Broncos turn over coach/quarterback duo again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In just about every season he's been in charge of football operations in Denver, John Elway has had to address major concerns at one or both of the two most consequential positions in the NFL: head coach and quarterback.
This offseason, he made changes at both spots, hiring Vic Fangio and acquiring Joe Flacco in a trade that will become official next month when the league's new year begins.
Jets interview former Dolphins coach Adam Gase
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy.
Gase is the second known meeting New York has had as it looks for a replacement for Todd Bowles , who was fired last Sunday night after he went 24-40 in four seasons.
The Jets spoke with Gase on Friday after interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in Kansas City on Wednesday.
Eagles OC Mike Groh has familiarity with Bears DC Vic Fangio
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Groh's transition from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles has been bumpy.
His familiarity with Vic Fangio's defense could give the team a slight edge against the Chicago Bears.
NFC North champion Bears look to keep rolling in playoffs
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are rolling into their first playoff appearance in eight years, with nine wins in 10 games and their sights set on a bigger prize after capturing the NFC North.
"This is where it gets real," coach Matt Nagy said Monday.
Struggles aside, Bills GM not veering from rebuilding plan
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With little money to spend and few impact players interested in signing with the Bills given the uncertainty at quarterback this past offseason, general manager Brandon Beane understood Buffalo's offense was going to struggle.
Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
New faces: Coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, WR Taylor Gabriel, K Cody Parkey, rookie LB Roquan Smith, rookie WR Anthony Miller, rookie G/C James Daniels.
Key losses: Coach John Fox, WR Cameron Meredith, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Willie Young.
Bears see better days with Mack, new weapons for Trubisky
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Whether they were loading up around Mitchell Trubisky or swinging a last-minute blockbuster trade for Khalil Mack, the offseason was all about the quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
Develop their own — and harass their opponent's.
Now, it's time to see how it all comes together. But the Bears sure look like they are poised for bigger things after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North.
Bears banking on familiarity to boost solid defense
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — While the Chicago Bears gave their offense a makeover, their defense looks awfully familiar.
That's just the way they wanted it.
The Bears are banking on continuity to turn a top-10 defense into an elite unit and help a struggling franchise emerge as a contender.
Bears Training Camp Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 19, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
New Bears offense an eye-opener for QB Mitchell Trubisky
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can see a huge difference after only three days running new coach Matt Nagy's offense.
There's more to it than just the system for Trubisky, as the Bears ended their first minicamp under Nagy on Thursday with a greater knowledge of an offense they hope eventually elevates them from the depths of the NFC North.
Nagy, Bears trying to build foundation for future
LAKE FORST, Ill. (AP) — New coach Matt Nagy looked out his window Tuesday morning and saw a group working in unison to create something bigger and better for the Chicago Bears.
He was impressed.
The construction workers laying the foundation for an expanded practice facility were putting on a clinic in teamwork.
Bears sign WR Bennie Fowler to 1-year contract
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract.
Fowler caught 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with the Denver Broncos. He had 350 yards and three TDs last year.
He also caught the final two-point conversion pass from Peyton Manning in the Broncos' 2016 Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears receiver Josh Bellamy has signed his restricted free agent tender.
Bellamy will return for a fifth season in Chicago after catching 24 passes for 376 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 62 receptions for 882 yards and four TDs over six seasons with Kansas City, Washington and Chicago.
NFL Draft: Combine provides plenty for Chicago Bears, NFC North to digest
There is much data to process from the six days of weighing, measuring, testing and talking just completed at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Much of it is inconsequential, but there is some information that was especially pertinent for a rebuilding Bears team trying to escape the NFC North cellar for the first time in five years -- and for the three division foes trying to stay ahead of them.
Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens to kick off 2018 NFL preseason in Hall of Fame game
The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens will kick off the 2018 NFL season in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2.
It's a fitting match, as former Bears LB Brian Urlacher and former Ravens LB Ray Lewis will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Pro Football Weekly editors Eric Edholm and Kyle Nabors rank the top Chicago Bears coaches of all-time.
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Bears taking a different approach with new coaching staff
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — It's apparent the coaching change to Matt Nagy will mean anything but business as usual for the Chicago Bears on offense.
Whether it's hiring former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, coming from an up-tempo college attack, as offensive coordinator, or quarterback Mitchell Trubisky running Nagy's pet run-pass options, the Bears anticipate becoming less predictable than under former coach John Fox.
