| Feb 20, 2013
| 4:26 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — The left tackles will be on parade here at the NFL scouting combine like beauty pageant contestants on a runway through Tuesday.
Lumpy, hairy, 4-XL contestants, that is.
The draft prospects will go through the drills, interview...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 4:43 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Choosing a guard in the NFL draft's first round usually isn't any team's top priority. And it's probably not for the Bears this year.
Guards, after all, tend to be looked at as the least valuable members of starting lineups. Some...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 7:41 AM
I still don’t get the NFL scouting combine.
Last weekend in Indianapolis and through Tuesday, football players will wear almost no football equipment while running some drills they practice specifically for this showcase but rarely execute in...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:27 PM
The Chicago Bears have signed defensive end Turk McBride to a one-year deal, the team said Wednesday.
Signing McBride gives the Bears insurance at defensive end with the possible departure of Israel Idonije via free agency. Idonije's agent, Drew...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:02 AM
There cannot be a player on offense who is more excited about the new Chicago Bears coaching staff than Matt Forte.
Forte always has considered himself a dual threat out of the backfield and new coach Marc Trestman has a proven track record for making...
| 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...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Gabe Carimi would have been the big story at Bears minicamp Tuesday if he had still been a Bear. Instead, he was the big story at Bucs minicamp.
It would be easy to explain away Gabe Carimi's short and disappointing Bears career by saying he was not...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 6:44 PM
Observers of the Bears' offensive-line struggles over the last few years probably have seen enough to demand immediate personnel changes — unless they have been somewhere north of the border.
Several of the new Bears coaches — including...
| 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...
| 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 4, 2013
| 5:51 PM
On the last day of the NFL regular season, the eventual Super Bowl champion Ravens lost for the fourth time in five games, and nothing about finishing 10-6 fueled their playoff drive with momentum.
On the same day, the Bears won their second straight...
| 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...