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Pro Bowl 2015: TV, Game Time, Streaming, Rules, and More

The Pro Bowl takes place tonight. We have what you need to know about it. No, nobody takes the Pro Bowl seriously anymore, although there are some interesting things going on for this game. For the sixth season, this game comes between Championship Weekend and the Super Bowl, which keeps this whole "26 Consecutive Weeks of Football" going, which works. The game, however, is in the Super Bowl site of Glendale, Arizona, at University of Phoenix Stadium (not quite Hawaii). Anyway, there are a couple things to get into about this game, so let's get to them. TV: This game is on ESPN. Coverage...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 24, 2015

Bears add offensive assistant Bo Hardegree to coaching staff

The Bears made another addition to their coaching staff with the hiring of Bo Hardegree. The Bears added another assistant to their coaching staff, naming Bo Hardegree to the team as offensive assistant. Bo Hardegree has been hired as #Bears offensive assistant. Hardegree was an offensive QC coach w/ Broncos in 2014. — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 24, 2015 Hardegree has spent seven years in coaching between college and the NFL. Last year, the Broncos led the NFL in scoring and were fourth in total offense. Prior to that, he spent six seasons in college, three years at Duke...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 23, 2015

Chicago Bears hire new position coaches for Quarterbacks and Linebackers

The Chicago Bears replace two more positional coaches from the Trestman/Emery era. New Chicago Bears head coach John Fox has been busily filling out his coaching staff in his first week on the job; new Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers was hired on Monday, Vic Fangio was announced as the new Defensive Coordinator on Tuesday (along with three more assistants from Fox's time with the Denver Broncos), new Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase and assistant DBs coach Ed Donatell arrived on Wednesday, and yesterday saw a new TEs coach and a strength and conditioning coach. As Lester noted...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 23, 2015

You voted and Safety is the number two need for the Chicago Bears

A couple days ago we asked you to decide which position was the Chicago Bears 2nd biggest need this off season. You voted, and safety won by a wide margin. Be sure to vote in the poll below for Chicago's number three need and we'll look at that position in detail next week. This mini series began when we asked you guys to vote on the number one need for the Chicago Bears. After giving the poll a couple days to breathe, the top vote-getter was linebacker. We looked at some free agent and draft eligible players at that position right here. In that article we asked you guys to vote on the...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 23, 2015

The Chicago Bears hire a tight ends coach and a strength and conditioning coach

John Fox's initial Chicago Bears coaching staff is starting to round out. He plucks another former Bronco assistant coach from his old team and adds one from the Saints. Yesterday the Chicago Bears officially added two more assistants coaches to John Fox's coaching staff. #Bears reach agreement with Frank Smith to become their tight ends coach. Smith spent last 5 seasons with Saints as offensive assistant.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 23, 2015 As an offensive assistant with the Saints, Smith helped with game preparation while assisting with the offensive line. Most of his...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 23, 2015

Bears hired the right coaching staff for the right time

With the new Chicago Bears coaching and front office regime just about in place the franchise can put 2014 in the rearview mirror and look to 2015, when they will take the field with one of the better coaching staffs they've ever fielded. Anyone who watch the Bears flounder through the malaise era of the Phil Emery-Marc Trestman regime should be happy to see the John Fox Bears era dawning. Fox has managed to do in one week what Chicago has wanted since October: bring back the luster to the Bears franchise. Fox might have some concerns or drawbacks as a coach: he's a little bit older, he's...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 22, 2015

The Chicago Bears will have a Super Bowl presence

Did you know the Chicago Bears have had a member of the organization at the Super Bowl every year since 1999? In my daily scouring of the Twitterverse I came across a link to a Washington Post article about the chain of custody for footballs in the NFL. In case you're unaware there was a bit of an issue with deflated balls during the AFC Championship game, which allowed awesome headlines like these. Tom Brady likes his balls prepared 'a certain way' Bill Belichick describes Patriots balls as 'wet, sticky, cold, slippery' Andrew Luck feels 'deflated' after losing to the Patriots Brad...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 22, 2015

Mel Kiper re-grades the Chicago Bears 2014 Draft

How did you like the 2014 Chicago Bears draft class back when it happened? How do you feel about it now? Mel Kiper of ESPN is re-grading every 2014 draft class, so we'll peek at his take on the Bears. When the Chicago Bears wrapped up their 2014 draft, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. decided the Bears deserved a B- for their eight selections. After seeing how these eight guys fit in with the Bears, Kiper decided to re-grade their draft and he actually brought down his initial assessment to a C+. His entire re-grade article is behind a pay wall, but we will let you peek in on his thoughts...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 22, 2015

2015 NFL Pro Bowl: Kyle Long vs Martellus Bennett

The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl rosters are set and the two representatives from the Chicago Bears will be on opposing sides. This could be bad... Just a week after their Twitter feud that rocked the NFL landscape, Chicago Bears' Martellus Bennett and Kyle Long were drafted by opposite teams for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Offensive guard Kyle Long will be playing for Team Irvin while tight end Martellus Bennett will suit up for Team Carter. I suppose we're very fortunate that they both play on offense, because if they were to ever match up on the field, mano a mano, it could get ugly. Then again it's...

