From an off the field perspective, Brandon Marshall is addition by subtraction


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It’s now pretty much official that Brandon Marshall is out of Chicago and he has no one to blame but himself. The 5-time Pro Bowler is coming off an injury riddled season where he grabbed 61 passes for 721 yards and 8 touchdowns.

If only it was Marshall’s poor play in 2015 that caused the Chicago Bears to part ways with the most productive wide receiver in their long history.

Editor’s note: this Brandon Marshall feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)

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Bears trade Brandon Marshall, re-sign Jimmy Clausen


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4..3…2….1….HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes, the NFL new year officially begins in March. Roger Goodell’s league of domination fiscally begins in March ever year and that’s when business can officially open up. The Chicago Bears opened the year with plenty of fireworks, triangle shaped hats and noise-makers by making two big deals at the skill positions.

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Gale Sayers: we will never see his like again


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“His like will never be seen again”

George Halas, the NFL Godfather, describing the brilliance of his running back Gale Sayers at the comet’s 1977 Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio.

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Chicago Bears have nose tackle options in the NFL Draft


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We’ve discussed numerous scenarios when it comes to the Chicago Bears drafting seventh overall in April. We  explored the idea of the Bears drafting Landing Collins in this article, but then realized that’s likely too high for Collins to go.

Here we discussed the idea of the Bears drafting Dante Fowler instead at this link. It’s a possibility, he could fit in the new system as the Chicago Bears transition to a new base 3-4.

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Can the Bears realistically move Jay Cutler and draft Marcus Mariota?


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As the NFL Scouting Combine begins this week, NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock conducted a media conference call. One topic of discussion was the idea of the Bears parting ways with Jay Cutler and drafting Marcus Mariota.

The Heisman trophy winner has been labeled “not pro ready” enough by multiple experts and he could realistically fall to the Bears at #7. Mel Kiper discussed the limits of Mariota to adopt to the pro game here. Another Bears topic was their transition to the 3-4 defense and drafting an edge rusher.

Here’s more on that.

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Dante Fowler and the Chicago Bears would make a good fit


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As the NFL Scouting Combine begins this week, NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock conducted a media conference call. One topic of discussion was the Chicago Bears picking 7th overall and transitioning to the 3-4 defense. There’s obviously a need for a solid edge rusher.

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Marshawn Lynch won’t be cast in your dumb movie, Media


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We used to go for a different kind of movie. Historically, America has revered the Hollywood leading man that spoke with his actions and not his words. The strong and silent type who didn’t wax poetic, but instead just took charge. Talk was always cheap, or so the romantic narrative went.

Movies evolve and so then the characters that the audience demands.

This all does not apply to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, someone perfectly content in playing football really well and not talking about that. He isn’t a character but his own man. Any rational person would at best respect someone who takes pride in his work and doesn’t feel the need to draw attention to himself.

Many people in the media are not rational.

There are things that have to be written, damn it.

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PHOTO: Jay Cutler’s wife posts his surly texts on Instagram


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What goes on in your own home is your business. It’s between you and your family. Unless you or a family member decides to broadcast it on social media for the world to see. Thanks to the former reality show personality, and wife of Jay Cutler, we now get to see a glimpse inside their household.

Not that we should care, but apparently we do, cuz Deadspin decided to devote a whole post to this. Deadspin isn’t wrong either.

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HBO Real Sports’ 1985 Chicago Bears: MUST WATCH


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I should not have doubted HBO Real Sports. I have to take back what I said previously about their 1985 Chicago Bears feature. I made those statements based off their press release previewing the episode and hyping it up. After seeing it, I have to say that I was wrong. Completely wrong.

You have to see the Real Sports piece on the 1985 Chicago Bears. It was incredible. Incredibly good. It was the polar opposite of the puff piece features you see on local Chicago TV.

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What could the Chicago Bears get for Jay Cutler? And when?


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Newly minted Chicago Bears Head Coach Jake Fox referred to Jay Cutler as Jake not once but twice in his introductory press conference. Yes, it’s just a couple of verbal gaffes, not a big deal…On the other hand, it’s certainly not a good thing either.

Fox certainly has plenty of time to get to know “Jake Utler” very well between now and the start of the 2015 NFL season.

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Marc Trestman takes Baltimore Ravens OC job


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What will become of Marc Trestman, the sports world’s version of “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” from those popular TV spots? He was heavily linked in a move to Atlanta, where he was said to be an Offensive Coordinator candidate who would work under Rex Ryan.

Yes, the NFL odd couple indeed. Trestman are Ryan total anti-theses in every single way.

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Adam Schefter evaluates Chicago Bears offseason (exclusive)


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New Head Coach John Fox was unveiled to the Chicago Bears community yesterday. New General Manager Ryan Pace was hired by the team on January 8th. So is Quarterback Jay Cutler staying for sure? (We’ll discuss that topic with ESPN’s Adam Schefter here)

Yes, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Adam Schefter, was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of his time tim to talk Chicago Bears and NFL news. (Here’s Schefter’s assessment of Peyton Manning’s future)

The podcast of our exclusive conversation is below.

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