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  • Trestman on benching Cutler: We need a spark Dec 18, 2014 3:13 PM
    Citing the need for a spark at the quarterback position, Bears coach Marc Trestman explained his decision to bench Jay Cutler and his $126.7 million contract in favor of Jimmy Clausen, whose last start was almost four years ago when he went 1-9 as a rookie with the Carolina Panthers. Trestman said it was a “difficult” decision to sit Cutler.

     
  • Clausen looking forward to second chance Dec 18, 2014 9:00 PM
    After four years of almost no activity, Jimmy Clausen wondered if he'd ever get another chance as a starting quarterback in the NFL. It'll happen Sundaty at Soldier Field, when Clausen leads the Bears against the top-ranked defense of the Detroit Lions.

     
  • Cutler poised with media after demotion Dec 18, 2014 9:04 PM
    Once again, this time after his benching, quarterback Jay Cutler took the high road rather than exacerbate the messy situation that has engulfed Halas Hall during the team's rocky 5-9 season.

     
  • Reports: Bears benching Cutler Dec 18, 2014 2:41 PM
    Reports: Bears benching Cutler in favor of Clausen

     
  • Cutler out, Clausen to start for first time in 4 years Dec 18, 2014 9:23 AM
    By his own admission, Bears coach Marc Trestman joins a long list of coaches who have failed to get optimum production out of quarterback Jay Cutler, who was benched on Wednesday in favor of Jimmy Clausen, who hasn't started a game in nearly four years. Cutler and his $22.5 million salary will sit Sunday after posting his worst passer rating of the season (55.8) in Monday night's 31-15 loss to New Orleans while being intercepted three times and sacked seven times, both season worsts.

     
  • Imrem: If only it were a different Jimmy replacing Cutler Dec 17, 2014 9:36 PM
    If only the Jimmy replacing Jay Cutler for the Bears on Sunday were the fresh rookie Garoppolo instead of the failed veteran Clausen.

     
  • Report: Bears bench Cutler for Sunday’s game Dec 17, 2014 6:12 PM
    The Bears apparently have seen enough of quarterback Jay Cutler this season. ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, via a Twitter posting, said the Bears have decided to start Jimmy Clausen at quarterback on Sunday over Cutler, who has led the team to a 5-9 record.

     
  • Bears' Trestman aware of speculation about future Dec 17, 2014 8:38 PM
    Trestman aware of speculation about future with Bears, acknowledges not getting most of Cutler

     
  • Trestman doing his best to tune out the noise Dec 17, 2014 9:37 PM
    Beleaguered Bears coach Marc Trestman said he understands the rampant speculation about his job security, and he expressed disappointment with where his 5-9 team stands with two games remaining.

     
  • North: Some free advice for Johnny Football Dec 16, 2014 5:18 AM
    While Mike North knows that Johhny Manziel's play for the Cleveland Browns was embarrassingly bad on Sunday, he expects the rookie quarterback to improve tremendously against his next opponent, the Carolina Panthers.

     
  • Brain-injury program working with NFL players Dec 16, 2014 6:58 PM
    A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes. Representatives with the Eisenhower Center announced Tuesday that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program. The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players — or 28 percent — to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or at least moderate dementia someday.

     
  • Former Browns quarterback Kosar rips team’s front office Dec 16, 2014 6:13 PM
    Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar unloaded on the team’s front office, saying it lacks vision and switching to rookie Johnny Manziel “is a recipe for disaster.” Cleveland’s best quarterback in the past 30 years and one of the most popular players in team history, Kosar delivered a harsh critique of his former team in an interview with WTAM radio Monday.

     
  • Bears: McCaskey shoved by Saints fan during game Dec 16, 2014 6:56 PM
    The Chicago Bears say chairman George McCaskey was pushed by a New Orleans Saints fan during Monday night’s game at Soldier Field. Bears spokesman Scott Hagel told Chicago’s WMAQ-TV on Tuesday that McCaskey was allegedly shoved in the back by a Saints fan who was then tackled by a Bears fan. Hagel says security arrived and the Saints fan was removed from the stadium.

     
  • Rozner: Bears’ Cutler doing what he does best Dec 16, 2014 4:00 PM
    Jay Cutler is an empty suit in a building filled with empty suits and the temptation is to blame those with the power to hold him accountable for the failure to hold Cutler accountable. That’s easy to say. It is impossible to do.

     
  • Bears: McCaskey shoved by Saints fan during game Dec 16, 2014 10:55 PM
    Bears: Chairman McCaskey shoved by Saints fan during evening game at Soldier Field

     
  • Bears coach Trestman laments lack of consistency Dec 16, 2014 8:45 PM
    'Not good enough' - Bears coach Trestman laments team's lack of good, consistent play

     
  • LeGere: No two ways about it — Cutler must go Dec 16, 2014 8:00 PM
    Jay Cutler's most recent sub-standard performance Monday night in the Bears' 31-15 loss to the Saints should be more than enough to convince the team to move in another direction as soon as possible.

     
  • All eyes will be on Cutler when Bears face Saints Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    After a tumultuous week at Halas Hall, where a dysfunctional team continued to unravel, the Bears face the Saints on Monday Night Football. All eyes will be on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who was at the center of the circus atmosphere and how hopes to lead his underdog team to a much-needed victory.

     
  • Bears still in no rush to win Dec 15, 2014 11:38 PM
    The Bears ran the ball more frequently in the first half Monday night than they had in recent losses, but production was only so-so as they once again were shut out in the opening 30 minutes.

     
  • Bears Bites: Another laugher on national TV Dec 15, 2014 10:43 PM
    No discipline. No urgency. No organization. No. Good. Mike Spellman's Bears Bites recap another tough night at Soldier Field.

     
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