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In retrospect the question was more rhetorical than anything, a reaction that popped into my head late Monday night as Lovie Smith tried processing the punishment the 49ers had just inflicted on the Bears. What makes you think the offensive line will...
Tags: Jay Cutler, J'Marcus Webb, Lovie Smith, Jared Allen, Football
The initial exhibition game on the NFL schedule should be viewed as an extension of training camp in the evaluation process, a "scrimmage" in which established vets run their base schemes and rookies see the majority of the reps against pro competition...
It's understandable if the hype of a potential Super Bowl matchup one week, followed by a prospective NFC championship showdown the next, seems highly relevant midway through a season. But really, it's only hype. Getting to the real NFC championship...
Tags: Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, Mike Mulligan, Football, Denver Broncos
The Bears are a 4-1 team, a good one that has produced expected results over the first five weeks of the season. Outside of the loss in Green Bay when the Bears suffered a complete offensive meltdown, Lovie Smith's team beat the Colts in Andrew Luck's...
The Bears were facing one of the best special teams units in the NFL on Sunday, but special teams played a significant role in the Bears' victory. On the blocked punt that Corey Wootton returned for a touchdown, the Bears surprised the Titans by sending...
You could make the argument that every one of us is in a race against time, but it might be a little more difficult to sustain that view of the Bears defense these days. From aging and slowing to experienced and eminent, the revival of the franchise's...
Tags: Lovie Smith, Charles Tillman, Major Wright, Sports, Michael Bush
BOURBONNAIS — Find me a player in the NFL that isn't thinking about the end of training camp or jumping in their car to head back home. This stuff stinks. You miss your wife or your girlfriend or your dog. You don't shave, and you wear the same...
When quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears move the ball inside of the red zone Sunday at Soldier Field against the Colts defense, they could see some Cover-0 pressure (man coverage with no safety help). How do you attack the blitz? Seal the edge and roll...
BOURBONNAIS — Watching the Bears open camp Thursday, I have some questions about player development, scheme and competition on Lovie Smith's roster. Here are 10 things to focus on through the exhibition schedule. • There is no question Devin...
To score points against the Texans' top-tier defense, Jay Cutler and the Bears will have to take some shots when they get into the strike zone (20- to 35-yard line). Look for deep inside breaking routes that target the secondary with Brandon Marshall as...
As we continue to peel away the calendar pages — only 12 days left — until the Bears arrive in Bourbonnais, the assignment is determining the 10 most important players in 2012. Let's first establish the criteria for "important." To me, it...
The wide receivers took the bows and the cornerbacks got the high-fives, but the Bears won their opener Sunday because they beat the Colts in the trenches. The play of the Bears offensive line was particularly eye-opening. And no one played better on...
Tags: Kellen Davis, Kyle Adams, J.T. Thomas, Marion Barber, Sports
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