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Free agent CB David Amerson is visiting the Texans on Monday.

Amerson visited the Bears last week, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports he has "three more visits" scheduled after the Texans. Amerson earned a big deal from the Raiders with a solid 2015, but he has mostly struggled since. Still, he would be a good reclamation project.
Feb 12 - 9:33 AM

Free agent CB David Amerson will visit the Bears on Wednesday.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Amerson also has "other" visits scheduled. Low on corners, the Bears are going to cast a wide net this offseason. Amerson was a massive free agent bust in Oakland, but perhaps he would experience a Vic Fangio bounce in Chicago.
Feb 6 - 1:05 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports the Bears will interview ex-Raiders OC Todd Downing for their QBs coach vacancy.

New Bears coach Matt Nagy has most of his staff set, with Mark Helfrich taking over as OC. Both will be heavily involved in Mitchell Trubisky's development, and Downing would be another solid hire despite his dreadful one-year stint as the Raiders' OC this past season. Downing, 37, was given a lot of the credit for developing Derek Carr as the Raiders' QBs coach in 2015 and 2016.
Jan 17 - 9:53 AM

670 The Score's Mike Mulligan reports the Bears are "very close" to hiring ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their new offensive coordinator.

Helfrich made his name as Chip Kelly's coordinator at Oregon, and he took over the head coaching job at the program in 2013. According to reports, Kelly is also pursuing Helfrich to coordinate his offense at UCLA, so the Bears do have some competition. New coach Matt Nagy is expected to call his own plays.
Jan 11 - 9:12 AM

Broncos hired ex-Bears assistant Curtis Modkins as RBs coach.

Aside from a one-year interlude as the 49ers' offensive coordinator in 2016, Modkins has been an NFL RBs coach since 2010. He oversaw a solid Bears attack in 2017. He has some pieces to work with in Denver in C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson, but someone else figures to be added to the mix either through the draft or free agency.
Jan 4 - 6:35 PM

Dolphins hired Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator.

Loggains was despised in Chicago for running an arch-conservative offense that completely lacked creativity, but he has friends in good places in the league. One of his best friends is Dolphins coach Adam Gase, with whom Loggains previously worked in Chicago. Loggains will replace Clyde Christiansen as the Dolphins' OC. It's a step down from the Bears, for whom Loggains called plays. Gase will continue to call plays in Miami.
Jan 3 - 8:45 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears requested to interview Vikings DC George Edwards for their head-coaching vacancy.

Edwards has been the Vikings' defensive coordinator since coach Mike Zimmer got the job in 2014. Zimmer runs the show on defense, but Edwards obviously has a hand in things. He's never been a head coach at any level. The Vikings have one of the best defenses in the league, but Edwards would seem to be a serious long shot for the Bears' gig. He'd fulfill the Rooney Rule.
Jan 3 - 10:35 AM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have requested to interview Chiefs OC Matt Nagy for their head-coaching vacancy.

Nagy has now been linked to the Colts and Bears this week. He won’t be able to interview until the Chiefs are done with the playoffs. The Bears seem zeroed in on an offensive mind to work with last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Mitchell Trubisky. Chicago is trying to find its version of Sean McVay.
Jan 2 - 9:23 PM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

He will reportedly interview with the Bears and Giants on Friday. The Colts will be the first interview for one of this year's most sought after candidates. McDaniels has been in no rush to leave New England in recent years, barely granting interviews and making it clear he will only take a plum job. Even with the Colts' disastrous 2017, they would seem to fit the bill with a franchise quarterback and respected new(ish) general manager. Meddlesome owner Jim Irsay is always a wild card.
Jan 2 - 4:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have requested interviews with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur for their head-coaching vacancy.

Shurmur's name had already been connected to the Bears gig, as Chicago is reportedly very intrigued by the longtime Andy Reid wingman who has branched out in recent years to learn more and add to his repertoire. McDaniels has already been linked to the Colts and Giants. He's been picky with his potential destinations in recent years, looking for the perfect opportunity. Chicago needs a rebuild, making it highly unlikely McDaniels will leave the nest for the Bears.
Jan 1 - 9:26 PM

The Cardinals and Bears reportedly have the most interest in Vikings OC Pat Shurmur as a head-coaching candidate.

