Chicago Bears

Bears sign former Jags CB Ball

Continuing to shore up personnel deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball, the Chicago Bears inked veteran CB Alan Ball to a one-year deal. Ball, a University of Illinois product, adds depth to a depleted CB unit. Ball isn’t a long-term option, but the eight-year pro gives the Bears some stability and experience at an important position.  He made [...]

Bears add depth in the secondary, sign veteran CB Alan Ball

According to Michael David Smith of Profootballtalk.com, the Bears have added some much needed depth to their defensive secondary by signing veteran Alan Ball.

At, 6’2, 197 pounds, Ball started 22 games for the Jaguars the previous two seasons; however, his 2014 campaign ended early due to a bicep injury.

Ball gives much-needed depth to Bears behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller.

Bears Sign CB Alan Ball To A One-Year Deal

The Chicago Bears announced the signing of CB Alan Ball to a one-year contract on Friday. #Bears have signed CB Alan Ball to a 1-year contract. Ball has played 8 NFL seasons with Cowboys, Texans and Jaguars. pic.twitter.com/lsVQl0A9qO — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 27, 2015 Previous reports had said that Ball had an agreement in …

Bears expecting a ‘big jump’ in production from DE Jared Allen

According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Bears coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace are hoping to see a jump in production from veteran defensive end Jared Allen.

The two met with Allen and discussed some idea that could jumpstart the pass rusher.

“It was good to touch base and share some ideas,” Fox said, via the Sun-Times.

“He’ll get that opportunity to compete, and he can be one of those guys who makes a big jump.”

“I liked him in free agency last year. I know last year he didn’t have the production that he wanted, but, again, we’re looking forward to going forward. We’ll see in OTAs and minicamp,” Pace said.

Bears hope Jared Allen can make a ‘big jump’ in 2015

Chicago Bears coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace finally got the chance to meet one of the team’s highest paid players, Jared Allen, in Arizona during the annual meeting.
Allen received his $11.5 million guaranteed roster bonus for the 2015 season earlier this month.
“It was good to touch base and share some ideas,” Fox said, per the Chicago Sun Times. “He’ll get that opportunity to compete, and he can be one of those guys who makes a big jump.”
Allen, who turns 33 in a week, will move to outside linebacker in the 3-4 after playing 11 seasons at right defensive end.
Allen battled pneumonia last season, which is why Fox and Pace are keeping an open mind with him.
“Physically, he had a rough year last year,” Fox said. “In particular for big guys or really any position, your weight, your strength level, all those things physically have a lot to do with how you perform on Sundays.
“In his case, he got pneumonia and lost 19, 20 pounds, and in the middle of a marathon, that i

Bears looking to rebuild QB Jay Cutler’s confidence

Chicago Bears coach John Fox said that the team needs to ‘rebuild’ quarterback Jay Cutler’s confidence, however, afterwards the coach made it clear it would be an open competition for the starting job.

Fox said by building a strong defense and more of an emphasis on the running game would help ease the pressure on Cutler.

“To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily,” Fox said, via the Chicago Tribune.

“It takes trust, like any relationship.”

“Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure,” Fox said. “Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. I think there had been different things said. I know Tony personally. He’s a tremendous competitor. I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence.”

When In Doubt Call His Mother

Can’t say I’m excited as a fan of the Bears for their signing of former 49er Ray McDonald. If he’s good enough to be signed by the Bears why isn’t he still in ‘Frisco? Because he’s under investigation for sexual assault and possible domestic abuse charges. Some would bring up the fact that we had […]

Chicago Bears Make Shocking Annoncement

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox says the team will have an “open competition” at quarterback.
“It’s all an open competition,” Fox told CSN Chicago on Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting. “Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football, really in anything, it’s not where you start a competition; it’s where you finish it.
“But we’ve got to start the race with some kind of lineup. We have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players yet. I kind of have it in my brain and then they compete.”
Barring injury, it would be pretty remarkable to see someone other than Cutler open the 2015 season as the Bears’ starting quarterback, especially considering the former 2006 first round pick out of Vanderbilt will make $25.5 million in guaranteed money over the next two years.

