Chicago Bears News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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5/16/13: It is not often that a celebrated first round pick could be cut after only two years on the job, but such is the case with offensive lineman Gabe Carimi. Carimi was a first round pick of the Bears in 2011. He started two games at right tackle in 2011 before suffering a season ending knee injury. He played last year, though not very well. The Bears drafted Kyle Long to play right guard in this years draft and signed free agent Jermon Bushrod. Carimi will be competing for a roster spot with Edwin Williams, who can play both center and guard. That means there may be a young and talented O-lineman up for grabs in a few months, one that many teams would likely want.
5/9/13: Based upon size alone, J'Marcus Webb should be the proto-typical offensive tackle. He weighs in at 333 pounds and measures a gigantic 6'7. He is best known for getting bumped and chewed out by Bears QB Jay Cutler on a Monday Night Game last season after Cutler was sacked for what seemed like the 100th time that night. Webb was arrested in February on drug related charges (later dropped). Webb says that was a wake up call and has gotten sober. He said his off field issues affected his play. The Bears signed Jermon Bushrod, so Bushrod may get the call at left tackle, which would probably move Webb to the right side.
5/2/13: Chicago is taking a lot of heat from 'experts' for drafting Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long with their first pick (20th overall). Kyle is the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and the younger brother of St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Chris Long. Chris was the second overall selection a few years ago and has developed into a very good D lineman. Bears new general manager Phil Emery keeps saying that Kyle is no risk (always a lie). Chicago also took offensive tackle Jordan Mills in the fifth round. The point is that Chicago knows they need to protect QB Jay Cutler better, so they went and got him help.
4/25/13: The Chicago Bears went 10-6 last year and fired their coach. The Baltimore Ravens went 10-6, won their division, and won the Super Bowl. The Bears fired their coach, the Ravens gave a zillion dollars to their quarterback. It just goes to show how unfair the league is. The Bears were among the better teams in the league last year, but stumbled late in a tough division. It would not hurt the team to find a replacement for linebacker Brian Urlacher and get Brandon Marshall a complementary receiver. Oh, and don't forget to draft for that offensive line.
4/18/13: With a week to go before the draft, no one really knows what the Bears are planning on doing with their first round pick - and as everyone knows, only the first round picks mean anything. The projections from draft experts are all over the board. Many think that Chicago may take Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o to replace the erstwhile Brian Urlacher. Others are hoping for wide receiver Tayvon Austin - though he probably will not make it past St. Louis with the 16th pick. The Bears could also trade up or down, and move out of the 20th pick.
4/11/13: The Bears made a move that QB Jay Cutler has to love. They replace JaMarcus Webb with Jermon Bushrod at left tackle. Webb will compete with Gabe Carimi and Jonathan Scott for the right tackle position. Webb came to national attention last season during a nationally televised game when Cutler was seen berating and hitting Webb on the sideline. To Cutler's defense, he had just been sacked for about the 45th time in the game. Webb played 10 games at right tackle as a rookie in 2010. However, this is probably Carimi's job to lose at this point.
3/28/13: The Bears have a long and storied history of top notch linebackers, which has a large part of their nickname "The Monsters of the Midway". General Manager Phil Emery and the team now has the responsibility (obligation) of finding the next one, as the Bears and Brian Urlacher are parting ways. The team and player could not reach an agreement on a new contract, so now Urlacher is a free agent after spending his entire career in Chicago. Urlacher has lost a step and has been hampered by injuries for the past few years. There is no word yet on if he will retire or try to catch on with another team.
3/21/13: The Bears signing of Martellus Bennett may be telling in the near future. There is no doubt that wide receiver Brandon Marshall is QB Jay Cutler's favorite target. They set franchise records for receptions and yards last year. Don't expect that to change. But Cutler does need a plan "B", and that looks to be Bennett. He had a few good years with the Giants, is good friends with Marshall (calls him his Big Brother), and certainly fills a need in a league where the tight end is increasingly more important. This could be the start of a new offensive philosophy in Chicago.
3/14/13: Jay Cutler has another weapon to throw to. The Bears made one of the first moves in free agency by inking former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett tweeted out that he was joining his big brother Brandon Marshall in Chicago. The two are not related, but are very close friends. Bennett was one of the top tight ends available, and gives the Bears another red zone option. Marshall may set franchise records in receiving, but a lot of that is because there is no one else to throw to. It also keeps Marshall happy, which a few teams have found out is important to get the most out of him.
