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2014 NFC North Preview: Did the Chicago Bears Fix Their Biggest Problems?

2014 NFC North Preview: Did the Chicago Bears Fix Their Biggest Problems?

APC looks at the Bears' offseason and tries to project Jay Cutler's play in 2014 to see if they have made enough improvements to surpass the Packers as the best team in the NFC North. I've seen a lot of people picking the Chicago Bears to upend the Green Bay Packers as the best team in the NFC North this season. I dare say that they have become one of those offseason darlings seized on by pundits in an attempt to prove how smart they are. After all, we all know SOME teams that didn't make the playoffs last year will jump up and the Bears showed a brilliant offense, which is really half the...
Windy City Gridiron 14 hours ago
Chicago Bears Training Camp: Day Three Practice Recap

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Day Three Practice Recap

The first padded practice is in the books, and we have updates to share. There's a lot to get to on today's practice, especially if you love wide receivers, backup quarterbacks, punters and long-snappers. Let's get to it... Tim Jennings and Willie Young both made it back to practice today after their quad injuries. Chris Conte, Craig Steltz and Kyle Long all still sat out, as per usual - with a surprise addition to the "not practicing list." WR Terrence Toliver is not practicing. Conte, Steltz and Long all remain out. #Bears — Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) July 27, 2014 Jennings...
Windy City Gridiron 18 hours ago

Chicago Bears Training Camp 2014: July 27 Open Thread

The first padded practice of training camp. What will happen today? Welcome to the third day of training camp, as well as the first day of padded practices. There have been a fair amount of new developments in camp already, as well as a couple of opportunities. With Tim Jennings taking practice off yesterday with a quad injury, Kelvin Hayden took some of the nickel snaps, and Kyle Fuller plenty more starter's reps. Shea McClellin and Khaseem Greene both made some strong plays, and Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery returned to business as usual. Meanwhile, Jimmy Clausen so far may have...
Windy City Gridiron 20 hours ago

The Weekend Bears Den: July 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

Everyone gathered around the only functioning ipad during a break to catch up on the special training camp Sunday Bears Den. Jared Allen found perfect fit in Bears - Dan Wiederer: Prized free agent sought team that could win now but wouldn't try to change his style. Evidence mounts that D-line will play some two-gap - Adam Hoge - Bears are remaining a 4-3 base but seek to keep opposing O-linemen off the linebackers. George McCaskey understands Bears fans' expectations, passion - Not-Hub Arnold: Phil Emery’s declaration that the Bears' goal is to win a championship may have seemed...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2014

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Day Two Practice Recap

We're sharing some of the details from day two of training camp. Day two of camp is in the books. Pads go on tomorrow. Just another step closer to preseason. We gave you a tweet-by-tweet recap of practice yesterday; we've got more of the same today, with a couple of big notes to go over. First off, Tim Jennings sat out of practice today with a quad injury. But he wasn't completely inactive. Bears CB Tim Jennings missed practice because of a quadriceps problem that he does not consider serious. He said he's day to day. — Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) July 26, 2014 Tim Jennings not...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2014

Chicago Bears training camp 2014: July 26 open thread

Day 2 of training camp. The pads don't come on until tomorrow's session. Day 2 of Bears training camp today, and we've already had some interesting reports from camp.  Kyle Fuller turned heads with a pair of interceptions, while speedy return man / WR Chris Williams showed his potential as a deep threat with what Larry Mayer described as the offensive highlight of day 1.  See them both in action in this video report from ChicagoBears.com. For more about yesterday's camp, including Bears beat reporters' observations and thoughts on other players such as Shea McClellin and the backup wide...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2014

The Weekend Bears Den: July 26, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

Trestman: We want to run 100 more plays this year - Marc Trestman wants the Bears to speed up the offensive pace and get the ball in its playmakers’ hands more often. Plus, his thoughts on the Bears’ confidence and the new defensive coaches, among other topics [with Audio]. At long last, a good day on defense - Moon Mullin: OK, yes, it was only practice. But it’s worth noting because it’s been a long, long time since the Bears could say they had a very, very good day on defense. Rich Campbell: Defensive depth chart takes shape. Roster news - Michael C. Wright: The Bears signed...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2014

Should Brian de la Puente replace Roberto Garza at center for the Chicago Bears?

When is the last training camp you can recall being really confident that the Chicago Bears offensive line will be OK heading into the season? Last off season Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery brought in a new left guard and left tackle via free agency. Both started from day one. He also drafted a right tackle and a right guard, and both those guys won their jobs during the preseason and started all 16 games. The Bears replaced 4/5 of their o-line and they played some very solid football. Sackwatch showed us that the sacks allowed dropped from 45 to 30 from 2012 to 2013, but some of...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2014
Chicago Bears Training Camp: Day One Practice Recap

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Day One Practice Recap

The Chicago Bears were doing actual football stuff on a football field today and we've got some of the neater details. The Chicago Bears have a few spots up for grabs that will need to be sorted out in the next couple weeks, so make sure you stay abreast off all the position battles by checking out our story stream. We'll eventually hit on 11 different position groups so check back each day. As far as who was starting today... With Kyle Long recovering from an illness, Eben Britton started at right guard. On the defensive side of the ball, the first team safeties were Ryan Mundy and rookie...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2014

The Bears should sign Kyle Orton

Kyle Orton was once the Bears' starting quarterback. While he had many shortcomings, he had the team on the verge of the playoffs and ended up being the major chip that allowed the Bears to trade for Jay Cutler. He was released by the Cowboys and, while he may be contemplating retirement, the Bears should try to bring him back. Long ago, in the dark ages of the Bears' struggles to find a quarterback, they were led by a man named Orton. Orton had a neckbeard that was mighty and he played valiantly. With his questionable arm strength, statuesque speed and tenacious leadership he actually had...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2014

