Chicago Bears

Antrel Rolle: I want be a playmaker

New Chicago Bears safety Antrel Rolle has been on a Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants in 2011, and knows what it takes for a team to get to the next level.

Rolle brings veteran leadership to the Bears defensive secondary and he says chemistry is the foundation for success.

“I feel like the camaraderie here is great,” Rolle said, via ChicagoBears.com.

“I feel like the chemistry here is very good. We all have the same goal in mind, which is to go out and win games, and in order for that to be efficient, we must all be on the same page—coaches, players, everyone.”

“Coach Fox is a great guy and a players’ coach,” Rolle said. “But at the same time he wants everything to get done the right way and be very efficient and very tactical in what we’re doing.”

“I just want to be a guy who young guys can look up to and I want be a playmaker,” Rolle said. “My first goal has always been to be a playmaker and just go out there and lead by example. That’s the best thing you c

Latest Bears Insider Mock Draft Has Some Problems

Hub Arkush gets and deserves a lot of respects from both diehard and casual Chicago Bears fans.  The man has covered the teams since their glory years of the 1980s.  He knows the organization inside and out, so his opinion carries a lot of weight.  Even so, the veteran football guru can be prone to mistakes just like every other human on the planet and it seems he made one with his latest mock draft for the team.
“7. Chicago – Georgia RB Todd Gurley – Surprise! But look at the tape. If the knee is sound and head is on straight, Gurley has the tools of a franchise back.”
Listen, it’s understandable that Chicago might fall in love with a player like Gurley.  He is easily the most talented running back in the 2015 NFL draft class and perhaps the most gifted to come out of college since Adrian Peterson.  However, there are a few unavoidable problems with this pick.
First and foremost, Gurley may not even be ready to start this season.  He is still rehabing from a torn ACL he suffered during the

NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Panthers, & Vikings

Bears Michael C. Wright of ESPN writes that the Bears’ decision to sign Lamarr Houston to a five-year, $35 million contract looks terrible in hindsight. Wright is skeptical about him moving to outside linebacker given that he’s never been a real pass-rushing threat. Wright believes the Bears seriously need to consider drafting a running back …
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Chicago Bears: Marcus Mariota v. Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler is the definition of a tease. He will show glimpses of his elite potential like in week 2 of the 2014 season for example. He led the Bears back from 17 down on the road, to beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20. Effectively spoiling the electric atmosphere of the 49ers debuting their new stadium. His numbers weren’t gaudy, he only threw for 176 yards, but he threw four touchdowns to zero interceptions. He did exactly what the Bears have asked for him to do since he got to Chicago. But then there are the frustrating moments that leave many Chicago Bears‘ fans left scratching their head. Take his performance three weeks later against the Carolina Panthers. The Bears led by 14 early in the second half only for Cutler to throw two interceptions and the offense to go completely stagnant as they ended up losing 31-21. There have been too many occurrences where Cutler would lead a long drive and right as the Bears are about to cash in for points…an interception…a fumble…a sack. Negative plays that

Can this Colorado State quarterback replace Jay Cutler for the Chicago Bears?

Even if the Chicago Bears cannot move Jay Cutler and his massive contract this offseason, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the front office has no intention of making him the franchise quarterback going forward.
A couple of days ago the team hosted Jameis Winston. Now they’re looking at another top prospect at the position…
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According to a report by Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are hosting Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson today:

Bears are scheduled to host Colorado St.’s Garrett Grayson today, continuing their due diligence on QBs. They might draft one. Or not.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) April 17, 2015

I don’t see why Campbell would wonder whether or not the Bears will draft one. Even if Cutler starts in 2015 it would be wise to bring in the next generation now and get them started learnin…

John Fox changing the culture of Bears

One of new Chicago Bears’ coach John Fox’s goals for this offseason was to begin the process of changing the culture of the team.

Former coach Marc Trestman was a progressive thinker, who liked to think outside the box; however, Fox is a old school coach that wants his team firmly wrapped up in the box.

“[The program is] more team-oriented,” Fox said, via CSN Chicago.

“We have four strength coaches now. It’s done more in groups. Just philosophically a little bit different than some people are doing and when we’re excited about getting started.”

