Bears find offensive help with only 5 picks in NFL draft
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — In an abbreviated draft for the Chicago Bears, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky appears to be the big winner.
Bears could look to fill hole at RB in third round
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace insisted this week he is no fan of smokescreens. Now, it's time to find out if he was putting one up.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — General manager Ryan Pace understands the idea that the Chicago Bears need to draft a running back.
Bears have a different view of the draft this year
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have a different view of the draft this year.
A worst-to-first jump last season left them staring down at the rest of the NFC North, and loaded...
Chicago Bears sign kicker Redford Jones
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears said Monday they had signed kicker Redford Jones.
There is wide speculation that the Bears will part with Cody Parkey, who missed 11 kicks in his first season in Chicago. That included a 43-yard attempt, partially blocked, that would have beaten Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.
The 24-year-old Jones played at Tulsa and was not drafted after going 12 of 16 on field goals and 44 of 45 on extra point tries as a senior in 2017.
Bears GM won’t say if Parkey will be back next season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace wouldn't say if Cody Parkey will return for another season, and coach Matt Nagy called out the struggling kicker for appearing on the "Today" show last week.
Pace was adamant Monday that the Bears need improvement in the kicking game, calling it a "position of emphasis for us." When asked if Parkey will return for a second season, he said: "Those are things that need to play out as we go into it."
Trubisky throws for 6 TDs, Bears pound Buccaneers 48-10
CHICAGO (AP) — From the moment they identified him as the quarterback to lift their struggling franchise, the Chicago Bears envisioned big games from Mitchell Trubisky.
As breakthroughs go, this was a huge one.
Trubisky threw a career-high six touchdown passes — one shy of the NFL record — and the NFC North-leading Bears pounded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 on Sunday.
Bears, nose tackle Goldman agree to 4-year extension
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.
A second-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015, Goldman has started 32 of the 36 games played and has 8 1/2 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.
Questions linger about Trubisky as Bears open with new look
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As the Chicago Bears prepare for a prime-time season opener against Aaron Rodgers and the archrival Green Bay Packers, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sees a team with no limits.
He's not talking about the opponent, either.
The Bears come into the matchup at Lambeau Field on Sunday night with a decidedly different outlook after changing coaches, overhauling the receivers group, and pulling off a huge trade last weekend to add two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack to their defense.
Roquan Smith signs with Bears, and gets right to work
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Roquan Smith wore a smile on his face, and a Chicago Bears uniform for the first time since training camp started.
The Bears on Tuesday got a first look at their first-round round draft pick 30 days after he was supposed to report with rookies for camp. Both sides quickly sought to put the stalemate in the past.
"It's a great feeling just to be back out here with my teammates, getting back into rhythm," Smith said. "So it's an awesome feeling."
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long showed up to training camp feeling rejuvenated — and a bit old.
The three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman is healthy after two injury-riddled seasons and has his sights set on helping lift a struggling franchise. But while he is "feeling great," Long also sounded more like a grizzled veteran than a wide-eyed rookie.
Bears Training Camp Capsule
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OPEN CAMP: July 19, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears made sweeping changes to lift a struggling franchise, and general manager Ryan Pace can't wait to see how it all comes together.
The next big step is here.
The Bears reported to camp Thursday looking for bigger things after a busy offseason.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As he prepares for his second season, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can sense the difference and so can his teammates.
It's the faith in him and the leadership he's showing.
"I love the position I'm in and the leadership role," Trubisky said Wednesday.
Chicago Bears turn to defense on final day of draft
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — While the Chicago Bears addressed one need at linebacker early in the NFL draft, their problem at outside pass rusher had to wait.
It waited until the sixth round on Saturday.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace turned largely to the defensive side in the final day with three selections, including sixth-round defensive end Kylie Fitts from Utah.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Bears went back to building their offense on the second day of the draft.
Chicago took Iowa center James Daniels and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller on Friday night, giving prized quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more protection and another target.
New Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith might be healthy enough to get some work in minicamp
When New Orleans signed restricted free agent Cameron Meredith away the Bears a couple of weeks ago, the word out of Chicago was that Meredith's knee wasn't right after he suffered a torn ACL and MCL last preseason.