3/7/13: Chicago was one of eight teams to use their franchise tag, and it looks like they made a good investment in tagging young veteran defensive tackle Henry Melton. Had the Bears let Melton walk, he surely would have been picked up in a hurry, possibly by the Dallas Cowboys. Melton had another great season in 2012 with six sacks (third among DT's) and forcing two fumbles. The franchise tag will cost the Bears almost $9 million next season, but gives the team several months to work out a long term contract for a likely annual Pro-Bowler.
2/14/13: The Chicago Bears made the somewhat unexpected move of cutting wide receiver Johnny Knox this week. Knox suffered a severe back injury against the Seahawks in September 2011 and has not played since. He had worked hard to get back into form, but the Bears may have felt that it was taking too long. He was productive when he played and had Jay Cutler's faith. It was hoped that he would be paired with Brandon Marshall, but it looks like that opportunity will go fully to Alshon Jefferies, who showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie season last year. Knox's career may be over, which is a sad fate for a talented player who was well respected by his teammates.
2/7/13: Trading for Brandon Marshall last offseason was a great move for the Bears. The team reforged its identity from a smash mouth, grinding team to an actual offensive threat. Marshall had one of the best receiving seasons in Bears history, including most receptions (118), receiving yards (1,508), as well as a personal best 11 TDs. The Bears' problem was that he was really the only receiving threat. Chicago may be looking for some help in that department in free agency, and possible candidates include Brandon Gibson of the Rams or Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins.
1/31/13: The Bears made a great trade last offseason when they acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins. Marshall is an All-Pro receiver, the likes of which have never been seen in Chicago before. Marshall and QB Jay Cutler had great success together in Denver, and the two were a lethal combination in the Windy City. But Marshall alone is not enough. New head coach Jim Trestman will have to find a complementary receiver to Marshall, and Cutler needs to have some faith in other players to catch the ball, if the Bears are going to compete with the Packers and Vikings next season.
1/24/13: Winning 10 games usually means a contract extension, or at least that you will return the following year. But the Bears fired Lovie Smith on December 31, citing lack of progress on offense, despite a 10-6 record (the Bears missed the playoffs again). Throughout the speculation of Lovie's successor, Marc Trestman's name kept popping up. Trestman has not coached in the NFL in quite a while and has spent the last five years coaching the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. It will be interesting to see how this turns out: Will he be the gateway to future CFL coaches coming to the NFL, or will he flame out like many expect?
1/17/13: The Saints will send three players to the Pro Bowl in a few weeks: quarterback Drew Breese, left guard Jahri Evans, and punter Thomas Morstead. Evans was among the more consistent players this year for the Saints and is a big reason that New Orleans has one of the best offensive lines in the league. It is his fourth straight Pro-Bowl selection, and marks the first time in franchise history that a player has been selected to three consecutive all-star games. In other news, the team and Sean Payton formalized his extension through 2017, making him the highest paid coach in the game.
1/10/13: Lovie Smith was fired shortly after the team missed the playoffs again - becoming one of the rare coaches who loses their jobs after winning 10 games. The Bears claimed they wanted more consistency on offense, and the telling stat was that Chicago ranked only as high as the teens one time in Smith's tenure. But Lovie Smith should probably not be unemployed for too long. Considering there are openings in Cleveland, San Diego, Philadelphia and Arizona, someone is likely to hire a long time successful coach who has a Super Bowl appearance to his name.
1/3/13: Chicago won their final game against Detroit - a game they needed to both win and hope for a Vikings loss to get into the playoffs. Minnesota defeated Green Bay, so the Bears' season is over. Chicago ended the season at 10-6, a very good mark by most standards. But the team started 7-1 and missed the post season once again. Head Coach Lovie Smith was surprisingly fired on the day after the game, with the Bears GM claiming that the lack of offensive achievement being the primary reason. But Smith will not likely be unemployed long, and will be a candidate for other openings.
12/27/12: In a game that was allergic to offense, the Bears defense came through in a big way in a 28-13 over the host Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. Chicago's defense scored two touchdowns (Arizona blocked a kick and returned it for their only touchdown) and recorded four sacks. The win leaves the Bears at 9-7 and with a real shot at making the postseason. If the Bears beat the Lions (in Detroit) and the Packers beat the Vikings, then Chicago will earn a wild card spot. Tough position for Bears fans - they have to root for the Packers.
