| Dec 7, 2014
| 9:38 AM
This is where it gets ugly. Or awkward. Or uncomfortably tense. Or all of the above.
The Chicago Bears are 5-8. Their playoff hopes have been blown to smithereens. And the direction of the organization is under heavy scrutiny with everyone from the head...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 6:15 PM
— If the Philadelphia Eagles want to look at their latest loss as a character builder, they have to look at their next game as a character tester.
Actually, when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, it will be the ultimate litmus test for...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 6:24 AM
The clock is ticking. And the Bears know it.
When the plume of smoke finally lifted from Black Monday last week, five head coaching positions and two general manager jobs had opened. The Bears joined the Jets as the only teams with both vacancies. And...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:21 PM
With the likes of Tony Romo, Sean Payton, Mike Shanahan and several other prominent NFL players and coaches spawned by Eastern Illinois, new Bears general manager Ryan Pace is not exactly blazing a new trail.
Yet it is somewhat remarkable that such an...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 7:06 AM
The Lions have had a wealth of talent on defense for a number of seasons, but it didn't come together until 2014.
Teryl Austin joined new coach Jim Caldwell's staff as a first-time NFL defensive coordinator and his immediate success has put him on the...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 8:11 PM
— Long before Chip Kelly ever arrived as the head coach, the Philadelphia Eagles employed a defensive system in which the safeties were never defined. Both had to be interchangeable and often were.
That's one of the few things Kelly never bothered...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 5:41 PM
Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi. Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll. Joe Montana and Bill Walsh.
Great quarterbacks make great coaches.
Or maybe it's the other way around.
Regardless, stroll through the busts in Canton and, with few exceptions, the NFL's...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 4:33 PM
Slowing running back DeMarco Murray is a huge key to stopping the Dallas Cowboys.
The Detroit Lions caught a big break in that regard this week when the NFL reduced the one-game suspension of All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a hefty fine.
| Jan 4, 2015
| 4:45 PM
The Raiders have requested permission to speak with Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Scott Linehan, according to an ESPN report Sunday.
Linehan, 51, had an 11-25 record as the St. Louis Rams coach from 2006-08. He got fired four games into his...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 8:40 PM
— Face down on the turf, Tony Romo pounded his hands into the ground like a petulant child.
Frustrated by a season-ending failure? Far from it. The quarterback was celebrating after giving the Dallas Cowboys the lead in a comeback victory....
| 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...