Chicago Bears News
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.