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11-23-15: The Chicago Bears found the end zone with less than a minute to play against the Denver Broncos, but were stuffed on the two-point conversion to fall to 4-6. Hopefully with Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffrey back in the lineup, the Bears take on the Packers on Thanksgiving Day.
11-16-15: The Chicago Bears offense exploded in a win against the St. Louis Rams to bring them to 4-5 and in the mix for an NFC Wild Card spot. Chicago has a tough two-game stretch coming as they host the Denver Broncos and then play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
11-9-15: The Bears defense will be tested in a big way against one of the best running backs in the NFL in St. Louis’ Todd Gurley. It’s the Bears second consecutive road game before returning home against the Denver Broncos.
9-29-15: The Bears badly missed quarterback Jay Cutler in week three, as he sat out the team’s 26-0 loss to the Seahawks with a hamstring issue. Jimmy Clausen was horrendous in his place, as the Bears accumulated just 63 yards through the air and failed to score. Running back Matt Forte tried to give the Bears life early, but could only muster 74 rushing yards on 20 carries. Chicago’s defense kept things close initially and even registered four sacks in the game. The loss dropped the Bears to an ugly 0-3 start and may have prompted them to start a “fire sale” of their roster. Shortly after the loss, the Bears were quick to unload defensive players Jared Allen and Jon Bostic in trades. More trades could be on their way before Chicago takes on the visiting Raiders in week four.
9-22-15: The 2015 season took another step backwards for the Chicago Bears in week two, as Jay Cutler (hamstring) went down and it was all Arizona Cardinals in a 48-23 romp at Soldier Field. Cutler was initially a perfect 8-8 in a tight contest, but then tossed a pick-six on the play he was injured. Cutler would exit the game and Chicago never really threatened from there. Matt Forte still enjoyed a solid outing, as he chipped in 105 total yards on 21 touches. Jimmy Clausen entered the game and helped the Bears keep it close at 28-20 at the break, but Clausen was largely ineffective for the remainder of the game and Chicago’s shaky defense couldn’t keep Larry Fitzgerald (three touchdowns) out of the end-zone. Cutler is expected to miss the next two weeks as he tries to work his way back to 100%, which puts Clausen under center for a huge week three showdown with the Seahawks in Seattle.
9-15-15: It was the same old story in week one, as Jay Cutler tossed a late pick and the Chicago Bears fell to Aaron Rodgers and the visiting Packers, 31-23. Chicago had their opportunities late in this one, but the Bears failed on fourth down close to the end-zone and Cutler blew their final chance late with an interception. Matt Forte was the saving grace in this one, as the Packers didn’t have an answer for him all day. Forte absolutely destroyed Green Bay on the ground, as he piled up 141 rushing yards and a touchdown, while even adding another 25 yards through the air off of five catches. While Cutler ultimately came up short, Chicago’s ineffective defense may have been what really hurt them the most in week one. The Bears didn’t get a single sack or turnover off of Aaron Rodgers, who ended up completing 78% of his passes on the day. Chicago will have to be better all around in week two, when a very balanced Arizona Cardinals team enters Soldier Field.
9-8-15: The Chicago Bears look to be entering week one severely banged up at wide receiver, as star #1 target Alshon Jeffery has been slowed by a calf issue and potential #2 receiver Marquess Wilson has been dealing with a sore hamstring. With would-be rookie sensation Kevin White already on the team’s PUP list, the Bears can’t afford to be without any other offensive playmakers when they take on the Green Bay Packers in their week one home opener. Jeffery is still tentatively slated to start in a plus matchup, but if he and/or Wilson can’t go, extra pressure will be placed on slot man Eddie Royal and tight end Martellus Bennett. Quarterback Jay Cutler would be the one facing most of the pressure, as he’s had a shaky history of turnovers (and losses) against the green and gold and could use the extra help. While Chicago certainly has question marks on offense going into the first game of the 2015 season, it’s their defense they still need to be worried about, as Chicago needs to find a way to slow down Aaron Rodgers and a potent Packers offense.
