| Oct 14, 2012
| 3:05 PM
The Cover-2 defense is boring. And it lacks creativity.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard that about the two-deep scheme the Bears still lean on in their game plan.
Sure, they have become more "multiple" with coordinator Rod Marinelli in...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 2:08 PM
When the Lions and their fans look at how dominating the Bears defense and its scheme has been, they have to think, "That should have been us."
In 2006, Matt Millen hired Rod Marinelli as head coach of the Lions.
Then in 2008, the Lions became the...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 6:47 PM
Hard to imagine Lovie Smith going toe to toe with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli at halftime of an important Bears game.
Of course, Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan famously had to be separated in the locker room at halftime of the...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 5:59 PM
Ten thoughts on the Chicago Bears after their 20-17 exhibition victory Friday night over the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.
1. Lovie Smith always has said that it's hard to make final roster cuts, with plenty of hard decisions in the process....
| Jan 16, 2012
| 4:43 AM
6th in a 10-part series
Charles Tillman could not say his ninth NFL season was his best and it very well might not be. After a while, they're hard to sort through when you've been a consistent performer.
But the veteran cornerback was selected to the...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 6:28 AM
If Mike Tice leaves to coach the Oakland Raiders,the Bears would have all kinds of bad news.
Or, looking at it another way, the Bears would have all kinds of typical Bears news.
The Bears thought they were looking for just a passing game coordinator/...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 6:00 PM
Shea McClellin is hearing voices.
So are most NFL rookies during this point of training camp.
From their position coaches, coordinators, veteran teammates, friends, media, fans — everyone offers well-intended advice on how best to transition...
| Apr 22, 2012
| 6:24 PM
First-round pick: No. 3
For several weeks, the widespread belief has been the Vikings will use the third pick on USC left tackle Matt Kalil, and that's still likely to happen. As the draft nears, though, there's speculation the team...
| 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,...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:57 PM
What will teams do now to exploit the loss of Brian Urlacher? Physically not a huge threat but ability to change formations a key loss. -- @Tquille, from Twitter
I've heard a lot of talk this season about how Urlacher can't move anymore. Understand...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 6:10 PM
In the April draft, the Bears chose Shea McClellin in the first round and passed over Illinois' Whitney Mercilus.
On Sunday, during his first visit to Soldier Field, Mercilus would like to offer them a not-so-subtle reminder of that — perhaps by...