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With Allen, Bears expect bigger things from 'D'

With Allen, Bears expect bigger things from 'D'

BOURBONNAIS | He was the big prize, the sparkling centerpiece in the overhaul, except Jared Allen wasn't really interested in shining the spotlight on himself on Friday.

18 hours ago

Bears bring high expectations to camp

Bears bring high expectations to camp

BOURBONNAIS | Bears general manager Phil Emery understands expectations are soaring. He's not backing away from them, either.

July 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Lynch set for Bears camp

Lynch set for Bears camp

Jordan Lynch knows all the numbers he put up at Northern Illinois as a quarterback don't mean a thing.

July 23, 2014 7:30 pm

Bears set sights on playoffs after busy offseason

Bears set sights on playoffs after busy offseason

CHICAGO | It was far from a quiet offseason for the Bears, and now they really hope to make some noise.

July 23, 2014 5:15 pm

Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans

Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans

BOURBONNAIS | You might not think local businesses would be happy about the prospect of hulking Bears roaming town, but when those bears are the kind that wear helmets and play at Soldier Field it is a different story.

July 21, 2014 8:15 pm

Look for rule changes, high-profile rookies and new coaches as the NFL heads to camp

Look for rule changes, high-profile rookies and new coaches as the NFL heads to camp

NEW YORK | It's time to climb out of the pool, put down that frosty drink, discard the shades and fire up the high-definition TV.

July 19, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Offensive lineman Jordan Mills: 'This is gonna be a great year'

Offensive lineman Jordan Mills: 'This is gonna be a great year'

LAKE FOREST | Jordan Mills hears it from fans nearly everywhere he goes.

June 21, 2014 5:30 pm

Bears' long snapper Patrick Mannelly announces retirement after 16 seasons

Bears' long snapper Patrick Mannelly announces retirement after 16 seasons

LAKE FOREST | There comes the time when every pro athlete must walk away from the game he loves.

June 20, 2014 6:30 pm

Bears' Jimmy Clausen eager to revive his career in training camp

Bears' Jimmy Clausen eager to revive his career in training camp

LAKE FOREST | Jimmy Clausen? Well, well.

June 20, 2014 6:00 pm

Bears' Jay Cutler shooting for an injury-free 2014 season

Bears' Jay Cutler shooting for an injury-free 2014 season

LAKE FOREST | Jay Cutler's "hit parade" is nothing he can dance or snap his fingers to. It's painful, in fact.

June 17, 2014 8:00 pm

AL HAMNIK: Marshall, Cutler must deliver breakout seasons for the Bears

AL HAMNIK: Marshall, Cutler must deliver breakout seasons for the Bears

LAKE FOREST | The Bears "family" was there for Brandon Marshall's Thursday news conference at Halas Hall. It was an upbeat, festive mood.

May 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Brandon Marshall calls Bears a "life-saving, career-saving" experience

Brandon Marshall calls Bears a "life-saving, career-saving" experience

LAKE FOREST | Brandon Marshall's news conferences should be pay-per-view. Like a pinata, you never know what will shake out.

May 22, 2014 6:00 pm

AL HAMNIK: Bears won't be kicking themselves over this draft pick

AL HAMNIK: Bears won't be kicking themselves over this draft pick

There is an Ed Farmer line about towering home runs that could apply to new Bears' punter Pat O'Donnell.

May 19, 2014 6:45 pm

Adaptability the key as Bears open camp

Adaptability the key as Bears open camp

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears touted their rookie class for its versatility. They showed it off a bit Friday on their first day of rookie minicamp.

May 16, 2014 7:15 pm

AL HAMNIK: Bears take the quick path to a promising season

Good character is like intelligence. You can't fake it.

May 12, 2014 5:30 pm

Bears draft RB Carey, S Vereen

Bears draft RB Carey, S Vereen

LAKE FOREST | The Bears needed a viable safety candidate after drafting Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey in the fourth round Saturday, so general manager Phil Emery did something he says he's reluctant to do: He made a deal.

May 11, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Rams draft Sam, NFL's first openly-gay player

Rams draft Sam, NFL's first openly-gay player

It took a few hours on the final day of the NFL draft for A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger to finally hear their names called.

