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Windy City Gridiron 4 hours ago

Fox and Pace press conference recap: White to PUP, Houston, Young ready to go

Bears head coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace met the media in Bourbonnais to kick off training camp. Here are the highlights Kevin White is beginning the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a shin injury. Bad news for the No. 7 overall pick. Bears GM Ryan Pace is confident Kevin Whites shin injury wont drag into the season. Theres a long time before we play.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) July 29, 2015 #Bears GM Ryan Pace tells us team just being smart w/Kevin White injury. Need to build up his cardiovascular endurance.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) July...
Windy City Gridiron 6 hours ago

Open Thread: Bears Arrive at Camp

The Chicago Bears are reporting to training camp, so dive in and be sure keep up with the latest arrivals and tweets in the comments. It's finally that time. The Chicago Bears are arriving at camp right now for training camp in Bourbonnais. After months and months of waiting the season is getting into its infancy. So many storylines to follow: The new coaching staff, the new general manager, a revamped defense, top-10 rookie receiver, lots of defenders switching positions and battling for starting spots. Be sure to follow along in the comments and I'll be throwing in major updates. Head...
Windy City Gridiron 9 hours ago

Chicago Bears Defensive Line Preview: Versatility will be a key to the line's development

Today we're looking at the defensive line in our eleven part series looking at all the position battles taking place for the Chicago Bears during training camp. With a brand new coaching staff and a scheme change, there are plenty of jobs to be won. Since the Chicago Bears are running a 3-4 defense for the first time, we'll take a peek at how many defensive linemen the San Francisco 49ers kept around under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio the last four years. Fangio was the D.C. in San Francisco from 2011-2014, and part of what makes him such a good coach is his versatility. That...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 28, 2015

Chicago Bears sign David Carter and A.J. Cruz, waive Jonathan Brown

. With the Chicago Bears set to report to training camp tomorrow in Bourbonnais, they've decided to do a little shuffling to the bottom of their roster. As you may have heard yesterday, the Bears were reported to have inked return specialist A.J. Cruz from the Arena League's Arizona Rattlers. Earlier toady they made that signing official. They also added defensive lineman David Carter, who last played in 2013 with the Dallas Cowboys. To make room for the extra camp body, the Bears waived linebacker Jonathan Brown. Cruz (5'9", 195) played corner in college at Brown University, but in the...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 28, 2015

Chicago Bears Safety Preview: Is Brock Vereen on the bubble?

Yesterday we looked at the cornerbacks for the Chicago Bears, so today we'll finish up the defensive secondary and focus of the roster battle that is brewing at the safety position. The new GM, scouts and coaching staff of the Chicago Bears identified a need at the safety position and they addressed it in free agency relatively quick. By signing 11 year veteran Antrel Rolle, the Bears hope to stabilize a position that hasn't been much to talk about since 2010. That year saw Danieal Manning playing some good, solid football and Chris Harris being named 2nd Team All-Pro. I think the 2015...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 28, 2015

Countdown to Camp: One day

The Chicago Bears report to training camp in one day...ONE DAY! While the Bears do not actually take the practice field for training camp until Thursday, there will still be Bears-related news tomorrow (!!) as the team reports to Bourbonnais and the media is on hand to do the annual "Here is a Chicago Bears player moving into a dorm room" live-tweet. Yes, the long and winding offseason is finally over and we are one day away from the Bears beginning camp and less than two days out from having actual football-related activities to read and talk about. First things first though, there is a...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 27, 2015

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my NFL Thoughts this week and be sure to add a few of your own in the comment section! 1) Do you remember the final offensive play by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX? They decided to pass the ball on 2nd and 1 instead of handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch. The ball was intercepted and it was game over. I only bring that play up to put the following Twitter exchange in perspective. The latest edition of EA Sports' Madden game comes out soon and their player ratings are starting to trickle out. Lynch didn't get the max of a 99 rating in the Trucking category, which...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 27, 2015

Chicago Bears Cornerback Preview: Will Tim Jennings get back to his Pro Bowl form?

After running through the offense and the specialists for the Chicago Bears, I'll start my look at the defensive side of the ball with the cornerbacks. These days, you need three good cornerbacks to defend the multiple receiver looks that are so popular around the NFL. It also helps to have some variance in size to defend the taller outside receivers and the shorter, shiftier slot guys. Matching up with tight ends on occasion requires a corner with toughness and strength. The Chicago Bears, on paper at least, have three guys that they should feel comfortable with. When trying to determine...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 26, 2015

Chicago Bears countdown to training camp

Windy City Gridiron is counting down to the start of Bears training camp and there's only three days left! The fact that the Chicago Bears report to training camp in three days has me like: But that's still three days away! Let's see, what Bears-related item could fit in with the number three? How about the first number of the Bears' new defensive system. That's right, the 3-4. This is the first time in the team's history that they have run a base 3-4 scheme. It is also the first time a John Fox-coached team will run a 3-4. There aren't a lot of coaches that completely change up...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2015

Chicago Bears Training camp countdown: Four days

The countdown to training camp rolls on and the numbers keep getting smaller, that is the point after all. While I'm trying to keep the countdown going on a positive note it is tough to do that when this team was absolute trash last season. The Bears lost 11 games last season, not that you need me to remind you. They lost four games by three scores or more, including giving up 50 points in back to back games for the first time since your grandfather was still worried about contracting polio or a flu outbreak that could actually kill millions. Needless to say the team stunk. But that is not...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 25, 2015

