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Windy City Gridiron 1 hour ago

Chicago Bears' 2015 preseason schedule announced

Whatever Johnny Manziel may go on to achieve, to me he will forever be the guy MaBear described as having a face like a scrotum. We found out last week which teams the Chicago Bears would be facing in the preseason; yesterday the Bears announced the exact dates and kickoff times (CT) of each of their four games: Game 1: Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field, on Thursday August 13th at 7 p.m. Game 2: Away to the Indianapolis Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium, on Saturday August  22nd at 6:30 p.m. Game 3: Away to the Cincinnati Bengals, at Paul Brown Stadium. on Saturday September 29th at 6:30...
Windy City Gridiron 17 hours ago

Chicago Bears 2015 NFL Draft visit tracker

Here's a list of which players the Chicago Bears have met with in preparation for the 2015 NFL Draft. NFL teams don't generally publicize which prospects they are meeting with for obvious reasons, but that's not to say the information isn't out there. SB Nation is keeping a running prospect visit tracker for all 32 teams, as is WalterFootball.com. The Bear Report's Aaron Leming has a prospect visit spreadsheet that he constantly updates for the players meeting with the Bears. You can also run a "#Bears" Twitter search or a good old fashioned Google search to find some info. The Chicago...
Windy City Gridiron 23 hours ago

Chicago Bears draft targets: Danny Shelton, DT

Continuing a look at draft possibilities for the Chicago Bears, today we look at a top defensive line prospect whose stock has somewhat cooled. The NFL Draft is nearly upon us, less than two weeks away now. The NFL Draft is the crown jewel of the offseason, a now three-day event that finally turns the NFL toward its new season. Months of speculation, rumor and conjecture will come to an end at the podium in Chicago in just 13 days. There still isn't a clear indication of a player or position which the Bears are leaning toward. They've met with a number of receivers, pass rushers, defensive...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 16, 2015

Mel Kiper mocks "his" picks for the Chicago Bears

ESPN's Mel Kiper has revealed his annual "Grade: A" Draft today and we spotlight his Chicago Bears picks right here... Most Mock Drafts feature the mock drafter basing their picks on where they feel the prospects best fit. But once a mock draft season, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. assumes the role of all 32 general managers and he mocks the picks while in that mind set. He calls this his "Grade: A" Mock Draft. Here are the rules he sticks to whilst picking. 1. At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. I won't pass on a player at No. 4 just because I like the...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 15, 2015

Mocking the Mocks: Which direction do the "experts" have the Chicago Bears going in the NFL Draft?

It's 2015 Mock Draft time! We'll do our best to pick out a few reputable mock draft sites, feature their Chicago Bears' selection, then ask you to tell us how they did. This time out we're taking a rapid fire look at a bunch of mocks. Let us know which one you like best. Were about two weeks away from the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, so let's take another peek around the interweb to see how some of the mock drafters are leaning for the Chicago Bears. SB Nation draft guru Dan Kadar has a 2 round mock go up this week and here are his picks for the Bears. 7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, DT,...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 14, 2015

Kyle Long on the current state of the Chicago Bears: "It is a different culture here"

Earlier today Chicago Bears' offensive lineman Kyle Long was on the Rich Eisen Show riffing on a number of topics. They talked about the difference between the new coaching regime and the old Marc Trestman era, head coach John Fox's weight room prowess and how they now have a group of man's men in the locker room. Here's a transcript from some of their conversation. Rich Eisen: Before I turn the page with you, why didn't it work the last couple years in Chicago? If you could put a fine point on it. Kyle Long: Well, obviously we need to score more points than the other team and defensively,...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 14, 2015

Will the Chicago Bears pick up Shea McClellin's 5th year option?

As a first round draft pick from the 2012 draft, Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin is eligible for a 5th year on his contract. The Bears have until May 3rd to pick up the team option. Shea McClellin was drafted by then general manager Phil Emery in 2012 to play defensive end in Lovie Smith's Tampa 2 defense. He was moved to 4-3 outside linebacker under Marc Trestman's and Mel Tucker's watch last year. Now he's being moved to 3-4 inside linebacker for the 2015 season for head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. As the 19th overall draft pick in 2012, McClellin signed a...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 13, 2015

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my latest thoughts on the National Football League and don't forget to play along by dropping a few of your own in the comment section. 1) Last week the NFL Network's Mike Mayock made waves when he moved Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota ahead of Florida State QB Jameis Winston in his positional rankings. Over the weekend ESPN's Ron Jaworski claims he has sources that tell him the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking Mariota #1 overall. Throughout the entire mock draft process, it's been assumed the Buccaneers were leaning towards the more pro-ready Winston, but Mariota has the...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 13, 2015

Chicago Bears draft targets: Leonard Williams, DT

As unlikely as it seems that the draft's best player would be available at the No. 7 spot, it is a scenario that is worth considering. The Bears are sure to have a lot of options at the No. 7 pick, and there are few players that wouldn't fit into general manager Ryan Pace's best player available philosophy. Chicago has so many roster holes that any number of players could fill a need. The thing is though, at this point in the process, fans are used to seeing one of about the same half-dozen players being mocked to their team. For the Bears this year those players are, usually: Amari Cooper,...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 10, 2015

Chicago Bears draft targets: Byron Jones, CB

Our look at some other NFL draft prospects continues with Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones, a player who might be more than just a workout warrior. The Bears have a lot of options in the draft and could go any number of directions should they so choose. While part of this can be chalked up to general manager Ryan Pace and his free agency signings, which freed him up to take the best player available to him, the other part of it is an indictment on the roster itself and the old regimes; the team has so many needs/holes that any position could, really, be of help. At first glance it might...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 9, 2015

Chicago Bears' 2015 preseason opponents announced

It's an all-AFC list as we discover which teams the Bears will face in the 2015 preseason. The Chicago Bears' opponents for the 2015 preseason were announced today, and all four are from the AFC.  Exact dates have yet to be determined but this is what we do know of the first chances that we'll get to see John Fox's team in action, and the new offenses and defenses under coordinators Adam Gase and Vic Fangio: Game 1: August Thursday 13th - Monday 17th The Bears host the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field. Notes: We lost to them 14-27 in week 7 last season, in a game in which Ryan Tannehill ran...