9-1-15: The Chicago Bears couldn’t get much going on offense in their third preseason game, as their special teams unit scored their only touchdown in an ugly 21-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Jay Cutler and the first team offense were fairly efficient and avoided any turnovers, but failed to produce any big plays or touchdowns. Cutler still looked solid in the process, as he completed 76% of his passes but was hindered by two sacks and the absence of injured #1 target Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery’s presence is key for the start of the season, especially with rookie star receiver Kevin White recently being placed on the PUP list. Chicago has insisted Jeffery’s calf injury is just a “day to day” matter and he should be ready to face the Green Bay Packers in week one of the regular season. Chicago’s backups and fringe roster players will look to prove their worth on Thursday, when the preseason wraps up against the Cleveland Browns.
8-25-15: Jay Cutler made waves for crushing into a linebacker near the goal-line this past weekend, while the Chicago Bears’ first team offense looked good overall in a 23-11 road win over the Indianapolis Colts. Cutler was on top of his game apart from his bruising run, as he completed 8 of 9 pass attempts for 69 yards and helped Chicago to two field goals. Jeremy Langford impressed on the ground for the Bears, as the rookie rusher piled on 80 yards and a score off of just nine carries. The Bears will miss Kevin White to start the season, but they look to be in good hands with Marquess Wilson (two catches for 18 yards) and shifty slot man Eddie Royal. The big question for the Bears has been their defense, but after holding Andrew Luck and co. out of the end-zone, it looks like the natural progress is evident. Chicago will get back on the field for their third preseason game when they battle the Bengals in Cincinnati next week.
8-18-15: Kevin White’s shin injury was worse than anyone feared, as the Bears revealed this past week that their star rookie wide receiver needs surgery to help heal a fracture in his leg. White will begin 2015 on the PUP list and may not play at all in his rookie season. That could put a lot of pressure of the rest of the Bears’ wide receivers, but it sounds like they’re up to the challenge. Eddie Royal caught two balls for 19 yards in Chicago’s week one preseason win over the Miami Dolphins, while Marquess Wilson also chipped in a catch for six yards. Neither busted out in Chicago’s 27-10 win, but both will be counted on heavily, along with stud #1 target Alshon Jeffery, to make up for the loss of White. The real test may still come on defense, where the Bears struggled against Miami’s first team offense. Sam Acho impressed on the edge with a sack, however, while Jared Allen got a tackle and a pass deflection in limited action. Chicago will get a closer look at their receivers and defense in week two when they take on the Colts in Indianapolis.
8-12-15: The Chicago Bears finally feel good about rookie wide receiver Kevin White’s status (shin), but the fear is real that the former West Virginia product could sit out the entire preseason. White is projected to resume running next week and could still make it back for week three, but it doesn’t appear the Bears want to rush him back. White’s extended absence keeps Eddie Royal’s role locked in for 2015, while big-play talent Marquess Wilson should also get plenty of chances to prove his worth during the preseason. Chicago beefed up their shaky defense via trade with the New England Patriots recently, as they shipped off guard Ryan Groy to get linebacker Matthew Wells. A hybrid talent that could be used at linebacker or safety, Wells will try to compete for a roster spot when the Bears open up their preseason against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.
8-5-15: The Chicago Bears continue to work through training camp without star rookie wide receiver Kevin White, who is still dealing with a shin issue. White was pegged as a potential rookie sensation, but has now missed important practice time for roughly six weeks. White’s inability to stay healthy has kept the door open for Marquess Wilson, who was once regarded as a rising prospect before the drafting of White. Slot man Eddie Royal’s role is also more important than ever, while the former Chargers receiver has reportedly looked terrific in camp. Brock Vereen has also stood out with smart play at the safety position and he’ll look to continue to impress the coaching staff as he fights to lock down a starting gig.
7-28-15: Rookies and veterans show up to training camp on July 29th for the Chicago Bears, who will enter 2015 with John Fox leading the way. Rookie wide receiver Kevin White is probably the biggest name to watch on offense, as he tries to break into the starting lineup following the departure of Brandon Marshall. The story of Chicago’s training camp will be their defense, as Fox tries to turn around a pretty leaky unit. Jared Allen will try to fit in as an outside linebacker in the new base 3-4 defense, but it’s highly questionable if it will work out. The same goes for free agent acquisition Pernell McPhee, who along with Allen will need to ignite the Bears’ pass rush. Free agency also brought safety Antrel Rolle into town, and he’ll look to lock down a starting safety job.
