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  • Legendary Colts tight end John Mackey dies at 69

    Legendary Colts tight end John Mackey dies at 69
    John Mackey changed the game of football on and off the field. The former Baltimore Colt brought grace to a position that had been known for its brutality, and he made the first real headway in the NFL players' fight to earn a more equal share of the pie....
  • Special teams coaches are the hot NFL thing, so what about Dave Toub?

    Special teams coaches are the hot NFL thing, so what about Dave Toub?
    Phil Emery put a couple special teams coaches on his list of coaching candidates, and that’s only the two that we know about. The Bears general manager might have more names on his LinkedIn account, and it can’t be just to comply with the...
  • Ditka son pleads not guilty to DUI

    Ditka son pleads not guilty to DUI
    Mark Ditka, son of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, pleaded not guilty today to driving under the influence in Deerfield last month. According to court records, it is the third DUI arrest for the 48-year-old Deerfield man, who has also been cited...
  • Naming names: Changing the loser ways of Bears coaches

    Naming names: Changing the loser ways of Bears coaches
    In trying to pare down the list of coaches who should replace Lovie Smith, I have two top choices, and neither is Bill Cowher. It’s not that I don’t like or respect Cowher, it’s that I’m looking for the Bears to make a...
  • Reader Q&A: Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag

    Reader Q&A: Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag
    if Lovie Smith gets fired, how long after the purge will it take the Bears to have a winning season? -- @joshohmart, from Twitter No matter what happens the rest of the way this season, I would say the chances of the Bears being worse next season would...
  • Ravens sign Ricky Williams to be No. 2 running back

    Ravens sign Ricky Williams to be No. 2 running back
    The Ravens filled their big-back void with one of the biggest enigmas in NFL history. Ricky Williams, who is as powerful as he is offbeat, agreed to a two-year contract with the Ravens on Monday that has a maximum value of $4 million. The 34-year-old...
  • John Mackey dies at 69; NFL Hall of Famer revolutionized tight end position

    John Mackey dies at 69; NFL Hall of Famer revolutionized tight end position
    John Mackey, who helped revolutionize the NFL's tight end position and whose post-football struggles with dementia became emblematic of the brutality of the game, has died. He was 69. Mackey died Wednesday in Baltimore after a 10-year battle with frontal...
  • Lovie Smith out after 9 seasons as Bears coach

    Lovie Smith out after 9 seasons as Bears coach
    The epitaph for Lovie Smith's tenure as head coach of the Bears could read, "He couldn't fix the offense." For all the good things Smith did in his nine years in Chicago, his undoing was his inability to take care of the side of the ball in which he...
  • From the Tarpit: Hit and Myth: Is criticism of Jeff Pearlman's book on Walter Payton justified?

    From the Tarpit: Hit and Myth: Is criticism of Jeff Pearlman's book on Walter Payton justified?
    Author Jeff Pearlman is the latest to find himself in the Shoot the Messenger Dunking Booth, for his comprehensive and unsparing biography of the late Walter Payton. Mike Ditka said he'd spit on Pearlman. Ex-teammates are critical and skeptical of his...
  • Cutler stays up, but Bears' offense a downer

    Cutler stays up, but Bears' offense a downer
    On his first chance in the exhibition season, Roy Williams dropped a third-and-10 pass that would’ve picked up 16. While he gets into football shape, can he also get into catching shape? No, wait, I think one of the guys with a reputation for drops...
  • Records: Ditka son's DUI charge upgraded to felony

    Records: Ditka son's DUI charge upgraded to felony
    A drunk-driving charge against Michael P. Ditka, the son of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, has been upgraded to a felony because of two previous charges of drunken driving against him in Lake County, court and police documents show. Court...