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  • LeGere: No fix in sight for Bears’ offense Nov 29, 2014 11:52 PM
    The Bears' offense seems to be in dire need of major repairs after suffering breakdowns all across the unit for most of what has been a disppointing 2014 season. In three of their last six games, the Bears have been held to less than 270 yards of total offense, 85 yards below the league average.

  • Not much cleared up on injury front for Bears Sep 12, 2014 7:11 PM
    Friday's abbreviated afternoon practice before the Bears boarded a mid-afternoon flight to the West Coast did little to clarify the injury situation at wide receiver. It was however, conformed that center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson will miss the 49ers game Sunday night with the ankle injuries that sidelined them in the first half in Week 1.

  • Bears drop sloppy game in St. Louis Nov 24, 2013 10:16 PM
    The Bears' loss to St. Louis on Sunday came thanks to meltdowns in nearly every area. The worst culprit was the run defense as the Rams piled up 258 yards on the ground.

  • Bears' offense gets high marks so far Oct 24, 2013 11:21 AM
    As the halfway point of the season approaches, the Bears' offense has earned some impressive grades, especially among the skill-position players. The Bears are on pace to score 489 points, which would be 33 more than the record set by the 1985 Super Bowl team. At its current rate, the offense will finish with 5,883 yards, 46 more than the standard set by the '85 team.

  • Bears’ defense playing well as a unit Nov 8, 2012 8:11 PM
    Despite a defense liberally sprinkled with star power, the group's mantra all season has been: The star of the defense is the defense. No player is bigger than he team. That philosophy has worked so well this season that the Bears are No. 2 in the NFL is fewest points allowed.

  • Hester vows to be more aggressive in return game Oct 26, 2012 6:30 PM
    After temporarily benching the greatest combined kick-returner in NFL history last week, special teams coach Dave Toub said Devin Hester needs to be more aggressive. And Hester agreed.

  • Bears won’t take Lions lightly Oct 21, 2012 11:27 PM
    The Bears’ offensive line faces a greater challenge Monday against the Lions’ defensive line than it’s faced all season. The 2-3 Lions had 10 tackles for loss in last week’s overtime victory over the Eagles, with 7 coming from defensive linemen. They’re a lot like the Bears’ D-line, which has been the catalyst for a defense that has done most of the heavy lifting during a 4-1 start.

  • Bears’ appetite for turnovers never satiated Oct 20, 2012 5:31 PM
    The Bears defense knows Job 1 is to force turnovers. But when the ball's in their hands, that's just the beginning.“They buy into it,” coach Lovie Smith said of the philosophy he brought with him in 2004. “It’s not a good defensive game unless we’re taking the ball away. I think they’ll all tell you that.”

  • Bears ‘D’ up against Rams Sep 23, 2012 6:47 PM
    The Bears' defense played so well Sunday that it needed only a mediocre performance from the offense to defeat the St. Louis Rams, and that's what it got. The defense allowed just 160 total yards, the third-lowest total in Lovie Smith's nine years as head coach. It sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford six times, picked him off twice and scored once, performing almost all the heavy lifting in a 23-6 victory.

  • Time for Goodell to make the right call on officials Sep 18, 2012 4:32 PM
    A Sunday without the Bears left plenty of time for our NFL writer, Bob LeGere, to follow the rest of the league, but too much time waiting for replacement officials to do their jobs, a situation that reflects poorly on the league and especially commissioner Roger Goodell, he says. Bob has more on the NFL and Jay Cutler in this report.

  • Tice wants to see more from Bears’ O-line Aug 13, 2012 8:17 PM
    Yes, the developments at left tackle have been disappointing. But it's not as if the Bears are lining up five Pillsbury Doughboys in front of quarterback Jay Cutler, even though it may have appeared that way in Thursday's preseason-opening 31-3 loss to the Denver Broncos.

