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December 2, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Leading up to the Bears' overtime field goal attempt Sunday, uber-accurate kicker Robbie Gould had made 157 of 166 kicks of 40 yards or fewer, good for an essentially automatic 94.6 percent. From 47 yards and out, he hit 31 of 49 - only 63.3 percent. These are stats that make sense to an average NFL fan, and they certainly should be known to the Bears' coaching staff. Those extra 7 yards represented a 30 percent increase in success, and the Bears had just driven 24 yards in five plays against a porous Vikings defense.
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January 1, 2014 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
Another Bears season is in the books, and all over this city we are lumbering toward consensus on what this team did and did not accomplish, what to look forward to and in what to find despair. It's January in Chicago. We don't have much else to do. I'm upbeat about these Bears. Sure, they finished the year 8-8, losing the NFC North in brutal fashion. But that was one play, and neither the 2013 Bears nor the 2013 Packers looks especially championshippy this year, so it's one play for one extra game.
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November 4, 2013 | RedEye
If you're one of those fans who watched Monday's Bears-Packers game simply to pass the time before the release of "Call of Duty: Ghosts" on Tuesday, well, that's understandable. However, you might not have realized Marc Trestman's team strikes a parallel with the game. You could say the Bears, like the protagonists in "Ghosts," represent "a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive. " (That synopsis comes straight from the game's website.) After all, the Bears have so many injuries to key players that the underdog card is one of the few advantages they had heading into...
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December 22, 2013 | RedEye
Win and they clinch the NFC North. That was the situation for the Bears heading into Sunday night's game at Philadelphia after both Green Bay and Detroit lost earlier in the day. The message must not have gotten to their locker room, though, because the Bears looked downright awful in a 54-11 blowout loss. That means the winner of Sunday's season finale against Green Bay at Soldier Field is going to the playoffs. But before we can look ahead, let's take a look back at the Bears' "performance" against the Eagles.
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August 8, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
For 10 seasons, Lance Briggs was the right-hand man to future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. Briggs was the Robin to Urlacher's Batman, the Luca Brasi to Urlacher's Don Corleone. Urlacher took the Arizona alum under his wing, taught him the ins and outs of Lovie Smith's defense and helped him become a star in his own right. With Urlacher now retired, Briggs is now the man in charge on defense. During the offseason, Briggs volunteered to be the Bears defensive captain. He will call the defensive huddles, alert his teammates to audibles and coverages and lead the 10 other starters week in and week out. ...
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August 22, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Bears coach Marc Trestman has spoken highly of quarterback Jay Cutler since taking over the team. Some of the good things Trestman has said: "He's a bright football guy," "He's great to work with" and "Jay understands this offense. " My question is, does he really understand it? While Cutler has said time and again that everyone on the team has "bought into" Trestman's offense, one can question if he is an exception. For example, in the second preseason game, against San Diego, all five of Cutler's passes were intended for Brandon Marshall.
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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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September 23, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Just before the Bears' Week 1 victory over Cincinnati began, the NFL Network's pregame show ran a package featuring clips of all six brand-new rookie NFL head coaches. The montage featured your typical yawps and bellows from eager, young coaches looking to fire up their players. From five of the six newbie coaches, anyway. When Marc Trestman spoke, he spoke calmly and used words with three syllables. Sometimes four! During pre-practice warmups, Lance Briggs walked up to Trestman and said, "Got a question for ya. Do you EVER take your hat off?"
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November 13, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Bears coach Marc Trestman broke a lot of Chicago hearts Sunday. By leaving in a clearly injured Jay Cutler at quarterback instead of opting for clearly capable backup Josh McCown, he may have cost the Bears the game and, due to tiebreakers and other injuries, a feasible shot at a division title. It was the first real gaffe of Trestman's young NFL coaching career, signaling the end of his honeymoon. But every Chicago coach has his fall from grace, and some were far worse than Trestman's.
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November 14, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
From Breaking Bad to breaking just plain awful. I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to Charles Tillman personally. Something tells me the old vet will not be back with the Bears next year, even if he does return form his season-ending injury. That's the way it goes in the NFL, and it never ends pretty. But Peanut gave us some great, great memories. Interceptions and takeaways, one of the best lockdown corners ever. When it comes to Chicago, I can't keep track of the tweaks anymore.
