Found May 02, 2012 on
I’m long overdue to brush the dust from the end of 2011. The crushing end to the Chicago Bears’ football season left little to be said. Injuries and an unprepared second string left the Chicago Bears with few options. While it wasn’t the best season for the team, it wasn’t shameful, either.
Lots of changes have happened at Halas Hall since the new year. Phil Emery replaced Jerry Angelo as General Manager. Bears head athletic trainer Tim Bream left the team after 19 seasons. Jeremy Bates, from the Broncos replaced Mike Martz as QB Coach; and Mike Tice was promoted to offensive coordinator.
During the post- and off-season the Bears acquired denver WR Brandon Marshall, signed TE Draylen Ross and released Anthony Adams and Frank Omiyale. Matt Forte earned his franchise tag amid some disappointment—apparently he was put off by Marshall’s agreement that included a significant paycheck.
Phil Emery took on his first draft with the Bears and seemed to fare pretty well. They picked up: DE Shea McClellin, a fitting choice for Tice’s coaching style; WR Alshon Jeffery, a hopeful target to Cutler’s shotgun throws; S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State CB with a history of extensive injuries; TE Evan Rodriguez, high-expectations to develop him as a “move” tight-end; CB Isaiah Frey, a secondary challenger to the left CB spot; and CB Greg McCoy, known for his kick-return ability.
This is exciting news for Cutler, who worked with Bates and Marshall in Denver. Even though Emery looked over adding offensive linemen to this year’s picks, the Bears offense is shaping up to deliver some pressure in the red zone.
While fans may scrutinize Emery’s lack of attention to improve offensive line or add defensive tackles, his choices help balance out the WR position, protect the foundation of special teams and create some competition for front line players.
Over the next few months the Bears will start to come together as a team in OTA’s, mini camps and training camp. It will be an exciting season with three Monday night games planned.
Let the fun begin.
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and fiancée Kristin Cavallari are expecting a baby boy.
That’s the word from Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett who broke the news on the The Bowers & Bernstein Show on 670 The Score.
"New toys, a baby on the way, “ said Bennett. “He's having a boy. I'm excited for Jay. It's a great time."
The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with second-round draft pick Alshon Jeffery.
A receiver from South Carolina, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Jeffery had 3,042 yards for his career, making him one of only three Southeast Conference receivers to go over 3,000 yards. He had 1,517 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2010, but just 762 last year.
Jeffery gives Chicago another...
The Chicago Bears have announced that they have signed second round pick Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract.
Jeffery was just drafted by the Bears last Friday. The reason he’s been signed so quickly is because of the rookie wage scale which essentially slots each draft pick with a specific salary. Now of course there are different ways to negotiate the contract, but it...
Geez, no wonder why even Bears fans hate you Jay. Walking around in sloppy pants, Fruit of the Loom T-shirts, and well I won’t comment on the dog since for some it provides you a small sense of sensitivity I guess, just flipping everyone off in sight. That’s a nice look for a franchise QB. We up here in WI love you bud, you just keep making it easy to hate da Bears. ...
The Chicago Bears, as usual, moved quickly in signing the team's second-round pick, South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, to a four-year contract.
By breaking down the Chicago Bears’ roster, one can decipher why GM Phil Emery and head coach Lovie Smith chose to forego drafting offensive linemen in this year’s draft.
This is what I think of Twitter T...
Jay Cutler can be a prickly pear at times. The Chicago Bears QB was spotted giving the finger to photogs in Chicago, who were stalking following him and his pregnant fiance Kristin Cavallari — Now I find out, Cutler has deleted his twitter account. If Cutler wants his privacy, my advice to him would be, find another profession and/or fiance...
I’m sure Cutler’s dog would be doing the same thing if only he had hands instead of paws.
Bears QB and expecting father Jay Cutler was out walking his dog (judging by the size of that thing I’ll say it’s probably Kristin Cavallari’s pooch), when he was set upon by the paparazzi. Pissed that his privacy was invaded once again, or that he was caught in public wearing sweatpants...
I hope he's not moody like Jay T..
Get out your cigars…Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is having a boy — Cutler’s Chicago Bears teammate Earl Bennett revealed on WSCR-AM 670‘s The Boers & Bernstein ShowMonday. “New toys, a baby on the way — he’s having a boy — I’m excited for Jay,” Bennett, 25, said. “It’s a great time.” Congrats to Cutty on the news...
Just like that, we instantly have new clubhouse leader for favorite Jay Cutler photo, non-sulking division. It’s perfectly distilled Cutlerf*cker: peevish about being noticed outside of his own terms, also annoyed that Kristin is making him walk her stupid tiny yappy dog, the astutely coiffed hair despite being otherwise slovenly. Let’s not forget the huge sweatpants that he...
Now that the dust has settled and we’ve had a few days to digest the Chicago Bears’ selections in the 2012 NFL Draft, here are Bear Report’s preliminary draft grades.
"It's a bro? Hey tiny dog bro, I'm having a son bro!"
It’s pretty amusing that celebrities think they can keep secrets, what with that whole Internet thing combined with nobody being able to shut up, but bless their hearts, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler and his fiancé Kristin Cavallari didn’t want to announce the sex of their expected child. But Bears WR Earl...
Well it certainly wasn't Jay Cutler's middle finger that got hurt last season. The paparazzi snapped a photo of what looks to be his fiancee Kristin Cavallari's small dog. Rumor has it the two are having a baby boy together. Teammate WR Earl Bennett broke the news a couple of days ago, but Cavallari and Cutler haven't made it official. They don't seem to pleased...
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