Chicago Bears closer to full health on offense

Gradually the bears became healthy again. At least they are on the field and training. That doesn’t mean all of them will be ready for Sunday’s opener against the San Francisco 49ers, but at least almost all of them have a chance to play. For the first time since early August, wide receiver Byron Pringle … Read more

Context will be key for the 2022 KC Chiefs defense

“Just be average.” The mood of the Kansas City Chiefs defense just being average has dominated the thinking around the unit since Patrick Mahomes burst onto the NFL scene in 2018. With the Chiefs sporting an elite offense every year under Patrick Mahomes, the defense doesn’t have to carry the team for the Chiefs to … Read more

The lessons learned from the Roquan Smith contract standoff

Roquan Smith’s return to practice ended another of the problematic situations general manager Ryan Poles faced in his first year. The entire holding process showed how little leverage the player has in such situations, while also highlighting what happens when neophytes fight. Until Smith went public with a letter blasting the Bears, he was as … Read more

Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom enjoy #1 status

Roquan Smith’s return to Saturday’s practice almost completely overshadowed several Bears developments stemming from their last game. For one, there was safety Jaquan Brisker’s hand injury that kept him out of practice last week and could be an issue as the rookie tries to return in time for the regular season opener. The upside for … Read more

Inappropriate talk about the Chicago Bears trading Roquan Smith

Colin Cowherd often has a unique and informed perspective on the NFL and sometimes even the Bears. During a ridiculous diatribe on his show Wednesday about how the Bears should trade Roquan Smith, Cowherd went out of the shining light of the know and into the darkness of the uninformed and stupid out of town. … Read more

What to expect in Week 2 of the Chicago Bears preseason

It’s a good test for the Bears’ younger players this week as they have to make a quick turnaround from Saturday’s game and travel to Seattle on Wednesday for a Thursday night preseason game. That means just two days of training and maybe a walk if they’re lucky before heading west. The first game spotlighted … Read more

Justin Fields is still getting questionable hits without flags

Only 18 plays for Justin Fields, so it’s a small cross section. Still, he and the coaches came away encouraged by his progress on offense after Saturday’s 19-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason opener. However, there is one thing he doesn’t seem to have improved on. First, what he did looked … Read more

Roquan Smith wants out of Chicago

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith, currently held out in training camp, has officially requested a trade. In a letter sent on Twitter via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Smith accused Bears GM Ryan Poles of negotiating a contract extension in bad faith and wants out of Chicago. No response from the Bears, but they will hold a … Read more

How Khari Blasingame revitalizes the fullback in the Chicago Bears offense

Every team in the exclusive club of NFL quarterbacks hopes to have Kyle Juszczyk. The 31-year-old 49ers cornerback has spent his career as a batter/surprise carrier/receiver combination, a versatile load of trouble for defenses in an era when spread offenses have rendered the position nearly obsolete. It’s not a position where players are trained as … Read more

Facing the challenge as Roquan Smith’s replacement

Needless to say, Matthew Adams spoke with Bears general manager Ryan Poles after a June incident in Chicago in which he was charged with possession of a firearm by a felony and a municipal code violation by possessing metal-piercing cartridges. “Yes, we had a conversation afterwards,” Adams confirmed. “We pretty much just talked about it. … Read more