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October 11, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
As the Bears came off the practice field Wednesday afternoon, the players made a beeline for the locker room as reporters scurried toward the players. "Tim!" one veteran reporter yelled at Tim Jennings as he jogged to Halas Hall. "One question!" "Nope!" Jennings said with a grin as he spread his arms out like an airplane. "Got a flight to catch. " Why the rush? The bye week, of course! After five weeks of football, the Bears are off until their Oct. 22 game against Detroit. Fortunately, Julius Peppers was willing to give RedEye a veteran's perspective on the bye week.
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April 10, 2014 | RedEye
The movie "Draft Day" hits theaters Friday. It's about how Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner), the fictional general manager of the Cleveland Browns, turns around the franchise. But really, it could easily be about the Bears. How do we know? Because these quotes we pulled from trailers are all too transparent (cough, cough).   "The best thing for the team this season is me. " In the movie: Brian Drew (Tom Welling) pleads his case as the Browns' incumbent quarterback.
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November 15, 2011
Leave your answer in the comments box, and you might find yourself in a future issue of RedEye.  1. What is behind Jay Cutler's feud with Philip Rivers? 2. Devin Hester is special teams player of the week again. What's he win? 3. How is Julius Peppers playing so well on an injured knee? 4. Why is Terry Francona choosing not to manage next season? 5. What's the best part about the Blackhawks' “circus trip”? Follow @redeyesportsguy for daily details about Five on Five openings.
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March 27, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Well, this is going to take some getting used to. Jared Allen, longtime Minnesota Viking, is now ours. Take that, Julius Peppers. We basically traded a banged up rusty Buick for a shinier, less rusty Cadillac. Those are terrible analogies, given that modern day cars don't seem to rust, but I'm happy with the exchange. The question remains: How do I start liking Jared. Oh heck, you got me! I love him already! (Reminds me of the Dennis Rodman trade. Minute One: Wait! I hate that guy!
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April 10, 2014 | RedEye
The movie "Draft Day" hits theaters Friday. It's about how Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner), the fictional general manager of the Cleveland Browns, turns around the franchise. But really, it could easily be about the Bears. How do we know? Because these quotes we pulled from trailers are all too transparent (cough, cough).   "The best thing for the team this season is me. " In the movie: Brian Drew (Tom Welling) pleads his case as the Browns' incumbent quarterback.
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September 23, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
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...
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August 8, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Jay Cutler is going to have the best year of his NFL career in 2013. Whether you love the Bears quarterback or love to hate him, Jay does not care. (DOOOOOOOOESN'T CAAAAAAAARE.) But what's happened around Cutler is what's important in forecasting his near future. 1. The Trestman factor When Marc Trestman arrives at a new team, offensive numbers surge. He became the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002 - and 37-year-old Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards. When he took over the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2008, they scored 610 points in 18 games.
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September 24, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
Abracadabra, the Bears are 3-0. If the season ended today, the Bears would be in a three-way tie with New Orleans and Seattle for home-field advantage in the NFC. Congratulations. Of course, NFL seasons don't typically end after three weeks. And it's very difficult to split a home field three ways. Still, Bears fans should be cautiously optimistic. This is a team that has demonstrated, three times, a technical ability to win a football game against another football team. Buuuuuut.
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September 26, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
We've got a 3-0 football team to celebrate, fall in love with and despair over, but before that, a word of thanks to Sports Illustrated. Thank you for ruining the entire Blackhawks season by A) putting them on the cover and B) anointing them as repeat champions. Crowning them, as Dennis Green would say. Quick note to youngsters: Sports Illustrated is a "print publication" that still comes out once a week. However, since the advent of the Internet, yours truly hasn't spent a dime on that thing, opting for the freebie articles online!
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October 24, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's sad when it ends like this. I am talking about the Bears season, but I'm also speaking of the great Bears defense. So many years. So many wins. So many pick-sixes, forced fumbles, great players. It had to end sometime and it has ended … now. Brian Urlacher gone. Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks, nearing the end of the road. Charles Tillman getting beaten badly by … the Redskins. Julius Peppers with nothing on the board this season. It couldn't last forever, but I sure wanted it to. Nope.
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December 1, 2013 | RedEye
The Bears needed more Sunday. More offense. More luck. More guys off the street to play for this depleted defense. More of anything that would help them beat Minnesota and keep them tied for first in the NFC North. So much for that. Instead of taking advantage of a lousy Minnesota team, the Bears lost 23-20 in a game that defied belief. The Bears blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, which was bad enough. To make matters worse, the sure-footed Robbie Gould missed a 47-yard field goal that would have ended the game in overtime.
