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Windy City Gridiron 12 hours ago

The Bear's Den: July 27, 2016

Here's your regular Bear's Den plus a bonus "mini-article" about PED's and how they affect ligaments. Mini-Article: Do PEDs make muscle tendons more brittle? In the July 25 edition of The Bear's Den, reader Mike Ditka's Cigar asked: Do PEDs make muscle tendons more brittle? With the rash of preseason injuries being reported around the league, I decided to ask our resident expert on human physiology Professor Jeanne Mitchell (i.e. my wife) of Truman State University's physiology department. "The literature is mixed on whether the tendons themselves are badly affected by the steroids," she...
Windy City Gridiron 17 hours ago

Fantasy Files: Divisional Preview - AFC North

All the stories and names from the AFC North you need to know for your fantasy football draft To help prepare for the upcoming season for all you fantasy footballers, we will examine every team in the league in the month of July. This effort will be organized through divisions and we will go roughly in order of overall strength of offenses from worst to best. Since teams in the same division play roughly to same schedule, it can be helpful to consider the defenses each division will face. I use team stats from Football Outsiders (DVOA), Average Draft Position (ADP) from Fantasy Football...
Windy City Gridiron 22 hours ago

Should the Chicago Bears sign Devin Hester?

No. . . . Nope. . . . Bad idea. . . . Not gonna happen. . . . The Atlanta Falcons have released Devin Hester and some Chicago Bears’ fans are hoping they bring him back for another run in Chicago. We all loved watching #23 do his thing for the eight years he wore the Navy and Orange, and many of us were unhappy when the Bears allowed him to walk as a free agent after the 2013 season, but I see no point in bringing him back now. Hester will turn 34 in November. He’s coming off a season where he only played five games and the Falcons only gave him 1 offensive snap during those five...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2016

Former Bear Corey Wootton retires from the NFL

In what has become a common theme this off-season, another relatively young NFL veteran player has decided to hang ‘em up. Corey Wootton, who was originally a draft pick of the Chicago Bears, has announced his retirement via social medial. Thank you all for the support! pic.twitter.com/wHQqWkAirF— Corey Wootton (@CoreyWootton) July 26, 2016 Wootton probably could have been a 1st or 2nd round selection had it not been for an injury suffered at Northwestern. He ended up being picked by the Bears in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Wootton began his career at defensive end for the...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2016

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: How special will the specialists be?

Last year was a historic one for Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould as he became the lading scorer in franchise history, currently sitting at 1,207 points. He also holds the record for most field goals made in Bears history and is 10 field goal attempts away from that Bears’ record as well. He’s 15 extra point attempts and 9 extra points made away from those two marks too. His FG made percentage of 85.449% is 9th best in the history of the NFL and last year he had the best start to his 11 year career by making his first 16 field goals. He also set career highs in both FGA (39) and FGM...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2016

The Bear's Den: July 26, 2016

Training camp has started for the Colts and the Hated Packers, as the Bears get ready to open camp this weekend... plus, we see the return of the "Troll In The Poll". BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Weaver: Walter Payton would have turned 62 July 25th - Cover32 - Walter Payton would have turned 62 years old today. Unfortunately on November 1st, 1999 the Sweetness was taken from us all too soon. Fishbain: Keep an eye on these 5 unknown Chicago Bears in Bourbonnais - Pro Football Weekly - Will any find their name on the final Bears' roster? Mayer: Offensive players to...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2016

Cutler Fact or Fiction: Coach-Killer

Is Jay Cutler a coach-killer? What does it even mean to be a coach-killer? Before returning to actual football discussions soon, it's worth looking at one of the other labels Cutler carries around. Of all the labels tossed around Jay Cutler, one claim in particular has always struck me as odd: "He's a coach-killer." In a previous article, I explained how the reality is that quarterbacks are typically replaced at a faster rate than head coaches, who in turn are replaced at a faster rate than general managers. Basically, those with the decision-making power dump those down the line in...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2016

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: The offensive line has depth issues

I may be in the minority, but I think the starting offensive line the Chicago Bears will trot out to open the 2016 season is better than the one they ended 2015 with. I know we've yet to see the actual quintet for week one, but I think they'll be better than this group; Kyle Long (RT), Vlad Ducasse (RG), Matt Slauson (C), Patrick Omameh (LG) and Charles Leno (LT). New right tackle Bobbie Massie may not be as athletic as Kyle Long, but he's a good run blocker and his addition allows the Bears to put Long at his comfortable right guard spot. Over on the left side, Leno should be better in his...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2016

The Chicago Bears All-Training Camp Team

Who doesn’t fall in love with a prospect or two during training camp? Every year it inevitably happens. Some fringe player starts making huge plays, all the beat reporters do feature stories on his humble, come-from-no-where backstory and suddenly fans are rooting for him to crack the roster and become a regular contributor. Last week Jake Bartelson at Pro-Football Weekly found seven former Bears that were training camp stars but regular season duds. Now his efforts were great and brought back a lot of memories for me. So I thought, why not go one step further and do a Bears All-Training...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2016

The Bear's Den: July 25, 2016

The journey to the trophy begins this week. Welcome along for the ride, Chicago Bears fans... BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Emma: Danny Trevathan Ready To Be Face Of The Bears’ Defense - CBS Chicago - "I love being in the front, and I love working my tail off," Trevathan says. Mitchell: Bears announce retirement of Nate Chandler - Windy City Gridiron - Chandler was a Chicago Bear for a little over a month, becoming the second Bears offensive lineman to retire this year without playing a down for Chicago. Perez: Predicting which cornerbacks will make the Chicago...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 24, 2016

