| 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 30, 2013
| 7:24 AM
I don’t think Darryl Drake meant to expose Devin Hester as mentally and emotionally weak, but the former Chicago Bears wide receivers coach just gave the Bears' fake wide receiver something else to mope about.
“The thing about Devin is,...
| Feb 4, 2013
In hiring Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith, Phil Emery and the Chicago Bears must hope that his reputation as a quarterback guru pays off with Jay Cutler.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old quarterback – his birthday is in April – is...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 7:54 AM
Jay Cutler and Devin Hester: Can this marriage be saved?
That’s pretty much the soap opera we’ve been reading about the last week while that Super Bowl thing was taking place.
Some terrific reporting and interviewing by Trib colleague...
| Feb 5, 2013
For the first time since the 1985 season, the Bears landed two defensive linemen in the Pro Bowl as Julius Peppers and Henry Melton were selected as all-stars.
Peppers led the defense with 111/2 sacks, his most since joining the club in 2010, and...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:13 PM
Strength and conditioning in the NFL is radically different from what it was 28 years ago, when Rusty Jones first started working for the Bills.
Jones, the Bears' retiring director of physical development, is a big reason.
He was the first NFL...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 8:09 PM
Over the past several weeks Bears quarterback Jay Cutler made it known to new coach Marc Trestman and others in the organization that he sought to assert himself even more entering his fifth season in Chicago.
According to two sources familiar with...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 6:31 AM
Last year, Jay Cutler got a Pro Bowl receiver in Brandon Marshall and a newly signed Pro Bowl running back in Matt Forte.
This year, the Bears quarterback got an offensive-minded head coach known as a quarterback whisperer in Marc Trestman, and before...
| 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 21, 2013
| 3:22 PM
"Without family, close relationships, and people you enjoy being around, all the work in the world just isn't worth it.''
— Bears coach Marc Trestman, author of "Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork"
Jerry Trestman never...
| 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?''...
| May 22, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Brian Urlacher retires as two of the greatest linebackers in NFL history.
He will receive the one customary bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the time comes, but he deserves another, and here’s why:
He was asked to completely change his...