| Nov 23, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin can create matchup issues for the Bears against man and zone schemes. Think of him on inside breaking cuts, underneath option routes and vertical concepts that cater to his playmaking skills.
As shown here, the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:50 PM
After each of his two touchdown receptions Thursday night at Soldier Field against the Giants, an exultant Brandon Marshall dropped to his knees in the end zone, extended his arms and looked toward the sky.
Under those circumstances, Bears coach Marc...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 4:47 PM
The Packers have shown the ability to run with Eddie Lacy and that has created balance for coach Mike McCarthy's game plan. Look for the Packers to test the Bears' front seven Monday night at Lambeau Field with the rookie running back and set up play-...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:51 PM
Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears held on for a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants Thursday at Soldier Field, improving them to 4-2 on the season.
1. The arrival of the Giants represented an opportunity for the Bears to get the dormant pass...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:07 AM
I am still not sure what we saw in the game Sunday. When Minnesota touched the punt back into the field and Eric Weems knocked it into the end zone (and out of the end zone), would it have been a Minnesota touchdown if the Vikings had could recovered...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 11:06 PM
PITTSBURGH — Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker vaguely explained his position Wednesday when he was asked whether he would call more blitzes to jump-start a sputtering pass rush.
"We'll blitz when we need to, and when we want to," he said....
| Sep 17, 2013
| 9:31 PM
It's called a confidence interval in statistics and a safety calculation in engineering. In professional football it's a less formal computation of the number of stupid mistakes you can make while still managing to win a game. Welcome to the fascinating...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 1:48 PM
The Bears defense can generate pressure and create turnover opportunities in third down situations against the Vikings with zone blitz concepts out of their nickel sub package.
As shown here, the Bears have their base nickel defense on the field (five...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 5:33 PM
It bears repeating on the first Monday of September that one Friday night in August hardly suggests an NFL team will play on a super Sunday in February.
The Bears generally looked good in preseason, but not that good — and Mike Ditka can't stop by...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 5:18 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — The preseason does not mask the fact the Raiders will be dreadful this season.
Mired in salary cap hell the Raiders look like they will be in the hunt for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. If the Bears can be close to as good...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 5:05 PM
Looking at my notebook from a practice session last week in Bourbonnais, I had wide receiver Joe Anderson's name circled with my take on his speed, route-running ability and change-of-direction skills scribbled down all along the margins.