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March 22, 2012 | RedEye
The animosity hanging between the Bears and running back Matt Forte increased to obviously dangerous levels Thursday when the team signed backup Michael Bush. After news of Bush's four-year, $14 million contract with $7 million guaranteed with the Bears surfaced, Forte took to Twitter to vent. And he was joined by other players, too, online and in interviews. Why's Forte angry? He is seeking a long-term contract with the Bears, but the team placed the franchise tag on him earlier this month, meaning he will earn $7.742 million this season.
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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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November 20, 2011
Leave your answer in the comments box, and you might find yourself in a future issue of RedEye.    1. How healthy are the Bears' playoff chances right now? 2. Five-straight Bears games against the AFC West is like … 3. Any argument at this point against Matt Forte getting a new contract? 4. How are “occupy” protests like sporting events? 5. The NASCAR title came down to the final laps. How exciting is that?   Follow @redeyesportsguy for daily details about Five on Five openings.
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December 9, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
Daaaaaaaa hope. Among the fond memories Chicago has of Mike Ditka--the mustache, the screaming, the cigars--near the top of the list is that in most of the games he coached or played, the Bears found a way to win when he played on or coached the team. Scoring every time you have the ball is a pretty cool bonus. The Bears busted up Dallas on Monday night at Soldier Field, pulling into a first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North for the time being. (The Bears must finish one game ahead of the Lions to win the division.)
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November 6, 2011
Every week before the Bears game, RedEye's sports crew gets to the point. Here's what they predict for Monday's game at Philadelphia.   Brian Moore   @redeyesportsguy Philadelphia 27, Bears 23 After the loss, Matt Forte will award himself with a contract he drew up all by himself. Might be the only one he gets.   Phil Thompson @illyphilly Philadelphia 30, Bears 17 Calling at least one safety by the Eagles D. A stitch in time saves nine, but nothing can save the Bears line from the Wide 9.   Georgia Garvey ...
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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 5, 2011 | RedEye
Like clockwork Monday, the Brett Favre rumors began. It happened when Philadelphia was in search of a backup quarterback this summer. It happened when Indianapolis lost Peyton Manning before the season began. It happened when Houston lost starter Matt Schaub a few weeks ago. And it happened when the Bears lost Jay Cutler. ESPN reported Monday that a "source" in the Favre camp said the 42-year-old quarterback would listen if the Bears called him. He shouldn't expect his phone to ring anytime soon.
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December 6, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte said Tuesday he's "feeling good" but not sure when he'll return to the Bears after injuring his right knee in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. "I'm able to walk around. I don't need crutches or anything like that," said Forte, who sprained his medial collateral ligament. Forte, 25, was at the Victoria's Secret Pink store in Water Tower Place on Tuesday night with model Elsa Hosk to promote their holiday gift picks for female Bears fans.
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November 28, 2011 | By Chris Sosa, RedEye
We're poised to learn a lot about the guy pulling the strings for the Bears. I'm not talking about Caleb Hanie and his mediocre quarterbacking skills. (He's a backup for a reason, people. A better-than-average backup capable of winning a few games, but a backup nonetheless.) No, I'm talking about Jerry Angelo. With Jay Cutler out, the home stretch of this season will be the general manager's saving grace or his last hurrah. A 7-4 record in a tepid NFC should be enough of a head start for a team with enough talent to make the playoffs.
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January 3, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
It's a tough economy, so anytime someone loses a job, it's hard to be too happy. But I'm making an exception for Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz. To be fair, they did some nice things. While Angelo was general manager, the Bears lost the Super Bowl and lost the NFC championship game. So that's something. There's something else Angelo and Martz brought to the Bears: a sense of arrogance. As successful as losing the Super Bowl or NFC championship game is, it's not really a success at all. For the Lions, sure.
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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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October 20, 2013 | RedEye
At the risk of making the understatement of the year, the Bears' bye week likely could not have come at a better time. First Jay Cutler left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a groin injury. Then Lance Briggs went down with a shoulder issue. Then Charles Tillman and Major Wright were sidelined. Briggs' backup at linebacker, Blake Costanzo, needed X-rays. Even Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery looked shaken up at one point. After all that, the Bears' 45-41 loss to Washington, dropping them to 4-3 on the season, is almost an afterthought.
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October 6, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The undefeated New Orleans Saints marched into Soldier Field on Sunday - and they sprinted out with a 26-18 victory over the Bears. The Bears went from winning three in a row at the start of the season to losing back-to-back games, first against Detroit and now the Saints, who had lost the past three games they played in Chicago. "This is the NFL; any team can be beat on Sunday," cornerback Tim Jennings said. "Obviously we didn't play our best games these last two weeks, but we still have a long season ahead.
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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 9, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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...
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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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February 7, 2012 | By Chris Sosa, RedEye
Being a general manager is like being the high school kid who runs for class president on a platform of healthier cafeteria lunches and longer library hours. They're unpopular stances but have everyone's best interest in mind. That's how Bears GM Phil Emery must feel. He's been on the job an hour and a half and already faces a stomach-twisting decision: what to do with Matt Forte. The temptation is there to sign him to a long-term contract. The stud running back is only 26, he put up MVP-like numbers this season before his knee injury and the Bears collapsed down the stretch without...
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September 13, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
There's good, there's exciting, and then there's a "religious experience. " Say hello to the new Bears offense (cue angels singing and clouds parting). The only thing I can think of is Jerry Angelo, sitting at home, watching the games and screaming "My God, I didn't know the Bears could do that!" They can and they do, thanks to some modern thinking and some major upgrades. Sadly, I think of Johnny Knox. Yes, hard to believe, I think he and Devin Hester were actually starters last year.
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August 9, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
The Bears begin their preseason Friday at the Carolina Panthers, and if you are not brimming with excitement, well, we understand. It "doesn't count," right? RedEye took that topic to the players, asking: Is there a difference between preparing for a preseason game compared to the regular season? Devin Hester, kick returner (8th NFL season, 8th with Bears) The preseason game is getting prepared for the season, and whatever mistakes you have going on in training camp, in preseason you just want to make sure that you leave those there.
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December 9, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
There's something about the Vikings that, I don't know, just makes me want to puke. There's no honor in losing to them and no greatness in defeating them. Playing them is like playing basketball against the annoying, hyperactive kid in your neighborhood. Win, and you're annoyed that you even spent time with him. Lose, and you have to listen to his chatter until you've made it home. That's probably why I had little respect for Sunday's game. Before kickoff, I was trading emails with a friend when the topic of the Bears came up. "The Bears need this win," I...
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