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The Bears have taken an aggressive approach to their defensive game plan this season in showing pressure in third-and-7-plus situations. Sunday in Nashville, the Bears can use pre-snap disguises to create confusion in the Titans' protection schemes and...
Jay Cutler was sacked six times Sunday, which usually is grounds for putting the offensive line in solitary confinement with no visitation privileges. But a review of the tape revealed the big boys didn't play all that poorly. In fact, the linemen were...
Tags: Football, Charles Godfrey, Matt Spaeth, Greg Hardy, Cam Newton
Considering the Bears' No. 2 wide receiver couldn't play against the Lions on Monday night, you might be surprised to know the Bears were considerably more reliant on "11" personnel, or three receiver packages, than usual. The Bears used 11 personnel...
Tags: Football, Nick Fairley, Riley Reiff, Matt Spaeth, Jonte Green
With the kind of viciousness Chicago would support if he were a Bear, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh violently slammed Jay Cutler into the Soldier Field sod hard enough Monday night to shake a football city's fan base. Suh's over-the-top...
Contrary to the convenient but lazy local narrative being retold all week, Bears 2008 first-round draft bust Chris Williams didn't get former general manager Jerry Angelo fired. Not as much as Caleb Hanie did. If Hanie had played as well replacing Jay...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ways to describe the Bears defense early Sunday afternoon: Old. Outdated schematically. Fatigued. Out of its element. Way to describe the Bears defense early Sunday evening: Dominating. Go ahead, underestimate them some...
Missing training camp and the preseason had different consequences for the face of the Bears and the face of the Jaguars. For Maurice Jones-Drew, who sat out in a contract dispute, missing time was a benefit. "I might be a little fresher, not taking...
Most fans go to Bears summer training camp hoping to be entertained by spectacular offensive plays. Jay Cutler lofts a deep pass to Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester or Earl Bennett and the crowd goes wild. Matt Forte bursts through a hole and races 35...
Julius Peppers hasn't missed a game since 2009, so a nagging foot or ankle injury isn't going to slow him down. At least this year, Peppers has enough support around him to rest on the sideline a few plays without the defense missing a beat. "It's...
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...
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...
You know what’s worse than the Bears’ offensive line? The Cowboys’ offensive line, that’s what. Hard to believe, I know. It’s not often the Bears' offensive line stinks less than the opponent’s, but just look: The...
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