May 10, 2014 6:33 pm

Bears take DT Ferguson in second round

Bears take DT Ferguson in second round

The Bears continued to address their defense in the second round of the draft, taking LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson with the 51st pick on Friday.

May 09, 2014 9:35 pm

Bears turn the 'corner' on defense

Bears turn the 'corner' on defense

LAKE FOREST | Kyle Fuller, your table is ready.

May 08, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Bears GM Phil Emery shopping for dynamic players in draft

Bears GM Phil Emery shopping for dynamic players in draft

LAKE FOREST | Bears general manager Phil Emery did not roll out the blackboard and list the seven players he desired in next week's NFL draft. Don't be silly.

May 01, 2014 6:00 pm

Bears' newly-signed Jared Allen: I'm still the best at what I do

Bears' newly-signed Jared Allen: I'm still the best at what I do

LAKE FOREST | New Bear Jared Allen, a farm boy at heart who owns three rodeo bulls, appeared at his Monday afternoon press conference wearing cowboy boots and a big shiny belt buckle.

March 31, 2014 6:45 pm

Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

Charles Tillman said he wanted to retire as a Bear and the veteran cornerback may now get his wish.

March 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Bears agree to deals with Young, Hixon

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Willie Young and a one-year deal with receiver Domenik Hixon on Thursday.

March 13, 2014 5:01 pm

Bears terminate Peppers' contract

Bears terminate Peppers' contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, one of several moves they made to reshape their struggling defense.

March 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return

Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago.

March 06, 2014 12:10 pm
With Allen, Bears expect bigger things from 'D'

With Allen, Bears expect bigger things from 'D'

BOURBONNAIS | He was the big prize, the sparkling centerpiece in the overhaul, except Jared Allen wasn't really interested in shining the spot…

18 hours ago
Bears bring high expectations to camp

Bears bring high expectations to camp

BOURBONNAIS | Bears general manager Phil Emery understands expectations are soaring. He's not backing away from them, either.

July 24, 2014 6:00 pm
Lynch set for Bears camp

Lynch set for Bears camp

Jordan Lynch knows all the numbers he put up at Northern Illinois as a quarterback don't mean a thing.

July 23, 2014 7:30 pm
Bears set sights on playoffs after busy offseason

Bears set sights on playoffs after busy offseason

CHICAGO | It was far from a quiet offseason for the Bears, and now they really hope to make some noise.

July 23, 2014 5:15 pm
Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans

Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans

BOURBONNAIS | You might not think local businesses would be happy about the prospect of hulking Bears roaming town, but when those bears are t…

July 21, 2014 8:15 pm
Look for rule changes, high-profile rookies and new coaches as the NFL heads to camp

Look for rule changes, high-profile rookies and new coaches as the NFL heads to camp

NEW YORK | It's time to climb out of the pool, put down that frosty drink, discard the shades and fire up the high-definition TV.

July 19, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

Photos

Offensive lineman Jordan Mills: 'This is gonna be a great year'

Offensive lineman Jordan Mills: 'This is gonna be a great year'

LAKE FOREST | Jordan Mills hears it from fans nearly everywhere he goes.

June 21, 2014 5:30 pm
Bears' long snapper Patrick Mannelly announces retirement after 16 seasons

Bears' long snapper Patrick Mannelly announces retirement after 16 seasons

LAKE FOREST | There comes the time when every pro athlete must walk away from the game he loves.

June 20, 2014 6:30 pm
Bears' Jimmy Clausen eager to revive his career in training camp

Bears' Jimmy Clausen eager to revive his career in training camp

LAKE FOREST | Jimmy Clausen? Well, well.

June 20, 2014 6:00 pm
Bears' Jay Cutler shooting for an injury-free 2014 season

Bears' Jay Cutler shooting for an injury-free 2014 season

LAKE FOREST | Jay Cutler's "hit parade" is nothing he can dance or snap his fingers to. It's painful, in fact.

June 17, 2014 8:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Marshall, Cutler must deliver breakout seasons for the Bears

AL HAMNIK: Marshall, Cutler must deliver breakout seasons for the Bears

LAKE FOREST | The Bears "family" was there for Brandon Marshall's Thursday news conference at Halas Hall. It was an upbeat, festive mood.