Adam Gase joins Bears after remaining on 49ers OC radar

Following word that Adam Gase is headed to the Chicago Bears, there is a report he remained on the 49ers radar for their OC position. The whole situation is weird. The Chicago Bears have hired Adam Gase to be their next offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports, and we are now just getting more questions. Matt Maiocco is reporting the San Francisco 49ers continued to pursue Gase, even after deciding on Jim Tomsula as head coach. Maiocco's story says the team continued to have contact with Gase over the last week. Maybe they pushed hard for him as a potential offensive...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 21, 2015

Chicago Bears hire Adam Gase as offensive coordinator

John Fox has filled all three coordinator positions on his Chicago Bears coaching staff with the hiring of his former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. John Fox nails down his last top assistant, the offensive coordinator: #Bears have reached an agreement with Adam Gase to become their new offensive coordinator.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 22, 2015 This off season Adam Gase made the rounds of head coaching interviews. He met with the Chicago Bears about their head coaching vacancy before Chicago had a GM in place. He interviewed with his former team, the Denver...

Ed Donatell joins Chicago Bears, Eric Mangini DC possibility further confirmed

The San Francisco 49ers have a couple pieces of coaching staff news. We break down the news that Ed Donatell is officially joining the Bears, and Eric Mangini is further confirmed as on the 49ers radar at defensive coordinator. The San Francisco 49ers officially see one coach join another team, while there own search continues. The Chicago Bears announced that Ed Donatell has joined the team as defensive backs coach. He will continue to work under former 49ers and current Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Donatell seemingly did some amazing things with the 49ers secondary over the...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 21, 2015

You voted and Linebacker is the top need for the Chicago Bears

A couple days ago we asked you to decide what position was the Chicago Bears biggest need this off season. You voted, and linebacker won by a wide margin. Be sure to vote in the poll below for Chicago's number two need and we'l look at that position in detail next time out. When we put the poll up a couple days ago asking which position was the biggest need for the Chicago Bears, that was before Chicago had a defensive coordinator in place. With Vic Fangio, a 3-4 guy hired, that may change some of the needs for the 2015 Bears defense. If the Bears do convert to a 3-4, or at the very least...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 20, 2015

Chicago Bears sign three assistant coaches from John Fox's Broncos staff

New Bears head coach John Fox is reunited with three more members of the coaching staff from his time in Denver. On the heels of the hiring of Special Teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers and today's needs about new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, as well as other confirmed moves and rumours which Lester covers here, the Chicago Bears have announced more additions to head coach John Fox's new staff. Sam Garnes joins as the assistant coach for defensive backs, reprising the role's he filled for the past four seasons under Fox with the Denver Broncos.  The former safety for the New York...

Geep Chryst on Bears offensive coordinator radar

The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff remains gutted while the team considers its options. They reportedly retained Geep Chryst, but now the Chicago Bears appear to be sniffing around. The San Francisco 49ers retained a small number of their coaches following the firing of Jim Harbaugh, including quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst. Following word of his return, there were multiple reports that his specific role was not yet defined, meaning he might not be QB coach moving forward. Now it is getting a little more convoluted. According to Adam Schefter, Chryst is on the Chicago Bears radar for...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 20, 2015

Chicago Bears release five assistant coaches and the latest assistant coaching rumors

John Fox and the Chicago Bears are making changes to their coaching staff. We'll run down what we know so far and also hit on a few rumors. Yesterday the Chicago Bears hired special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers. Earlier today they filled another coordinator position by hiring defensive mastermind Vic Fangio. With these two on board, that meant that two of the most notorious coaches in recent Bears memory were no longer needed. Adam Jahns of the Sun Times is reporting that former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and former special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis were informed that they...
Windy City Gridiron Jan 20, 2015

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

The Super Bowl is set! How many of you guys predicted that Seattle and New England would be playing in the big game? 1) Before the season started all of us writers and occasional contributors weighed in with our 2014 predictions. The only one that nailed the Super Bowl was Steve Ronkowski. Congrats Ronk! 2) This is unbelievable. Last 8 games, TOTAL 4th quarter points allowed: Seahawks - 13 Patriots - 12 — Pro Football on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 20, 2015 3) Also unbelievable, the Green Bay Packers led 16-0 against the Seattle Seahawks with about 8 minutes gone in the 3rd quarter....
Windy City Gridiron Jan 20, 2015

Chicago Bears hire Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears have found the man to run their defense. Yesterday Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was headed to Washington. That bummed out a few Chicago Bears fans. Earlier this morning he reported that Fangio was finalizing a deal to become John Fox's defensive coordinator in Chicago. That report was confirmed, making many Bears very happy. Source confirms multiple reports #Bears finalizing deal to add Vic Fangio as DC. Appeared he was Foxs No 1 choice.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) January 20, 2015 This next tweet...
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Bears hire Vic Fangio as Defensive Coordinator, says report

The Packers will have a very different set of challenges when they face the Bears' defense in 2015. The Chicago Bears' defenses under coordinator Mel Tucker have been bad. The unit, which was the strength of the team during Lovie Smith's tenure as head coach, finished 30th in yards allowed and 31st in points allowed in both 2013 and 2014, a huge drop-off from their top-5 finish in both categories in 2012, Smith's last year in the Windy City. With John Fox heading up the team following Marc Trestman's departure, he has made a splash hire to lead his defense, nabbing former San Francisco...

Vic Fangio to join John Fox's staff with Chicago Bears

The San Francisco 49ers will get to face an old friend in 2015. Former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is off to join the Chicago Bears. Welp, so much for this story. Jason LaCanfora is NOW reporting that Vic Fangio has decided to join the Chicago Bears coaching staff. LaCanfora reported Monday evening that he expected Fangio to accept the DC role in Washington, but apparently he decided Chicago was a better opportunity. Mark Maske of the Washington Post has since confirmed the information. Fangio will join a Bears defense that finished 28th in the league in total defense last season,...

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