“You know that you’ve got decent leadership when there is a bunch of guys getting votes,” Fox said. “And then maybe the distance is not as big.”

Finding the Chicago Bears An Ideal Rookie Quarterback

Will it be Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston?  One can always hope, but in all honesty the logical thought process suggests the Chicago Bears simply don’t have the firepower to go up the board to get either of those top QB prospects in the 2015 draft class.  Still, that doesn’t mean they won’t take a quarterback at some point.
So if not them, then who?
All signs indicate that though Jay Cutler is the man of the moment, the new regime has no long-term plans in mind for him.  They want their own guy to build the team around.  That’s not saying they will find him in this draft, but one can bet they’ll start the search here.  With that in mind here is a detailed overview of what the front office and coaches may be seeking in a quarterback and applying those virtues to whichever name in the class that fits best.
GM Ryan Pace

Top Desires:

Leadership
Accuracy
Intelligence
Nobody knows for sure what Bears GM Ryan Pace wants in his quarterback, but you can bet most of the preferences will be center

Bears Fan Commits Bigger Robbery Than Jay Cutler’s Contract

When you think about the Chicago Bears and robbery, the first thought goes to Jay Cutler’s contract.
$18 million a year……grand larceny!
A much smaller (and much more illegal) crime involving the Bears (indirectly) happened in Woodstock, Illinois on April 15th.
When you picture a bank robbery, what image comes to mind?

 
Well, not exactly.
A Bears fan, well maybe, let’s just say that a man wearing a Bears hat robbed the Fifth National Bank of Woodstock (CBS):

 
The Bears hat wearing suspect reportedly casually strolled into the bank holding a cup of coffee and a note that said:
“Money, no dye pack.”
The money was handed over as the suspect sipped his coffee, seemingly relaxed.  Police say that no weapon was used.

The man perhaps could be called the “Bears Fan Bandit” which would follow the tradition of goofy bank robbers such as the Barbie Bandits:

 
Or the Cell Phone Bandit:

 
Bank employees are instructed to comply with bank robbers and hand over the money in order to keep the cu

Chicago Bears: Mock draft 1.0

Even with the offseason additions, the Chicago Bears still have a multitude of needs to address and all eyes will be on GM Ryan Pace April 30 at the NFL Draft.
As tempting as it may be to select a wide receiver in the first round to replace Brandon Marshall, the consensus belief is the more pressing need resides on the defensive side of the ball. At the combine, however, Pace was quoted as saying they will attack areas of need in free agency and enable themselves to go after the best player available in the draft.
Pace stuck to his word, as the general manager signed 12 free agents with seven of them coming in on the defensive side — CB Alan Ball, DT Ray McDonald, DE Jarvis Jenkins, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Mason Foster, LB Sam Acho and S Antrel Rolle.
Round 1, Pick 7 — Amari Cooper, WR | Alabama
Amari Cooper
The Bears need a solid number 2 receiving threat to go along with Alshon Jeffery, who has been tabbed as the top wideout after the Brandon Marshall trade. Much like Jeffery, Cooper has a knack f

Chicago Bears trading Jay Cutler to the Tennessee Titans rumors refuse to go away

A couple of weeks ago general manager Ryan Pace came out and stated that the Chicago Bears were not trying to trade quarterback Jay Cutler, and had no plans to.
The only problem is nobody believes him.
For months Cutler’s name has been involved in trade rumors. The most prevalent one involves sending him to his old Vanderbilt coach Ken Whisenhunt, now with the Tennessee Titans, in exchange for a high draft pick…
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Today it kept going strong, as a prominent draft analyst predicted that the trade would go down on draft day:

Chicago Bears trade Jay Cutler to…

9 (possible) draft-day trades (via @AdamSchein): http://t.co/A4M1xEK01i pic.twitter.com/UpjAYvbDyq
— NFL (@nfl) April 16, 2015

Here’s what Adam Schein of NFL.com had to say:
“New GM Ryan Pace established that Cutler is the Bears’ starting quarterback, but let’s be honest: It wasn’t exac…

Is Matt Forte An Elite Running Back?

