Chicago Bears must prioritize drafting a Linebacker

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With football season long over with (well,pretty much) you can now look ahead to the draft Chicago Bears fans. With the #11 overall pick in the draft, I think you got to get the linebacker or offensive lineman. 

Like Curtis Conway told me at the NFL Network’s NFL Draft Media luncheon in Chicago last year:

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Dowell Loggains officially named Bears next Offensive Coordinator

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(UPDATE: Monday January 11th, it’s official now)

Chicago Bears Quarterbacks Coach Dowell Loggains is the heir apparent to Adam Gase at the position of offensive coordinator. We all knew Adam Gase was leaving to take a Head Coaching gig since, approximately, November.

Today, the Miami Dolphins made it official. However, the Bears have been planning for this day for a very long time. You know the journalism 101 rule about two sources. ESPN’s Adam Schefter Tweeted that out the following this morning:

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Jay Cutler finally had his breakthrough year in 2015

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Jay Cutler has an infamous and well deserved reputation as a coach killer. Whether it’s head coaches or offensive coordinators, “Cutty Does it,” and by “it” we mean “gets them fired.” Adam Gase is the man who finally reversed this trend; accomplishing something no one else really seemed to be able to do- get the most out of Jay Cutler.

Gase inspired Cutler, who had his finest season in 2015. As he rewrote the Chicago Bears passing record book this year, Cutler also achieved the highest single season passer efficiency rating of his NFL career.

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Dolphins hire Bears OC Adam Gase as new head coach

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Update- it’s official, the Miami Dolphins have hired Adam Gase as their new Head Coach.

Jay Cutler has an infamous and well deserved reputation as a coach killer. Whether it’s head coaches or offensive coordinators, “Cutty Does it,” and by “it” we mean “gets them fired.” Adam Gase is the man who finally reversed this trend; accomplishing something no one else really seemed to be able to do- get the most out of Jay Cutler.

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85 Bears back yet again in new ESPN 30 for 30 season

** FILE ** Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka is carried off the field by Steve McMichael, left, and William Perry after the Bears win Super Bowl XX in New Orleans, La., in this Jan. 26, 1986 file photo. The Bears' Willie Gault (83) and Maury Buford (8) join in celebrating their 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

O.J. Simpson, the Duke lacrosse allegations, the 1985 Chicago Bears and Darryl Strawberry/Dwight Gooden highlight the next season of ESPN 30 for 30 films. Bristol revealed today what the next season will look like, releasing snippets describing what’s upcoming. Blockquoted text is from the ESPN release.

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Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears very likely parting ways

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Now that this ugly, inconsequential season is now over, the Chicago Bears can proceed with the Ryan Pace/John Fox roster tear down and subsequent John Fox/Ryan Pace roster rebuild in 2016. Matt Forte is the first big name who will be moving on. He will soon be hitting the open free agent market.

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Jay Cutler or Derrick Rose: Obama on who’s more valuable

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It’s an interesting argument and not one that I’ve actually considered until Bill Simmons posed it to Barack Obama in the latest issue of GQ. Simmons had an exclusive with the leader of the free world for Gentleman’s Quarterly and it covered a whole multitude of topics.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 12-30-15

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Happy Holidays draftniks. This 2016 NFL mock draft order is based off the order derived at ESPN.com. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. This week is all about showcases in big New Year’s bowl games.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 12-23-15

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays draftniks. This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.

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Kris Bryant tailgates at Chicago Bears game (photos)

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Chicago Cubs third baseman and National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant was back in Chicago for the first time since he claimed the NL ROY award.

Bryant tailgated at Soldier Field this past Sunday before watching the Chicago Bears lose to the Washington Redskins in a club suite.

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Robbie Gould declining just as Kevin Butler did

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He was the last link to a Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl team.  His 11-year stint with the Bears was defined by numerous clutch field goals and a rewriting of the team’s record book.  But his smooth ride suddenly hit a pothole on Lake Shore Drive, leading to a slew of devastating botched field goal attempts.

He became too pricey in the salary cap era and was controversially jettisoned by the Bears.

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