| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:46 PM
Ernie Accorsi started as a sportswriter, which isn't the main reason he's the right consultant for the Bears. He began his NFL career in public relations for the Baltimore Colts, where Johnny Unitas was the quarterback.
When he became general manager of...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 7:46 PM
The Bears' purge Monday did not include most of Marc Trestman's coaching staff.
Only offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was fired along with Trestman and general manager Phil Emery. Each assistant under contract for 2015 — including defensive...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 8:45 PM
Black Monday is in the books, and four NFL coaches are heading off the books.
Within 24 hours of the regular season concluding, four coaches and two general managers were dismissed by teams in the East, West, North and South.
For the New York Jets,...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 7:39 AM
If Rod Marinelli had Marc Trestman ranked as the third option for head coach in 2013, what swayed Phil Emery to select Marc Trestman? Was Jay Cutler an influence? -- @HalasBearReport from Twitter
I’m amused that there is an idea out there that...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 4:30 AM
1. Last week, I wrote a column that began with a story about H. Wayne Huizenga wanting to replace Dave Wannstedt after the 2003 season.
The problem was he couldn't find a good candidate to replace him. So Wannstedt returned and the problems didn't go...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 6:51 PM
Lance Briggs’ season officially is over. His playing career in Chicago likely is finished as well.
The Bears placed Briggs on injured reserve on Friday, five days after the longtime linebacker suffered a groin injury in the team’s 21-13...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Last week in parentheses.
1. Packers 9-3 (2): Mike McCarthy is pushing all the right buttons.
2. Patriots 9-3 (1): Loss at Lambeau snapped seven-game streak and could be exactly what Bill Belichick needs to sharpen focus down stretch.
3. Broncos 9-3...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 10:33 PM
The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 9-7 (.563); season 122-69-1 (.639). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 5:15 PM
Bears right guard Kyle Long was the team’s only player named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
He’s the first Bear to be nominated in each of his first two NFL seasons since return specialist Devin Hester (2006-07). He’s the 10th player in...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 4:41 PM
After benching Jay Cutler this week, the Bears seem to have little choice but to trade or cut him after this season, although he says his goal is to remain with the team.
Trading Cutler would be the only way to avoid owing him the majority of $15.5...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 9:09 PM
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't put up his typical gaudy numbers Sunday. He didn't throw four touchdown passes or roll up 400 yards. He did something better.
He did the Lambeau Limp.
Rodgers, carted off in the first half with a calf injury,...