Mike Mulligan is a veteran sports reporter who is now the co-host of "Mully & Hanley" on WSCR-AM 670. He has covered six NBA Finals, 16 ...

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Mike Mulligan

Mike Mulligan

Bears' promising draft picks must pass chemistry test

Bears' promising draft picks must pass chemistry test

May 4, 2015

The chemistry of a team — any team in any sport — is a profound mystery. In pro football, the ultimate team game in which virtually every player relies on another, building a team and creating chemistry can be downright confounding.

  • Bears', Broncos' coaching moves seem a little too perfect

    January 20, 2015

    There is nothing quite like a plausible conspiracy theory to force a quick look over the shoulder and a swift mental connection of intriguing coincidence. Exactly when did John Fox know he was out in Denver and, more interestingly, when did the Bears know it?

  • For new Bears coach John Fox, so much to do, so little time to do it

    January 17, 2015

    It was the old Argentine rugby player Ernesto "Che" Guevara who once observed: "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.''

  • Top coach must be Bears top priority over general manager

    December 30, 2014

    The collision of hope and despair — better known around these parts as the Bears' attempt to fill their scornful structure — already has begun in depressing fashion. Names of potential general manager candidates are leaking out while nobody seems overly concerned about who is going to coach them out of this mess.

  • Management structure could be biggest hindrance to fixing Bears mess

    December 24, 2014

    This tells you all you need to know about the Bears' miserable 2014 season: The only real question remaining isn't where it all went so wrong, but rather how far will the cleanup go?

  • 3 options to fix Bears that run gamut from unlikely to unpalatable

    December 16, 2014

    There is no denying that the Bears season has been an unmitigated disaster. And there is no way to classify the key decision-makers at Halas Hall as anything less than critically endangered … if only in the minds of hopeful Bears fans.

  • Buyer's remorse fits for entire Bears organization, not just Jay Cutler

    December 9, 2014

    In 1975, eight years before Jay Cutler was born and nine before the arrival of Brandon Marshall, the Magnuson-Moss Act became law. It was designed to protect consumers from faulty warranties on products with the psychological benefit of reducing cognitive dissonance.

  • Cowboys develop successful identity, while Bears don't know who they are

    December 3, 2014

    It must have been nearly irresistible for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to pass on the chance to draft Johnny Football. How did the NFL's merciless marketing maven miss on a Texas-born money-maker like quarterback Johnny Manziel?

  • Bears need to get Brandon Marshall much more involved in their offense

    November 25, 2014

    You don't need the three-fingered grip of Odell Beckham Jr., to grasp that change is constant in the NFL. Just because you could do something one year, doesn't mean it's promised to you the next. Strengths can become weaknesses, dizzying success quickly can become dismaying failure, universal truth can turn into cosmic lie.

  • No one in Chicago longing for return of coach Lovie Smith

    November 18, 2014

    It's a pity Sunday's Bears-Buccaneers showdown can't be resolved like a Brandon Marshall Twitter war.

  • At least, ineffectual Marc Trestman out of place

    November 11, 2014

    Amid the fury and outrage over the public shaming against the Packers, which was even worse than the public humiliation against the Patriots, Bears coach Marc Trestman has emerged as an obvious villain.

  • Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman reputations on the line

    November 4, 2014

    Here is a fun game to play for the whole family. Put both hands inside the collar of your shirt as if grabbing imaginary shoulder pads. Now stretch your neck to the left and right.

  • Marc Trestman doesn't meet Class of '13 standards

    October 28, 2014

    We all need a friend, a partner, even a foil.

  • Bears bereft of leadership and victories

    October 21, 2014

    When Brandon Marshall attempted to insert himself into the Bears leadership void Sunday, you couldn't help but think of poor old Carlos Zambrano. The volatile former Cubs pitcher once mistook confrontation for leadership too. It didn't work out well for him or his team.

  • Dolphins discard Michael Ola coming up aces for Bears

    October 14, 2014

    Michael Ola laughs and shakes his head when asked if he feels like the Kurt Warner of Bears offensive linemen. OK, so it's a stupid question: Warner could play only quarterback while Ola already has started at left guard, left tackle — and if you count the preseason — right tackle too.

  • Chris Williams takes turn as Devin Hester heir

    October 7, 2014

    Many old teammates will be eager to catch up to Devin Hester on Sunday in Atlanta, especially if the Bears are foolish enough to kick or punt to him.

  • Bears' red-zone failures surprising, costly

    September 30, 2014

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings nodded his head when asked to name the toughest red-zone threat he has faced in the NFL.

  • Packers and Bears appear headed in different directions

    September 24, 2014

    It's comical to imagine the Bears can exact fierce revenge Sunday against the Packers at Soldier Field. Even an Old Testament-style "smiting" by the home team isn't going to return any yesterdays or erase past disaster.

  • Marc Trestman shares blame for poor special teams play

    September 16, 2014

    It takes a certain type of mentality to play special teams.

  • Bears must get physical, and quickly against 49ers

    September 9, 2014

    Bills coach Doug Marrone reportedly got into it pretty good with management late in the preseason before his team tarnished the Bears' season. Word is, by the time general manager Doug Whaley and team President Russ Brandon intervened in an expletive-filled argument between the coach and the director of pro personnel, Marrone was overheard daring his bosses to fire him.

  • Don't expect Bears defense to be fixed overnight

    September 2, 2014

    Maybe the greatest fallacy surrounding the Bears in 2014 is the idea that the offseason rebuild of the defensive line will have the same effect that rebuilding the offensive line did last season.



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