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    An argument can be made that the most impressive throw by a Chicago Bears player Sunday came with 1 minute, 5 seconds remaining, a 40-yard bomb launched near Soldier Field’s south end zone. The throw came from a linebacker — why not? — during a stoppage of play immediately after the game’s biggest moment. With his adrenaline pumping after a clutch interception, Roquan Smith wound up and heaved the football deep into the seats, aware that his Bears were moments away from defeating the Houston Texans 23-20 on a walk-off, chip-shot field goal. “I tried to stop him,” safety Eddie Jackson said. “That’s a game-winning pick. You’ve got to keep that!” Smith, though, didn’t need the football as much as he needed an emotional release. So he let it fly. “To all my supporters,” he said with a big smile. “I threw that to all of them. And (I was) saying ‘F you’ to all that don’t.” Yes, Chicago, your majorly flawed but still feisty Bears are 2-1, outlasting the winless Texans in such a Bears-like way, with Smith and...
    It has been a rough week for Justin Fields, so much so the Chicago Bears quarterback went out of his way to clarify comments that required no explanation. Fields said after Sunday’s 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that the loss hurt in the locker room more than it did for Bears fans. “At the end of the day,” he said of fans, “they aren’t putting in any work.” Sure, maybe Fields could have omitted the final part, but no clarification was needed — and any grief he received since should be performance-based, not the result of a perceived slight. This is miles away from when former Bears first-round pick Cade McNown in 2000 suggested disgruntled fans at Soldier Field “save their boos for TV” following a three-interception game. Imagine if that occurred during the age of social media. Fields didn’t commit a turnover in the Week 2 loss to the Packers, but he attempted only 11 passes, threw for just 70 yards and was sacked three times. The Packers did a good job of pinning...
    After the Chicago Bears threw the ball only 11 times in a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, readers want to know if the coaches doubt quarterback Justin Fields’ ability in the passing game — as well as questions about Kyler Gordon’s rookie struggles and whether Week 3 against the Houston Texans is a “must-win.” Brad Biggs answers those questions and more in his weekly mailbag. Aaron Rodgers seemed to target receivers matched up against rookie Kyler Gordon. He was also ineffective in run support. What was his performance grading in the game? How long will this coaching staff be patient with a rookie CB that needs development? — Ryan Y., Libertyville There were a handful of questions about Gordon, the second-round pick from Washington, this week and that wasn’t surprising because he had a rough go Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Gordon also made some nice plays in the game and no one asked about some of the better snaps he had, such as the pass breakup in the corner of the end zone when...
    Paddington Bears left in tribute to the Queen in Green and Hyde Parks may end up languishing in storage as decisions about their future prove a thorny issue. The Peruvian cuddly toy became an unlikely symbol of grief in the aftermath of Her Majesty's death last week. Hundreds of the furry blue duffle coat-sporting figures were laid in honour of the Queen at sites including Green Park and Hyde Park. There were so many of them, organisers requested that only floral tributes be left - effectively banning the bears. But the polite ask fell on deaf ears and the Paddingtons kept coming, with many clearly visible and on location this morning. In around a week the floral tributes will be sensitively removed and turned into compost to be used in the parks. But a decision about the Paddingtons and other toys have not yet been made, with the plan currently to store them until someone is able to make a call on their future. Organisers have a difficult decision to make as they are of obvious sentimental value, but after...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears rallied in the second half to open the season with a 19-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in sloppy conditions at Soldier Field. 1. The new men in charge of the football side for the Bears earned game balls. That’s fitting after the Bears grinded out a victory in less-than-ideal conditions and on better-than-usual turf. Can you imagine what a previous surface would have looked like after a game with that much rain? It wasn’t pretty, and the first half, at least offensively, was downright ugly. Everyone has seen more than their share of 30-minute starts in which the Bears offense was unable to reach the end zone. The 49ers did a good job of winning the field-position battle through two quarters, but despite controlling the action, they couldn’t get a big cushion on the scoreboard. The Bears played with an uncommon level of poise for such a young roster. They had 11 rookies on the active game-day roster, one first-year player (reserve center Dieter Eiselen, who was flexed up from the practice...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears rallied in the second half to open the season with a 19-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in sloppy conditions at Soldier Field. 1. The new men in charge of the football side for the Bears earned game balls. That’s fitting after the Bears grinded out a victory in less-than-ideal conditions and on better-than-usual turf. Can you imagine what a previous surface would have looked like after a game with that much rain? It wasn’t pretty, and the first half, at least offensively, was downright ugly. Everyone has seen more than their share of 30-minute starts in which the Bears offense was unable to reach the end zone. The 49ers did a good job of winning the field-position battle through two quarters, but despite controlling the action, they couldn’t get a big cushion on the scoreboard. The Bears played with an uncommon level of poise for such a young roster. They had 11 rookies on the active game-day roster, one first-year player (reserve center Dieter Eiselen, who was flexed up from the practice...