Chicago Bears training camp 2014: July 25 open thread

You may be excited for the start of training camp, but not more than the kid in the orange baseball cap. Preparations for the 2014 preseason are now officially underway, as the - nay, our - Chicago Bears take to the practice field for the first time at training camp from 9am-11.30am CT.  We've already had our first bit of news, albeit unofficial, from Bourbonnais: Lamarr Houston says every #Bears player passed this morning's conditioning test. — Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) July 24, 2014 Be sure to check out Sam's pre-training camp concerns and storylines and Lester's ongoing...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2014

The Bears Den: July 25, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

Bears training camp proper starts today! We'll have a thread up later for your tweets and chat during practice, and a round-up of key happenings and observations from today's session afterwards. Cutler not taking anything for granted - Larry Mayer: Although the Bears offense appears primed for a second straight stellar season, Jay Cutler knows that the unit must work hard in training camp. Trestman embracing high expectations - Larry Mayer: Media and fans alike are predicting big things this season for the Bears, due to their explosive offense and revamped defense. That’s just fine...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 24, 2014

Chicago Bears Training Camp is officially Open

The Chicago Bears reported to training camp today and their first official practice will be tomorrow. We've got some tidbits on today's festivities. The NFL is the #1 sports brand in America because they have so many BIG moments throughout the year. Obvious biggies are the season opener, playoffs, the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl. Yes the Pro Bowl somehow grabs very good ratings, but look at how big the off season events are. The NFL combine has become must see TV. The opening of free agency brings about a news frenzy. The NFL Draft has become such a huge deal they are expanding it by...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 24, 2014
Whom do you think wins the #3 wide receiver job for the Chicago Bears?

Whom do you think wins the #3 wide receiver job for the Chicago Bears?

There has been a lot of talk this off season about the dynamic twosome atop the Chicago Bears' receiver depth chart, but who will be the #3 wide out? Are you confident that 2nd year pro Marquess Wilson will have a breakthrough season? Last year the opening Chicago Bears' 53 man roster had six wide receivers make the team. They also had Devin Hester taking up what could be considered a 7th WR roster spot. With GM Phil Emery adamant about not saving a spot for a one dimensional player, that leaves him some flexibility. I don't predict he'll keep a 7th WR in 2014. If the Bears do only go with...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 24, 2014

The Bears Den: July 24, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

Emery excited about position battles - Larry Mayer: For GM Phil Emery, the highlight of training camp this summer will be the intense competition for jobs at several key positions. [Video] from ChicagoBears.com. [Video] ChicagoBears.com - Marc Trestman addressed the media Wednesday from training camp to discuss the upcoming season and dealing with expectations. Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses an unheralded Bears player to watch in training camp, how many DEs/DTs will make the 53-man roster, and eligibility rules for players on the PUP list. Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2014

How confident are you in the group of running backs behind Matt Forte?

Join our 11 part series taking an in-depth look at each position group on the Chicago Bears. Next up, the running backs. Be honest, how many of you are really, really, really rooting for Jordan Lynch to make the 53 man roster? We've already touched on the running back position for the Chicago Bears the last couple weeks. If you missed out on my 7th Most Important Bear for the 2014 season you can click here and for a discussion on whether or not Matt Forte is the best all around back in the NFL you can click here. Roster Locks The Bears carried three tailbacks and a fullback last year and...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2014

Chicago Bears Pre-Training Camp Press Conference recap

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman met the media today in advance of tomorrow's reporting day for Training Camp. Thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter, we'll bring you some of the highlights. Tomorrow the Chicago Bears will report to training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. For the full camp schedule including directions to camp you can click here. Earlier today general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman met the media and we'll highlight some of the pertinent info via twitter right after we we run...
Acme Packing Company Jul 23, 2014
NFC North Updates for July 23: Bears' Expectations and Vikings' Drama

NFC North Updates for July 23: Bears' Expectations and Vikings' Drama

Adrian Peterson, Chris Kluwe and Marc Trestman are the dramatis personae in this week's BOTR. Normally a weekend piece, some scheduling issues forced us to push this week's edition of NFC North updates back a few days. Here's what's going on with the Packers' divisional rivals as training camps set to open up this week. Chicago Bears Martellus Bennett among NFL's best TEs - Windy City Gridiron Bennett didn't receive much fanfare last year, what with Alshon Jeffery's breakout year and the continued excellence of Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, but that doesn't mean he isn't a very good...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2014
Chicago Bears Training Camp: Roster Battles 2014

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Roster Battles 2014

Join Windy City Gridiron for our entire eleven part series looking at all the position battles taking place for the Chicago Bears during training camp. Even with a revamped roster, there are still plenty of jobs up for grabs. We'll break it all down here. Way back in 1964 Mike Ditka caught 75 passes to establish the single season high for receptions by a tight end in Chicago Bears history. Number two on the list was set last year by Martellus Bennett, with 65. You factor in the blocking done by Bennett and I think it's safe to say he is the 2nd best tight end ever to don the Navy and Orange...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2014
Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Training camps are almost here... Training camps are almost here... Training camps are almost here... Training camps are almost here... 1) Johnny Manziel has yet to earn the first string quarterbacking gig form the Cleveland Browns, but he's clearly number 1 in the fans' minds. Johnny Football has the top selling jersey in the NFL. But he's not the only rookie on the list. Michael Sam is 6th, Teddy Bridgewater is 13th, Jadeveon Clowney is 16th and Blake Bortles is 18th. The Seattle Seahawks have the most best sellers in the top 25 with 5 including the 10th ranked "12th Fan" jersey. 2)...

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