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The Unusual Nature of the Usual Situation at the Bears Running Back Position

With the NFL calming down before the start of mandatory mini-camps and then training camp, news has been in short supply. Many outlets are settling down to get an overview issues facing their teams. In that respect, John Mullin at … Continue reading

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More Addition By Subtraction May Be on the Way

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Will Martellus Bennett still be on the trading block after camp begins? — @huskies714″ “The problem with trading Bennett right now is it would really thin out the depth chart at … Continue reading

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Bears Rebuilding Defense for the Long Haul

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Too many years ago the Bears professed to coach to the strengths of the players. They also pretended they could improve upon weaknesses and, where they could not improve the players’ … Continue reading

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune relays the text of offensive coordinator Adam Gase‘s responses to questions at the coaches’ press conference yesterday: “On if he has a sense of how he can help Cutler, particularly when it comes to … Continue reading

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Positions Along the Defensive Line are In Flux After the Draft

John Mullin at csnchicago.com describes the changes along the defensive line that will accompany the arrival of new nose tackle Eddie Goldman: “[Jeremiah] Ratliff, who did not attend last week’s voluntary minicamp sessions, is not expected to wind up at … Continue reading

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Adrian Amos – Strong Safety or Free?

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune documents which Bears veterans are threatened by the arrival of the new rookies: “Round 5: Penn State safety Adrian Amos.” “Put on notice: Brock Vereen and Ryan Mundy. “The details: Sensing a theme here … Continue reading

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The Wages of the One True NFL Sin

Singing chef Nick Diamos once said, “Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter because nobody listens.” I’m going to assume that he never met anyone directly associated with the NFL. Dan Hanzus at NFL.com quotes new Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory: … Continue reading

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Grasu Will Have to Show that His Best Attributes Extend Beyond High Character

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune interviews new Bears center Hroniss Grasu‘s offensive line coach at Oregon, Steve Greatwood: “Hroniss first and foremost has been an outstanding teammate and an outstanding leader in this football program. He’s one of those … Continue reading

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Brief Impressions: 2015 NFL Draft

Did someone tell the ESPN crew that there was no smiling allowed on the set? I’ve never seen a more somber first round telecast in my life. There seems to be a belief around the league that second overall pick Marcus Mariota might … Continue reading

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You Can’t Walk Off the Island

I heard a joke the other day that I’d like to pass along as we all consider the consequences of what the Bears did in the NFL draft over the last few days. Joshua was a devout man who had … Continue reading

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