Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher Announces Retirement

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Shortly after 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears legend and middle linebacker announced his retirement on his Twitter account.

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Chicago Bears Full Offseason Recap Part 2: Free Agency

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I graded the new and improved coaching staff for the Chicago Bears pretty highly in part one of my off-season recap. Do the additions the team made in free agency match up?

Hint: absolutely.

Part 1: Coaching Staff

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Chicago Bears Hindsight Draft

Jerry Angelo Hindsight

Imagine, if you will, Troy Polamalu returning a fumble he forced himself for a touchdown; Aaron Rodgers lofting up 50-yard bombs with pinpoint accuracy; and Maurice Jones-Drew dissecting a defense with his explosive speed.

Now, imagine all of those things happening… with those players wearing Bears jerseys. Call it crazy if you’d like, but the draft records show that former GM Jerry Angelo had the power to make all of this possible. In hindsight. [Read more…]

What’s the 2nd biggest problem the Chicago Bears have?

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It’s no secret at this point. The most glaring need that the Chicago Bears need to address this offseason is their offensive line.

You can copy and paste the 2 sentences above into a description of the Bears heading into last offseason. And in 2010… And in 2009…

You get my point.

Unfortunately for Jay Cutler, he had to get dragged to the turf 148 times over the past 4 seasons for anybody with the appropriate power to notice.

I have full confidence in GM Phil Emery that he will shore up the offensive line in some fashion in the coming months. It may be through the draft, it may be through free agency. Hell, it may be through both seeing how many holes there are to plug up front.

But if there’s one thing Emery has shown to the fans since he’s been here, it’s that if there is a need, it will be addressed promptly and properly.

Wide receiver problems? Let’s steal Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins. Need an offensive minded head coach? Let’s bring in upwards of a dozen guys, mostly noted offensive geniuses, and have a replacement picked within 3 weeks of the season ending. Welcome to Chicago, Marc Trestman.

The man gets the job done, especially when it comes to fixing a top priority.

With news breaking early Wednesday morning that the Bears have chosen Trestman, expect other coaching voids to be filled in a domino effect. We’ve already seen former Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator named to the same position for the Bears, who recently lost Dave Toub to the Kansas City Chiefs. Early indications have Rod Marinelli remaining as the Defensive Coordinator, and Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer has been tabbed as the Offensive Coordinator.

When the dust settles, expect Emery to work very closely with Trestman and his staff to start constructing a plan to enhance the offensive line.

But hidden beneath the obvious needs, what other areas on the roster does the front office need to improve this offseason?

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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again for the Chicago Bears

Injuries have played a role in the Bears recent struggles. But this version of the Bears yearly collapse has many other factors.

One way or another, the Bears always seem to find a way to fall short of their potential. Whether it be injuries, play calling, personnel, or Father Time, every aspect seems to make a yearly appearance at one point or another and derail the season.

This season has been no different. It is actually one of the most drastic “tale of two seasons” stories I’ve ever witnessed. Even though the Bears struggled mightily and finished the season 1-5 last year, the 1-4 stretch they are going through right now seems much worse.

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Comparing Then and Now: 2006 Chicago Bears Vs. 2012 Chicago Bears

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With win number 5 in the books after Monday night, the Bears are enjoying an early 1.5 game lead on the rest of the NFC North through 6 games this season. Fortunately for us Bears fans, we don’t have to go too far back in our memories to find the last time the Bears started out this hot.

Flashback to 2006: the Bears steamrolled through their first 6 opponents to a 6-0 record and actually ended up winning 7 straight before dropping their first game of the season against the Miami Dolphins in week 9 (I’d say the Dolphins have ruined their fair share of Bear’s perfection over the past few decades).

There are clear similarities between the 2006 team and the 2012 team, the most glaring of which is their suffocating defense. But it’s the differences between these two teams that may surprise you.

And if the numbers hold true, this year’s team may actually go farther than the team that won the NFC Title in ’06.

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Statistically Breaking Down the Chicago Bears Defense

Tim-Jennings

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Bear’s defense is the key to their success.

 

I’m not a guy who relates every sports argument back to stats. We all know that guy, though. He can usually be found saying ignorant things such as:

“Well, the stats say X so you guys don’t have a chance tonight.”

It’s so gratifying to me when their statistically based predictions go wrong. That’s why the game isn’t played on paper.

But I’m aware stats do have a place in sports, that’s why we keep them. 3 games worth of information isn’t really enough to make long term projections, but I want to take the stats that we have so far and give some context to this up and down season we’re witnessing.

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Chicago Bears 53-Man Roster

Dane Sanzenbacher

Did Dane Sanzenbacher survive the final roster cuts?

8 pm CT has come and gone on August 31st.

The Chicago Bears roster received some serious cosmetic surgery in the hours approaching the NFL mandated roster deadline. After signing one veteran, former Bear DT Amobi Okoye, the Bears carved away from 76 players down to 53.

The final roster is set… for now. The Bears can still sign and release players, but they must also make corresponding moves to keep the roster at or below 53 players.

So which players survived the carnage and who got their walking papers?

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Chicago Bears Linebacker Lance Briggs to have own tv show

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Bears fans can also look forward to yet another entertaining season of The Lance Briggs Show (formerly Countdown to Kickoff), featuring host Pat Boyle, former Bears standout Tom Thayer and seven-time Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs.  This half-hour program provides fans with a complete preview of the Bears’ next game, including a discussion about all the key plays from the team’s previous game.

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Chicago Bears 30, Atlanta Falcons 12: Rapid Reaction

This day had a very 2001 feel to it. Not just because this Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and it means lots of red, white, and blue football equipment on display, but because it was reminiscent of the Chicago Bears 2001 NFC Central Division title campaign.

-Granted that team was more fluky, smoke-and-mirrors, wing-and-a-prayer, and this team has a lot more talent and substance. But both Bears teams won with defensive touchdowns.

-Brian Urlacher always seems to play special versus Atlanta. Today he had 7 tackles, an INT which set up the first touchdown, and a fumble recovery for a TD. Remember his big returns for TDs in the 2001 early season game at Atlanta? That was the contest which announced to the NFL that the Bears had a great defense and were going to win games that season with touchdowns on D.

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