  • Bears’ Jeffery says it all with his play Aug 11, 2012 10:19 PM
    Soft-spoken rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery doesn’t talk much, but his game is coming through loud and clear. The second-round pick from South Carolina has been one of the most impressive players in camp from Day One. He led the Bears with 4 catches and 35 yards in an otherwise lame team effort in the preseason opener. But the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder doesn’t have a whole lot to say about his game or his accomplishments. In one of his wordiest responses of camp, he offered this: “I’m just trying to work every day and still trying to learn the offense and still trying to read the coverages and trying to make plays and play fast.” As a training-camp promotion for fans attending Saturday’s practice, the Bears handed out life-size headshots of Jeffery on a stick. The 22-year-old was characteristically low-key. “That’s for the fans,” he said. “I don’t get into the hype and all.” There’s really no need for Jeffery to talk himself up because coaches have been doing it all camp. He had yet another impressive practice Saturday afternoon, at one point leaping over starting cornerback Tim Jennings in the end zone to pluck a high pass from Jason Campbell out of the sky for a touchdown. “Alshon Jeffery played well Thursday night also,” coach Lovie Smith said after practice. “He was one of the few guys we were pleased with as far as his effort and being able to make plays. He’s a good football player, and he’s getting more and more confidence.” In just three seasons with the Gamecocks, Jeffery had 183 receptions and accumulated 3,042 receiving yards, the most in school history and the second most in SEC history. His 23 career TD catches tied the school record. Jeffery’s physical attributes are obvious, but as Smith points out, there are additional aspects of his game that have helped the newcomer make an instant impact among a group of talented veterans. “He’s got good size,” Smith said. “He’s got excellent hands. He takes coaching well. We could talk on him for a while. We’re so pleased with what he did (Thursday night).” Back in April, some considered Jeffery a first-round prospect. But he fell to the Bears at No. 50 overall after slumping in 2011, partly as a result of the Gamecocks’ fluctuating quarterback situation. There also were concerns about Jeffery’s weight, which at times ballooned to more than 230 pounds, and his lack of elite speed. Jeffery is never going to win a footrace with Devin Hester. But he has exhibited great leaping ability, and he has a big enough frame to be open even when he’s “covered” by a smaller defensive back. On Thursday night, Denver’s 5-9 cornerback Tony Carter was all over Jeffery on a second-quarter play. But the big man was able to screen the defender from the ball and make a 9-yard reception. “As you look at receivers, you want to see production,” Smith said. “You’ve been watching it. From OTAs, we were talking about how good his hands were. “That’s just carried on, and he’s carried that to every situation we put him in. When you give a guy reps you want to see him perform and make plays, and he’s been doing that.” In recent years, even first-round wide receivers have struggled to produce as rookies in the NFL — the Bears’ David Terrell leaps to mind — but wide receivers coach Darryl Drake doesn’t anticipate Jeffery’s effectiveness diminishing once the regular season begins. “He’s going to be out there,” Drake said. We’re going to have a four- or five-man rotation. Devin Hester’s going to be doing a lot of work on the (punt and kickoff) returns, and it’s good to have a guy like Alshon Jeffery that you can put in there. “He’ll be in there a lot, no doubt.”

  • Thomas walks away from Bears, NFL Aug 5, 2012 8:22 PM
    Wide receiver Devin Thomas left the Bears on Sunday morning and has decided to retire from the NFL. "He's not with us anymore," Bears coach Lovie Smith said after Sunday afternoon's practice. "Decided he didn't want to play anymore football." The four-year veteran signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Bears in the off-season and was expected to provide depth in the return game and on other special teams in addition to challenging for a backup spot at wide receiver.

  • Bears’ Paea ready to take his game to next level Aug 3, 2012 8:42 PM
    Second-year defensive tackle Stephen Paea is keeping it simple this season, and the early results are encouraging. At Thursday's practice, Paea took the majority of the first-team reps at nose tackle, the first indication that he may have permanently moved past his mentor and close friend, Matt Toeaina, on the depth chart.