    Follow Sportsmail's live blog for an action-packed Sunday afternoon of Week 1 NFL action, with games including the Browns, Eagles, Dolphins, 49ers and many more. Sportsmail Reporter Host commentator 18:33 Hill cannot be stopped! ATL didn't learn their lesson, Hill looking unstoppable early in the dome.  Running up that Hill! ???? Thats 57 yds for @T_Hill4. @Saints????: #NOvsATL on FOX????: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/qfHpsgO69p pic.twitter.com/xk9fe7lzux— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022 18:32 TOUCHDOWN SAINTS Backup QB Taysum Hill rushes it for eleven yards into the end zone as NO leads 7-3 over ATL. 18:31 Slugfest in Chi-town 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel showing how tough conditions are at Soldier Field... Slide, Deebo. ????: #SFvsCHI on FOX????: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/8gCtJMnwZ7 pic.twitter.com/bPwKkFVa68— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022 18:30 Rough start for Mayfield Baker is starting slowly in Charlotte, and is 2/3 for -1 yd as the Panthers and Browns head toward the end of the first quarter.  Scores tied at 0.  ...
    Jaylon Johnson understands what Sunday is. For the new-look Chicago Bears, a Week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers provides an opportunity to begin the season under a new coaching staff with a new methodology for pursuing greatness. What better way to test the progress that has been made and the standards that have been set than with a home game against an opponent that played for the NFC championship in January. Naturally, Johnson’s excitement is building. “We’re kind of testing the waters,” Johnson said before practice Thursday at Halas Hall. “We’ve seen during the spring and during training camp all the preparation that we’ve been putting in. Even in the preseason, we’ve gotten a few glimpses of it, getting in for a few plays and a few series. “So now? It’s the real thing. You’re ready to go and excited to see what our defense can be, what this team can be and what type of players we have here and what we’re going to be all about.” That’s a big part of what Sunday’s opener at Soldier...
    As Alex Leatherwood stood in an unfamiliar locker room at Halas Hall, the newest Chicago Bears offensive lineman was asked to describe his previous 48 hours. “Wild, of course,” Leatherwood said Thursday. The former first-round pick was cut Tuesday by the Las Vegas Raiders. He was claimed by the Bears on Wednesday and scheduled a flight to Chicago that arrived about midnight. And he completed his first Bears practice with reps at right tackle by early Thursday afternoon. It was all so new he still was trying to learn his teammates’ names. But the 6-foot-5, 312-pound lineman was ready to embrace the opportunity instead of dwelling on any negative emotions he might have about the Raiders cutting ties with him after just one season. “It’s not really my concern,” Leatherwood said when asked about the bad taste of his Las Vegas exit. “I’m more concerned with the future and the things that I’ve got going on here now.” What Leatherwood becomes for the Bears is just another question on an offensive line loaded with them. In a news conference addressing...
    Ryan Poles has danced around the word “rebuilding,” calling it a “super sensitive” term. But roster moves are more instructive than words, and the first-year Chicago Bears general manager reinforced one of the organization’s plans with his cuts to form the initial 53-man roster. The Bears are getting younger in a flash. The team that had the second-oldest Week 1 roster in the NFL last year has 13 rookies and seven second-year players after cuts Tuesday to form a roster that surely will see changes in the days to come. Ten of Poles’ 11 draft picks made it through cuts, with the lone exception former Illinois center Doug Kramer, who will spend the year on injured reserve. Three undrafted rookies made it, including Jack Sanborn, the linebacker from Lake Zurich. The Bears have so many rookies on the roster, three first-year Joneses made it: left tackle Braxton, cornerback Jaylon and wide receiver Velus. Yes, they’re unrelated. Of the 20 players in their first or second year, seven are a good bet to start against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept....
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields told reporters after a 21-20 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns that he “for sure” was thinking about his first trip to FirstEnergy Stadium last season — and how much better Saturday’s outing went. “I was of course thinking about that,” Fields said with a smile. “I am glad 95 (Myles Garrett) wasn’t playing today. But I’m glad we came out with a (win) today for sure.” Fields’ answer provided a good summary of how to feel about the Bears’ third straight preseason victory — satisfaction with a dose of reality. It was a nice, confidence-building win for Fields, who threw three touchdown passes in five drives and wasn’t sacked. But it wasn’t against the full-strength Browns defense, which sat — among others — Garrett, the monster pass rusher who had 4½ of the Browns’ nine sacks in Fields’ first career start in 2021 under previous Bears coach Matt Nagy. With that in mind, here’s our three-phase review of Saturday’s win. Offense Reason for optimism: Entering Saturday, the only points the first-team offense put up...
