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Ranking the best coaches/managers in Chicago sports history

<strong>7. Dick Motta, Bulls (1968-76)</strong> <br> </br> Motta was the second coach in Bulls’ history, and his teams made the playoffs in six of his eight seasons as head coach. He never won a championship but his teams were successful. Long before Michael, there were stars such as Bob Love, Chet Walker, Jerry Sloan and Norm Van Lier. They were good, just not great.
For a town that has been relatively title-starved, Chicago has certainly had its share of outstanding coaches and managers. But which ones have been the best? For the sake of this article, I am going to give credit based on success, regardless of whether the team won because of — or in spite of —... Read more »

Bob's Bears Mock Draft 4.0

<strong>1st Round: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia</strong> <br> </br> I realize this is a risky selection, given Ogletree's off-field issues. But the kid can play and, in the end, I think the Bears will trust that he can turn his life around and become the eventual successor to Urlacher at MLB. <br> </br> I would still like the Bears to draft help for the offensive line. However, I feel that adding a linebacker is more important than a right tackle (since they have J'Marcus Webb penciled in there anyway) or a guard (where they have Edwin Williams, Carimi and Brown). <br> </br> Ogletree is a top-10 talent whose draft stock has sunk like a rock since his DUI arrest in February. He has also failed a drug test and was charged with a misdemeanor theft in the past, so the kid is not without his detractors. However, like Urlacher in his prime, Ogletree is fast and is a converted safety. Playing Cover-2, at least for one more season, means the mike has to cover the middle of the field, which Ogletree can do. <br> </br> D.J. Williams is a decent stop-gap if he can stay on the field. That is no sure thing as he has had his own troubles. Meanwhile, this kid can step in right away and play. It's a no-brainer if he's on the board at No. 20. <br> </br> Alternate: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU. I have gone on record as saying that I do not like Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, but he would be under consideration here as well. <br> </br> Note: If they take Minter, they could possibly trade down several picks, as he is projected to go late first round or very early second. Perhaps they could pick up another selection that way, but he absolutely will not be on the board when Chicago picks in round two. <br> </br> <em>Previous Selection: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama. I still like Fluker; I just think LB is a more pressing need.</em>
A lot has changed in the Bears’ world since my last mock. Phil Emery signed Jermon Bushrod to play LT and Martellus Bennett at TE. Therefore, it may be safe to say that those two positions can be crossed off of the first-round draft list for the Bears. In fact, there is rampant speculation that the Bears are actively trying... Read more »

Bob's Chicago Bears Mock Draft 3.0

<strong>1st Round: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama</strong>
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With Stanford's Johnson moving up the draft chart quickly, the Bears take the best offensive lineman still on the board with the 20th selection. Fluker is a very large man, but he carries his weight well. He also is versatile and not lacking in bravado, although I prefer to see an athlete do his talking with his performance on the field. Fluker was part of the best offensive line in college last season. He can control the edge well and can play both tackle positions, although I feel he is better suited for RT or guard. He has even said he would play center if that's what a team wants.
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Fluker's 40 time of 5.39 at the Combine won't make Usain Bolt nervous, but he moves well for a 340 lb. lineman. He is all about the power, however.
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Now if only the big guy had some confidence ...
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"(I sell) my passion for the game, first of all," <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/Perhaps-a-Bear-A-Closer-Look-at-DJ-Fluker-193075311.html" target="_blank">Fluker said</a>. "I bring energy to the table, every day, every practice, on weekends, gameday, that's what I do. I take pride in my blocking, but I'm trying to refine every technique to my game."
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<em>Previous Selection: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma</em>
The Combine is over, but in reality teams still have to watch a lot of tape, talk to scouts and attend Pro Days before they know who they will be drafting. Yet there is no question that some performances have altered the draft stock of players. For example, my previous first-round pick—Oklahoma’s OT Lane Johnson—very likely will be gone before the 20th... Read more »
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Photos: Bears defeat Colts 41-21

Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune
Despite getting off to a troublesome looking start, the Bears rallied and put up 41 points on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, moving to 1-0 on the season. Chicago now has a short week and will face the Packers up in Lambeau Field this Thursday. Here’s a collection of Tribune photos from... Read more »

Reviewing the Tape: Saints Crush Bears in Week 2

RT Gabe Carimi
Here’s a collection of pictures from the Bears 30-13 routing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. We know, you didn’t really ever want to see this again … sorry. Pictures come courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

The Highlight Reel: Bears Crush Falcons in Regular Season Opener

The Chicago Bears crushed the Atlanta Falcons 30-12 in their 2011 home opener, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. You can read Chicago Bears Huddle’s post game report here. In the meantime, here’s a collection of pictures from the game courtesy of Getty Images:
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Bears Training Camp Photos: Day 7

Here’s a collection of pictures I snapped on Saturday, while down in Bourbonnais covering Bears camp. Sorry, I’m no photographer. Enjoy!

Bears Training Camp Photos: Day 3

Bears GM Jerry Angelo
Here’s a collection of pictures from Bears training camp courtesy of Brian Cassella of the Chicago Tribune:

Rare Photos: 1985 Chicago Bears

Rare Photos: 1985 Chicago Bears
I know, I know, we’ve been here before. Some of us are, quite honestly, tired of hearing about the Super Bowl champion 1985 Chicago Bears. Not for lack of love or respect, but for want of a modern day version of that dominating group of pro football hall of famers. It’s not easy, and teams... Read more »
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Top 25 Bears Photos of 2010

Last but not least, Corey Wootton puts the final nail in the coffin, ending Brett Favre's career. We think...
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to every single photo taken during the Bears’ rather successful 2010 season. I do, however, have access to a large library of pictures thanks to friends and colleagues from around the league. So I decided to put together a collection of my top 25 Bears photos of 2010. Here goes…... Read more »