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Windy City Gridiron 1 hour ago

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 5 hours ago
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 8 hours ago
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 9 hours ago
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)...
Windy City Gridiron 11 hours ago

The Bears Den: July 23, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

Brian Urlacher is confident that Shea McClellin will handle the switch to the linebacker position. For Bears in 2014, it's playoffs — or bust - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer: Reasons for optimism and concern abound entering training camp. Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses if having a new holder and long-snapper will affect Robbie Gould's timing, why the Bears released Israel Idonije before training camp, and the Bears' most underrated move of the offseason. Bears presser today on CSN: Emery, Trestman address media - Phil Emery and Marc Trestman will hold press conferences from...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2014

Windy City Gridiron Interviews Brandon Marshall at the Marshall-Wade Sports Academy

WCG had the chance to catch up with Brandon Marshall at a youth sports camp he is sponsoring with Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade. Hear Marshall's thoughts on working with and mentoring young athletes and his hopes for the upcoming season. Today and tomorrow, Brandon Marshall is joining forces with long-time friend Dwyane Wade to host the aptly-named "Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy" in New Lenox. Along with providing a diverse group of young athletes the opportunity to hone their craft through practice and skill development drills, the two elite athletes are sharing their...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2014

Will Jimmy Clausen or Jordan Palmer win the back up quarterback job?

Join our 11 part series taking an in-depth look at each position group on the Chicago Bears. Next up, the quarterbacks. Whom do you like as the back up behind Jay Cutler: Jordan Palmer, Jimmy Clausen or rookie David Fales? Last season I was fairly confident in pegging Jay Cutler and Josh McCown as the two quarterbacks atop the Chicago Bears depth chart. Cutler for obvious reasons was #1, and I thought McCown was experienced enough to hold on to the #2 job. This year there is a bit more uncertainty behind Cutler, but I think I have a good idea how it will shake out. Roster Locks Last off...
Kev H / Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2014
Fielding questions about the upcoming Chicago Bears season from Facebook

Fielding questions about the upcoming Chicago Bears season from Facebook

We recently asked for some questions via facebook, and this is the first installment. Have your own questions? Leave them below, at our facebook, or ask us on twitter. We're coming up on training camp, and we've asked a lot of questions so far. Who are the most important Chicago Bears this season? Lester answered that for you. Where does Martellus Bennett rank amongst the league's tight ends? Sam had some stuff to say about that. Why does Kyle Long think the locker room is so great? Ronk got the answers from the man himself. What kind of weird crap can you get on Etsy? Yeah, we did that...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2014

The Bears Den: July 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

How could anyone hate on Staley? 5 key questions facing the Bears defense - Bob LeGere: Q. Will the Bears be better on the defensive side of the ball? A. They couldn't get much worse. Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bowen takes a look at 10 questions concerning the team as the Bears prepare to enter training camp. Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Subscribed to'). Check out David "OSS" Taylor's CheekyMonkeyArt prints and t-shirts. Den pic in hi-res. ----------Bearsss Cutler may take step up in second year in Marc Trestman's offense - Brad Biggs: Familiarity with...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 21, 2014
Chicago Bears 2014 Position Battles: Tight End

Chicago Bears 2014 Position Battles: Tight End

With Chicago Bears training camp right around the corner we'll begin our Position Battles series with the tight end position. 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 to ever don the Navy and Orange of the Bears. Roster Locks That also makes him the only lock at the position in 2014. I think year two of the TCO could find...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 21, 2014
Pre-training camp concerns and storylines

Pre-training camp concerns and storylines

The Chicago Bears will be reporting to training camp this week and finally the end of the NFL offseason is in sight. As we approach the eve of camp it's time to take a look at the concerns lingering over the team and all the budding storylines. The 2013 offseason has been somewhat rough for Bears fans compared to recent years. Last year there was a coaching search and then a new coach brought in with a new system it made every little bit of news exciting and kept the offseason going pretty quickly. Two years ago there was a new general manager, the search for him and then watching every...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 21, 2014
The Bears Den: July 21, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

The Bears Den: July 21, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

Is Craig Steltz on the roster bubble? One-on-one with Marc Trestman - Dan Wiederer with a comprehensive one-on-one interview with Marc Trestman, from his relationship with Jay Cutler to the culture of the locker room and beyond, his thoughts on the season just gone and the season to come, and much more. Jay Cutler has never been in better position to succeed - Mark Potash: There are all sorts of reasons Jay Cutler has won only one playoff game in his eight seasons, but most of them aren’t his fault. A look at Cutler’s first 8 seasons — and the finishes. Follow WCG on Twitter; like...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 20, 2014
Does your town have any NFL connections?