12/20/12: A few weeks ago the Chicago Bears controlled the NFC North and had the look of a contender. But with Brian Urlacher out and the offensive line failing to protect the quarterback, the Bears now have an uphill battle to even make the playoffs. Chicago hosted arch rival Green Bay this past Sunday in a game that would decide the division champion. But the Bears offense could not muster any sustained momentum, highlighted by quarterback Jay Cutler only managing 135 yards in the air in a 21-13 loss. The Bears still can make the playoffs, but they need to win and some losses by the Vikings, Giants, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Redskins. Next up for Chicago is the lowly Arizona Cardinals in a chance to right the ship.
12/13/12: Even though everyone on the Bears defense knew what was coming, they still could not stop Adrian Peterson. Peterson and the Vikings upset the Bears 21-14 at the Metrodome, with Peterson rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Urlacher is still mending his injuries, and Jay Cutler took a hard shot to the head that resulted in a strained neck. Chicago now sits at 8-5 after losing four of their past five games. The Bears need to focus now, as they host Green Bay next week. Should the Packers win, then Green Bay will be the NFC North champion for the season, and Chicago will have to scramble for a wild card spot.
12/6/12: The good news is that the Bears are much improved now that quarterback Jay Cutler is back in the line up. Chicago controlled the last game at home against the Seahawks, and only a last minute stunning touchdown prevented the win. Brandon Marshall led the offensive charge with 10 catches for 165 yards, and Cutler passed for two more scores. But Russell Wilson connected in overtime, giving Seattle a 23-17 win. The Bears are tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead, this race will come down to the wire. Next up for the Bears is a trip to the Metrodome to face the Vikings
10/1/12:The Chicago Bears offense didn't need to do much against the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears defense took care of most of the work in Chicago?s 34-18 over the Dallas. The defense picked off Cowboys QB Tony Romo five times, returning two of them for touchdowns. Major Wright had two interceptions and Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs returned their picks for touchdowns. Bears QB Jay Cutler finished the day 18 of 24 with 275 yards passing and two touchdowns. Brandon Marshall caught seven of those passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Romo threw for 307 yards but most of their drives were stalled because of turnovers. The Bears improve to 3-1 on the year.
4/12/12 The Chicago Bears were riding high with a 7-3 record when quarterback Jay Cutler went down with a season-ending injury that not only ended his year, but also the Bears' year as well. They couldn't recover without their starting quarterback and sputtered to an 8-8 finish, missing the playoffs only a year after their appearance in the NFC championship game. With Cutler back and at full-health in 2012, the Bears hope to return to the top again and give division rival Packers some competition for the NFC North title, along with the surprising, upstart Detroit Lions.
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The genesis of a pure football team is the essence of the Chicago Bears, beginning as the Decatur Staleys in 1920. Co-owners George Halas and Dutch Sternaman were at the helm during that season but then moved the club to Chicago, renaming themselves the 'Chicago Staleys.' After winning their first World Championship in 1921, it was a sign of things to come -- christened the 'Chicago Bears' in 1922, a slew of winning championships in 1932, 1933, 1940, '41, '43', and '46 solidified their strength with sheer force and style. In 1985, the Bears reigned supreme in their Super Bowl Shuffle. Astonishingly, the team's entire record stands as 223-76-33. That's a lot of history for one team full of heart.
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You have some of the most legendary players come directly from the Windy City -- such as Jim McMahon, William 'the Fridge' Perry, Walter Payton, and of course today's popular defensive captain Brian Urlacher. You have a team filled with titanic echoes of a legendary past leading to a prosperous future.
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Da Bears have put their trust in Jay Cutler at QB. However he hasn't done too much so far. With Receivers like Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and newly acquired Roy Williams they're hoping for more production. Matt Forte has been a force on the ground and hasn't shown any sign of slowing down. Hester is always a threat on kick returns or punt returns. Its been the Bears defense that has been unstoppable. The Bears as an organization are based on defense and Brian Urlacher has led one of the best linebacker cores in the league for years. Julius Peppers will also shine on the line and give the Bears one of the best run defenses in the league, again.
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