    The Chicago Bears on Thursday held their final practice of the week at Halas Hall and will travel to Cleveland for Saturday’s preseason finale against the Browns. Coach Matt Eberflus is eager for his team to take one more test under game conditions with most of his starters expected to play until halftime. Here are three things we learned Thursday in Lake Forest. 1. Offensive lineman Teven Jenkins is eager to continue his transition to right guard. In just his second week of practice at the position, Jenkins has been put in position to potentially win a starting role and believes he has strengths within his skill set to help him. “My physicality,” he said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s like you have a dude right there, right now instead of (having) all this space. At tackle, you have a lot of time to think about what’s going to happen and a lot of space to execute whatever technique you’re thinking about. At guard it’s happening a lot quicker — like really fast.” Jenkins, who figures to start Saturday night, was...
    With three weeks until the season starts, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Justin Jones is itching to get to the real thing. Jones has kept an eye on the San Francisco 49ers to get a feel for the Bears’ Week 1 opponent. The Bears wrap up their preseason schedule Saturday in Cleveland before the focus turns to the 49ers — something that can’t come soon enough for Jones. “I feel like a lot of guys on the defense are ready for Week 1,” he said. “We’ve been going against each other for a minute. Preseason is cool, but at the same time there’s nothing like really game planning, figuring out how to attack a team and their star players, how are you going to keep their quarterback in the pocket so we can get all these sacks. That’s the real fun. “I enjoy playing, but I also enjoy the X’s and O’s of how we’re going to do matchups, how we’re going to put big on big and really get into the small, intricate pieces of the scheme. I’m really into...
    With a high-effort performance on a short week on the road, the Chicago Bears gave coach Matt Eberflus exactly what he was looking for in Thursday’s 27-11 defeat of the Seattle Seahawks. Sure, it’s preseason. And the big-picture significance of the Bears’ 2-0 start must be kept in proper perspective. (Translation: ultimately, it means very little.) But winning always beats losing, no matter the stakes. And it has been clear that players have been responding to Eberflus and his coaching staff and playing with intensity and cohesion. Here’s our three-phase review of Thursday’s victory. Offense Reason for optimism: Cole Kmet has a chance to become one of Justin Fields’ best friends in 2022 with so little solidified behind Darnell Mooney in the receiving corps, so it was encouraging to see Kmet contribute in a major way on the opening drive after missing the preseason opener with an undisclosed injury. A tight end screen on the first play from scrimmage gave Kmet an opportunity to show off his run-after-catch ability. He gained 12 yards on that play with eight coming after...
    Two thousand miles was a long way to travel for one series of football that lasted 10 plays and less than six minutes. But Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields at least had a few positives to review during the trip back from Seattle on Thursday night. Bears coach Matt Eberflus limited many of his offensive starters to just the first drive of the Bears’ 27-11 preseason victory over the Seahawks at Lumen Field. He didn’t want to put too much on them given they played their preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs just six days earlier. But that caution meant a limited sample size for Fields, whose every step is being scrutinized for signs of progress in his second season. So here’s what Fields can take away from his drive — a better start, points on the board, a connection with tight end Cole Kmet and more work under new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. Fields completed 5 of 7 passes for 39 yards, helping set up a 35-yard Cairo Santos field goal, the first preseason points by the first-team...
    The Chicago Bears are hitting the road for their second preseason game Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. But Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag leads off — again — with a player who won’t be in uniform, disgruntled linebacker Roquan Smith. Let’s cut through the drama of the Roquan Smith situation. What really matters right now and how will a deal to keep him with the Bears be done? — Frank, Pittsburgh What fun would cutting through the drama be? We need the knife of a master chef to slice our way through this. When you boil down this situation, the Bears hold the most leverage and the leverage that really counts. They have Smith under contract this season and also have the franchise tag available for 2023. Smith’s only recourse once the season begins is to withhold his services, and that’s when he would start losing money. He’s not missing out on paychecks now and I doubt the Bears are issuing any fines because that wouldn’t be a productive way to get a deal done with their star linebacker....
    About 45 minutes into Chicago Bears practice Tuesday at Halas Hall, linebacker Roquan Smith walked across Field 3 wearing a navy practice jersey and a white ballcap. Smith was present for the day’s activities, standing with the defense along the sideline while the rest of his team continued the training camp grind. But for the 15th consecutive practice, Smith was a bystander, a stubborn statue unwilling to break his “hold-in” amid stalled contract negotiations. After practice, Bears coach Matt Eberflus acknowledged Smith likely will board the team flight to Seattle for Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seahawks. But as the financial joust drags into its fourth week, it’s difficult to predict how this might end. Or when. The Bears aren’t saying much. Smith remains off limits to reporters. General manager Ryan Poles offered four minutes of irritated thought on Aug. 9, the day Smith used NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport to publish his statement requesting a trade. And Eberflus remains evasive on the soap opera. “Really I don’t have anything,” he said Tuesday when asked for the latest. “All...
