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Bears Running Back Position Is Probably Better than Most Think

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune reviews the state of the running back position ahead of training camp. I’m going to pick a nit with the article (hey, what else is there to do right now?): “[Jeremy] Langford practiced catching … Continue reading

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Where is the Competition at Offensive Tackle?

John Mulllin at CSNchicago.com reviews the state of the offensive line ahead of training camp: “The operative Bears word was “competition” throughout the offseason within every position group. With that mantra came turnover, and of the 14 offensive linemen presently on … Continue reading

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Competition on the Offensive Line Will Span Multiple Positions

Kevin Fishbain at chicagofootball.com previews training camp by reviewing the situation along the offensive line.  Fishbain surprises me in this article by suggesting that the only major position battle is at left guard: “The only clear competition for a starting … Continue reading

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Who Is Choosing the Bears Coaches?

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune reviews the top 10 headlines of the off-season as we head into training camp.  I was caught off guard by his approach to this one: “Tribune headline: Dolphins hire [offensive coordinator Adam] Gase as coach — … Continue reading

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Alshon Jeffery Contract Negotiations Difficult, Not Hopeless

Offseason speculation on the negotiations between the Bears and Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been very positive recently. The gist of the situation has its roots in Jeffery’s penchant for accumulating soft tissue injuries. Even though Jeffery started 16 games in 2013 … Continue reading

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More Trouble for Minnesota Stadium Construction

Something tells me I won’t be visiting the Vikings any time soon.  From Rochelle Olsen at the Star-Tribune: “Several black zinc panels on U.S. Bank Stadium came loose during Tuesday night’s storm, and stadium officials were at a loss to … Continue reading

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The Power of Being One With the Crowd

Joe Bucs Fan tries to climb into the mind of Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith by posting excerpts and/or highlights from Smith’s book, “You Win in the Locker Room”. He doesn’t think much of this part: “The biggest theme in … Continue reading

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Bears Have At Least One Critical Piece of the Puzzle

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “The Bears finished with a total of 35 sacks last year with Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Pernell McPhee counting for 20 1/2 of them. Including Leonard Floyd, would you pick … Continue reading

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No Reason to Panic Over Offensive Reports. Yet.

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune talks about the performance of the offense in OTAs and last week’s mini-camp: “Explosiveness in the running game was hard to identify throughout organized team activities and minicamp. The consistency of receivers getting open … Continue reading

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Loss of Wilson Highlights the Bears Problem with Roster Depth

Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes head coach John Fox after the news broke that Marquess Wilson broke his foot. “‘I don’t know that you’re ever comfortable with depth,’ Fox said. ‘We’re kinda where we are right now. We’re … Continue reading

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