7-22-15: John Fox inherits a Chicago Bears team that arguably still has the pieces to compete on offense, but has a long ways to go on defense. Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery all return to try to turn things around on offense, while big play rookie receiver Kevin White looks to give the group a boost. Offense isn’t the true problem for the Bears, of course, as the defense has been shaky ever since Brian Urlacher left. A transition to a base 3-4 scheme could bring positive change, although it will be interesting to see how many players (specifically Jared Allen) adjust to their new roles. Fans will get a chance to see that play out when training camp officially opens on July 29th, when rookies and vets both report. The defense may have to start trying to put the pieces together without linebacker Jon Bostic and pass rusher Lamarr Houston, however, who were both recovering from injuries when Chicago was last seen at OTAs.
5-4-15: Part of the Chicago Bears’ draft plan may have been to get rid of Jay Cutler, but they’ll be stuck with the inconsistent franchise passer for at least one more season. It looks like John Fox and co. have decided to make the best of it, as they got Cutler a shiny new toy via stud wide receiver Kevin White in round one. There’s no guaranteeing White will make Cutler play better, but his elite size and speed certainly can’t hurt. Matt Forte’s bid for a new contract suffered a snag during the draft, too, as the Bears prepared ahead of time by drafting the versatile Jeremy Langford out of Michigan State. Paired with Ka’Deem Carey from last year’s draft, Chicago now has two solid backup options in case Forte threatens a hold out. Most of Chicago’s issues lied on the defensive side of the ball, and they didn’t completely ignore that, as they took stud interior lineman Eddie Goldman to man the middle of their new 3-4 base defense. The Bears appear to have selected some impact players on both sides of the ball. Here’s a look at their entire draft class from 2015:
Round One - Pick 7: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Round Two - Pick 39: Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida State
Round Three - Pick 71: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
Round Four - Pick 106: Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
Round Five - Pick 142: Adrian Amos, FS, Penn State
Round Six - Pick 183: Tayo Fabuluje, OT, TCU
4-9-15: The Chicago Bears are moving forward with Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback, which basically means he’s guaranteed over $15 million in each of the next two seasons. Tying their immediate future to the inconsistent Cutler is questionable, but the Bears really don’t have a choice. John Fox will make the best out of it, and bringing in slot receiver Eddie Royal isn’t a bad start. Royal will operate as Chicago’s third receiver and will give the offense some versatility it’d been lacking. The real story is on defense for the Bears, where they beefed up the defensive line with Pernell McPhee and potentially solved their safety issues with the signing of Antrel Rolle. With the switch to a base 3-4 defensive system, the Bears will undoubtedly be focused primarily on adding the right defensive pieces over the next several months.
3-9-15: Change has come in Chicago. The Bears missed the playoffs yet again, which led to head coach Marc Trestman getting canned. That brought in John Fox and could have ignited a fire sale, which has quarterback Jay Cutler potentially on the chopping block and has already given way to a trade that sent prima donna wideout Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets. The Bears have to answer the Cutler question, but it’s been clear for a while their true issues lie within a poor defense. It will be Fox’s job to turn that around, and the Bears may be changing to a 3-4 base defense to make it happen. That puts everyone on watch on the defensive side of the ball and keeps the door wide open as Chicago enters free agency and prepares for April’s draft.
12-29-14: The Bears’ 2014 season was a very disappointing one, as they missed the playoffs for the
fourth consecutive year. In their season finale, they were unable to get into the end zone in their 13-9 loss at Minnesota. Then, on Monday, the Bears fired head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery.
12-23-14: On Sunday, Jimmy Clausen completed 23 of his 39 passing attempts for 181 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough for the Bears to beat the visiting Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, Clausen suffered a concussion and is out for Week 17’s contest at Minnesota. It is expected that Jay Cutler will return to the starting role.
12-17-14: Monday night was not good for the Bears, as they did not score in the first three quarters in front of their home fans. At the end of 45 minutes played, the New Orleans Saints led Chicago, 24-0. Jay Cutler threw for two touchdowns in the 31-15 loss. With the Bears at 5-9 on the season, head coach Marc Trestman is reportedly on the hot seat.
