| Feb 18, 2013
| 7:57 AM
Maybe it’s just me, but members of the Chicago Bears new coaching staff sound like they don’t have a clue.
Based on what they’ve said publicly, at least.
Which is virtually nothing.
Starting with new coach Marc Trestman and going...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 9:38 PM
Is Henry Melton viewed as a system player, only effective as a three technique? Would this keep his price down in free agency? -- Chris Jensen, from Facebook
Melton would be coveted by any team that runs a four-man front. He wouldn't have the same kind...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:37 PM
Speaking to a small circle of reporters last week inside the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall, Bears coach Marc Trestman struggled to be heard by anybody not close enough to read the label on his glasses.
Trestman's voice didn't carry strongly...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:50 PM
General manager Phil Emery was on the job for less than two months when he accomplished something Jerry Angelo failed to do in more than a decade — acquire a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver.
The addition of Brandon Marshall in a trade with the...
| Feb 15, 2013
New coaches sell change the way politicians sell hope.
It is their snake oil, and they often find desperate customers in their teams' executive offices as well as in the stands of the stadiums they call home.
It is what new coaches do because that's...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 7:22 PM
Luck, as the saying goes, is when opportunity meets preparation. Opportunity, as I like to say, is when lucky people meet good professional networks.
NFL coaching and management jobs are for the luckiest and most well-connected football minds, which...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 7:24 AM
I don’t think Darryl Drake meant to expose Devin Hester as mentally and emotionally weak, but the former Chicago Bears wide receivers coach just gave the Bears' fake wide receiver something else to mope about.
“The thing about Devin is,...
| Feb 4, 2013
In hiring Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith, Phil Emery and the Chicago Bears must hope that his reputation as a quarterback guru pays off with Jay Cutler.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old quarterback – his birthday is in April – is...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 7:54 AM
Jay Cutler and Devin Hester: Can this marriage be saved?
That’s pretty much the soap opera we’ve been reading about the last week while that Super Bowl thing was taking place.
Some terrific reporting and interviewing by Trib colleague...
| Feb 5, 2013
For the first time since the 1985 season, the Bears landed two defensive linemen in the Pro Bowl as Julius Peppers and Henry Melton were selected as all-stars.
Peppers led the defense with 111/2 sacks, his most since joining the club in 2010, and...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:13 PM
Strength and conditioning in the NFL is radically different from what it was 28 years ago, when Rusty Jones first started working for the Bills.
Jones, the Bears' retiring director of physical development, is a big reason.
He was the first NFL...