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Chicago Tribune Sep 17, 2018

Monday's storylines: Brian Urlacher's cruel ending, Akiem Hicks' power surge and Brandon Marshall's reflections

As the Bears prepare for their home opener Monday night against the Seahawks, here’s the inside slant on three notable storylines. 'It ends so quickly' Watch the play again if you dare. Throw it on a loop if you must. Notice how routine it all seems. Ordinary in every way. It’s Week 13 of 2012....
Windy City Gridiron Sep 13, 2018
With loss to Green Bay behind them, Bears defense in position to rebuild momentum

With loss to Green Bay behind them, Bears defense in position to rebuild momentum

This week, the Bears could end up displaying more of the promise that they showcased in their first half of their matchup against the Packers. The Chicago Bears kicked off their 2018 regular season with a bang on the defensive side of the ball. With Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured, their pass rushers were able to put consistent pressure on backup quarterback DeShone Kizer. Even when Rodgers was in the game, the likes of Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks still managed to wreck havoc on Green Bay’s offensive line. Then the second half happened. The narrative has been told...
Windy City Gridiron Sep 6, 2018
Chicago Bears name Week 1 captains

Chicago Bears name Week 1 captains

The Chicago Bears will name new captains each week during the 2018 season. The Chicago Bears will not have the same group of captains in 2018 on a week-to-week basis. Instead, head coach Matt Nagy, his coaching staff, and the players, will vote on captains each week. For Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, the Bears’ captains will be Mitchell Trubisky (offense), Akiem Hicks (defense), and Benny Cunningham (special teams). This is the same way the Kansas City Chiefs handled their captaincy when Nagy worked there as an assistant coach under Andy Reid. Some Bears fans are likely soured...
ClutchPoints Sep 6, 2018
Bears DE Akiem Hicks says Packers’ O-line can’t block Khalil Mack

Bears DE Akiem Hicks says Packers’ O-line can’t block Khalil Mack

There is a newfound sense of optimism surrounding the Chicago Bears with the arrival of defensive end Khalil Mack. Defensive end Akiem Kicks is confident the Green Bay Packers will find out why in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season opener. It goes without saying that Mack is one of the best pass-rusher in the […] The post Bears DE Akiem Hicks says Packers’ O-line can’t block Khalil Mack appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Windy City Gridiron Sep 3, 2018
Big-game hunting: Khalil Mack completes the Bears defense

Big-game hunting: Khalil Mack completes the Bears defense

The Bears had every piece in place on defense, except for a dominant edge rusher. A confident Mack’s arrival takes them to the next level in every way. The Bears defense has undeniably made significant progress in the three years since general manager Ryan Pace took over. It’s gone from a scrappy, well-coached unit that once featured Shea McClellin, Demontre Hurst, and Tracy Porter, to one anchored by Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller, and Leonard Floyd. Pace and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have taken a meticulous amount of time to carefully craft their defensive puzzle with each...
Windy City Gridiron Aug 22, 2018
No Pass Rush, No Problem?

No Pass Rush, No Problem?

The Bears are thin at OLB, but they have real strength in the secondary. Contrary to myth, that secondary can get the job done even without pressure up front. The Bears are thin at Edge. Whatever happens with Leonard Floyd’s health this year, the rest of the OLB corps is looking pretty thin, and Akiem Hicks is disruptive on the d-line, but he’s not that disruptive. This does not, however, suggest that all is lost. Teams can still win the defensive battle without sacks, so long as they get turnovers. And this is good news for the Bears, because despite popular opinion to the contrary, a...

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