12-9-14: The Bears fell to Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, 41-28. Unfortunately, not only did the Bears lose the game, but they also lost Brandon Marshall for the season due to rib and lung injuries. On the bright side, Jay Cutler threw for 341 yards and scored three touchdowns that evening.
12-3-14: The Bears looked great in the first quarter, as they outscored the Detroit Lions, 14-3. Jay Cutler found Alshon Jeffrey for both of the team’s touchdowns. However, Chicago could score only once more the rest of the game, as they fell, 34-17. With the loss, the Bears fell to 5-7 on the season.
11-26-14: The Bears scored in just one quarter on Sunday, but that was enough to beat Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Chicago, 21-13. The Bears came out of halftime down, 10-0, but Jay Cutler found Alshon Jeffrey for a touchdown and Matt Forte ran into the end zone twice in the third quarter to give Chicago a 21-10 lead.
11-19-14: The Bears were losing by 10 points after the first quarter, but they bounced back to take a 14-10 lead at the half at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday. The Bears only allowed the Minnesota Vikings to score three more points the rest of the game, as Jay Cutler’s team snapped its three-game losing streak.
11-12-14: Although Brandon Marshall suffered a left ankle injury in the Green Bay Packers’ blowout of the Bears on Sunday night, he was the team’s only bright spot as he caught eight passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. Marshall expects to play in Week 11, but he hopes that his teammates, including Jay Cutler, will perform better than they did in the 55-14 loss to the Packers.
11-6-14: Coming out of their bye week, the Bears will be taking on another team that had a bye week in Week 9, the Green Bay Packers. However, while the Packers signed their head coach to a multiyear extension, Chicago seems to be having problems. Marc Trestman’s job is reportedly in jeopardy.
10-30-14: The 51-23 road loss on Sunday against the New England Patriots was not what the Bears wanted in Week 8. Jay Cutler completed 20 of his 30 passing attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns and Matt Forte continued to be a great workhorse for the team, but the Patriots destroyed the Chicago defense. Fortunately, the Bears get their bye week, so they can try to sort out their problems
10-21-14: The Chicago locker room was not a peaceful place after the Bears dropped Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Brandon Marshall reportedly called out Jay Cutler after the quarterback barely involved his star wide receiver in the Bears’ scoreless first half. Although Chicago scored a touchdown in each of the final two quarters, the Bears allowed the Dolphins to score in every quarter in the 27-14 Chicago loss.
10-14-14: After being shut out in the first quarter, the Bears dominated the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Forte rushed 17 times for 80 yards and a touchdown, and he caught 10 of Jay Cutler’s passes for 77 yards. The quarterback completed 26 of his 38 passing attempts for 381 yards, and he threw a touchdown to Josh Morgan.
10-8-14: The Carolina Panthers spoiled the homecomings for wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and cornerback Tim Jennings. Jay Cutler dominated Carolina’s defense as he scored three touchdowns in the first half, but the Bears did not get into the end zone for the rest of the game, as they lost, 31-24, and fell to 2-3 on the season.
10-1-14: Both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, who had been dealing with injuries over the last few weeks, reached the end zone on Sunday, but it was not close to being enough for the Bears on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett each racked up more than 100 yards, but Aaron Rodgers was too much for Chicago in the Bears’ 38-17 loss.
9-25-14: Fortunately for the Bears, they play six of their first nine games this season on the road because they have been playing very well away from Soldier Field thus far in 2014. After defeating the 49ers in San Francisco, Chicago continued its success on Monday Night Football by beating the Jets on the road, 27-19.
9-17-14: The Bears were on their way to falling to 0-2 on the season when they allowed the first 17 points of the game, but Jay Cutler led his team to 21 four-quarter points to get Chicago the 28-20 victory. Unfortunately, Charles Tillman, who exited the game in the third quarter, was put on season-ending injured reserve after tearing his right triceps.
9-10-14: The Bears scored early in the game on a Jay Cutler touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett, but the Buffalo Bills then took over until the Bears made a comeback of their own. However, the back-and-forth game finished in overtime with a Dan Carpenter game-winning field goal. The Bears will not have an easy task in Week 2 as they bring their 0-1 record to San Francisco.
