| Jan 3, 2014
| 6:21 PM
Considering their alternatives, the Bears appear to have made a reasoned decision to lock up Jay Cutler with a seven-year, $126 million deal.
Now that Cutler has moved into the general financial arena of some of the highest-paid quarterbacks, long-...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 10:11 PM
Help me. I can't make up my mind.
When you realize that the 12-4 San Francisco 49ers have to play their opening playoff game Sunday in Green Bay, home of the 8-7-1 Packers, there's only one word for that: "Unfair."
But I have always sneered at...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 1:46 PM
The Chris Conte who covers NFL receivers rather than local news chuckled uncomfortably recalling how surreal it was to see stories about the Nashville TV reporter with the same name receiving death threats on Twitter intended for the Bears safety....
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:58 AM
Two weeks after Mel Tucker’s defense couldn’t communicate or play till the whistle, Tucker learned he was going to keep his job.
Marc Trestman decided Tucker’s joke of a defense was Tucker’s fault. But the Bears still needed a...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 6:48 AM
No surprise that Phil Emery would run interference for Shea McClellin.
Just as it’s no surprise that every opponent runs directly at Emery’s first draft pick.
Connect the dots, Phil.
But no. the Bears general manager has his own dots,...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 7:09 AM
Jay Cutler took care of the men who took care of him this season.
The Bears' quarterback treated his offensive line and running back Matt Forte to dinner at Chicago Cut Steakhouse Dec. 30 -- the day after the Green Bay Packers ended the Bears’...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 2:43 PM
The Miami Dolphins concluded an interview with Ben McAdoo for the vacant offensive coordinator position on Tuesday.
McAdoo presently serves as the Green Bay Packers quarterback coach, but he's been a candidate for a number of openings in the NFL,...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:16 PM
For the record, there was crying in Tampa, Fla., on the day they formally introduced Lovie Smith as the next Buccaneers head coach.
But not from Bucs fans who feared for their team's offense under Smith.
"That's my grandson,'' Smith told reporters...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Will an Arctic chill play into the weather-worn hands of the Green Bay Packers?
The forecast calls for bitter cold Sunday afternoon when the Packers play host to San Francisco in the first round of the NFL playoffs, but that doesn't...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 10:00 PM
The Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots on Sunday for the first time in the last eight tries.
That prompted high-fives in Denver, high anxiety in San Diego . . . and an extremely low word count in Tom Brady's postgame news conference.
| Dec 18, 2013
| 7:14 PM
It's Christmas card time and I have only one this year.
And it goes to the Detroit Lions.
Dear bankrupt, sorry, toads of the NFL,
Thank you for your disgusting, lackluster attempts at football this season.
While real football franchises such as...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn't mean he is going to play.
There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers would be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday's game against the...