May 24, 2014 6:15 pm
Brandon Marshall calls Bears a "life-saving, career-saving" experience

Brandon Marshall calls Bears a "life-saving, career-saving" experience

LAKE FOREST | Brandon Marshall's news conferences should be pay-per-view. Like a pinata, you never know what will shake out.

May 22, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bears won't be kicking themselves over this draft pick

AL HAMNIK: Bears won't be kicking themselves over this draft pick

There is an Ed Farmer line about towering home runs that could apply to new Bears' punter Pat O'Donnell.

May 19, 2014 6:45 pm
Adaptability the key as Bears open camp

Adaptability the key as Bears open camp

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears touted their rookie class for its versatility. They showed it off a bit Friday on their first day of rookie minicamp.

May 16, 2014 7:15 pm

AL HAMNIK: Bears take the quick path to a promising season

Good character is like intelligence. You can't fake it.

May 12, 2014 5:30 pm
Bears draft RB Carey, S Vereen

Bears draft RB Carey, S Vereen

LAKE FOREST | The Bears needed a viable safety candidate after drafting Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey in the fourth round Saturday, so ge…

May 11, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

Photos

Rams draft Sam, NFL's first openly-gay player

Rams draft Sam, NFL's first openly-gay player

It took a few hours on the final day of the NFL draft for A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger to finally hear their names called.

May 10, 2014 6:33 pm
Bears take DT Ferguson in second round

Bears take DT Ferguson in second round

The Bears continued to address their defense in the second round of the draft, taking LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson with the 51st pick on Friday.

May 09, 2014 9:35 pm
Bears turn the 'corner' on defense

Bears turn the 'corner' on defense

LAKE FOREST | Kyle Fuller, your table is ready.

May 08, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

Photos

Bears GM Phil Emery shopping for dynamic players in draft

Bears GM Phil Emery shopping for dynamic players in draft

LAKE FOREST | Bears general manager Phil Emery did not roll out the blackboard and list the seven players he desired in next week's NFL draft.…

May 01, 2014 6:00 pm
Bears' newly-signed Jared Allen: I'm still the best at what I do

Bears' newly-signed Jared Allen: I'm still the best at what I do

LAKE FOREST | New Bear Jared Allen, a farm boy at heart who owns three rodeo bulls, appeared at his Monday afternoon press conference wearing …

March 31, 2014 6:45 pm
Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

Charles Tillman said he wanted to retire as a Bear and the veteran cornerback may now get his wish.

March 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Bears agree to deals with Young, Hixon

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Willie Young and a one-year deal with receiver Domenik Hixon …

March 13, 2014 5:01 pm
Bears terminate Peppers' contract

Bears terminate Peppers' contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, one of several moves they made to reshape …

March 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

Photos

Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return

Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago.

March 06, 2014 12:10 pm
Bears sign QB Jay Cutler to 7-year deal

Bears sign QB Jay Cutler to 7-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | If the Bears make changes this offseason, it will not be at quarterback.

January 02, 2014 5:20 pm

Can't bear the end of football season? Colts playoff tickets still available

INDIANAPOLIS | Region football fans still hankering for the playoff game that won't be played at Soldier Field this weekend need only head two…

December 31, 2013 6:00 pm
Home is where the hurt is

Home is where the hurt is

CHICAGO | Dumb football just doesn't cut it in the NFL, particularly when playoffs are at stake.

December 29, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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Bears' Hester, Cutler leave us guessing

Bears' Hester, Cutler leave us guessing

CHICAGO | Changes are bound to occur in every sport, based on performance.

December 29, 2013 7:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: 'Rocky' reluctantly takes the count

AL HAMNIK: 'Rocky' reluctantly takes the count

CHICAGO | A nation watched "Rocky," the football movie, Sunday at Soldier Field.

December 29, 2013 7:30 pm
Cutler, Rodgers could light up scoreboard in winner-take-all game

Cutler, Rodgers could light up scoreboard in winner-take-all game

CHICAGO | First of all, let's set the record straight.

December 28, 2013 5:15 pm Related
Rookie Kyle Long helps keep Bears loose and focused on Packers

Rookie Kyle Long helps keep Bears loose and focused on Packers

LAKE FOREST | The Bears' locker room was up for grabs the day after Christmas.