9-4-14: Jay Cutler is looking to bring the Bears to the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but he has not thrown for 20 touchdowns in a season since then. He will need to stay on the field as well this year after missing five games in 2013. The Bears’ 2014 season begins on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
8-26-14: There is a reason why the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season. Their defense is so strong that the Bears were unable to score until the fourth quarter on Friday. Jay Cutler completed 12 of his 20 pass attempts for 157 yards and threw one interception. No Chicago running back received more than four carries.
8-20-14: The Bears moved to 2-0 in the preseason with their 20-19 victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Although the Bears’ first unit did not score the majority of the team’s points, Jay Cutler still looked good. He completed seven of his nine pass attempts and found Brandon Marshall for a four-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Then, on Saturday, the Bears signed Santonio Holmes.
8-14-14: In the Bears’ preseason victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, three of Chicago’s quarterbacks threw touchdowns. Jay Cutler completed nine of his 13 pass attempts for 85 yards, and he connected with Zach Miller on a 10-yard score. Then, on Sunday, tight end Martellus Bennett rejoined his teammates after the team lifted his indefinite suspension.
8-5-14: On Friday, the Bears host the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener, but they will be without wide receiver Marquess Wilson. He fractured his clavicle during Monday’s practice and should be out for approximately two months. Unfortunately, the Bears then suspended tight end Martellus Bennett indefinitely for fighting with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller during Monday’s practice.
7-30-14: Chicago safety Chris Conte opened training camp on the PUP list with a shoulder injury, potentially forcing him to lose ground in the competition for a starting safety spot. Conte currently is projected to be the starter at free safety again in 2014, but should face stiff competition from rookie Brock Vereen and possibly even veteran Adrian Wilson. Chicago’s battle at backup quarterback has made waves due to last year’s placeholder (Josh McCown) playing so much. Jimmy Clausen looks to have the early lead over Jordan Palmer, although Bears fans will keep their fingers crossed that starter Jay Cutler can play a full 16 game season for the first time since 2009.
7-15-14: Veteran safety Adrian Wilson was brought on at the end of June to compete for a spot in Chicago, as normal starter Chris Conte is battling an injury and may not be ready when camp opens on July 24th. Wilson missed all of last year with a torn Achilles tendon, but could be a gem of a signing if he can return to pre-injury form. Safety is just one sore spot the Bears will look at closely once camp opens, as their defense as a whole played below expectations in 2013. On the offensive side of the ball, Ka’Deem Carey will look to secure his spot behind Matt Forte as the team’s top backup running back.
6-5-14: The Chicago Bears are aiming to stay constant, as star wide receiver Brandon Marshall was locked up in a new contract, reportedly signing on the dotted line on the television show, “The View”. While Marshall is penned in as a key starter for the passing game, second-year wideout Marquess Wilson could be set up for a big role and leap in 2014, as he’s positioning himself for Chicago’s #3 receiver gig. Elsewhere, veteran safety Chris Conte reportedly has the edge in the battle for one safety position. M.D. Jennings and rookie Brock Vereen could surprise and take him over, but for now he figures to be the favorite to lock up the free safety spot.
5-19-14: The Chicago Bears had an uncharacteristically woeful defense in 2013, so needless to say they had have some defensive prospects pretty high on their draft board entering the 2014 NFL Draft. With the draft in the books, let’s look back on their new draft class and see how they fared:
Round 1. Pick 14 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Round 2. Pick 19 Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Round 3. Pick 18 Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St.
Round 4. Pick 17 Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Round 4. Pick 31 Brock Vereen, DB, Minnesota
Round 6. Pick 07 David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
Round 6. Pick 15 Pat O'Donnell, P, Miami (FL)
Round 7. Pick 31 Charles Leno, OL, Boise St.
Chicago may have needed defensive line or safety help more than anything else, but no one can knock them for snatching up Kyle Fuller at 14th overall. Fuller is a potential stud corner who tackles well and hits hard, and also has great upside as a cover man. He gives their secondary youth and competition at the very worst as a rookie.
While the Bears didn’t land a space-eater for their d-line in round one, they still got two very solid prospects to work with in Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton. Again, at the very least, Chicago added depth and competition at a position of need.
Ka’Deem Carey was a heck of a steal in round four, giving Matt Forte a legit backup and even possibly giving the Bears a potential franchise running back of the future. Brock Vereen was another solid steal in round four, as he excels in zone schemes and can read defenses well.
