Chicago Bears: Phil Emery Is Figuring Out Defense

One of the biggest criticism leveled on Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery is that he doesn’t know how to draft defense.  His 2014 class may be changing that. Kyle Fuller and Brock Vereen Showcase Versatility It really begins with his two most notable moves back in May.  His first, of course was Kyle Fuller.  The 14th overall pick was widely applauded by draft analysts who considered...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Bears Safeties Are Who We Thought They Were

The fear every Chicago Bears fan had regarding the safeties came true:  they still suck.  What makes it worse?  There is still a way to fix the problem. Chris Conte and Ryan Mundy not up to the physical task As if repeated the phrase “193 rushing yards allowed” weren’t enough to validate how inadequate the Bears safeties are, one need only recall what has been said for months...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Six takeaways from the Chicago Bears’ preseason

After starting off a perfect in their first two games, the Chicago Bears dropped their final two. The most notable of the four games was the disaster against the defending super bowl champs. The Seahawks scored 31 first half points as both teams marched out their first team squads. While there was some clarity to certain positions such as punter, long snapper, defensive tackle and...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Bears Are Sticking With Chris Conte

More than a few groans were probably heard across the city when the Chicago Bears hinted at starting Chris Conte at safety.  Here is why they will. Brock Vereen and Danny McCray failed to make impact The simplest explanation is nobody else on the depth chart did enough to warrant taking the job away from him.  Danny McCray started most of the preseason at the free safety slot. ...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bears releasing veteran S Adrian Wilson

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have informed veteran S Adrian Wilson that he will be released. Wilson, 34, signed a one-year deal with the Bears back in late June and was competing for a roster spot behind and Ryan Mundy and rookie Brock Vereen. He signed a three-year deal worth $5 million that included a $1 million signing bonus with the Patriots last...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Thompson finding voice as Gophers leader

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cedric Thompson can now yell at his teammates. That wasn't always the case for the Gophers senior, though. He admits it took him a while to come into his own as vocal leader on the defense. But last season, he learned from teammate Brock Vereen -- now with the Chicago Bears -- about how to be vocal on defense. As Thompson transitions into the leadership role that...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

BR Rookie Diary: Brock Vereen

Chicago Bears fourth-round rookie Brock Vereen discusses his first live action in the NFL, Friday's 34-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason opener.
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to watch tonight as the Bears host the Eagles

Here it is. No more talks about training camp fights and no more over analyzing how rookie punter Pat O’Donnell might be the best athletic punter of all-time. We have a real game to break down and this is a great matchup for the Bears. Tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles come to Soldier Field and here are five things to watch out for.   1. The Safeties  Brock Vereen and Ryan Mundy...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Falcons, Packers, Panthers, & Titans

  Bears The Bears have D.J. Williams and Jon Bostic listed as “co-starters” at middle linebacker. (Brad Biggs) Shea McClellin is listed as the Bears’ starting strong-side linebacker. (Brad Biggs) Chicago’s starting safeties are Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen as of now. (Brad Biggs) The Bears have Jordan Palmer listed as their No. 2 quarterback ahead of Jimmy Clausen on...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Cowboys, Jaguars, Redskins, Texans & Titans

  Bears Free agent acquisition S Danny McCray worked with the first team defensive unit Wednesday.  Rookie S Brock Vereen had been occupying that spot. (Jeff Dickerson) Cowboys Per a source, the Cowboys have a little less than $10 million in available cap space, which Clarence Hill believes is more than enough to extend WR Dez Bryant. (Clarence Hill) Jaguars Head Coach Gus...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Safeties

  This is the eighth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Safety Rating (1-to-10 scale): 6 Projected starters: Cedric Thompson (senior), Antonio Johnson (junior) Key backups: Damarius Travis (junior), Grayson Levine (senior), Daletavious McGhee (redshirt freshman) The breakdown: The safety position...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Chiefs, Dolphins, Saints, & Seahawks

  Bears Former first-round pick Shea McClellin opened training camp as the team’s starting strong-side linebacker. (Rich Campbell) Rookie Brock Vereen opened as one of the Bears first-team safeties. (Rich Campbell) Rookie QB David Fales had some “rough throws” during practice and exhibited “below average” arm strength. (Brad Biggs) Chiefs HC Andy Reid told reporters...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears have quantity but do they have quality at safety?

Last season was a disaster at safety for the Bears. Chris Conte was beaten deep time and time again and Major Wright was no better underneath. General manager Phil Emery went out and brought in a bunch of safeties but does this team still have two viable starters? Brock Vereen was an absolute steal in the fourth round. He has a high football I.Q. and great instincts to play the position...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears FS Brock Vereen In Line To Start Next Season?

