| Jun 15, 2013
| 1:27 PM
NFL offseason hype can be ridiculously predictable.
No adversity, no real competition, no signs of trouble.
It's a comfortable setting where jobs aren't really for sale just yet and practice is, well, a shell of what's coming in training camp when...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Who's the best edge rusher in the draft? RaiderNation4Life, from Twitter
It’s Georgia’s Jarvis Jones. Forget about his slow 40 time. He has the burst to defeat a blocker, and he can close on the quarterback. He fits better in a 3-4 as an...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 7:50 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — On a golf cart long ago after Notre Dame football practice, when Lou Holtz could be at his philosophical best, the coach wistfully recalled the time adversity reinforced what Holtz considered his career destiny.
| Jan 3, 2013
| 6:56 AM
Phil Emery put a couple special teams coaches on his list of coaching candidates, and that’s only the two that we know about. The Bears general manager might have more names on his LinkedIn account, and it can’t be just to comply with the...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 6:41 AM
If Mike Holmgren is interested in coaching, then Phil Emery had better be interested in talking to him.
Holmgren told ESPN.com that he indeed would consider returning to the sideline, but isn’t aggressively seeking a job. If a guy says he wants to...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 9:04 PM
There is no need for Phil Emery to be locked into hiring a head coach with an offensive background.
But there is an overwhelming need for him to be locked into hiring someone who has foolproof answers on how to fix the offense.
And that probably means...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 9:14 AM
"Change isn’t always bad," Jay Cutler was saying Monday shortly after the Chicago Bears whacked Lovie Smith.
Wait, Cutler said that? Cutler said change isn’t always bad? The guy who seemed annoyed that he has had a different offensive...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Phil Emery will hire the right head coach for the Bears.
Nobody can say so yet, of course. Nobody can draw a fair conclusion about Lovie Smith's successor until next season at the earliest.
But Emery gave the Bears every reason to believe that...
| Jan 6, 2013
On a Wednesday night in December at Halas Hall, the Chicago Bears' Lake Forest headquarters, spec samples of playoff tickets were passed around among a select group of season-ticketholders, invited by the team's marketing department to offer feedback at...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 6:14 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — There has been much speculation about offensive linemen and the Bears.
Mock drafters have prognosticated the Bears will draft offensive tackles, guards, middle linebackers and tight ends.
There has been nary a word about...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 9:19 PM
Nobody can tell much about a team based on the first minicamp practice of a coach's tenure held indoors five months before the season opener.
But one thing jumped out immediately after watching the Bears usher in the Marc Trestman era Tuesday at the...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 8:40 PM
Jon Bostic may never be all that Brian Urlacher was. Or all that Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus or Bill George were.
But the Bears, in the worst way, need him to be more than Dante Jones or Tom Hicks were.
It's true there are no meager expectations...