5-9-14: The Chicago Bears were offensive stalwarts a year ago and ironically couldn’t stop anyone on defense. The front office brass knew that couldn’t become a trend, so they wisely went defense with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting physical corner, Kyle Fuller. Fuller fills an immediate depth need with Chicago’s top two corners rapidly aging, while he should become a top level starting corner within a couple of years. Chicago will now look to address safety, linebacker and the defensive line moving forward in the draft.
4-28-14: The Chicago Bears need to fix their defense. It sounds crazy after so many years of Brian Urlacher leading an elite defense, but he retired last offseason and injuries and age ruined a once proud unit. Starting from the top, Chicago can consider upgrading at safety, adding depth at corner, and also beefing up the defensive line. Julius Peppers and Henry Melton both left in free agency, opening the door for major moves on the d-line. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and Ra’Shede Hageman are two interesting prospects that could make an immediate impact. In round two, the Bears could take a look at Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland or safety LaMarcus Joyner, both who could step up into a role right away in 2014. On the offensive side, the Bears could also take a look at some offensive line depth, but otherwise appear good to go at their main skill positions.
4-18-14: Two explosive offenses collide in week one of the 2014 NFL preseason, as Marc Trestman’s Chicago Bears host Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles. The starters should only play a few series, but this clash should still be one of week one’s better showdowns. Chicago should play their starters more in week two, when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a nationally televised game. The Bears hold the upper hand and then some in this matchup, which should give them a decent chance to get in a nice groove. Week three sends the Bears to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, giving Jay Cutler and the offense a very stiff test in the game that will likely see them play beyond halftime. The Bears wrap up preseason play one week later on the road, where they’ll take on the Cleveland Browns.
4-7-14: The Chicago Bears were fiends on offense in 2013, but for the first time in what seems like forever looked lost on defense. Chicago looked to make that a one-year trend right away in free agency, as they padded their safety depth by bringing in Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray to compete for time at the back end of the defense. Charles Tillman and Kelvin Hayden were brought back to maintain continuity at corner, while the Bears also beefed up the defensive line by signing Jay Ratliff, Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Israel Idonije. With their offense needing little help, the Bears will look to add even more help on defense in this year’s draft.
3-21-14: The Bears lost some solid defensive line depth when Henry Melton and Julius Peppers bolted in free agency, but the addition of former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston could help offset the damage. Chicago proved to be very active throughout free agency beyond the Houston signing, as they brought in several depth pieces such as Israel Idonije, M.D. Jennings and Trevor Scott, while keeping in-house products D.J. Williams, Jay Ratliff and Charles Tillman. The Bears did part ways with borderline legendary return man Devin Hester and lost top backup quarterback Josh McCown, but overall had a successful run in the first couple of weeks in free agency.
12-31-13: A week after wasting an opportunity to secure a playoff spot, the Chicago Bears once again came up short. Matt Forte ran all over the Green Bay Packers in week 17, but Chicago’s defense couldn’t stop the Packers on their final drive. Jay Cutler’s final pass was intercepted as Chicago missed out on the playoffs for the second year in a row with a 33-28 home loss.
12-24-13: Week 16 was not kind to the Chicago Bears. Despite having an opportunity to get into the playoffs if they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia, Jay Cutler and co. couldn’t get it done. In fact, they didn’t come remotely close. The Bears were stagnant all night on offense, while their defense came up remarkably short in a 54-11 drubbing on the road.
12-17-13: Jay Cutler bounced back from two early interceptions to lead the Bears to a 38-31 road win over the Cleveland Browns in his first game back from an ankle injury. There had been some controversy over whether or not Cutler should have returned as the starting quarterback, but he put up 265 passing yards and three touchdowns to quiet critics for at least one week, as Chicago moved to 8-6.
12-10-13: Josh McCown may not have stirred up a quarterback controversy, but it’s arguable that he should have. The 34-year old vet tossed four touchdowns and ran for another at the Bears upended the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 45-28. McCown and the Chicago offense scored on every single offensive possession, while the Bears defense did enough to assist in the win.
