnesota when he was upended on a vicious block during an interception return. Louis will miss the rest of the season. Hester sustained a concussion in the first half and was pulled for the rest of the game. Based on the Bears' handling of concussions this season, it is reasonable to assume Hester will miss Sunday's game against Seattle and, assuming he is cleared to...
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January 30, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Oh, I've noticed them. I haven't mentioned them too much because, you know, everybody loves them. Plus, hey, we're still in that honeymoon phase, post-Stanley Cup. Doesn't seem like much can go wrong, except for this little skid they were on. This little four game skid until they won at Vancouver, the one where they weren't winning games in overtime like they used to, this one where goalie Antti Raanta doesn't inspire much confidence. Guys, I'll put it to you this way. There is no one else.
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November 10, 2011
The core of the Bears defense - Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman and others - has been described widely as an aging unit. But these decorated veterans have performed like young and restless defenders most of this season. Briggs demonstrated his speed and agility Monday when he ran the width of the field to chase down Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. "I always take a lot of pride in that. And I think we should change [old] age to 'vintage.' I tried to do that earlier in the year," Briggs said Thursday.
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October 31, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I love weeks like these in Chicago. I call them the "at least you know where you stand" weeks. A nice test for the Bulls on Tuesday night in Miami and a friendly reminder - in case it wasn't already a loud voice screaming from your gut - "We can't beat these guys!" Yes, we welcome back Derrick Rose. Yes, he looks amazing and is going to be so much fun to watch. But let's not kid ourselves - we're not the Heat. Or. Better yet, here's a great idea - let's kid ourselves! Yes, let's.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
All the pieces are in place, Brian Urlacher is back practicing, and Indy comes to town to kick off the 2012 season. Everybody happy. Big-time receivers in the house, Matt Forte and Jay Cutler happy … new offensive coaches who aren't offensive, everybody happy. Great special teams as always, offensive line is OK, everybody happy. Except I'm not happy. You're telling me a GM comes in from out of nowhere and in a matter of months addresses every major need, almost overnight seems to modernize the franchise?
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February 21, 2013 | RedEye
When dealing with athletes' pride, concussions become an even thornier issue. Brian Urlacher says he would lie about having one. Jonathan Toews struggled with admitting he had one. Here's what Bears and Blackhawks said about their own head injuries. "Back then, it was just tape an aspirin to your helmet and you go back in. I've worked with some neurosurgeons and it's a very serious thing, man. My memory's pretty much gone. There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there.
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July 4, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
The Bears' rookies have some big shoes to fill. With training camp only three weeks away, new coach Marc Trestman will have a lot of tough decisions as he tries to lead the Bears to the playoffs. Brian Urlacher's departure, rebuilding the offensive line, reviving an aging defense and protecting Jay Cutler will require the Bears to make considerable use of young talent. Of the 18 rookies currently on the roster, only a few will make the final, 53-man roster. Here are three who could make the biggest impact this season: Jon Bostic, linebacker With Brian Urlacher's retirement, the Bears...
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June 14, 2012 | RedEye
In case you missed it, Bears minicamp wrapped up Thursday. And although the season's still a few months away, there were a few things to take from the three-day warm-up before the team reports to training camp in Bourbonnais on July 24. Tribune contributed   Not everyone's 100 percent … yet Some players are still licking their wounds. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, the team's second-round draft pick, missed the first day of minicamp with a lower leg injury, returned to the field Wednesday and sat out again Thursday.
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August 23, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Time for a nice fat reality check Friday. Bears at Giants. Yes, we return to the site where Jay Cutler was sacked nine times and got a concussion. Yes, it's still the preseason. However, it's the nastiest pass rush around. Someone needs to step up, so naturally, I predict Chris Williams and J'Marcus Webb will step back. No way the Bears are as good as they look. Injuries are bugging me. Adam Podlesh, the punter, has hurt his leg. No worries, though, it's just his kicking leg. So, that's weird.
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December 13, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
Dear Santa, Merry friggin' Christmas. I got my friggin' list and you'd better check it twice. I've been naughty and nice, and by virtue of me living in Chicago and putting up with this constant stream of mediocrity, you're going to give me what I want this year. I'm not asking you. I'm telling you as a courtesy. You'd better start by giving me a new head coach for the Bears. Oh, there's a storm coming. And we're going nuclear. I want it blown up, torn apart and rebuilt like a modern NFL franchise.
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October 17, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
If there's anyone out there who wants to play defensive line for the Bears, we're taking applicants. It's what happens with injuries, but let's get you caught up on the Bears depleted roster. Also, find the panic button and hit it. We have Zach Minter, rookie, Montana State. Never heard of him. We have someone named Landon Cohen. fourth year, out of Ohio. Not Ohio State. The name concerns me. A Landon Cohen is a professor of philosophy. A Landon Cohen does very good dental work, maybe does your taxes.
