| Jul 12, 2012
| 5:54 PM
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...
| Apr 21, 2012
| 2:06 PM
My advice for Phil Emery days before running his first NFL draft as Bears general manager is to address the receiver issue before anything else.
The receiver on Emery's telephone, that is. Make sure it works and everybody in the draft room knows who's...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 9:44 PM
On a 20-acre farm off Chicken Dinner Road in Marsing, Idaho, Shea McClellin developed the work ethic that made him into a first-round NFL draft pick.
McClellin helped the grandparents who raised him care for animals that roamed their land: goats,...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:17 AM
The last time the Bears used a first-round pick on a defensive player from a small town in the West, they did pretty well.
Brian Urlacher still is roaming the middle of the field for the franchise, 12 years later. No one is suggesting Shea McClellin will...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 8:38 PM
There's no reason to barbecue Phil Emery after the new GM's first few hours in the Bears' war room. I have no interest, however, in standing in line with anybody desirous of tossing rose petals at his feet.
It sounds like Shea McClellin is a classic...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 2:30 PM
There is little doubt that, on paper, the Bears have a highly talented team.
But how does their talent stack up against their competition?
With that in mind, the Tribune asked five personnel evaluators from different teams who have studied the NFC North...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 7:51 AM
If Brian Urlacher can’t play this season, then Jay Cutler ends up with even more pressure, and I’m not talking about another missed block by J’Marcus Webb.
This Bears offseason was all about the offense. I mean, just look:
| Aug 9, 2012
| 9:18 PM
The Bears decided to keep their new offense mostly under wraps until the second week of the exhibition schedule.
Quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte were held out of Thursday's opener at Soldier Field against the Broncos, perhaps to...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 7:00 AM
Ten things to take away from the Chicago Bears' 31-3 loss to the Denver Broncos in their preseason opener:
1. No one game plans for the opening preseason game and starters don’t play into the fourth quarter in the first exhibition. But maybe nobody...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 7:30 PM
There is no feeling quite like the anticipation and then the rush of adrenaline football players experience under game conditions.
Even in Thursday night's Bears-Broncos preseason game at Soldier Field, players said they felt "jitters" and "nervousness."...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 5:38 PM
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...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 7:15 AM
Stephen Paea is injured. Of course he is. It’s what he does, occasionally finding a spasm of health and talent to rush the passer.
Paea had a bad knee last season, then underwent arthroscopic surgery and looked like a player during the early...