The Chicago Bears have a new coach, which means another regime will lead the team into Bourbonnais this summer.
Matt Nagy, most recently the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, is the historic franchise's 16th head coach. An assistant to veteran coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City the past 10 years, the 39-year-old Nagy was hired Monday to replace the fired John Fox.
New Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has yet to coach a game, but he already notched a big victory.
The Bears have retained defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Fangio has developed this Bears' defense over the past three seasons, under head John Fox. He was granted a head-coaching interview with the Bears before the team picked Nagy.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio returning to Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Vic Fangio is returning to the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator after being passed up for their head coaching job.
Fangio re-signed Friday and will continue to lead a defense he helped transform the past three seasons. He was the first candidate to interview for the Bears' coaching job after John Fox was fired, but general manager Ryan Pace ultimately decided to go with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
UConn hires Chicago Bears’ Dunn as offensive coordinator
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn' football coach Randy Edsall has hired former Chicago Bears assistant coach John Dunn to be his new offensive coordinator.
Dunn replaces Rhett Lashlee, who left after just one year on the job to take the same position at SMU.
The school says Dunn, who will also coach the quarterbacks, agreed to a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year.
He has worked with Edsall before, serving as his tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland.
New Bears coach Nagy faces big task to lift struggling team
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As the interview unfolded, Matt Nagy could sense the Chicago Bears were a fit for him.
He saw a franchise poised to make a big jump, sensed a connection with general manager Ryan Pace.
"I'm here because of the organization and the direction," Nagy, the Bears' new coach, said. "I could feel that from the moment I was in that interview process."
Getting to work with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is "a benefit."
Chicago Bears hire Chiefs assistant Matt Nagy as coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were looking for a coach to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and help a founding NFL franchise emerge from one of its worst runs.
They believe Matt Nagy is the right man.
The Bears hired Kansas City's offensive coordinator as their 16th head coach Monday, hoping he can develop their promising quarterback and turn around a struggling team.
Bears interview Chiefs’ Nagy for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for their head coaching job.
Nagy has spent 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He did not call plays until late this season, but has drawn praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In Chicago, he would be trying to develop No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky.
Congratulations to the champion of the NFC North, the Minnesota Virus.
The local football team went through the division like malware, frying hard drives and forcing hard decisions.
The attack began in October, when Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr wrecked Aaron Rodgers shoulder, and continued in January as the ease of the Vikings division title cost two divisional coaches and one general manager their jobs.
Bears interview John DeFilippo for head coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they were interviewing Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for their head coaching job.
In his second year as the Eagles' QBs coach, DeFilippo has helped Carson Wentz emerge as one of the best passers in the league. The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2016, he threw for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions before suffering a season-ending knee injury last month.
On Jan. 20, 2015, this space was used to praise the Chicago Bears' choice for a new head coach, John Fox.
Because he had vast prior experience and had led two other teams to the Super Bowl, Fox was deemed an ideal fit for the job.
Bears interview Shurmur, McDaniels for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears interviewed the offensive coordinators in Minnesota and New England for their coaching job on Friday.
Bears interview Vikings DC Edwards for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they have interviewed Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards for their coaching job.
The 50-year-old Edwards has coached 28 seasons — 20 in the NFL — and has been Minnesota's defensive coordinator since 2014. The NFC North champion Vikings gave up a league-low 275.9 yards and 15.8 points per game. They were also second against the run and the pass.
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Thie Chicago Bears' head-coaching search is only just getting underway, but the list of targets is starting to take shape.
The candidates we know about thus far include one holdover from John Fox's staff, one former NFL head coach and more of a bent toward the offensive side of the football. GM Ryan Pace confirmed Monday that he's heading up the search following the firing of Fox after three seasons at the helm.
AP source: Dolphins will hire Dowell Loggains as coordinator
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Dolphins will hire former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains as their offensive coordinator.
The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Dolphins had not announced it. The person said current offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen will likely remain with the team in another role.
Bears interview Fangio for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they have interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their head coaching job.
The interview on Wednesday was the first for the Bears since they fired John Fox two days earlier.
MINNEAPOLIS — Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying “in the moment” with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started knocking on doors at Winter Park on Monday.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying in the moment with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started knocking on doors at Winter Park on Monday.
