2:03 PM EST, Fri November 21, 2014

Buccaneers will beat Bears

The Chicago Bears finally captured a victory last week, but they did it in a game Jay Cutler turned over the ball multiple times, which marks the first time that’s happened all year. Can the Bears escape the Buccaneers and former coach Lovie Smith in the same fashion, because surely he knows Cutler’s weaknesses enough to force him into turnovers? During his tenure in Chicago, Smith gained a reputation for being able to motivate his players to play for him.
Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago 4 hours ago

Plenty of takes on Lovie Smith

We could call today's spin around the Chicago Bears beat "Lovie Links," as former coach Lovie Smith seems to be getting plenty of love with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers set to face the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. It's interesting to read all the different takes on...
Windy City Gridiron 6 hours ago

The Bears Den: November 21, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 12 news & Bears-Buccaneers previews

Fine performance against Vikings boosts confidence of Bears defense - Rich Campbell: Bears defense avoided miscommunications, failed execution that previously resulted in two embarrassing defeats. Bears’ D looks to take next step - Mark Potash: It remains to be seen just how much of the Bears’...
Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago 7 hours ago

Buccaneers vs. Bears preview

When: 1 p.m. ET, Sunday Where: Soldier Field, Chicago TV: Fox The records scrub away some of the shine for Sunday's matchup at Soldier Field between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, but the storylines involved remain interesting for what should...
Windy City Gridiron 44 mins ago

Hey Lovie, the Bears are better than the Bucs

It's obvious that the Bears are in a must-win situation Sunday but not for all the reason you might initially think. The Bears let go of Lovie Smith following a 10-6 season in 2012. At the time it seemed crazy to think that 10-6 would get a coach fired, but it was 'playoffs or bust' and the Bears hadn't been there in two years and they missed the postseason in five of the past six seasons. Smith, the third-most winningest coach in franchise history was a good coach but it was still the right decision to let him go. He had reached his peak and it was aware that we had seen his best. At the...

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Lovie Smith in elite company

Here's a quick look at what's going on around the Chicago Bears beat: -- Linebacker Lance Briggs places former Bears coach Lovie Smith among the greatest coaches in franchise history, writes ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson. Smith’s 84 wins in nine seasons (84-66) ranks third in Bears history behind only George Halas (324-151-31) and Mike Ditka (112-68). “Lovie should be remembered as one of the great coaches of Chicago,” Briggs said Wednesday.

4 Downs: Old memories in town with Bucs?

Coming off a much-needed win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Chicago Bears will try to make it two in a row at Soldier Field. As Lovie Smith and Josh McCown return with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, our panel weighs in on four issues facing the team: Fact or Fiction: Bears players have a greater allegiance to Lovie Smith than Marc Trestman. Jeff Dickerson, ESPNChicago.com Bears reporter: Fiction. Look at the numbers. Only 13 players on the Bears' Week 12 53-man roster played for Smith.

Josh McCown and Jay Cutler each struggle without the other's presence

Jay Cutler normally isn't publicly introspective. Josh McCown, though, can bring that out in people.
Chicago Tribune Nov 19, 2014

Josh McCown and Jay Cutler each struggle without the other's presence

Jay Cutler normally isn't publicly introspective. Josh McCown, though, can bring that out in people.
Tampa Tribune Nov 19, 2014

Bucs notes: RB Forte is key to Bears offense

TAMPA -- Veteran RB Matt Forte is keeping some pretty good company at the top of the Chicago Bears record book. In his seventh season with the Bears, Forte ranks No. 2 to Hall of Famer Walter Payton in career rushing yards (7,399), yards from scrimmage (10,893) and receptions (408). Through

Players-only meeting helped Bears' D against Vikings

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Coaches and players downplayed the players-only film session held by Chicago's defense last week prior to the team's 21-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings, but nobody's denying the positive impact. After surrendering 27 points or more in three consecutive games, including 50-plus in losses to Green Bay and New England, the Bears limited Minnesota 13 points and 243 total yards, in addition to stalling the Vikings' offense to a 2-of-11 performance on third downs.

Lance Briggs: Lovie Smith on par with George Halas, Mike Ditka

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Veteran linebacker Lance Briggs considers current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith one of the greatest coaches in Chicago Bears franchise history, on par with team founder George Halas and the iconic Mike Ditka. “Lovie should be remembered as one of the great coaches of Chicago,” Briggs said Wednesday. “You have George Halas, you have Mike Ditka, and then Lovie Smith comes next.” Factually speaking, Briggs is correct.
Northwest Herald Nov 19, 2014

Lovie Smith ready to return to face Chicago Bears as opposing coach

LAKE FOREST — It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Lovie Smith said the following when asked if Sunday will be any different for him, his first time in Soldier Field as an opposing head coach.

Offense remains priority for Cubs

The Cubs’ pursuit of impact starting pitchers like Jon Lester is understandable, especially given the fact that ace Jake Arrieta never has pitched at least 200 innings and the rotation’s 927 innings were the second fewest in the National League.
Chicago Tribune Nov 19, 2014

Offense remains priority for Cubs

The Cubs’ pursuit of impact starting pitchers like Jon Lester is understandable, especially given the fact that ace Jake Arrieta never has pitched at least 200 innings and the rotation’s 927 innings were the second fewest in the National League.

Bears hold Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery out of practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears kicked off preparation Wednesday to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without the services of receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), as both were held out of the club’s practice inside the Walter Payton Center. The Bears also held out defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (illness), defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), linebacker Darryl Sharpton (hamstring) and receiver Chris Williams (hamstring).

Josh McCown, Jay Cutler supportive of one another

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown remains in contact with Jay Cutler, but with both players' teams struggling, their relationship has been one of encouragement. McCown spent the 2011 and 2013 seasons working alongside Cutler as a backup quarterback in Chicago prior to joining the Bucs. "Obviously we have a great relationship," McCown said. "So we stay in contact for sure. I'm involved in my own season, so it's hard to really pay attention to what another guy is doing because we're engulfed in what we've got going on.

Chicago tenure 'a dream come true' for Lovie Smith

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith spoke glowingly Wednesday of his nine-year tenure as head coach in Chicago with the Bears set to host the Buccaneers on Sunday at Soldier Field (1 p.m. ET, Fox). Fired by the organization after a 10-6 finish in 2012, Smith spent all of 2013 out of football until taking over in January as coach of the Buccaneers. Smith expects to reminisce over "special memories" formed during his time in Chicago on Sunday, "but as far as the game is concerned, once we tee it off, it's another game we're trying to win.

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