Does your town have any NFL connections?

As we eagerly await the start of training camp this week there is not a whole lot to talk about regarding the Bears. So it's a nice time to get to know our members a little bit better so why not ask what, if any, NFL connections your town may have. From time to time the staff at WCG has massive group emails where we make fun of each other and talk about how to make this site better. Recently, in one of these emails it came up that I currently live in the hometown of former Chicago Bears wash out Rick Mirer. That got us wondering, what other NFL connections might our readers have? NFL...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 19, 2014
The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #1 Jay Cutler

The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #1 Jay Cutler

For the 6th straight year, I'm bringing you whom I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. And for the 6th straight year it's the most anti-climatic choice of all, quarterback Jay Cutler. I think even the staunchest Jay Cutler supporter would say his run with the Chicago Bears has been a disappointment. Forget about the peripheral stuff surrounding his time as a Bear and think back to when he was first acquired. He was coming off an appearance in the Pro Bowl, he just threw for 4,526 yards in the 2008 season, his break up with the Broncos made him a...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 19, 2014

This Week at Windy City Gridiron: July 19th, 2014

Not much time left until training camp, but we're still keeping you up to date on what's been going on here at WCG this offseason. Training camp starts in five days! Anybody else ready? Everybody should be raising their hands. Lester's Ten Most Important Bears Update Lester started this WCG staple series last week and we carried you back from 10 to 7. This week, 6 through 2 all graced the WCG front page, and that leaves just number one to come. #6 - The Backup Quarterback - July 15th#5 - Jared Allen - July 16th#4 - Brandon Marshall - July 17th#3 - Lamarr Houston - July 17th#2 - Mel...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 18, 2014
The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #2 Mel Tucker

The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #2 Mel Tucker

For the 6th straight year, I'm bringing you whom I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. We're finally up to a member of the coaching staff, and it's defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery had to think about bringing back Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator. Chicago's season ended on December 29th, 2013 and they waited 14 days before they announced Tucker would be retained. They can spin it any way they'd like, but by not saying anything until January 12th, spoke volumes. There was no...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 18, 2014
Martellus Bennett among NFL's best TEs

Martellus Bennett among NFL's best TEs

In addition to upgrading the receiver position over recent seasons, Bears general manager Phil Emery also upgraded the tight end position last year by signing free agent Martellus Bennett. Bennett had a career year his first year in Chicago and there is no reason to think he couldn't improve upon that in 2014. Let's see what the media is saying about Bennett in the endless preseason position rankings. Martellus Bennett has almost immediately made himself a favorite among Bears fans and not just for his on-field performance. Bennett's off-field persona, through interviews and his Twitter...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 18, 2014

The Bears Den: July 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

Team Report - Michael C. Wright examines the three biggest issues facing the Bears heading into training camp. Will the Bears be able to salvage the first pick of Phil Emery’s tenure as GM? Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses what role David Bass could play this season, the training camp schedule, and the possibility of Jordan Lynch playing safety. Auf Twitter WCG folgt; uns auf Facebook mögt.  Macht schnell!  Im Webseite von David "OSS" Taylor CheekyMonkeyArt Logos und T-Shirten einkaufen geht.  HochauflösendesDenfoto. ----------Bären Roster analysis: D-line - Larry Mayer:...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 17, 2014
The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #3 Lamarr Houston

The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #3 Lamarr Houston

For the 6th straight year, I'm bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. My pick for #3 is versatile defensive lineman, Lamarr Houston. I'm sure my having Lamarr Houston higher than Jared Allen will be a surprise to some, but it was Houston that the Bears targeted at the onset of free agency. Houston has the potential to do much more than Allen can, and if I were to lay odds on the workhorse of the Bears defensive front, it would be on Houston. However, I do hope he comes down from his 1,049 defensive snaps of 2012. The Chicago Bears...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 17, 2014
The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #4 Brandon Marshall

The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #4 Brandon Marshall

For the 6th straight year, I'm bringing you whom I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Up next at #4 is five time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall. In 2014 Brandon Marshall may not be the leading receiver for the Chicago Bears. Last year Alshon Jeffery surpassed his yardage total and this year he might get his reception total too. Jeffery may even get him in the touchdown category as well, but that doesn't mean Jeffery is more important to the team than is Marshall. In the immortal words of The Highlander, 'There can be only one', and Brandon Marshall...

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