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December 19, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
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.
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December 15, 2013 | RedEye
And just like that, the Bears' quarterback debate is settled. Ha, we couldn't even write that with a straight face, much less say or think it. Jay Cutler did just enough in his latest comeback from injury this season, throwing for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the Bears' 38-31 win at Cleveland on Sunday. That's the good news, combined with the fact that at 8-6, the Bears are alone in first in the NFC North, pending Detroit's clash with Baltimore on Monday night. This is the part where we point out that because the Lions own the tiebreaker, the Bears...
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December 10, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The NFL broke a leaguewide scoring record last week, as all 32 teams combined for 859 points. And the gaudiest quarterback stat line wasn't put up by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Drew Brees. 34-year-old Josh McCown, the man with five other NFL teams in his rear-view mirror, totaled five touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes in a stadium cold enough to turn beer into slush. Some dude stole a fantasy football playoff win in your league using McCown. McCown has a 109.8 passer rating, third in the NFL. He should finish with the highest single-season rating in modern...
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December 10, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
CANTON, OHIO - 2027 I was telling everyone I would just get up here and say thanks, but there are too many people to mention. First, thank you to Arizona, Detroit, Oakland, Miami, Carolina, Hartford and San Francisco for not believing in me. Without you being so incredibly stupid, I never would have ended up in the greatest city in the world. Thank you to that one quarterback, Jay Butler or whatever, for always getting hurt. Without you, I would never be here. Thanks to Alshon Jeffery.
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December 2, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Leading up to the Bears' overtime field goal attempt Sunday, uber-accurate kicker Robbie Gould had made 157 of 166 kicks of 40 yards or fewer, good for an essentially automatic 94.6 percent. From 47 yards and out, he hit 31 of 49 - only 63.3 percent. These are stats that make sense to an average NFL fan, and they certainly should be known to the Bears' coaching staff. Those extra 7 yards represented a 30 percent increase in success, and the Bears had just driven 24 yards in five plays against a porous Vikings defense.
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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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November 21, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Here's a debate that's fun, challenging and a complete waste of your time. There seem to be theories about Josh McCown's success. Some say "Hey, it's the QB. He's awesome. Doesn't make any mistakes, doesn't turn it over. " And some say it's the coach and the system. Marc Trestman is a genius, and he did this with Rich Gannon and on and on. First off, I'm grateful for both. When you've been through, oh let's see, Caleb Hanie, Todd Collins, Henry Burris or Jonathan Quinn (my God, we are survivors, aren't we?
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December 10, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The NFL broke a leaguewide scoring record last week, as all 32 teams combined for 859 points. And the gaudiest quarterback stat line wasn't put up by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Drew Brees. 34-year-old Josh McCown, the man with five other NFL teams in his rear-view mirror, totaled five touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes in a stadium cold enough to turn beer into slush. Some dude stole a fantasy football playoff win in your league using McCown. McCown has a 109.8 passer rating, third in the NFL. He should finish with the highest...
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November 24, 2013 | RedEye
The Bears are still in first place in the NFC North. That's how an optimist would see the Bears' situation after a 42-21 loss at St. Louis on Sunday. It all kind of falls apart from there, however. Yes, Detroit lost to Tampa Bay on Sunday, so the Bears and Lions are both 6-5. But considering Detroit holds the tiebreaker by virtue of beating the Bears twice this year, it's tough to get overly excited. Besides, there were so many other reasons to think this season has gone from bad to worse.
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November 21, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Here's a debate that's fun, challenging and a complete waste of your time. There seem to be theories about Josh McCown's success. Some say "Hey, it's the QB. He's awesome. Doesn't make any mistakes, doesn't turn it over. " And some say it's the coach and the system. Marc Trestman is a genius, and he did this with Rich Gannon and on and on. First off, I'm grateful for both. When you've been through, oh let's see, Caleb Hanie, Todd Collins, Henry Burris or Jonathan Quinn (my God, we are survivors, aren't we?
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