    It’s only the preseason, but for first-year Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus, Saturday’s 19-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs felt gratifying. The day gave Eberflus an opportunity to test many parts of his program and was his first chance to run the entire show on game day. Afterward Eberflus expressed his eagerness to review it all, including the game-day operation and communication, the schemes on both sides of the ball and the performance of his players — from established starters to undrafted rookies clawing to win a roster spot. The Bears have a quick turnaround this week before heading to Seattle for a Thursday night game against the Seahawks. The preseason debut showed what to build on and illuminated areas in need of more work. Here’s our three-phase review of Saturday’s game. Offense Reason for optimism: There were flashes in Justin Fields’ 18 snaps over three series. On third-and-4, Darnell Mooney gained a step on his defender and Fields lofted a ball to the left sideline that only Mooney could leap to grab for a 26-yard completion. One drive...
    Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus looked at a reporter after Tuesday’s Family Fest practice at Soldier Field and asked his own question. “Have you played receiver?” he asked, putting on his recruiting hat from his days as a college coach. No, the Bears haven’t reached that point yet, but their depth continues to be depleted after yet another wide receiver was injured during practice. David Moore suffered an apparent right leg injury during one-on-one drills, and trainers spent several minutes examining him before calling for a cart. Moore didn’t put weight on his leg as trainers helped him to the cart. Moore was one of five Bears receivers who missed practice Tuesday. Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown are their top two healthy receivers, but the injuries have made the depth beyond that murky. “It does make it difficult,” Eberflus said. “You lose men on a 90-man roster and it makes it difficult for the other guys. We’re at that situation where we’ve got to just keep on working through it. Next man up and the whole roster is going...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields spoke with media members Wednesday at Halas Hall for the first time since training camp started. Here are four things we learned as the Bears wrapped up their second padded practice and headed into a day off. 1. When asked about the offense’s progress, Fields said, ‘It’s going to come.’ Bears coach Matt Eberflus said he thought the offense operated better Wednesday than it did a day earlier, with fewer pre-snap penalties and a better operation during an end-of-half simulation that ended with a Cairo Santos field goal. But nobody is pretending the offense is where it needs to be. That includes Fields, who acknowledged the slow process of getting the offense running under a new coaching staff with many new players. “It’s tough because you want to know everything right now,” Fields said. “You want to be successful at everything right now, so it’s really just knowing that there are going to be mistakes, knowing that you’re going to have to learn and just making sure that you don’t make the same mistakes twice....
    The Chicago Bears are one week into training camp, and some answers have started to emerge while other developments raise more questions. As he does every week, the Tribune’s Brad Biggs tries to answer them. What grade would you give Ryan Poles so far? What have you seen from him that has either impressed you or given you a level of concern about the Bears’ future under his watch? — @tns5280 I know sometimes we’re in a social media world that wants to make snap judgments on everything, but I’d have a hard time taking anyone seriously who wants to judge a general manager after less than seven months on the job. Are there some individual moves that look good or iffy? Sure. But the Bears have yet to play a game this season, and the only way I know of to determine a GM’s success is to inspect his team’s record and postseason results. This is a multiyear project for the Bears that could make the never-ending construction on I-294 look snappy. This isn’t a quick rebuild or a...
    When cornerback Jaylon Johnson reached the end of the Chicago Bears offseason program in June, he knew exactly what this new era at Halas Hall is supposed to be about. The feeling-out process with the coaching staff had progressed, and players had a clear understanding of their bosses’ demands. Coach Matt Eberflus had made it a point since the spring to set a tone, later asking his veteran leaders to demonstrate how he wanted his teams to practice and play. So by the time Johnson pulled back up Football Drive in Lake Forest for the start of training camp, he understood Eberflus’ approach. “It really kind of takes things back to the fundamentals and just playing football hard and playing football the right way,” Johnson said. “I thought (the coaches) established a good sense of tough-nosed football. And I wouldn’t say our last staff didn’t. I just think (this staff’s) emphasis is a lot more.” For Eberflus, there’s a way winning football is meant to be played — at full speed and with maximum effort at all times. That philosophy...
    Mint Images/Mint via ZUMA Wire Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In June, federal and tribal officials signed an intergovernmental cooperative management agreement for Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. It followed a historic congressional hearing during which tribal leaders spoke to the House Natural Resources Committee about the potential value of Native co-management of federal lands. Under the new agreement, the Bears Ears Commission, which is composed of five tribes—the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation—will work with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service “to provide consistent, effective, and collaborative management of the lands and resources” by “coordinating on land use planning and implementation, as well as the development of long-term resource management and programmatic goals.” The agreement is an important step, but it is not without precedent: Four national parks are already...
    Robert Quinn’s absence from Chicago Bears mandatory minicamp six weeks ago fueled speculation that the veteran defensive end wanted to be traded as the team undergoes a renovation. But after practicing on the first day of training camp Wednesday at Halas Hall, Quinn indicated he is on board with the Bears for as long as they keep him around. Quinn said he skipped minicamp — and all of organized team activities before that — because he was taking care of his body and trying to get himself right mentally. Entering his 12th season and coming off one of the best years of his career with a Bears record 18 ½ sacks, Quinn figured he knows what’s best for his body. Asked if he wanted to be traded, Quinn said, “I’ve been traded twice. You get tired of moving. I thought I did a good job last year, but I guess I’ll just continue to try to re-prove myself. I expect to be here. But I guess if not, well, that’s out of my control.” Asked again if he wanted to...
