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Forget Calvin Johnson versus Charles Tillman for a minute. Let's pit Calvin Johnson against Brandon Marshall. Viewed strictly on the field, who would you rather have? Start here: Most teams in the NFL probably would love to have either. "Either...
Tribune reporterWhat will teams do now to exploit the loss of Brian Urlacher? Physically not a huge threat but ability to change formations a key loss. -- @Tquille, from Twitter I've heard a lot of talk this season about how Urlacher can't move anymore. Understand...
The game against the Lions on Sunday could have been the last one for a Bear who has been around forever and has his name listed prominently in the team record books. But the Bears decided they wanted him back. Whether or not the Bears will take the...
Tags: Charles Tillman, Olin Kreutz, Sports, Football, Patrick Mannelly
As a rule, the Bears' defensive scheme may be the most predictable in the NFL. But coordinator Rod Marinelli and the boys stepped out of character a bit Monday. They blitzed on nearly 23 percent of Tony Romo's dropbacks, mostly in the first half. It was...
Sacks have been the source of much consternation at Halas Hall this season. But they also have been the source of much consternation in the offices of every Bears opponent. It hasn't gotten much airtime, but the Bears can give nearly as good as they...
Tags: Shea McClellin, Sports, Chicago Bears, Football, Henry Melton
When the Lions and their fans look at how dominating the Bears defense and its scheme has been, they have to think, "That should have been us." In 2006, Matt Millen hired Rod Marinelli as head coach of the Lions. Then in 2008, the Lions became the...
In the April draft, the Bears chose Shea McClellin in the first round and passed over Illinois' Whitney Mercilus. On Sunday, during his first visit to Soldier Field, Mercilus would like to offer them a not-so-subtle reminder of that — perhaps by...
The Cover-2 defense is boring. And it lacks creativity. I can't tell you how many times I've heard that about the two-deep scheme the Bears still lean on in their game plan. Sure, they have become more "multiple" with coordinator Rod Marinelli in...
The popular joke when the Bears traded for Jay Cutler in 2009 was that they fleeced the Broncos by including two first-round draft picks because such selections were worthless in Chicago. The trade simply spared the Bears the indignity of making even more...
No running back has done more damage against Lovie Smith's Bears than Adrian Peterson, but it has been awhile since the Vikings star trampled the defense. Peterson and former Packers running back Ryan Grant both have rushed for 100 yards three times...
Hard to imagine Lovie Smith going toe to toe with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli at halftime of an important Bears game. Of course, Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan famously had to be separated in the locker room at halftime of the...
Tags: Dan Hampton, Doug Flutie, Super Bowl, Sports, Football
A quad injury sidelined Devin Hester on Thursday, but he was back on the practice field Friday as the Bears continued preparation for their game with the Lions on Monday night in Soldier Field. Hester, who was limited but is expected to play, could...
Tags: Bill Bentley, Cliff Avril, Sports, Alshon Jeffery, Devin Hester
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