  • Bears young WR trying to make the cut Aug 2, 2012 7:32 PM
    It’s hard to make a name for yourself when nobody knows your name. But such is the life of an undrafted rookie in his first NFL training camp, even when he’s making the kind of plays that get noticed. West Texas A&M wide receiver Brittan Golden’s game jumped out at position coach Darryl Drake from the start of training camp, when he was singled out as a guy who had made an impression. The only problem was, Drake referred to the 5-foot-11, 186-pounder as “Golden Brittan.” The important thing is, Drake noticed No. 82 was setting himself apart from a group of young wide receivers, most of whom will be disappointed by the time final cuts are made. “That’s the first time I’ve heard about it,” Golden said of Drake’s praise. “It always makes you feel good, but you can’t let your head get too big, especially with the position I’m in. You have to come out every day and strive to get better.” Golden, who finished his college career with 3,007 receiving yards, second in school history, has been doing that. Almost every day he makes observers take notice with big plays and by catching everything within range. That trend continued during Thursday’s practice, when he stretched out to make a reception just in bounds along the sideline. A couple of plays later, Golden made a leaping catch in front of rookie cornerback Greg McCoy, the Bears’ seventh-round draft choice from Texas Christian. “I think I’ve had a pretty decent camp, but it can always get better,” Golden said. “Every day you have to get better because there’s always somebody who’s better than you or is getting better, (even) if you’re not.” It will take an outstanding performance to make the 53-man roster or even the eight-man practice squad from Golden or any of the undrafted, young wideouts. It’s unlikely the Bears will keep more than six on the roster, and it could possibly be five. Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and second-round draft pick Alshon Jeffery are locks. Unrestricted free-agent pickups Eric Weems and Devin Thomas both have special-teams value. That leaves last year’s undrafted success story Dane Sanzenbacher, Golden, and undrafted rookies Joe Anderson, Terriun Crump and Chris Summers fighting for survival. “It’s definitely going to be an uphill battle for any undrafted guy, especially when you’re competing against Marshall and Thomas and Weems and Hester and Bennett,” Golden said. “It’s always a longshot, but I don’t want to think about it in (those) terms. I want to think about it in terms of what I need to do get where I need to be.” Step One was overcoming the intimidation/awe factor of being in the presence of players like Marshall and Hester. “I’ve come from watching these guys on TV and loving their top-10 plays to standing next to them on the field and sitting next to them in meetings,” Golden said. “When you first get here, it’s a tough thing. I wake up every morning and think, ‘I’m really here. These guys went from my television to right next to me.’ But you have to put that aside and know that your job is not to goggle-eye everybody, but to work to get to where they are.” Golden’s impressive, early performances on the field have give him a greater sense of belonging, even though he’s playing with and against second- and third-teamers. “You have to have that mindset that you belong here,” he said. “Everybody here is a great athlete. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be here. “I just have to keep a steady head and my eyes on the prize.”

  • One thing’s for sure: Emery won’t be bored Jan 28, 2012 7:31 PM
    New Bears general manager Phil Emery will have plenty to keep him busy as he undertakes a reorganization in the player personnel department and an upgrade of the roster.

  • Some special awards for a crazy NFL season Dec 27, 2011 4:27 PM
    It's time to recognize some of the most famous and infamous NFL teams and players in 2011 that have had award-winning seasons, and our NFL expert, Bob LeGere, doesn't pull any punches in this column about the best and the worst this year.

  • Does it really matter who starts at QB for Bears? Dec 21, 2011 12:03 AM
    Maybe the best hope hope the Bears have for springing an upset on the Packers Christmas night is by taking advantage of a Green Bay offensive line thatr has been weakened by injuries.

  • Bears’ tough talk shallow and hollow Dec 13, 2011 4:07 PM
    By belittling Tim Tebow's performance while he was passing the Broncos to a comeback victory on Sunday, the Bears only make themselves look worse. By completing 18 of 24 passes in the fourth quarter and overtime, Tebow got the last word and the win.

  • Tebow haters missing the point Dec 6, 2011 4:16 PM
    It's tough to understand the criticisms of Tim Tebow as a person and as a quarterback, who has resurrected the Broncos' season by leading them to wins in six of their last seven games, as they await the Bears on Sunday.

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