2016 Chicago Bears Season Preview: Weeks 7 & 15 Green Bay Packers

Thanks to the fine folks that work on the individual SB Nation NFL team sites, we have the ability to get the inside scoop on each and every team that the Chicago Bears will face this season. In this offseason series, we'll lay out a few stats on Chicago's 2016 opponents and have the team sites give us all the info we need to be up to speed on any changes they may have made. Week 7 - Chicago Bears at Green Bay PackersOctober 20, 2016 - 7:25 CT on CBS, NFLN and Twitter Week 15 Green Bay Packers at Chicago BearsDecember 18, 2016 - 12:00 CT on FOXGames from week 5-17 are subject to flex...
Stampede Blue Jul 24, 2016

Indianapolis Colts 2016 opponent preview: Getting to know the Chicago Bears

It was ten years ago this season that the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, and it just so happens that the Colts will host the Bears this season - something that only happens once every eight years. The Colts will face Chicago in week five at Lucas Oil Stadium, returning home after a road game in London in week four. That will make for a tough game, and the Bears figure to be a solid team this season. Perhaps the Bears’ biggest addition this offseason was also the Colts’ biggest loss, as Chicago signed inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman in free agency...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2016

Bears announce retirement of Nate Chandler

Chandler was a Chicago Bear for a little over a month, becoming the second Bears offensive lineman to retire this year without playing a down for Chicago. In a surprise move, the Chicago Bears announced two player retirements Saturday morning, July 23. Along with the expected announcement of Bears great CB Charles Tillman's retirement following the signing of a one-day contract, the Bears also released information that they have added recently signed offensive lineman Nate Chandler to the retired list. Roster update: #Bears place OL Nate Chandler on Reserve/Retired....
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2016

2016 Chicago Bears Season Preview: Week 6 Jacksonville Jaguars

Thanks to the fine folks that work on the individual SB Nation NFL team sites, we have the ability to get the inside scoop on each and every team that the Chicago Bears will face this season. In this offseason series, we'll lay out a few stats on Chicago's 2016 opponents and have the team sites give us all the info we need to be up to speed on any changes they may have made. Week 6 - Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago BearsOctober, 16 2016 - 12:00 CT on CBSGames from week 5-17 are subject to flex scheduling Last year the Bears' offense ranked 21st in total yards (344.6), 23rd in passing yards...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2016

Kyle Long talks Bears defense, team culture, and how Dowell Loggains will "jump up your ass"

A great Q/A with Pro Bowler Kyle Long. It's hard to believe that veteran offensive lineman Kyle Long is only entering his fourth full NFL season. Long quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the field, and just as quickly earned a spot as one of the most influential leaders within the Chicago Bears locker room. Long is a character for sure, but when he speaks, people listen. Recently Long sat down with Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune for a peek behind the curtain at what has been going on with the Bears since Ryan Pace and John Fox took over in 2015. An...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2016

The Weekend Bear's Den & Open Thread, July 23-24, 2016

Bears fans, it's the LAST weekend before football preseason gets underway! Enjoy your final off-season Weekend Bear's Den & Open Thread, we switch back to the regular schedule & status next weekend. Remember to Open Thread Responsibly. Ken's Note: We note the passing of another great NFL mind. Dennis Green, at Minnesota, had 97 wins and 62 losses, and only failed to make the playoffs twice in the decade he was there. He won the division four times. He inherited a dreadful Arizona team with a long-term losing culture and really bad management, and couldn't make that work... but that's...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2016

Fantasy Files: Divisional Preview - NFC North

The stories and names from the NFC North you need to know for your fantasy draft To help prepare for the upcoming season for all you fantasy footballers, we will examine every team in the league in the month of July. This effort will be organized through divisions and we will go roughly in order of overall strength of offenses from worst to best. Since teams in the same division play roughly to same schedule, it can be helpful to consider the defenses each division will face. I use team stats from Football Outsiders (DVOA), Average Draft Position (ADP) from Fantasy Football Calculator, and...
Bears Gab Jul 22, 2016

Bears Release Safety Omar Bolden

The Bears have released safety Omar Bolden according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. The timing of the move is curious as the Bears just signed Bolden to a one-year, $840,000 deal in March which included an $80,000 signing bonus. Originally a fourth round pick out Arizona State by the Denver Broncos in 2012, Bolden spent […]
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2016

UPDATED: Chicago Bears waive Omar Bolden

In a surprising move, the Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of vested veteran defensive back Omar Bolden. The Bears signed Bolden this offseason to bolster their special teams and to push for a role on defense. He signed a one year deal with only $80,000 fully guaranteed. Unless we hear about an off-field altercation or suspension looming, we’ll have to assume that Bolden was released for football reasons only. He was added mostly to play special teams, where he plays the coverage units and also can return kicks and punts. Perhaps the Bears feel confident with their other new...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2016

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: How many wide outs will they carry?

Last year the Chicago Bears opened the season with six wide receivers on the 53 man roster and one on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That same scenario could play out again this year with the recently injured Marquess Wilson a candidate for the PUP list. The Bears, like many teams, use a three wide out set quite often. Of the 204 different lineups the Bears used on offense last season, their top one (58 plays) featured WRs Marquess Wilson, Alshon Jeffery and Marc Mariani. Their second most used line up (39 plays) was also a 3 WR set featuring Wilson, Jeffery and Eddie Royal. Their...

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