Shurmur is being credited for the turnaround of the Vikings' 2017 offense, which was revamped with multiple O-Line additions and got a career year from Case Keenum, who was surrounded by big-time playmakers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph. Shurmur would likely undertake a near-full-on rebuild in Arizona. In Chicago, he would inherit 2017 No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky.
Jan 1 - 6:11 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports the Bears will interview Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo for their head-coaching vacancy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports DeFilippo will interview with the Cardinals, as well. Still only 39, DeFilippo has been a rising star in coaching circles since he did a surprisingly good job as Cleveland's coordinator in 2015. He also drew plaudits as Raiders QBs coach from 2012-14. His 2017 work with Carson Wentz has only enhanced his reputation. For a team in Chicago that desperately needs "the next Sean McVay," DeFilippo is a wise phone call to make.
Jan 1 - 1:26 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks has received head-coaching interview requests from the Lions, Colts, Giants and Bears.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals are also expected to reach out. Finishing up his first year as Panthers coordinator, Wilks oversaw a defense that tallied 2017's third-most sacks (50), erased the run and largely stymied the pass. Wilks was last a head coach for small-school Savannah State in 1999.
Jan 1 - 1:07 PM

Bears fired head coach John Fox.

Perhaps the least surprising firing of the season, Fox was marked for the axe almost from the opening snap, and he did not help his cause with several embarrassing missteps including a challenge which turned a first-and-goal for his own team into a turnover. The defense did over-perform under Fox, but that had much more to do with the work of DC Vic Fangio, who the Bears should look to retain if possible – he is reportedly out of contract. Fox finishes his tenure in Chicago with a 14-34 record and fewer than six wins in each of his three seasons. He has proven to be a mediocre coach, but his name will likely still be thrown around during carousels to come as NFL decision-makers struggle to break free from the cocoon.
Jan 1 - 9:00 AM

According to Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki, ex-Rams coach Jeff Fisher wants to get back into the NFL in 2018 and "could be eyeing" the Bears, Browns, and Colts' jobs if they open.

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi recently advised not to rule out Fisher getting another shot due to having a "lot of contacts" around the league and in the NFL offices. Fisher played and coached for the Bears back in the 1980s. But after his disaster run with the Rams and now seeing Sean McVay turn it around in just one season, it would be near impossible to sell a fan base on Fisher.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Bears waived WR Tre McBride.

The former Dynasty league darling made it two months on the Bears' 53-man roster. He caught eight passes for 144 yards across eight appearances (three starts). Turning 25 in three days, it's a poor sign for McBride's NFL future that he couldn't stick in the Bears' wafer-thin receiver corps.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 03:49:00 PM

Bears released WR Deonte Thompson.

Thompson's snaps were dialed all the way back in Week 5, playing just eight snaps after being in on 53-of-68 plays in Week 4. He caught 11 balls for 125 yards and a score in five games. WR Tanner Gentry takes his roster spot.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Texans signed DE/OLB Lamarr Houston, formerly of the Bears.

Houston also signed 31-year-old DE Kendall Langford. Langford is more of a traditional 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle, while Houston is an edge rusher coming off an injury-ruined time in Chicago following some strong years in Oakland. Now 30, it's unclear what he has left in the tank. But the Texans need capable bodies after losing Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt for the season.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 10:24:00 PM

Free agent K Josh Lambo worked out for the Bears on Wednesday.

Roberto Aguayo, who spent part of training camp with the Bears, also worked out on Wednesday. Clearly the Bears aren't satisfied with Connor Barth, who has made just 2-of-4 field goal attempts this year. Lambo was among the Chargers' final cuts this summer after losing out to Younghoe Koo.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Bears waived WR Tanner Gentry.

A popular summer sleeper, Gentry was added to the 53-man roster after Week 1, and caught two passes in his Week 2 debut against the Bucs. His release is a disappointment for owners who took a flier in Dynasty leagues. It's a bit of a surprise from the receiver-desperate Bears, who will try to stash Gentry back on the practice squad.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 03:05:00 PM


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