| Aug 30, 2013
Because I was the only one of the Tribune's nine-man panel who correctly predicted the Bears would miss the playoffs last year, it's my privilege to hit leadoff with this year's NFL crystal ball.
It's easy to make a case for all four teams in the NFC...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 5:29 PM
BOURBONNAIS — In the 2003 preseason, a Bears rookie linebacker pressed into the starting lineup for the first exhibition game because of injury graded lower than any other player in his position group with a 66.
Ten years later, everybody can...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 6:06 PM
The Bears and quarterback Josh McCown can challenge the Vikings defense Sunday in the high red zone with vertical concepts that force the top of the secondary to play with technique and discipline.
Using the All-22 coaches tape, let's break down how...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:34 PM
While NFL quarterbacks are studying playbooks and jostling for jobs as the season approaches, Matt Leinart has been working out, spending time with his son, and, apparently, eating alone.
A photo of a solo Leinart in a Manhattan Beach bar/restaurant has...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:41 PM
Jay Cutler was right earlier this week when he suggested the volume of words devoted to the struggles of the Bears' first-team offense has been excessive.
"You guys are hitting the panic button after two preseason games," Cutler said after being...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 9:02 PM
The Bears should not be looking for a developmental quarterback in April's NFL draft.
They should be looking for a quarterback who could become a starter within a year.
This could be the opportunity for the Bears to draft a quarterback in the early...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 5:29 PM
The Chicago Bears' season is over. Same goes for Lovie Smith’s run as Bears coach. Has to be.
Smith has to be fired.
Get on with it. If the Bears are serious about winning the Super Bowl, there’s no other choice.
| Dec 11, 2012
| 7:29 AM
There’s a lot of vitriol aimed at the Bears offense after Lovie Smith’s team embarrassed itself against a bad Minnesota bunch. I get it. Mike Tice’s offense ranks worse than Mike Martz’s, and how stupid is that?
Heck, the offense...
| Sep 3, 2012
| 6:58 PM
1. Packers: The addition of Cedric Benson could give the Packers a dimension they lacked.
2. Giants: They are a little beat up at cornerback, but their pass rush should be able to compensate while they get healthy.
3. Patriots: Questions about the...
| Oct 28, 2012
| 8:25 PM
Nearing the midway point of the NFL season, this much can be said with conviction:
The Atlanta Falcons are a perfect 7-0.
And the rest of the NFL picture is a perfect mess.
More than 80% of the league's teams have at least three victories, and it's...
| Oct 5, 2012
Their passes might sail high, but three NFL quarterbacks have landed far short of expectations.
Kansas City's Matt Cassel, Seattle's Russell Wilson, and the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez aren't the only starting quarterbacks who are struggling —...