Former Chicago Bears CB Charles "Peanut" Tillman signs with Carolina Panthers

After twelve seasons in Chicago, Tillman is moving on to work with former coordinator turned head coach Ron Rivera. The Peanut Punch era in Chicago has ended: The #Panthers have signed veteran CB @peanuttillman to a one-year deal! pic.twitter.com/rMHunUeD1M — Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) April 9, 2015 Tillman, who has had his last two seasons shortened with arm injuries, has signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. TIllman was a standout leader of the Bears defense, partnering with other longtime defensive stalwarts Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs among others. During his...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 9, 2015

Chicago Bears draft targets: Jake Fisher

The draft is three weeks from today and while most of the focus has been on whom the Bears might draft at No. 7 overall, they have five other picks as well. It's time to dive a little deeper and look at some options beyond the first round, starting with a potential new right tackle. The Bears have a new regime and as any NFL fan will tell you, new regime means new players. Former general manager Phil Emery had his shortcomings, though he had some success in other areas. One of the areas in which he was successful was overhauling the team's poor offensive line in a short time. The line took...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 9, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears 7 Round Mock Draft 3.0

Just as we did last year, our friends over at Fanspeak are allowing us to play around with their On The Clock Premium Draft Simulator. So in the weeks leading up to the draft, we'll go through a few different scenarios to learn more about some of the players the Chicago Bears could select. Thanks to the folks over at Fanspeak, we have access to their wonderful On The Clock Draft Simulator again this year. It's a fun tool to help us go through the draft process and learn about some potential prospects for the Chicago Bears. I try to take each mock draft I run through in a different...
Battle Red Blog Apr 9, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: With The Seventh Pick, The Chicago Bears Select...

I mean...Chicago has had such great success with first-round picks from Florida. Representing the Chicago Bears, DaJarbot takes the podium. With the 7th pick in the 2015 BRB Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select Dante Fowler, Jr. (OLB--University of Florida). With all of the problems and the steps backward for the 2014 Chicago Bears, none was bigger than their problems on defense. For the last two years, the Bears have had an abysmal defense, and they've hired defensive-minded John Fox as head coach and Vic Fangio as DC to help rebuild the dumpster fire that is the Bears' defense. Enter...
Daily Norseman Apr 9, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears Select Danny Shelton

We've hit our first division rival in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, as it's time for the Chicago Bears to take their turn at the podium. We have "lateefthetruthspeaker" at the helm for this draft, and for a team with a new head coach that's going to be taking on a bit of a new identity, this selection seems like a pretty good place for this team to start. With the seventh pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select. . . Danny Shelton, defensive tackle, University of Washington Here's what lateefthetruthspeaker gave me for the Bears'...
Dawgs By Nature Apr 8, 2015

2015 DBN Mock Draft: Chicago Bears Select WR Kevin White at No. 7

With the seventh pick in the DBN 2015 NFL Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select... Kevin White, WR, West Virginia The selection and write-up were made by Barnestorm: This is unfamiliar draft territory for the Chicago Bears. The Bears earned the seventh draft pick after a 5-11 record their worst in over a decade. They finished dead last in the NFC central behind the Packers, Lions and improving Vikings. The Marc Tresman experiment failed, but it looks as though the Bears have found a solid coaching staff led by experienced head coach John Fox who was fired from the Broncos.  Adam Gase,...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 8, 2015

SB Nation 2015 Blogger Mock Draft: The Chicago Bears take Maxx Williams in Round 2

In the first round, the Chicago Bears got their 3-4 nose tackle with the selection of Danny Shelton. In round two, we're adding a dangerous weapon on offense. The 2015 SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft is rolling along, and in the 2nd Round, the Chicago Bears have added another weapon on offense: 6'4, 249 pound TE Maxx Williams. (See Round 1's pick HERE). A tight end selection with Martellus Bennett under contract might seem unconventional, but Maxx Williams is incredibly athletic, and has very little risk involved in transitioning into the NFL. Here are my thoughts: After getting their...
Windy City Gridiron Apr 8, 2015

Mocking the Mocks: Which direction do the "experts" have the Chicago Bears going at 7?

It's 2015 Mock Draft time! We'll do our best to pick out a few reputable mock draft sites, feature their Chicago Bears' selection, then ask you to tell us how they did. This time out we're taking a rapid fire look at a bunch of mocks. Let us know which one you like best. On Tuesday I went into detail on my favorite first round prospect for the Chicago Bears and I asked you to let us know who your guy was. We had a lot of different players mentioned, so today we'll take a trip around the internet to see the direction the "experts" have the Bears going in the 2015 NFL Draft. NFL.com has six...
Acme Packing Company Apr 8, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Bears and Vic Beasley fit at #7 overall

Packers fans probably won't be happy if our projection comes true for this NFC North rival. As the picks continue to roll in on our mock draft, we have finally come to the first NFC North team in the draft. The Chicago Bears hold the seventh pick in this year's draft and are in the midst of a significant transition period; with new faces at GM, head coach, and both coordinator positions, the team will have a very different identity than the Marc Trestman-led teams of the past few years. One of the biggest changes will be on defense, where Vic Fangio takes over as coordinator. The Bears are...

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