    Rookies and quarterbacks will begin reporting to Chicago Bears training camp at Halas Hall on Saturday. But second-round pick Jaquan Brisker doesn’t figure to be among the early arrivals as he waits to sign his rookie contract. Barring significant developments in the coming days, according to sources, Brisker’s holdout could extend past the full team’s reporting date next week and has the potential to last into August. Drafted at No. 48 in April, Brisker is in line to be a Week 1 starter, projected to join Eddie Jackson as the team’s first-unit safeties. But Brisker’s early growth and emergence could be delayed if he isn’t able to begin practicing because of his current contract dispute. The Bears’ first full-team practice is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Lake Forest. It is believed one of the main snags in contract negotiations centers around the amount of guaranteed money the team is willing to offer for the third year of Brisker’s four-year deal. General manager Ryan Poles, with the aid of director of football administration Matt Feinstein and senior vice president and general...
    Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images The editorial boards of two papers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation published scathing op-eds in light of Thursday’s bombshell congressional hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot. The op-eds dropped not only after the subcommittee investigating the riot presented their initial findings, but also after Murdoch’s Fox News became an outlier in news media, refusing to air the primetime hearing. Network hosts like Tucker Carlson remain supportive of former President Donald Trump and have dismissed the hearing and mostly Democrat-comprised committee. In the Wall Street Journal, the editorial board openly said Trump “bears responsibility” for what happened on January 6. The President spread falsehoods about the election. He invited supporters to Washington on Jan. 6, tweeting on Dec. 19 that it ‘will be wild!’ He riled up the crowd and urged it to march on the Capitol. After violence began, he dawdled instead of sending help. Mr. Trump bears responsibility for the mayhem. But inspiring followers to march is not the same as leading a criminal conspiracy. The paper was also critical of Trump’s...
    Polar bears and brown bears were still mating with each other long after they had split into two distinct species, a new study has found.  The two species are known to have separated up to 1.6 million years ago, yet new genomic evidence suggests they have inherited traits from each other much more recently.  Scientists from the USA, Mexico and Finland analysed the genomes of 64 modern polar and brown bears, as well as that of an ancient polar bear that lived up to 130,000 years ago. While evidence of evidence of hybridisation was found in both brown and polar bear genomes, the latter carried a particularly strong signature of DNA from brown bears. As global warming continued to melt Arctic sea ice, the two bear species may run into each other more frequently, their shared evolutionary history could become more significant. It may influence the way that the Arctic-adapted polar bear adapts to life in a warmer climate, that their brown bear cousins are already more inclined to. The subfossil jawbone of a polar bear that lived 115,000 to 130,000 years...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Veteran defensive tackle Akiem Hicks has signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs announced the move Wednesday, with the 32-year-old Hicks likely to become a replacement for free agent Ndamukong Suh., who spent the past three seasons on one-year deals with Tampa Bay. Hicks was a third-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2012. He spent three seasons and part of a fourth with them before finishing the 2015 season with the New England Patriots. He played the past six years with the Chicago Bears, starting all 77 games he appeared in and had 31 sacks. In 138 career games, including 110 starts, Hicks has 40½ sacks, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018, but has been slowed by injuries two of the past three seasons. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://apnews.com/hub/pro-32 and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Chicago Bears continue organized team activities next week at Halas Hall, marching toward mandatory minicamp in June and the start of training camp in July. Last week, defensive assistant coaches spoke with reporters for the first time since the coaching and front office overhaul in January. Here are four things we heard during that session. 1. Trevis Gipson’s window of opportunity has opened. The Bears’ decision to trade Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers in March was a calculated move, made in large part because general manager Ryan Poles saw an opportunity to add draft capital in exchange for a proven player on the backside of his career. But that deal also symbolized a vote of confidence in Gipson, who has quickly earned belief from the new regime. Coach Matt Eberflus noted in April that he was impressed with the third-year pass rusher’s motor and athleticism and sees a chance for Gipson to take another big step forward in 2022. Gipson made the most of his opportunities last season, totaling seven sacks and forcing five fumbles. “That’s not...
    The Chicago Bears will announce their 2022 schedule Thursday night as the NFL releases its full slate of games for the upcoming season. NFL Network will air a schedule-release show at 7 p.m., with multiple players, coaches and analysts as guests. The Bears already had their home and road opponents set. Along with playing NFC North games against the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions at Soldier Field and away, the Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans. They will travel to face the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. Dates and times for those games — including how many the Bears will play in prime time under new coach Matt Eberflus — will be revealed. And details started to leak early Thursday morning. Here are some of the contests that either have been confirmed by the Tribune or reported by other outlets, including WSCR-AM 670 host Danny Parkins. Week 2: Bears at Packers, Sun., Sept. 18 Week 6:...
    Veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.. The signing adds QB depth behind starter Justin Fields and backup Trevor Siemian. Another body was needed after the Bears cut ties with Nick Foles last month. But it is unclear if general manager Ryan Poles expects to carry three quarterbacks on his roster into the regular season or whether Peterman will simply serve to help the Bears push through organized team activities, minicamp, training camp and the preseason. Peterman spent the last three-plus seasons with the Raiders, with whom he attempted just five passes during regular-season action. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round in 2017, making four starts and playing in eight games over two seasons. One of Peterman’s starts came in Week 9 of 2018 against the Bears, a woeful performance in which he was sacked four times and threw three interceptions in a 41-9 loss. With his team down 28 points on the final play of the first half, Peterman opted against throwing a pass into the end...
    Veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman on Wednesday finalized a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears. The signing adds QB depth behind starter Justin Fields and back-up Trevor Siemian. Another body was needed after the Bears cut ties with Nick Foles last month. But it is unclear if general manager Ryan Poles expects to carry three quarterbacks on his roster into the regular season or whether Peterman will simply serve to help the Bears push through organized team activities, minicamp, training camp and the preseason. Peterman spent the last three-plus seasons with the Raiders, with whom he attempted just five passes during regular-season action. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round in 2017, making four starts and playing in eight games over two seasons. One of Peterman’s starts came in Week 9 of 2018 against the Bears, a woeful performance in which he was sacked four times and threw three interceptions in a 41-9 loss. With his team down 28 points on the final play of the first half, Peterman opted against throwing a pass into the end...
    Trestan Ebner’s draft party last Saturday could have gone in a different direction had it not been for his quick-acting agent. Ebner was with about 40 family members and friends at his mother’s house in Henderson, Texas, a small town of 13,000 in the northeast corner of the state. The Baylor running back felt pretty good about his chances of being drafted, but midway through the sixth round, he hadn’t been chosen. Ron Slavin, Ebner’s Dallas-based agent, had been trying to reach his client multiple times. Every time he called, it went straight to voicemail. Cellphone reception in Henderson can be spotty on a good day. The Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had reached out to Slavin to see if he had an idea where Ebner might go. That’s common policy as the end of the draft draws near. Teams want to know if they need to use a draft pick or have a shot at signing a player as an undrafted free agent. It’s how the Bears determined they needed to use a seventh-round pick on Boise...
    Robert Griffin III revealed that he has received calls from NFL executives after running a 4.48-second 40 yard dash during the “Run Rich Run” charity event. One of the highlights of the NFL Draft is the “Run Rich Run” charity event that benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III joined other ex-football players in running the 40-yard dash, and he actually clocked in at 4.48 seconds! Griffin appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” to discuss his performance at the event, and actually revealed that he received some calls from interested NFL executives. Eisen asked Griffin which teams he would like to play for, to which he named the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons. You can listen to Griffin’s comments in the tweet below. Griffin’s list of teams can be found at the 5:00 mark: When you run a 4.48 40-yard dash, even if for charity and #RunRichRun, people take notice — @RGIII talked with us about it and how hes gotten phone calls from #NFL execs about a possible return and where hed...
    Those trade partners that didn’t materialize for Ryan Poles on Friday night came from every direction Saturday The new Chicago Bears general manager, who made it known since January that he would love to have more draft capital, did just that, starting in the morning when he sent a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Chargers for two picks at the end of Round 7. The Bears sat out the fourth round and when it was time to get involved in Round 5, Poles traded down three times, cutting deals with the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans. When all was said and done, he went from having three Day 3 picks to eight, nearly tripling the number of lottery tickets he and staff members were scratching off on the second floor of Halas Hall. It was the first time the Bears had eight Day 3 picks. The NFL moved to a three-day draft format in 2010. The team has had eight picks in Rounds 4 through 7 three other times in the last 25 years (1999, 2003...
    Those trade partners that didn’t materialize for Ryan Poles on Friday night came from every direction Saturday. The new Chicago Bears general manager, who made it known since January that he would love to have more draft capital, did just that, starting in the morning when he sent a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Chargers for two picks at the end of Round 7. The Bears sat out the fourth round and when it was time to get involved in Round 5, Poles traded down three times, cutting deals with the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans. When all was said and done, he went from having three Day 3 picks to eight, nearly tripling the number of lottery tickets he and staff members were scratching off on the second floor of Halas Hall. It was the first time the Bears ever had eight Day 3 picks. The NFL moved to a three-day draft format in 2010. The team has had eight picks in Rounds 4 through 7 three other times in the last 25 years (1999,...