Chicago general manager Ryan Pace doubled down on that assessment, telling Bears reporters on Tuesday that he leans on his medical staff and saying "every organization's different."
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton is optimistic that Meredith is well ahead of schedule.
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LAKE FOREST – A little more than 48 hours ahead of the start of what is probably Ryan Pace’s favorite and least favorite weekend of the year, the Chicago Bears general manager made one thing very clear Tuesday.
With his team owning the eighth overall pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft, Pace said, “We have eight names right now of players that we like, players that we’re comfortable selecting at eight.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — From an offensive-minded head coach to a new set of receivers, the Chicago Bears have spent the offseason adding pieces to help Mitchell Trubisky develop into the franchise quarterback they believe he can become.
It's easy to envision them continuing along that path with the No. 8 pick in the draft on Thursday. Then again, maybe a potential difference-maker on defense is the way they go.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — There were no major revelations or bold proclamations from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace heading into the draft.
"This time of year I think it's OK to be a little boring in these moments," Pace said Tuesday.
He's saving the excitement for when the draft starts on Thursday.
Pace has shown he's not afraid to make a bold move to get the player he wants. And with the No. 8 pick, the Bears have a chance to land a difference-maker whether they stand pat or make a trade.
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.
New Bears head coach Matt Nagy had a lot to say at this week’s NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., as he always does when the topic is football. And even G.M. Ryan Pace, who usually plays it close to the vest, dispensed some valuable information. Here are the five most noteworthy takeaways, as the Bears prepare to start the offseason program next Tuesday at Halas Hall.
1. Nagy has big plans for TE Trey Burton in his offense.
5 biggest beneficiaries of WR Allen Robinson signing with Chicago Bears
By investing $42 million over three years in wide receiver Allen Robinson, Bears general manager Ryan Pace is hoping to do much more than upgrade a passing attack that produced the fewest yards in the league in 2017.
Robinson’s signing not only sends a message that the Bears are serious about escaping the NFC North cellar, where they’ve resided for the past four years, it benefits the organization on several fronts, including:
For the Bears to achieve success in free agency, a goal that has escaped them in recent years, general manager Ryan Pace doesn’t necessarily have to make a splashy, huge-money move in the opening hours.
Sure, some teams always do. But some of the best deals come after the feeding frenzy dies down.
Maybe it’s a lot of pressure for a 23-year-old, but the 2018 Bears have made no secret that they’re all in on quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
“It’s going to be good for him to kind of take the reins,” Bears GM Ryan Pace said at the scouting combine. “This is his team as he goes forward.”
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.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A week ago, the Bears had a serious need to add juice to the pass rush because backups Lamarr Houston and Sam Acho are soon-to-be free agents and their top remaining edge rusher, Leonard Floyd, has missed 10 games in his first two seasons.
In light of more-recent developments, that need has become critical.
NFL Draft: Pace’s Chicago Bears arrive at combine with eye on surrounding young franchise QB
In his three years as Bears general manager, Ryan Pace, along with his staff, have utilized data from the scouting combine to add some valuable building blocks through the draft.
Bears plan to cut QB Mike Glennon one year after big free-agent deal
The Chicago Bears signed coveted free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon last season to a three-year, $45 million deal.
One year later, Glennon is out of the picture.
The Bears plan to release Glennon when the new season begins, the team announced.
Ryan Pace confirms the #Bears will release Mike Glennon once the new league year starts. Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) February 28, 2018
Bears release Pernell McPhee, Quintin Demps
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released oft-injured linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps.
The first major free agent signing by general manager Ryan Pace, McPhee had trouble staying healthy in three seasons with the Bears. He had 90 tackles and 14 sacks in 36 games for Chicago after playing his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens.
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.
Matt Nagy, latest in long line of Andy Reid disciples, ready to show what he’s learned for Chicago Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Matt Nagy is the latest branch off the sprawling Andy Reid coaching tree covering nearly one-quarter of the NFL.
Those roots, Ryan Pace admitted, played a role in the general manager’s decision to hire Nagy, who was introduced Tuesday as the 16th head coach in Bears history.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Reid," Pace said. “With him being a longtime leader in our league and a successful coach. Coach Reid believes in Matt Nagy, and so do I.”
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."
