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  • The Bears' Devin Hester reacts after a punt he returned for an apparent touchdown was called back because of an offensive holding penalty during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Bears drop sloppy game in St. Louis Nov 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 running back Matt Forte takes off on a 50-yard touchdown run in Sunday's loss at Washington. Forte has been thriving so far in coach Marc Trestman's offense.

    Bears' offense gets high marks so farOct 24, 2013 12:00 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 middle linebacker Brian Urlacher yells while watching from the bench Sunday during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans on in Nashville, Tenn. Urlacher scored a touchdown on a pass interception as the Bears beat the Titans 51-20.

    Bearsí defense playing well as a unit Nov 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Devin Hester agreed with special teams coach Dave Toub that he needs to play better in the return game.

    Hester vows to be more aggressive in return gameOct 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh comes down on Michael Vick as they chase a ball last week. Suh has a reputation as a dirty player and was fined and penalized in 2010 for a hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

    Bears won’t take Lions lightlyOct 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Tim Jennings smiles as leaves the field after their 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams. Jennings is tied for the NFL lead with 4 interceptions.

    Bears’ appetite for turnovers never satiated Oct 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    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 defensive end Julius Peppers and defensive end Shea McClellin sack St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford during the Bears 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears ‘D’ up against RamsSep 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Thanks to replacement officials constantly huddling to talk things over, NFL games are dragging on and on, says Bob LeGere, who wants Commissioner Roger Goodell to settle the contract dispute with union officials.

    Time for Goodell to make the right call on officials Sep 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice says he will have trouble sleeping at night until he knows that his line can protect quarterback Jay Cutler, right.

    Tice wants to see more from Bearsí O-line Aug 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
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  •  Wide receiver Devin Thomas took the Bears by surprise Sunday by deciding it was time to retire.

    Thomas walks away from Bears, NFL Aug 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Defensive tackle Stephen Paea says heís in the best shape of his life heading into this season.

    Bearsí Paea ready to take his game to next level Aug 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
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  • Photo courtesy of ChicagoBears.com Phil Emery, new general manager of the Chicago Bears

    One thingís for sure: Emery wonít be bored Jan 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • After losing to the Giants and Tom Coughlin, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, will need a miracle to get his team into the NFL playoffs.

    Some special awards for a crazy NFL season Dec 27, 2011 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Quarterback Josh McCown could get more snaps in practice Wednesday as the Bears prepare for their visit to Green Bay on Christmas night.

    Does it really matter who starts at QB for Bears? Dec 20, 2011 12:00 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.

     
  •  After struggling for three quarters, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow completed 18 of 24 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime.

    Bearsí tough talk shallow and hollow Dec 13, 2011 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Denver quarterback Tim Tebow is riding a five-game win streak with the Broncos, and his fourth-quarter passer rating ranks third in the NFL.

    Tebow haters missing the point Dec 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) is ejected by an official after an incident against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

    Nothing Suh-per about this Lions situation Nov 29, 2011 12:00 AM
    The league's suspension of Ndamukong Suh is just one more reason the Lions will be watching the playoffs this season rather than participating.

     
  •  Bears quarterback Jay Cutler warms up on the sideline before going back in the game after injuring his right thumb in the fourth quarter Sunday.

    Schedule biggest factor in Bearsí favor Nov 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    Even with quarterback Jay Cutler sidelined for several weeks with a fractured right thumb, the 7-3 Bears have what appears to be a clear path to the playoffs.

     
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