Chicago Bears head coach John Fox yells out over the field during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
No NFL team enters an offseason without questions and intrigue about the future even if they try to avoid them.
But new Chicago Bears head coach John Fox has weathered the storm of the Ray McDonald signing, an undisclosed (read: mystery) injury to first-round draft pick and wide receiver Kevin White, and mixed signals from Martellus Bennett.
Of course, there’s still the looming elephant in the room of Jay Cutler and the prospect of building a newly-schemed defense from the ground up.
But Fox likes what he’s seen from this Bears group. in the team’s Lake Forest minicamps and offseason workouts.
“I think we’ve made progress. We’re by no means there yet,” Fox told ESPN Chicago. “We’ve made a lot of changes, upstairs, downstairs, throughout the building. I think the guys have responded well. Guys have bought in and worke…
Editor’s Note: Continuing series examining the Bears position groups prior to training camp. This is the last story on the offensive side of the ball. By Connor Curts, Associate Editor If the Chicago Bears want to be a playoff contender for the 2015 season, or even years to come after that, they’re going to have to put the O back [...]
“The Bears? They suck!”
“What a pathetic franchise!”
“Joke of the NFL!”
“Will this team ever win a championship again?!”
“Bears lose, Bears lose again…”
The number of times I have seen or heard people say these things is uncountable. The Chicago Bears of the twenty-teens are a laughing stock and a joke to the sports world. The last five years have seen the Bears write numerous embarrassing chapters in their record books.
Fans are upset, players and staff have come and gone, which did not fail to bring more drama than on-field success. Their biggest rivals from Green Bay have tossed the team around like ragdolls this past decade, as they contend year after year. The biggest disappointment? The fact that the Bears have not touched a championship trophy in thirty years; since Mike Ditka coached Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, The Fridge and Richard Dent.
The Bears have made it to the Super Bowl only once since 1985, (2006) and have only ten playoff appearances since 85; only one (2010) since 20
Chicago Bears signed defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year, $35 million contract in 2014 after spending four years with the Raiders and was expected to be a key contributor on defense in the Windy City.
However, an ill conceived attempt to celebrate a sack against the Patriots last October left him on injured reserve after tearing his ACL and sinking his season before it really began.
According to Russell S. Baxter of the Bleacher Report, Houston is a high ranking member of the ‘grossly overpaid’ club.
‘According to Pro Football Focus, he was on the field for 405 plays and was less than spectacular for the league’s 30th-ranked defense. The five-year pro returns in 2015 at a new position (outside linebacker) in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense. Along with that challenge, perhaps Houston could come up with some new options on how and when to celebrate.’
The Chicago Bears begin training camp about a month from now, and there are multiple burning questions that will undoubtedly be topics of conversation among Bears fans until they see some semblance of an on-field product. In the meantime, let’s delve into those questions in an attempt to quell some anxiety.
Will we see more of Kyle Long at right tackle?
Ever since he was drafted 20th overall in the 2013 draft, there had always been questions regarding whether or not current right guard Kyle Long could kick outside and play the tackle position. Early in organized team activities, those thoughts became a reality when right tackle Jordan Mills was sidelined after an appendix problem, and Long was also used at left tackle when Jermon Bushrod missed time with a back injury. While head coach John Fox alluded to the media this was nothing more than a depth issue, there has to be more to it considering how poorly the offensive line as a whole played last season, specifically Mills.
Long said he did not think a
Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White was one of many who attended the NFL Rookie Symposium last week. The event is something like a league-wide orientation for first-year players, designed to emphasize “NFL history, total wellness, experience and professionalism,” according to the official website of NFL Player Engagement.At the event, White consulted with veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald, presumably for some advice on how to make it as a premier pass-catcher. Director of NFC Communications Randall Liu captured the moment in a photo and shared it on Twitter.At a glance, White and Fitzgerald have a lot in common. They are both 6-foot-3 and about 215 pounds. They were both top ten picks, too.Bears fans can only hope White is talented enough to replicate Fitzgerald’s eight Pro Bowl appearances over the next decade.(h/t Twitter)Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said after OTAs that he’s comfortable at where the offense is heading and that knowing some of the coaches from the past, in particular offensive coordinator Adam Gase has helped in the transition to the new system.
“I’m comfortable with these guys,” Cutler said, via ChicagoBears.com.
“I’ve known some of these coaches throughout my career. They’ve had a lot of success in this league and they’re trying to bring it here. I feel good about it. I think we have a great group of players on the field right now offensively, guys that mesh together. We’re just trying to put it together.”
