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Former Bears receiver/tight end Earl Thomas dies at 71

Former Bears tight end and receiver Earl Thomas died July 4 in Houston following an illness, the team announced Wednesday. Thomas was 71. The Bears selected Thomas in the sixth round of the 1971 draft out of the University of Houston. He spent his first three seasons in Chicago. Thomas appeared in 39 games with [more]

Former NFL scout Gary Smith dies at 72

Former scout Gary Smith has died, Neil Stratton of Inside the League reports. Smith was 72. He spent two decades as an area scout for the Bears and then the Jets. Smith coached at a Chicago area high school and then served as an assistant at Indiana University before heading to the NFL. The Bears [more]

Robert Quinn wants to be “icing on the cake” for Bears defense

The Bears made a change at outside linebacker this offseason when they released Leonard Floyd and signed Robert Quinn as a free agent. On paper, the move looks like one that should bear fruit for the team’s pass rush. Floyd had 11.5 sacks over the last three seasons while Quinn posted that many coming off [more]

Bears season ticket holders can opt out this year without losing seats in future

The Bears are scheduled to play their first home game of the 2020 season in Week Two and it remains unclear how many, if any, fans will be in the seats at Soldier Field for that game. Even if the Bears are given the green light to have people in the stands, there may be [more]

Von Miller’s pass-rush summit goes virtual

At a time when plenty of NFL quarterbacks are defying the medical advice of the league and the union to not participate in on-field workouts together before training camp, the guys who get paid to chase them around are heeding the recommendations. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP and still one of [more]

Bears excited about the offseason growth of Riley Ridley

The Bears signed Ted Ginn Jr., and they drafted Darnell Mooney in the fifth round. They have options to go with Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. But receivers coach Mike Furrey said don’t forget about Riley Ridley. “I think the biggest growth we’re going to see with anybody in our room is going to be [more]

Ted Ginn thinks Mitch Trubisky will start for Bears

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky said recently that he still feels the Bears are his team despite the trade for Nick Foles this offseason and one of his teammates thinks that’s the case as well. Wide receiver Ted Ginn was a guest on NFL Network Wednesday and the topic of the team’s quarterback competition was part of [more]

Bears feel Khalil Mack approached offseason with something to prove

Among the Bears players who failed to match their 2018 production last season was linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack posted fewer sacks, quarterback hits and tackles for loss than he did during his first season in Chicago and the Bears slumped from division champs to out of the playoffs. On Thursday, outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino [more]

Juan Castillo vows Bears’ offensive line will outwork everyone

New Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo says there’s nothing fancy about the way he’s going to overhaul the line. Castillo said his previous experience working with head coach Matt Nagy in Philadelphia showed Nagy exactly what he needs to know: It’s all about hard work. “I think what coach saw in me is that [more]

Bears QB coach looking for a little “juice” from starter

New Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is looking for a little “juice,” from his starter, whenever and whomever that might be. Via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, DeFilippo said that quality included “passion, energy and swagger, baby,” while taking control of a team. “It means we have a passion for the game. We have [more]

Bears make Juneteenth a permanent holiday

Add the Bears to the growing list of NFL teams making the 19th day of June a team holiday. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears informed staff members on Monday that the offices will be closed on Friday in recognition and celebration of Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of [more]

Bill Lazor: Mitch Trubisky has a lot of good football ahead of him

When the Bears traded for Nick Foles in March, a common reaction was that the move signaled the beginning of the end of Mitch Trubisky’s time as their starting quarterback. The team has said that there is going to be an open competition between the two players, however, and that continued to be the view [more]

Eddy Pineiro ready to compete to keep Bears’ kicking job

Kicking has been an adventure in Chicago in recent years, and although Eddy Pineiro won the job and kept it for the entire season in 2019, he’s not taking it for granted that he’ll keep the job in 2020. The Bears signed kicker Ramiz Ahmed to compete with Pineiro in training camp, and Pineiro is [more]

David Montgomery vows to be better for the Bears this year

The Bears made David Montgomery their lead running back after drafting him in the third round last year, but he didn’t have the desired impact on the offense. Montgomery averaged 3.67 yards on 242 carries, which was the lowest mark of any back in the league with 200 carries outside of the Jets’ Le'Veon Bell. [more]

Brian Piccolo died 50 years ago today

We recently noted the 50-year anniversary of Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers’ memorable and moving speech regarding the illness that teammate Brian Piccolo was fighting. Fifty years ago today, Piccolo lost that battle. The Bears’ website takes a look back at the life and career of Brian Piccolo. Unselected in a 20-round draft [more]

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