12-3-13: Josh McCown once again looked great under center in place of the injured Jay Cutler, as he tossed two touchdowns and put up over 350 passing yards in a narrow 23-20 overtime loss in Minnesota. Alshon Jeffery was the star of the day, as he hauled in 12 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns, but it wouldn’t be enough in Chicago’s week 13 loss to the Vikings.
11-26-13: Josh McCown entered Chicago’s week 12 road game against the St. Louis Rams with a 2-0 record as a starter in 2013. He would not stay perfect. McCown did pass for over 300 yards and account for two scores, but also turned the ball over twice as Chicago could not thwart off a hot Rams start in a 42-21 loss.
11-19-13: Josh McCown made his second start for the Bears in three weeks in week 11, and for the second time he helped Chicago get a win. Chicago’s defense let the Ravens run all over them and a rain delay messed with the flow in the first half, but McCown and the Bears ultimately got it done at home in a 23-20 overtime victory.
11-12-13: Jay Cutler got knocked out of a game for the second time in three contests, while the Bears got swept by the Detroit Lions thanks to a 21-19 week 10 loss. Chicago was in this one throughout, though, as backup quarterback Josh McCown took over for a banged up Cutler (ankle) and pulled the team within two points late in the game. McCown and the Bears failed to convert a two-point conversion, unfortunately, which helped lead to the Bears’ fourth loss of the season.
11-5-13: Josh McCown stepped in for injured Jay Cutler for the second straight games, and for the second time in two games, he exceeded expectations. The 34-year old passer avoided a feisty Packers pass-rush and tossed two touchdowns as Chicago leaned on Matt Forte’s 179 total yards to drive them past their greatest rival in history, 27-20. The win was Chicago’s fifth of 2013 and helped force a three-way tie atop the NFC North.
10-22-13: Chicago’s defense fell apart at the worst time and the Bears lost Jay Cutler to a multi-week groin injury as they dropped their third game of the season on the road to the Washington Redskins in a show-stopper, 45-41. Backup quarterback Josh McCown entered the game and was actually respectable with over 200 passing yards and a touchdown to keep Chicago in the game until the very end. Running back Matt Forte was the star of the day, as he found the end-zone three times. A late comeback by the Bears was ended on the final drive when McCown was sacked before attempting a hail mary as the clock expired.
10-15-13: The Chicago Bears were facing a third straight loss and were at risk to falling to the desperate 0-5 New York Giants in week six. Jay Cutler and co. weren’t about to have any of that. Cutler played mistake-free football and re-connected with stud wide receiver Brandon Marshall for two touchdowns, instead, while the Chicago defense did the rest in a 27-21 win at home. The Bears picked off Eli Manning three times, including one for a touchdown to put the Bears up early, as well as the final one late to seal the game and send Chicago to 4-2 and a first place tie atop the NFC North.
10-8-13: The Chicago Bears put up huge stats in week five, as Jay Cutler completed over 70% of his passes and Alshon Jeffery racked up an insane 218 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. It was hardly enough, however, as the New Orleans Saints contained the Chicago running game and sacked Cutler three times in a 26-18 loss for the Bears. In fact, this was largely a case of “too little, too late” for the Bears, who had just 10 points all game until scoring a touchdown and adding a two point conversion with just over two minutes remaining. It was the second straight loss for the formerly 3-0 Bears.
10-1-13: The 3-0 Chicago Bears visited the Detroit Lions in week four, ready to take a strangle hold over the NFC North and stay undefeated. Things didn’t go according to plans. Jay Cutler reverted back to his turnover ways, tossing three horrible interceptions and losing a fumble, as the only offense Chicago could generate came too little, too late in a 40-32 road defeat. The fourth quarter comeback effort was spirited by Chicago, but Cutler’s costly turnovers doomed them in the end, as the extra chances aided the Lions already effective offense and allowed Reggie Bush to reel off 140+ total yards and a touchdown. The loss moved the Bears and Lions into a tie for first in the NFC North at 3-1, a piece.
9-19-13: Jay Cutler lead the cardiac Bears to a second straight come from behind win in week two, as he connected with tight end Martellus Bennett in the end-zone with just 10 seconds left to take the win. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh had previously nailed three straight field goals to turn a 24-21 deficit into what was shaping up to be a 30-24 win. But Cutler and the Bears would not be denied as they then marched down the field to score the game-winning touchdown with just 10 seconds left on the clock. On Sunday, the Bears head to Pittsburgh for a showdown with the Steelers.