The Bears, Lions and Cardinals requested to interview Shurmur, the architect of the NFLs 11th-ranked offense, during Vikings first-round bye this week, a league source told the Star Tribunes Ben Goessling. Detroit fired Jim Caldwell, Chicago dismissed John Fox and Arizona coach Bruce Arians retired on Monday.
Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — John Fox helped change the culture in the Chicago Bears' locker room.
He just didn't produce enough wins to keep his job.
The Bears fired Fox on Monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.
"Today is the tough part of our results-oriented business," he said in a statement.
While Fox was let go after a 5-11 finish, general manager Ryan Pace got a contract extension through the 2021 season.
2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL’s ‘Black Monday’
The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn't go down well in Denver.
What is traditionally the NFL's biggest day for firings, "Black Monday," started with a flurry when Detroit canned Jim Caldwell and Chicago did the same to John Fox, both before noon.
The Vikings are playing for a first-round bye; the Bears could be looking for a new coach by Monday. While Chicago may have an inspired effort for John Fox, the Vikings havent had many lapses this season. It seems unlikely theyd have one Sunday.
Gabriel: Next Chicago Bears coach doesn’t need offensive background — he needs great offensive staff
If you believe Ian Rapaport’s report on the NFL Network that Bears President Ted Phillips has already been making calls regarding potential head-coach candidates, it’s a foregone conclusion that John Fox will not be back next season as the Bears' head coach.
Fox says he’s not worrying about future coaching Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach John Fox insisted he is not worrying about his future.
With a 14-33 record in three years, Fox might be coaching his final game for the Bears when they finish the season at NFC North champion Minnesota on Sunday.
"I don't worry about it," Fox said Tuesday when asked about the speculation. "I've never had trouble getting employment in this league and I'm not going to start worrying about it now."
CHICAGO — As NFL games go, the Chicago Bears' 20-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday was certainly no masterpiece, but it was exactly what the doctor ordered for a bruised and battered bunch once again limping to the finish line of an NFL season.
John Fox summed it up best after the game saying, “This game is only fun when you win. Whether it’s you guys (media), fans, coaches or players, so it always feels good to win.”
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears fans can take solace in gift that’s the winless Browns on Christmas Eve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is almost impossible to imagine a “must-win” game for a 4-10 football team, but their meeting with the Cleveland Browns is that game for the Chicago Bears because they simply cannot afford to be that team, the one that gives the Browns their only win of the 2017 season.
A loss to the 0-14 Browns — who are also 1-29 under head coach Hue Jackson — would make the Bears the laughingstock of the NFL.
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Trubisky praises Fox as Bears wind down rough season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — For all the criticism thrown his way, Chicago Bears coach John Fox has at least one important fan.
That would be quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The prized rookie said Monday they have a "great relationship" and praised the coach and his staff for showing the patience he needs as he adjusts to playing in the NFL.
Bears regrouping again after loss to Lions erases good vibe
CHICAGO (AP) — The good vibe surrounding the Chicago Bears didn't last long.
They went from busting out to breaking down, from running away with their most lopsided victory in five years to stalling in a 20-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Chicago has dropped six of seven and hit double digits in losses in all three seasons under embattled coach John Fox. Even beating lowly Cleveland at home next week hardly is a sure thing.
Hub Arkush: Pace must find Bears coaches to maximize Trubisky’s great potential
CHICAGO — Chicago Bears head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains clearly don’t deserve to keep their current jobs after the Bears' 20-10 loss to the Lions Saturday dropped them to 4-10 and 13-33 under Fox.
Speculation about their futures has been ongoing ad nauseam pretty much since the beginning of this season.
Stafford-led Lions beat Bears 20-10, stay in playoff picture
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford struck a balance between making plays and avoiding mistakes to keep the Detroit Lions in the playoff picture.
Stafford threw two touchdown passes and didn't have a turnover, helping Detroit beat the Chicago Bears 20-10 on Saturday night.
"It's just trying to be as calculated as you can with those chances that you're going to take," he said. "And, understanding the game situation."
Stafford, Lions beat Bears 20-10, stay in playoff picture
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and avoided mistakes, allowing the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff picture with a 20-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday night.
Detroit (8-6) has won two straight and needs to close the regular season with two more wins to keep its postseason hopes alive.
The Bears (4-10) have lost six of seven, sealing a third season with double-digit losses in three years under embattled coach John Fox.