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However, the Bears’ new regime has been quite noncommittal on Cutler, a

Jay Cutler will compete to be Bears No. 1 QB

Jay Cutler will enter the Chicago Bears’ 2015 training camp competing with Jimmy Clausen and David Fales for the starting job.
“It’s all an open competition,” Bears coach John Fox said Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting, per CSNChicago.com. “Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football, really in anything, it’s not where you start a competition; it’s where you finish it.
“But we’ve got to start the race with some kind of lineup. We have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players yet. I kind of have it in my brain and then they compete.”
Cutler will likely start the offseason as No. 1 on the quarterback depth chart, but that doesn’t mean much.
“Logically, if you’re looking at a depth chart two weeks before we can get anything going, I’d say yes, he’s no. 1 on the depth chart,” Fox said.
“[But] I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that, by the time we started the opener, they were first. So I can’t tel

Film Room: What Mason Foster brings to the Chicago Bears defense

Yesterday the Chicago Bears completed one of the bigger signings of this free agency period when they inked linebacker Mason Foster to a one-year deal.
So, what are the Bears getting in Foster?
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If you haven’t had a chance to see him play (why would you be watching a Buccaneers game, anyway?) then you’re in luck, because we found some film on Foster that shows what he can bring to the Bears defense. Check it out:

A lot of insiders are very high on the move and Foster was considered one of the top five free agents remaining on the market. New general manager Ryan Pace is building up confidence with an understandably skeptical fanbase.
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John Fox says Jay Cutler the starter but declares job an ‘an open competition’

New Chicago Bears head coach John Fox arguably was talking out of both sides of his mouth when he said Jay Cutler is the team’s presumptive starting quarterback but then said the job will be decided by “an open competition.” Fox made the comments regarding the Bears’ quarterback position on Wednesday while speaking with reporters…Read More
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John Fox says there will be an ‘open competition’ at quarterback position

New Chicago Bears coach John Fox said that the quarterback position would be ‘an open competition’ with quarterback Jay Cutler having to compete for the starting job against Jimmy Clausen.

“I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and you are asking me for it two weeks before we can really get anything going, I’d say  be [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart, yeah,” Fox said, via ESPN.

“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you what’s happening. If I could I’d be at some race track somewhere.”

Chicago Bears Insist Clausen Can Beat Out Cutler, No Joke

Ryan Pace put to bed the trade rumors and said that quarterback Jay Cutler is the starter moving forward for the Chicago Bears.  Given the state of his contract and a limited number of options who might take it, that really wasn’t a big surprise.
No, the surprise came when head coach John Fox clarified the situation by stating Cutler is #1 on his preliminary depth chart but by no means is the job his yet.  The quarterback position will be wide open in 2015 and will be anybody’s to grab, including Jimmy Clausen.
“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race, it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you whatâ

Did Chicago Bears head coach John Fox really call wide receiver Alshon Jeffery fat?

The Chicago Bears have a whole lot riding on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, now that Brandon Marshall is out of the picture and Jeffery looks to be the new number one.
New head coach John Fox wants to make sure that they use Jeffery as well as possible, which is why he wants him to shed a few pounds…
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According to a report by Michael C. Wright of ESPN Fox thinks that Jeffery is a little overweight. Here’s what he had to say today on the subject:
“I think [the new conditioning approach] will help him,” Fox said. “There have been times in his career when he might have been a little bit overweight, but obviously a beast as far as size, and a guy we’re looking forward to getting to know better…”
Some fans on Twitter were making it sound like Fox called Jeffery fat, but as you can see that is just a little overblown.
Fox also

Chicago Bears Fans Apparently Hate Lance Briggs

After 12 seasons and seven Pro Bowls, you’d think Chicago Bears fans would adore Lance Briggs but that’s not the case. A recent rumor indicates that the San Francisco 49ers are interested in signing the veteran, and Chicago fans think they’re idiots. Why you ask?
Here’s some tweets that tell the story:

@670TheScore Are they converting him to DT? #Bears
— Brian Boland (@BolandSays) March 23, 2015

@670TheScore lol. Don’t go by the pic above. He’s heavy, slow and gave up on his team. Good riddance
— Linda King (@oceanviewgal) March 23, 2015

@670TheScore Quitter glad he’s gone
— S Wilson (@onlyme197) March 23, 2015

Ok, so most think he’s a quitter, gave up on his team and cared more about his restaurant than playing football. Is that accurate?

@ESPNChiBears he’ll fake an injury so he can go to the double nickle
— Nick Culafic (@CulaficNick) March 23, 2015

@ESPNChiBears wonder how long it’ll take for him pack up the season this time
— Mark McDowell (@MarkInOutt) March 23, 2015