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October 24, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's sad when it ends like this. I am talking about the Bears season, but I'm also speaking of the great Bears defense. So many years. So many wins. So many pick-sixes, forced fumbles, great players. It had to end sometime and it has ended … now. Brian Urlacher gone. Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks, nearing the end of the road. Charles Tillman getting beaten badly by … the Redskins. Julius Peppers with nothing on the board this season. It couldn't last forever, but I sure wanted it to. Nope.
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September 29, 2013 | RedEye
Filming for the new "Transformers" movie has been blowing up Chicago, much like the Bears had done for the first three weeks of the NFL season. On Sunday they put their undefeated record on the line in Detroit, home of automakers and star receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson. It didn't turn out well. Bad Jay Cutler showed up. So did big, bad Ndamukong Suh. Ditto for Reggie Bush. Add it up and it means the Bears lose 40-32, falling to 3-1 and into a tie with the Lions for the NFC North lead.
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September 26, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
We've got a 3-0 football team to celebrate, fall in love with and despair over, but before that, a word of thanks to Sports Illustrated. Thank you for ruining the entire Blackhawks season by A) putting them on the cover and B) anointing them as repeat champions. Crowning them, as Dennis Green would say. Quick note to youngsters: Sports Illustrated is a "print publication" that still comes out once a week. However, since the advent of the Internet, yours truly hasn't spent a dime on that thing, opting for the freebie articles online!
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September 24, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
Abracadabra, the Bears are 3-0. If the season ended today, the Bears would be in a three-way tie with New Orleans and Seattle for home-field advantage in the NFC. Congratulations. Of course, NFL seasons don't typically end after three weeks. And it's very difficult to split a home field three ways. Still, Bears fans should be cautiously optimistic. This is a team that has demonstrated, three times, a technical ability to win a football game against another football team. Buuuuuut.
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September 22, 2013 | RedEye
Yep, it's almost over. No, not the Bears' season. Only the most pessimistic fan would fear the worst from a 3-0 team. Rather, "Breaking Bad" has just one more episode remaining to incinerate our nerves before its five-season run ends Sept. 29. And if you were watching Walter White - er, Bryan Cranston - and friends Sunday instead of tuning in to Bears-Pittsburgh, we understand. So to fill in the gaps, we've matched up the key players from Sunday's game with their "Breaking Bad" counterparts: Walter White: The undisputed star of the show.
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March 27, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Well, this is going to take some getting used to. Jared Allen, longtime Minnesota Viking, is now ours. Take that, Julius Peppers. We basically traded a banged up rusty Buick for a shinier, less rusty Cadillac. Those are terrible analogies, given that modern day cars don't seem to rust, but I'm happy with the exchange. The question remains: How do I start liking Jared. Oh heck, you got me! I love him already! (Reminds me of the Dennis Rodman trade. Minute One: Wait! I hate that guy!
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December 1, 2013 | RedEye
The Bears needed more Sunday. More offense. More luck. More guys off the street to play for this depleted defense. More of anything that would help them beat Minnesota and keep them tied for first in the NFC North. So much for that. Instead of taking advantage of a lousy Minnesota team, the Bears lost 23-20 in a game that defied belief. The Bears blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, which was bad enough. To make matters worse, the sure-footed Robbie Gould missed a 47-yard field goal that would have ended the game in overtime.
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August 8, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Jay Cutler is going to have the best year of his NFL career in 2013. Whether you love the Bears quarterback or love to hate him, Jay does not care. (DOOOOOOOOESN'T CAAAAAAAARE.) But what's happened around Cutler is what's important in forecasting his near future. 1. The Trestman factor When Marc Trestman arrives at a new team, offensive numbers surge. He became the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002 - and 37-year-old Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards. When he took over the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2008, they scored 610 points in 18 games.
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December 6, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
When Rod Marinelli joined the Bears coaching staff in 2009, one of his first initiatives was a name change. This wasn't the coach's Ochocinco moment - his name is still Rod Marinelli. Instead, down came "Defensive Line" from the meeting room door and up went his preferred moniker: "Rush Men. " The message was clear: Get the quarterback. They have. In 2012, the Bears are tied for eighth in the league with 32 sacks, but 29 have come from the D-line, ranking them second to Cincinnati in that category.
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