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September 15, 2013 | RedEye
Brian Urlacher's playing career is over, but he's still dishing out hits. Since becoming an analyst for Fox Sports 1, the legendary Bears linebacker has stirred the pot on faking injuries, why he hates some of the NFL rules changes and how Jay Cutler gave him the brush-off. He should have had interesting things to say after the Bears rallied to top Minnesota 31-30 on Sunday in a wild shootout at Soldier Field. Jay Cutler threw two interceptions and fumbled once. But he also fired three touchdown passes, including a 16-yarder to Martellus...
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September 5, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
The great experiment begins. Can the Bears, always known for middle linebackers and running backs, evolve into a modern NFL franchise? One with an offensive-minded head coach, talented QB and modern-thinking GM? Of course not. This is Chicago, and we just don't do this! That won't stop us from trying, so here are some boldless predictions to start the season. Week 1: Home against the Bengals. To seem more like a Bears coach, Marc Trestman changes his name to Mark Trestman.
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August 14, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
"Ladies and gentlemen, the starting middle linebacker for your Chicago Bears … Jon Bostic!" Wait, what? For the 13 previous seasons, fans heard only one other name when each season started: Brian Urlacher. That won't happen again. Not when they host San Diego on Thursday in a preseason game, not ever. The reality of that may take awhile to sink in for fans. For Urlacher, it may take even longer. In the offseason, for the first time in his career, the franchise icon was told he was no longer good enough to play football.
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July 25, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Guess what day it is! Guess what day it is! Training Camp Day is here. First day of practice-open to the public at 9 a.m. Denim shorts and tube socks are both ready! Congratulations, you survived the summer and even saw the start of the Junior Lake Era! You're a winner! Before that, we may have to say goodbye to Alfonso Soriano, who has had some nice years with the Cubs. Though I have enjoyed his offense, the back-loaded, Jim Hendry desperation-size contract always bugged me. It's as if Hendry threw up his arms and said, "This is it folks.
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July 4, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
The Bears' rookies have some big shoes to fill. With training camp only three weeks away, new coach Marc Trestman will have a lot of tough decisions as he tries to lead the Bears to the playoffs. Brian Urlacher's departure, rebuilding the offensive line, reviving an aging defense and protecting Jay Cutler will require the Bears to make considerable use of young talent. Of the 18 rookies currently on the roster, only a few will make the final, 53-man roster. Here are three who could make the biggest impact this season: Jon Bostic, linebacker With Brian Urlacher's...
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January 3, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
When I'm wrong, I'm wrong and I try and tell as few people as possible. I was wrong on Lovie Smith. He's gone. I'm so used to mediocrity I was expecting another year of blank stares and putrid offenses. But something changed, and it changed on Jan. 1, 2013. Mark that date down, maybe. I saw (I should have DVR'd it) Bears general manager Phil Emery give logical, detailed answers as to what his plans were, and what his criteria are. For once, it wasn't some zombie up there deflecting questions and dodging answers.
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March 20, 2013 | By Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
Somewhere in Chicago, the city's newest Bears fan was born today, and that child never got to see Brian Urlacher play as a Bear. In fact, I was 6 years old when Walter Payton retired, and I only hazily remember his highlights. Family members, NFL Films, YouTube, books and stat checking have filled in much of the picture, but there's nothing like watching a player week after week, season after season, to truly get a sense of his talent. So if you are the parent of a Bears fan age 6 or younger, please make sure the following information is relayed: 1. He was FAST.
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May 23, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
I only interviewed Brian Urlacher once last season, but it was a good one. It was Nov. 9, a Friday, two days before the Texans game. The Bears were 7-1 and winners of six straight. They'd just mollywomped the Titans in Nashville 51-20, a game in which Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown. And this was a Friday post-practice locker room, always the loosest and rowdiest time. I was interviewing defensive linemen for a feature on the d-line “ Rush Men ”  unit and was between interviews when Matt Forte snuck into the locker room carrying a giant cardboard box over his head,...
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May 23, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It appears we have a job opening in Chicago. With Brian Urlacher's retirement official, I am afraid that we need to officially post "the guy who owns Chicago" job on Craigslist. This is a tough one, because we can't just pass it out to anyone. Past holders of this position have included: Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, Ryne Sandberg and Urlacher. Take a look around, I'm seeing zero candidates. It's a complex screening process. But Urlacher had it. Tough, loyal, played a position adored by Chicagoans.
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