The Chicago Bears began their voluntary offseason workout program on Monday, so no drama right? It may turn out to not be a big deal, but running back Matt Forte wasn’t present.
He wants a new deal, entering the last year of his current four-year contract and yes it’s only voluntary but not meeting with the new coaching staff doesn’t look good. Forte assured fans that it’s no big deal and he’ll be with the team when it counts.
At 29-years-old, Forte has spent seven seasons in the NFL and has been a great receiver out of the backfield and sometimes even lined up outside. The last contract he signed is worth $30.4 million over four years, with $13.8 million of it guaranteed. In 2015, Forte is due to make $8.2 million. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune said there are only four other running backs that will make more than Forte this season.
DeMarco Murray, Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy all received new deals this offseason. Adrian Peterson is the fourth running back scheduled to make more than Forte

Chicago Bears: Matt Forte absent from voluntary workouts

Chicago Bears veteran running back Matt Forte was absent from the team’s first voluntary workouts on Monday. Most reports claim that this is Forte’s way of telling the organization that he is unhappy with his current contract situation. Forte has one year left on his current deal, which he signed back in 2012. It is unknown with the new Bears regime, whether the team plans to resign Forte to a new deal or let him play out his last year under his current deal. Forte gave his side of the story via Twitter on Monday.

Relax everybody… It’s called voluntary W/O for a reason. I’ve always been there especially when it counts!
— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) April 14, 2015

But this begs the question…should the Bears resign Forte to a new contract?
Matt Forte enters the final year of his contract with the Chicago Bears.
Forte is commonly forgotten when people discuss the elite running backs in the NFL. They forget that he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage (11,431) and is third in rushing yards (7,704) s

Bears Begin Offseason Workout Program

After nearly a four-month absence of football, Chicago Bears fans have a reason to be excited.Phase 1 of the Chicago Bears nine-week voluntary offseason program began on Monday morning as head coach John Fox was finally able to address his team for the first time.Fox’s message to the team during the first meeting was straight to the point.“Be ready to win championships,” safety Ryan Mundy said on Fox’s message. “If you’re not all in to win a championship, then you don’t belong here, and I think everybody’s on board with that. We can’t settle for less. I think as we continue to build and move through this offseason, we will be progressing and working very hard to bring a championship back to Chicago.”The players certainly have confidence in Fox’s philosophy going into the offseason and are excited to start working with Fox, who led the Denver Broncos to four straight AFC West division titles and a Super Bowl appearance. “We want to be better than we’ve been,” offensive guard Kyle Lo

Is Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears gearing up for a holdout?

The Chicago Bears kicked off the first phase of their 2015 season on on Monday, but one of the most important cogs in their machine was missing.
According to a report by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, running back Matt Forte no-showed…
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“Amid the buzz associated with the new regime at Halas Hall, Bears running back Matt Forte was conspicuously absent Monday for the beginning of the voluntary offseason program. Coach John Fox assembled his team for the first time, but missing was the most consistent offensive performer the team has had dating to the midpoint of the Lovie Smith era. Sources said Forte let it be known he would not be in attendance. The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and has expressed a desire for an extension…”

Matt Forte defends missing Bears voluntary workouts – http://t.co/9escJ0E91W pic.twitter.com/svuOuN…

Report: Jameis Winston to Visit Chicago Bears This Week

A report by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is confirming that the Chicago Bears will host Jameis Winston for a pre-draft visit this week.
It’s not going to be one of those generic meet and greet sessions. Winston is expected to spend Wednesday and Thursday in the Windy City.
This is surely a case of due diligence on the Bears part. It would take some tricky maneuvering from the team, who possesses the seventh-overall draft pick, to edge ahead of other quarterback-needy teams who have higher draft priority. With it nearly a given that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will choose Winston with the first pick, they would have to be willing to trade with the Bears in a deal that would have to include the ultra-enigmatic and supremely expensive Jay Cutler.
Even if the Bucs pass on Winston, the idea that he’d slip past the Titans at two is a bit absurd.
Chicago’s willingness to look for an eventual replacement for Cutler comes just a little over a year after former Bears’ general manager Phil Emery signed the veteran to