The Chicago Bears have named Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history.
He will be introduced to the public at a press conference today.
Chicago general manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy on Sunday morning in Kansas City, following a 22-21 AFC Wild Card Round loss to the Tennessee Titans that ended the Chiefs season.
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.
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.
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.
Bears coach John Fox looking for answers after another loss
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Losing is wearing on the Chicago Bears, coach John Fox and his staff.
The heat on Fox and the Bears coaching staff has increased with each defeat in a five-game losing streak, although the Bears coach said Monday he hasn't discussed his job status with team ownership or management.
"I haven't heard anything one way or the other," Fox said. "I wouldn't ask. That's more how I see it.
Another loss for Fox as Bears fall 15-14 to 49ers
CHICAGO (AP) — When John Fox was hired to coach the Chicago Bears, general manager Ryan Pace said he was "a proven winner" and "the perfect man to lead our charge."
Almost three years later, it's not going very well. And it might not be going on for much longer.
Hub Arkush: Did Ryan Pace tab right QB of future for Chicago Bears in Mitch Trubisky?
CHICAGO – When the Chicago Bears opened a 4.5- to 5.5-point favorite over the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, I have to confess I found myself scratching my head just a bit.
Where was Vegas finding its confidence in the Bears coming off easily their worst and most embarrassing loss of the season in Philadelphia?
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Assuming our reporting on the Chicago Bears coaching situation is correct, if Vic Fangio isn’t a candidate to take over the club should John Fox be terminated, it stands to reason Ryan Pace would be looking for an offensive-minded guy since Fangio is one of the best defensive coaches in the game.
Sources: Neither John Fox nor Vic Fangio in Chicago Bears’ future plans
There has been a lot of talk around Chicago about the possibility of firing head coach John Fox prior to the end of the 2017 season and elevating defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to interim head coach for the rest of the season if the decision has already been made that Fox will not be back in 2018.
Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky ready to take starting role
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky thinks he can handle the pressure of his first NFL start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
"You only get nervous or feel pressure when you're not prepared for the situation or where you don't know what you're doing," Trubisky said.
The Bears went into training camp insisting Mike Glennon was their starting quarterback, but a 1-3 record and eight turnovers led to a reversal.
Hub Arkush: Glennon’s poor play left Bears with no choice but to start Trubisky
CHICAGO – Sometimes I feel like the only guy in Chicago with no dog in this race.
I honestly don’t care who starts at quarterback for the Chicago Bears as long as he gives his team, teammates and fans the best chance to win.
Also, unlike most of you, I don’t pretend to know whether that’s Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky or Mark Sanchez.
Chicago Bears race backwards in road loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season, the Chicago Bears looked like one of the most improved teams in the NFL, playing the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons to a virtual standstill before losing in the closing seconds of the game.
In Week 2, the Bears looked like a contender for worst team in the league, embarrassing themselves on offense and making more than enough mistakes to hand a game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that should have been as competitive as the Falcons game.
Hub Arkush: Will injuries stifle the Chicago Bears again this year?
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Do the Chicago Bears have an injury problem?
They did in 2016, when they were near the top of the National Football League with 19 players finishing the season on the injured reserve list and led the NFL with more than 150 games lost to injuries by starters.
Injuries like the torn anterior cruciate ligaments suffered by Eric Kush, Cameron Meredith and Patrick Scales are just plain old bad luck.
Bears try to pick themselves up after worst season in years
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears insist better days are coming. Then again, it's hard to imagine things getting worse for them.
The Bears are banking on an overhaul at quarterback as well as a deeper and healthier roster to get them pointed in the right direction coming off their worst season in decades.
"I think we've assembled the right kind of guys," general manager Ryan Pace said. "I know that. The culture and the vibe of the locker room is really good right now."
Hub Arkush: Of course Chicago Bears top pick Trubisky should play vs. Browns
So now you don’t want Mitch Trubisky to play?
Let me try and get this straight so I don’t offend any more people than I have to, but to all of you who were upset that Mike Glennon is starting ahead of Trubisky on opening day against Atlanta and are now upset that Trubisky is starting against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night because he might get hurt, that’s just football stupid.
Ryan Pace and John Fox have handled their quarterback situation as well as anyone could.