9-10-13: It wasn’t an easy week 1 win for the Bears over Andy Dalton and the Bengals, but a win is a win. After falling behind 21-10 at one point, the Bears staged a comeback in front of the home crowd, taking their week one battle, 24-21. Jay Cutler was 21 of 33 passing for 242 yards, two TDs (and an interception) including a 19-yard strike to Brandon Marshall with 4:41 left in the game to complete the comeback. Matt Forte ran the ball 19 times for 50 yards and a score. Next week, the Bears host Adrian Peterson and the Vikings at Soldier Field.
9-3-13: Here's a list of the Bears final roster cuts heading into the regular season: RB Armando Allen, OT Cory Brandon, OL Derek Dennis, LB Jerry Franklin, WR Brittan Golden, S Brandon Hardin, LS Brandon Hartson, CB Demontre Hurst, DT Corey Irvin, WR Josh Lenz, S Tom Nelson, TE Fendi Onobun, LB J.T. Thomas, WR Terrence Toliver, DT Christian Tupou, RB Harvey Unga, DL Aston Whiteside, C/OG Edwin Williams, DE Josh Williams, QB Trent Edwards, QB Jordan Palmer, OT J'Marcus Webb.
8-22-13: Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic has been fined $21,000 for his crushing hit on Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie last weekend.
8-21-13; The Bears rebounded from their loss to the Panthers with a 33-28 win over the Chargers on Thursday. Jay Cutler completed 4 of 5 passes for 38 yards, a TD, a pick and he fumbled the ball once. Matt Forte ran the ball 8 times for 74 yards and a TD. Michael Bush ran it 11 times for 37 yards and a TD. Brandon Marshall lead the team with 4 receptions for 38 yards and a TD. The Bears head out to Oakland to take on the Raiders next week.
8-11-13: The Bears lost their 2013 preseason opener to the Panthers by a final score of 24-17. The Bears defense had a good first half, forcing three first-half turnovers and LB Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a TD. Jay Cutler completed 6 of his 8 passes for 56 yards and an interception.
7-10-13: The Chicago Bears were 10-6 but
ultimately it simply wasn’t good enough, leading to the firing of GM Jerry Angelo, as well as head coach Lovie Smith. Smith’s departure signaled the end of Brian Urlacher’s time in Chi-town, too, as the long-time linebacker called it quits. Despite the changes, the defense is fully expected to remain a top-five unit, while new offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman plans to maximize the potential of quarterback Jay Cutler and the rest of the offense. If he can do that, Chicago has a good shot at getting back into the playoffs.
6-12-13: Chicago was a legit playoff contender once again in 2012, being just two years removed from a closely contested NFC title game. Unfortunately, they went from a lock in the playoffs to sitting at home for the second year in a row due to a late slide and some injury issues. A second straight poor finish (even though they were a respectable 10-6) led to the demise of head coach Lovie Smith, and ultimately punched long-time linebacker Brian Urlacher’s pink slip, as well. While change has arrived in Chicago, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, as new head coach Marc Trestman promises a more exciting (and hopefully more consistent) brand of football on offense. One of the key adjustments already has been the focus on strengthening the offensive line, and the Bears may have done just that with the addition of Oregon’s Kyle Long in this year’s draft. If the o-line can protect Jay Cutler better and the offense can soar to new heights, Bears’ fans could easily be looking at a tight finish for the NFC North division in 2013.
2013 Bears Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 20: Kyle Long, OG, Oregon
Round 2, Pick 18: Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
Round 4, Pick 20: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Round 5, Pick 30 (from Atlanta): Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech
Round 6, Pick 20: Cornelius Washington, LB, Georgia
Round 7, Pick 30 (from Atlanta): Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
12-4-12: The Bears season almost took a familiar turn for the worse when oft-injured quarterback Jay Cutler was concussed and forced to miss a game against the 49ers which resulted in a blowout loss. Fortunately, Cutler is back and the Bears still share the division lead with the Packers. After a loss to the Seahawks the Bears will battle the Vikings in Minnesota while they wrap up the season playing three of their four games against division rivals.