    After drafting two defensive backs and a wide receiver in the second round Friday, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles has finally begun adding to his NFL draft haul on Day 3. Poles engineered four trades to increase his picks from three to eight: Nos. 168 and 174 in the fifth round, Nos. 186, 203 and 207 and Nos. 226, 254 and 255 in the seventh round. Poles traded a 2023 sixth-rounder to the Los Angeles Chargers for pick Nos. 254 and 255 this year. He traded No. 148 to the Buffalo Bills for Nos. 168 and 203. He traded No. 150 to the Houston Texans for Nos. 166 and 207. And he traded No. 166 to the Cincinnati Bengals for Nos. 174 and 226. Column: GM Ryan Poles didn’t talk too much about fixing the Bears’ secondary — but it was a glaring need Bears prioritize defense, selecting Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker with their first 2 NFL draft picks Everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL draft Ryan Poles’ remodeling project is about to take...
    After sitting out the first round of the NFL draft, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles made his first selections Friday night from Halas Hall. The Bears started the night with three picks on Day 2 — at Nos. 39 and 48 in the second round and 71 in the third round. The Bears also have three picks on Day 3 — Nos. 148 and 150 in the fifth round and 186 in the sixth round. Here’s a quick look at each of the Bears new players. Everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL draft Bears have 3 picks on Day 2. Who are the best players still available? 12 intriguing wide receiver options for the Bears Ryan Poles’ remodeling project is about to take a big step forward. Here’s how he prepared for his 1st draft as Bears GM. Full draft coverage here Kyler Gordon, cornerback, Washington No. 39, second round Height, weight: 5-11, 194 Why the Bears picked him The Bears had a major need for a starter at cornerback opposite Jaylon Johnson, and...
    Chicago Bears receiver Byron Pringle was arrested in Florida on Saturday for reckless driving with a suspended license while his son was in the car. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say Pringle became 'verbally confrontational' after he was stopped while driving an orange Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on Saturday night in Pascoe County, north of Tampa. Authorities say Pringle was pulled over around 6pm after he was seen burning rubber and doing donuts on a public road, according to an incident report provided to DailyMail.com. 'I observed an orange in color Dodge Challenger emerge from the smoke in a westbound direction,' read the arrest report. 'I could smell the distinct smell of burnt rubber as I proceeded to turn around in the same median break. I observed a series of tire marks on the roadway consistent with a vehicle performing ''a donut.''' Chicago Bears receiver Byron Pringle (pictured in his mugshot) was arrested in Florida on Saturday for reckless driving with a suspended license while his son was in the car Authorities say Pringle was pulled over around 6pm after...
    New Bears wide receiver Byron Pringle is in trouble with the law for doing donuts in his Hellcat with a suspended license and a child in the car. Byron Pringle’s tenure with the Chicago Bears is not off to a particularly good start. The receiver, who signed a one-year contract as a free agent in March, was arrested in Florida on Saturday for reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, according to TMZ. Apparently, Pringle was doing donuts on a public road around 6:00 p.m. in his 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. His young son was allegedly in the back seat. To make matters worse, police allege Pringle was “verbally confrontational” during the stop. Bears WR Byron Pringle arrested for doing donutsSo the #Bears sign one WR to a decent-sized contract, and that one guy is Byron Pringle, who does donuts on a public road with a kid in the car. Off to a great start! — Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 24, 2022 The last thing any team wants is for a player to end up in police custody...
    Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith mostly skirted talk about a potential contract extension before a voluntary minicamp practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. But he did provide one concrete answer when asked if he would like to stay in Chicago long term. “Absolutely, yeah,” Smith said. “That’s my plan.” As Smith enters the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, his role on the Bears defense under new coach Matt Eberflus is as important as ever. But how and when he and the Bears might get to a new deal is uncertain. Smith revealed in August he doesn’t have an agent, but he has provided little update since then about whether he plans to hire one or, if not, how he’s preparing to negotiate his next contract. The NFLPA doesn’t list an agent for him as it does for most players. Smith said Wednesday his main focus “is out on the field and doing what I have to do and bonding better with my boys.” “It’s personal at the end of the day,” Smith said when asked about an agent....
    Good news, Chicago Bears fans. Justin Fields is just like you. Well, at least from the standpoint that he recently has been doing some casual browsing of the wide receiver inventory for this year’s NFL draft. “Of course,” Fields said Tuesday morning before the team’s minicamp practice at Halas Hall. “There are a lot of guys coming out in this year’s draft who are talented. I’m excited to see who we get.” He’s obviously not alone. For what it’s worth, this year’s receiver class is loaded with talent and widely regarded as incredibly deep. There’s predictable buzz that Bears general manager Ryan Poles will pluck at least one new playmaker from that shelf next week to add to their new-look offense. And as it so happens, Fields has previous experience throwing to three of the most highly-regarded prospects in the class: Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and Alabama’s Jameson Williams, who played with Fields for two seasons with the Buckeyes before transferring. Fields was kind enough to offer his informed scouting report on Olave, an assessment he punctuated...
