| Jan 22, 2013
| 6:44 PM
MOBILE, Ala. — "Relentless equals high velocity, nonstop."
That coaching slogan sure sounds like it could have come out of the Rod Marinelli book of wisdom.
But it didn't.
It is the motto of the new Bears defensive coordinator, not the old....
| Jan 26, 2013
| 6:47 PM
One longtime acquaintance on an NFL coaching staff called with a rhetorical question that pops into my head whenever somebody mentions the league's problem hiring African-American head coaches.
"Do you know how hard it is to win 10 games in the NFL?''...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:37 PM
Speaking to a small circle of reporters last week inside the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall, Bears coach Marc Trestman struggled to be heard by anybody not close enough to read the label on his glasses.
Trestman's voice didn't carry strongly...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:50 PM
General manager Phil Emery was on the job for less than two months when he accomplished something Jerry Angelo failed to do in more than a decade — acquire a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver.
The addition of Brandon Marshall in a trade with the...
| Feb 15, 2013
New coaches sell change the way politicians sell hope.
It is their snake oil, and they often find desperate customers in their teams' executive offices as well as in the stands of the stadiums they call home.
It is what new coaches do because that's...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 7:22 PM
Luck, as the saying goes, is when opportunity meets preparation. Opportunity, as I like to say, is when lucky people meet good professional networks.
NFL coaching and management jobs are for the luckiest and most well-connected football minds, which...
| Jan 9, 2013
Leave Phil Emery alone.
Let the Bears general manager do his job.
That is the message for whatever Halas Hall meddler coaxed Emery into adding Bears legend and Vikings linebacker coach Mike Singletary to the growing list of candidates for...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 10:12 PM
Be it positive or negative — and I expect more of the latter — there will be a handful of over-the-top reactions to Phil Emery's choice as the Bears new head coach once the GM finally pulls the trigger.
I'm going to do my best to avoid the...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Speaking of streaks that interest Chicago, how many NFL quarterbacks in a row will sign a new contract and make Bears fans wonder how it affects Jay Cutler?
The number could reach 31 and my answer regarding Cutler would remain the same: Not. One. Bit....
| Jan 10, 2013
| 5:45 PM
Doug Marrone wasted little time removing defensive coordinator Mike Pettine from the free-agent market after the Buffalo Bills wasted even less time hiring Marrone to be their head coach — before the Philadelphia Eagles could get to him.
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:39 PM
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy looks at current Bears candidate Marc Trestman and sees a replay of his own career path.
"(Trestman) went as an assistant in the NFL up to Canada in Montreal. So did I," the Chicago native recalled Friday. "He...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Nothing marks the return of the Blackhawks like a bit of euphoria and a bout of amnesia. It also triggers a third thing but I forget what that is.
The end of the NHL lockout in a city hungry for hockey immediately creates excitement that the Hawks can...