“You’ve got to try to forget the last one as quickly as possible and just wipe the slate clean,” he said. “Maybe I’ve gotten better at that over the years, maybe not.
“I feel great about the offense we’re in right now. I know the guys like it. I know the receivers like it. [Tight end Martellus Bennett] is going to love it when he gets involved in it. We jus
The Chicago Bears aren’t going through very high expectations right now. The team is completely rebuilding, and new head coach John Fox has his work cut out for him, as the impatient Bears fans are expecting a playoff team very soon.
Well, the Bears have a lot of talent, but there is a lot of work to do if they’re going to surprise the league next year. Still, you can’t count out this team’s potential to be a playoff team next year.
In fact, it’s very possible some of the Bears even take home some hardware after the 2015 season. Let’s take a look at three players who could potentially win awards in 2015.
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If you still wonder why Brian Urlacher walked away from the Chicago Bears and the NFL when he did all you have to do is take a look at his Twitter timeline at the photos of his deep sea fishing trips. The big man went on a trip over the weekend and did pretty well catching some big ole boys.Who knows–future competitive fisherman?@BUrlacher54 Read more »
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 28: Christian Jones #59 of the Chicago Bears tackles Joe Banyard #23 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the game on December 28, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
When the Chicago Bears made organizational changes during the offseason, there was speculation by experts in the NFL that the team might change up defenses. Chicago’s defense was near the bottom of the league during Marc Trestman’s two years as head coach — a polar opposite of what the team’s history with the side of the ball.
The questions were confirmed when new general manager Ryan Pace hired John Fox as the head coach, which followed with Vic Fangio agreeing to become the defensive coordinator of the Bears. Fangio’s hire means that the team will change to a 3-4 defensive scheme. New players have been brought in and old players are excited for the opportunity for a new way of playing the game.
“This staff (is) evaluat…
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher used to wrangle running backs—now he just wrangles running back-sized fish. Over the weekend, Urlacher posted three pictures of huge fish he has caught since retiring from the NFL.Maybe, one day, we’ll see Urlacher dominate offshore fishing competitions the same way he did pro football.(h/t Chicago Sun Times)Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy like the new defense coordinator Vic Fangio has installed and said unlike the old ‘Tampa 2′ system, this defense will give opposing signal caller’s headaches.
“We’re putting a lot more pressure on the quarterback, and not just from the defensive line, but from the secondary positions,” Mundy said, via ESPN.
“We’re playing routes a lot tighter. The concept in the Tampa 2 defense is that everybody gets to a spot and then breaks on the quarterback, but in this defense everyone has a responsibility each and every play. If there is a guy running free, then something is wrong.”
“There is a trust factor between the coaches and the players to let the players play a little bit and play with your gut,” Mundy said. “We’re playing with our eyes and our intuition. That’s what separates being good from great — being able to diagnose a play or a route and having the confidence to go get it, and having the backing of your coaches and teammates to do so.
“It’s a work in progress. The
The Chicago Bears season is still two and a half months away, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make some early predictions for their upcoming season.
2015 is a rebuilding year, with lots of changes in the roster and on the coaching staff. Who will be the team’s best and worst performers next season?
Let’s take a look at my early predictions for team awards in 2015.
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The Chicago Bears‘ roster has endured a major turnover this offseason, with plenty of new faces in Chicago. Entering training camp, their roster will boast up to forty players that either did not make the roster last season or were not even in camp with the Bears a year ago at this time. A roster that goes through that much change undoubtedly offers a few interesting positional battles as new players and veteran players alike, fight for their respective jobs. With just over a moth until camp starts, I thought it’d be the perfect time to analyze what position battles will be the most contested in Bourbonnais come late July…
Jared Allen looks to make a smooth transition from a hand-on-the-ground DE to a stand up OLB this season.
The linebacker corpse is arguably the position group with the most spots up for grab, therefore, it should be the focus in regard to heated position battles. In the new 3-4 defense, the Bears will play four linebackers in their base unit. With Pernell McPhee being
The Chicago Bears had a major change and overhaul during the offseason. New head coach John Fox, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and general manager Ryan Pace have major roles in trying to turn around a frustrating franchise.
Chicago cleaned house and allowed many veterans to go as they enter rebuilding mode whilst trying to find their identity. Whether or not they’ve done enough in year one of the rebuild remains to be seen.
With that in mind, here are the two most questionable moves done by the Bears in the offseason.
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