December 27, 2013 5:45 pm

Brian Urlacher to appear in 'Christmas Carol'

CHICAGO | Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be taking to the theatrical stage.

December 27, 2013 6:40 am
Spotlight on Cutler with Bears eyeing playoffs

Spotlight on Cutler with Bears eyeing playoffs

LAKE FOREST | There will be no shortage of eyes on Jay Cutler this week, even with Aaron Rodgers returning to the field.

December 26, 2013 5:30 pm
Bears try to put blowout loss at Philly behind them

Bears try to put blowout loss at Philly behind them

LAKE FOREST | The Bears let a chance to wrap up the NFC North slip away. No sense dwelling on it now.

December 23, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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Bears lose to Eagles, not out of NFC North race

PHILADELPHIA | Playing a team that had little on the line, the Bears hardly looked worthy of a playoff spot.

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High-powered offenses meet when Bears play Eagles

High-powered offenses meet when Bears play Eagles

PHILADELPHIA | When Brandon Marshall first saw the Eagles run Chip Kelly's offense, he didn't expect them to succeed.

December 21, 2013 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bears brace for 'Shady' dealings in Philly

AL HAMNIK: Bears brace for 'Shady' dealings in Philly

To the Bears defense, LeSean McCoy is Godzilla lumbering out of Tokyo Bay and flattening everything in sight.

December 21, 2013 5:15 pm
Briggs' conditioning could be challenged against Eagles

Briggs' conditioning could be challenged against Eagles

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | For Lance Briggs, it was a helpless feeling.

December 19, 2013 5:39 pm
Bears remain optimistic Briggs will play this week

Bears remain optimistic Briggs will play this week

LAKE FOREST | The Bears control their playoff destiny and their best defensive player appears to be on track to return this week.

December 18, 2013 5:26 pm

Cutler starting again as Bears visit Browns

CLEVELAND | The Bears were in a tailspin, their playoff hopes getting blown around as if caught in the brutal, whipping winds off Lake Michigan.

December 14, 2013 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Jay Cutler haters continue piling on without reason

AL HAMNIK: Jay Cutler haters continue piling on without reason

Why do so many Bears fans hate Jay Cutler?

December 14, 2013 5:45 pm
Trestman optimistic Cutler will play Sunday

Trestman optimistic Cutler will play Sunday

LAKE FOREST | Quarterback Jay Cutler looks just about ready to play for the Bears. For linebacker Lance Briggs, the wait might go on.

December 11, 2013 3:50 pm
Bears jump on Cowboys early, often

Bears jump on Cowboys early, often

CHICAGO | The Monday Night Football matchup between the Bears and Cowboys had something for everyone, despite your team colors.

December 09, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: That old friend's passing tickets to him now

AL HAMNIK: That old friend's passing tickets to him now

CHICAGO | Paul Massat was too excited to notice icicles hanging from his chin or no feeling in both feet Monday night.

December 09, 2013 7:30 pm

Bears, Cowboys get prepped for frigid Monday game

Marc Trestman broke out the heaters in practice for the Bears this week. Jason Garrett sent the Cowboys outside on a bitterly cold day in Dallas.

December 08, 2013 9:00 pm
After a year off, Ratliff hopes to help weak defense

After a year off, Ratliff hopes to help weak defense

LAKE FOREST | With all respect to the late Johnny Carson and his Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon, how desperate are the Bears?

December 06, 2013 5:45 pm
Bears' Trestman 'regrets' having to be accountable in Gould FG fiasco

Bears' Trestman 'regrets' having to be accountable in Gould FG fiasco

LAKE FOREST | Marc Trestman's critics figured after he slept on the issue Sunday night, he'd change his mind and be almost apologetic the foll…

December 02, 2013 7:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Patrick Mannelly must convince young Bears not to give up

AL HAMNIK: Patrick Mannelly must convince young Bears not to give up

LAKE FOREST | I'm often asked what's the toughest interview I've ever had to do.

December 02, 2013 5:30 pm
Gould's miss costs Bears in 23-20 loss to Vikings

Gould's miss costs Bears in 23-20 loss to Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS | Robbie Gould's voice cracked as he reflected on a rare miss.

December 01, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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