John Mullin of CSN Chicago writes that Brock Vereen has proved himself as the “player to beat out” for the Bears No.1 FS position. Mullin adds that Vereen will start opposite Ryan Mundy. “Brock has done a nice job,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker via CSN Chicago. “He has great attention to detail. He’s very sound from a technique standpoint. He’s smart; he...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Brock Vereen already a Bears draft gem from 4th round

The hardest thing for rookie safety Brock Vereen to overcome when he stepped into the huddle with the Bears’ No. 1 defense wasn’t the awe of being in a huddle with Jared Allen, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and others. It wasn't even mastering the assignments. It was telling people about it. “If there’s anything the coaches are hardest on me about, it’s communication...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Falcons, Redskins, & Titans

  Bears Michael C. Wright of expects the Bears to keep Chris Conte, rookie Brock Vereen, Ryan Mundy and Craig Steltz as their top-four safeties coming out of training camp. Wright adds that if Chicago were to keep five safeties, M.D. Jennings would likely beat out Danny McCray for the job. Veteran Adrian Wilson was just added to the team’s roster, but he is coming...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Wilson is a gamble worth taking

Yesterday the Bears made another move on defense by adding veteran safety Adrian Wilson. He’s a five-time Pro Bowl strong safety who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. As the move broke, I saw some NFL analysts critiquing the move. In particular, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick tweeted this out: #Bears signing a fading vet coming off significant injury at a position...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears News: Chicago signs veteran safety Adrian Wilson

On Monday, the Chicago Bears added a five time Pro Bowler to their roster at a position of need in safety Adrian Wilson.The former Arizona Cardinal, Wilson was signed prior to the 2013 season by the New England Patriots, but never played in regular season game for them. He tore his Achilles in the Pats preseason finale and was placed on injured reserve.#88377377 / gettyimages...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Strengthen Secondary, Depth On Defense

The Chicago Bears strengthened their secondary and added depth on defense with the addition of Adrian Wilson. #Bears have signed 5-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson and TE Jeron Mastrud. — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 23, 2014 Wilson, 34, was widely regarded as one of the better free agents still on the open market. [RELATED: Ranking the 10 Best NFL Free Agents Still Available...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

MAILBAG: Is Chris Conte done?

There’s a lot of Brock Vereen love going around these days with good reason. The rookie safety is running with the first team defense and seems to be performing well according to the coaches. Our mailbag focuses on the potential fall out from Vereen’s early success.   Will Chris Conte even make this team? - John in Wrigleyville It’s still too early to speculate but he needs...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears players react to USA’s World Cup win

Yesterday, watching the United States take on Ghana in the two teams’ opening match of the World Cup was as American as apple pie. Many were glued to their TVs and Bears players were no exception. This week’s twitter Tuesday captures the reactions from players as the US defeated Ghana 2-1.   Dont gotta be a soccer expert to enjoy it. That being said I got my Dempsey jersey on...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Brock Vereen Already Starting?

Posted to Chicago BearsAccording to Zach Zaidman, Brock Vereen is already taking reps with the first team in OTAs. Rookie Brock Vereen worked with the first team at free safety for the entire #Bears OTA session.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) June 11, 2014 Vereen is expected to make an immediate impact with the Chicago Bears after being drafted with the 131st pick during the 4th...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Rookie Brock Vereen Pegged as Late Round Impact Player by NFL Analyst

Posted to SuperBears SuperBowlThe Bears need help at safety, and Brock Vereen is looking to step in right away. Gil Brandt of the NFL’s website pointed out that several non-first round picks make plays year after year. He pointed to Brock Vereen as one of these players to watch for in 2014. “The Bears need safety help, and Vereen has the potential to be the answer for them. He’s...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Surprises for the Bears in 2014

As of now, nobody knows what to expect from the Bears in 2014. They have made some solid moves in the offseason and could be a contender in the NFC. Our top five this week takes a look at some realistic surprises in the upcoming season.   5. Shea McClellin becomes a good linebacker It’s too early to call McClellin a bust. He’s a solid football who has been playing mostly out...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Rewind: Power Rankings grading the Chicago Bears’ draft and more

Since you don’t have to work Monday, here are the best columns from the cover32 world this week to keep you entertained during your time off. National Columns - Top 10 in 2014: The best quarterbacks in the NFL today (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Rating the draft for each NFL team from 1-32. (READ) - Top 10 in 2014: The best running backs in the NFL today. (READ) - Ten best long-shot...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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