Found December 31, 2012 on The Penalty Flag:
To say that the Chicago Bears 2012 season was a disappointment would be a huge understatement.  A team once hyped as Super Bowl contenders truly proved to be pretenders as they became the first NFL team since 1999 to start a season at 7-1 and miss the playoffs.  Plenty of shortcomings can be cited as the reasons behind the Bears demise but looking ahead to 2013 there are several things that the team must address.  Here are three ideal 2013 New Year’s resolutions for the Chicago Bears. 1.  Get a new head coach: Sure. Bears players support their head coach and publicly state he’s the right man for the job but what else are they supposeed to say?… Read more

Andy Reid to the Chicago Bears?

It was somewhat a surprise when after a 10 win season the Chicago Bears decided to part ways with Lovie Smith.  Smith became one of several “Black Monday” victims joining multiple other NFL coaches who were fired.  The question now for the Bears becomes who?  Who will be the next head coach in Chicago?  What about Andy Reid?  After 14 seasons Reid has been fired as the head...

Matt Forte is Active For Chicago

Chicago halfback Matt Forte will be in the lineup Sunday against Detroit despite an ankle injury.Fantasy Spin:This one's a must win for the Bears so there was never much doubt about Forte's availability for this game. Forte (991 yards) is on the cusp of his third career 1,000 yard rushing season. He totaled 96 yards on 22 carries the last time he faced the Lions back in Week 7.

Brandon Marshall Shut Down by Lions

Despite seeing 14 targets Sunday, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall only could muster five receptions for 42 yards.Fantasy Spin:Marshall already set career highs in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns prior to Week 17. He'll end up with 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Late score dooms Lions in loss to Bears

DETROIT (AP) -- Jay Cutler threw for 257 yards and a touchdown and helped seal the game with a late scramble, and the Chicago Bears kept their playoff hopes alive -- for now -- with a 26-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Chicago (10-6) still needs a Minnesota loss to Green Bay to reach the postseason. The win by the Bears eliminated the defending champion New York Giants...

Potential Chicago Bears offseason moves in 2013

Too little, too late is all can be said about how the Chicago Bears ended the 2012 season at 10-6 and now the potential Chicago Bears offseason moves need to be assessed. What will the Chicago Bears do to get better in the 2013 season? The first place to look to where they need to improve, is by examining the players that will be possibly be saying sayonara to the Chicago Bears in...

Urlacher out, Forte active for Bears

Chicago is without linebacker Brian Urlacher for its must-win game at Detroit on Sunday. The Bears need a victory and a Minnesota loss to make the playoffs, but Urlacher is inactive with a hamstring injury. He hasn't played since Dec. 2. Running back Matt Forte is active despite a right ankle problem. Quarterback Josh McCown, running back Armando Allen, safety Chris Conte,...

Early Reaction From Black Monday...Chicago, Buffalo, Kansas City

Okay... Here we go... Here's Chicago... ((HT: WLS-TV)) ((HT: WLS-TV)) Jay Cutler seems to have fallen on the sword a little bit, but admits change might be good for the long term... Here's the noon lead in Buffalo after the firing of Chan Gailey and his staff... ((HT: WGRZ-TV)) And, now, Kansas City and Crennel... ((HT: KSHB-TV Kansas City))

NFL Playoff Picture Live: Jay Cutler and Bears, Eli Manning and Giants to Start NFC Playoff Dominoes

8 a.m. ET: While the NFL has handed out plenty of pretty presents so far this season, it truly saved the best to last. Tucked away in Week 17 like that extra present hidden under the couch, the NFL’s final set of games may have the most intrigue of any time so far this year. As well as a load of divisional matchups and some games that promise to make the most of impending winter...

Can Bears offense ring bell in season finale?

Inconsistent, hard to watch, and downright woeful for most of the 2012 season, the focus will be squarely on Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense as they make a bid for the playoffs in Sunday’s regular season finale in Detroit. First-year offense coordinator Mike Tice has fared no better, and in many cases worse, than predecessor Mike Martz. The [...]

NFL Coroner's Report: Chicago Bears Autopsy

A total of 15 teams remained standing as the clock struck 1 PM EST on Sunday afternoon, the day before New Year's Eve.From there, in three or four hour increments, that list whittled down to the mandated 12 necessary to form a playoff pool.We here at the Football Nation Medical Examiner's Office know how difficult this last week of post-mortem examination can be.Well, not...

2013 NFL Draft: Music City Bowl Preview – NC State vs. Vanderbilt

While Vanderbilt isn't known for pumping out talented in the SEC outside of Jay Cutler, the Commodores have a handful of NFL talent on deck as they face off against NC State. After firing coach Tom O'Brien, it won't be an easy task facing off against one of the best young coaches in James Franklin, but Mike Glennon, Tobais Palmer, and NC State have the talent offensively...

Game Recap: Bears Do Their Part In 26-24 Win Over Lions In Detroit

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is congratulated by Chicago Bears guard James Brown (78) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, December 30, 2012. (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune) The Bears find ways to keep things interesting. In a must win situation against the Lions, the Bears forced four turnovers...

Chicago Bears Reports: Three Currently Linked to Head Coach Search

In the wake of the Lovie Smith firing three names have already emerged as potential candidates according to various new reports.  The first name that may need to be taken seriously is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.  Reports are that the Bears have already contacted McCoy about the job.   McCoy has been the Broncos' offensive coordinator since 2009, he...
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