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: The Specialists

We're talking an in depth look at every position group on the Chicago Bears before they open training camp next week. Today we'll hit on the specialists that call the 3rd phase home, kicker, punter and long snapper. In the past, the Chicago Bears have always had a camp leg or 2 come to Bourbonnais to prevent their punter and kicker from overworking their leg. So far the Bears have yet to add any "competition" at those positions, but there is one spot remaining on the 90 man roster if they change their minds. Roster locks Robbie Gould had the worst statistical season of his 10 year career,...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 24, 2015

Chicago Bears 2015 Position Battles: Offensive Line

Next up in our in-depth look at the all training camp position battles for the Chicago Bears are the offensive linemen. A big domino that needs to fall before determining their depth is where Kyle Long ends up playing. The Chicago Bears are flirting with the idea of moving Pro Bowl offensive guard Kyle Long to offensive tackle. He's been working out at right tackle this offseason, but from a purely athletic standpoint, left tackle could make sense too. If the Bears decide to kick Long outside, that could affect how their depth along the offensive line shakes out. The Bears are supposedly...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 24, 2015

Chicago Bears training camp countdown: Five days

Windy City Gridiron is counting down the days to training camp and there is less than a week until the Bears report to Bourbonnais. Is anyone else getting excited as this countdown winds its way to its epic conclusion? Writing these posts, it is very exciting to think that in just a few short days it will be all over and we'll have daily round ups to write with beat reporter tweets about who looked good in 7-on-7 in shells and shorts. Training camp fever: catch it or be cut like Fendi Onobun. To think about it in the context of something else, five days is just a workweek away. We're at a...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2015

Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Preview: Is Marquess Wilson on the bubble?

This is part 4 in our 11 part Chicago Bears Roster Battles series. Today our focus is on the last of the offensive "skill" positions, the wide receivers. The Chicago Bears drastically reworked their wide receiver position this off season. Starter and #1 wide out Brandon Marshall was shipped off to the Jets, they added a legitimate slot receiver in free agency and they spent the 7th overall pick on a potential dynamic play maker. They are also changing offenses with Adam Gase now in control, and even though the Jay Cutler led O will differ greatly from Gase's Peyton Manning O, we can still...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2015

Chicago Bears Training Camp Countdown: Six

The Bears report to camp in less than a week, join us as we count down the days with stats, facts and other fun things to get you excited for football. In the comments of yesterday's countdown post, Darude-Sandstorm offered the smart aleck comment  (there is always one) "Lemme guess tomorrow 6, the number of the most hated player in Chicago." While that is humorous because it seems like nearly every comment thread does devolve into a shouting match about Cutler, no that is not what day six is going to be in our countdown. No, six is for much less of a divisive issue than Jay Cutler...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 23, 2015

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Roster Battles 2015

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. With a brand new coaching staff, there are plenty of jobs to be won. We'll break it all down right here. The Chicago Bears' brass may have been noncommittal on the quarterback situation earlier this offseason, but now it's apparent how things will shake out. The only real mystery surrounding the position is seeing how many QBs the Bears plan to carry. In three of the last four years, John Fox kept 3 QBs on his final 53 man roster for the...
Bears Gab Jul 22, 2015

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Bears History? SI Makes Their Choice

Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Bears included. The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was a huge bust – quarterback Cade McNown, whose pick seem to set the team back big time. Cade McNown QB, Chicago Bears […]
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2015

Chicago Bears Tight End Preview: Martellus Bennett and the unknowns

With training camp opening next week, check out part three in my 11 part series looking at the position battles for the Chicago Bears. Yesterday we looked back on the 2013 and 2014 opening day 53 man rosters from the Denver Broncos, in order to get a better idea how the Chicago Bears could open up this year at running back. We'll do the same to speculate on the tight end position today. While working together in Denver the last two seasons, head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase kept four tight ends in 2014, and they kept 3 to open the 2013 season. With Gase's offense not...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 22, 2015

Bears Training Camp Countdown: One week

The 2015 Chicago Bears season begins in earnest one week from today in Bourbonnais. What fact will ring in the seven days? One week is seven days. In seven days the sleepy Illinois town of Bourbonnais will see two weeks of media and fan circus as it morphs into Bearbonnais for another training camp. As with any other year there will be plenty of stories and developments that come out of training camp. New head coach John Fox has his work cut out for him as he implements his coaching style and his coordinators install their systems. There will be depth chart battles, rookie learning curves...
Windy City Gridiron Jul 21, 2015

How confident are you in the running back depth of the Chicago Bears?

We plan on taking an in depth look at all the training camp position battles for the Chicago Bears and today we'll turn our attention to the runningbacks. When looking at how the runningback position will fit on a projected 53 man roster for the 2015 Chicago Bears, we have to take a look back at what head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase did while working for the Denver Broncos the last two seasons. In 2014, the Broncos broke camp with 4 RBs and in 2013 they opened the season with 5. We know that Gase's offense doesn't utilize a traditional fullback, and we also know that...

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