    Good news, Chicago Bears fans. Justin Fields is just like you. Well, at least from the standpoint that he recently has been doing some casual browsing of the wide receiver inventory for this year’s NFL draft. “Of course,” Fields said Tuesday morning before the team’s mini-camp practice at Halas Hall. “There are a lot of guys coming out in this year’s draft who are talented. I’m excited to see who we get.” He’s obviously not alone. For what it’s worth, this year’s receiver class is loaded with talent and widely regarded as incredibly deep. There’s predictable buzz that Bears general manager Ryan Poles will pluck at least one new playmaker from that shelf next week to add to their new-look offense. And as it so happens, Fields has previous experience throwing to three of the most highly-regarded prospects in the class: Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and Alabama’s Jameson Williams, who played with Fields for two seasons with the Buckeyes before transferring. Fields was kind enough to offer his informed scouting report on Olave, an assessment he punctuated...
    Getty Chris Oladokun has met with the Chicago Bears for a second time leading up to the draft. The Chicago Bears are showing a good deal of interest in a young quarterback prospect leading up to the 2022 NFL draft. Per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus, the Bears had a virtual meeting with South Dakota State QB Chris Oladokun on April 13. It was the second time Oladokun has met with the Bears. The first was in March at the NFLPA Bowl in Pasadena, as PFN first reported. Kyed called Oladokun an intriguing “under the radar” prospect for Chicago, and there’s a great deal to appreciate about the young QBs game. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Chris Oladokun: Background & StatsThe 6-foot-2, 195-pound QB began his collegiate career at South Florida in 2016. He redshirted that year and served as backup as a true freshman in 2017. He went 22-44 for 285 yards, three touchdowns and an interception the following year in...
    A busy offseason packed with some huge trades has created a situation in which eight teams — a quarter of the NFL — are without first-round draft picks. The Chicago Bears are included in that group as a result of their trade up to select quarterback Justin Fields a year ago. Six teams are stocked with two first-rounders, and the Philadelphia Eagles own three picks in Round 1. Here is a mock draft through both of the Bears’ second-round picks. Round 1 1. Jacksonville Jaguars — Aidan Hutchinson, edge, Michigan More surprising than the Jaguars’ shopping spree in free agency might have been the decision to franchise tag LT Cam Robinson. It’s a good draft for linemen, but the Jaguars can add a major defensive piece. 2. Detroit Lions — Travon Walker, DE, Georgia The Lions made some small steps in coach Dan Campbell’s first season. The defense is still lacking a game-changer in the front seven. 3. Houston Texans — Evan Neal, OL, Alabama A pass rusher might be tempting for Lovie Smith, but the Texans have needs across...
    The NFL’s new league year began March 16, opening the door for free agents to sign with new teams or reach agreements to stay with their current organizations. As Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles prepares to rework the roster in his second month on the job, the Tribune will track all of the Bears arrivals and departures and provide insight into what they mean. Wednesday The Bears announced they signed offensive lineman Dakota Dozier to a one-year deal. What it means: Dozier has played in 76 games over seven seasons with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, with 27 starts. The 6-foot-4, 312-pound guard was a fourth-round pick in 2014. He started a career-high 16 games at left guard for the Vikings in 2020 but didn’t play any offensive snaps for them in 2021. He spent most of last season on the practice squad and played in six games on special teams. He was hospitalized with COVID-19 in November. Dozier is GM Ryan Poles’ second free-agent offensive line signing this offseason, along with Lucas Patrick, who said he...
    Defensive tackle Justin Jones was ready to pick the Indianapolis Colts in free agency before he received a phone call late Thursday at his South Carolina home. Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus was on the other end. Eberflus didn’t pressure Jones to make a decision. He instead talked about the opportunity ahead, about the Halas Hall facilities and the staff and coaches there. And importantly, Jones said, Eberflus talked about the family atmosphere he hoped Jones would encounter. By 9:45 a.m. Friday, Jones was on a flight to Chicago, having settled on the Bears’ two-year offer worth $12 million, according to NFL Network. Less than 24 hours after the Bears’ three-year, $40.5 million deal with defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi fell through because of a failed physical, general manager Ryan Poles and Eberflus had signed another, cheaper option for a three-technique tackle. “(Eberflus) said, ‘I really think you fit right in with our guys, you fit right in with our scheme, you fit right in with what we’re trying to accomplish. The way you go about your work, the way you...
    When Ryan Poles spoke in loose terms about goals in free agency, he referenced finding hungry players who are willing to bet on themselves — and new wide receiver Byron Pringle matches that criteria, coming with a background the new Chicago Bears general manager knows well. Pringle said he liked to be one of the first Kansas City Chiefs players in the facility every morning, and that he would regularly pass Poles on his way to or from breakfast, exchanging pleasantries. So, when Poles and coach Matt Eberflus called Pringle to talk about a future with the Bears, the wide receiver knew it would be a good match. “Somebody that would come to work every day ready to compete at a high level,” Pringle said Sunday morning when asked what Poles saw in him. “I don’t care about no numbers. I want that letter at the end of the game, that W.” There is a level of projection involved with Pringle, who caught 42 passes for 568 yards (13.5 average) and five touchdowns last season for the Chiefs. He added...