Category: Bears Corner

Jay Cutler: A Tribute

Jay Cutler: A Tribute
I remember, as I’m sure you can too, exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news broke that the Bears had traded for Jay Cutler. I was at work and when I saw a text from my buddy. I thought he was screwing with me (he’s a Packer fan). Low and... Read more »

Cup of Joe: Emergence of a Leader

Cup of Joe: Emergence of a Leader
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer One of the biggest questions coming into 2016 for the Bears was the contract status of Alshon Jeffery. General manager Ryan Pace and Jeffery’s agent Tory Dandy went back and forth throughout the off-season on a long term contract. Pace’s biggest question marks were about Jeffery’s health and... Read more »

Cup of Joe: A starting standard

Cup of Joe: A starting standard
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer I know what you’re thinking; not another Brian Hoyer vs Jay Cutler article, but this one is different. So before you click off, first hear me out. This is less about Hoyer vs Cutler as it is about holding Hoyer to a higher standard; a starting quarterback standard.... Read more »
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Cup of Joe: Carrying the torch

Cup of Joe: Carrying the torch
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer Indianapolis, Indiana: Bears 2008 season opener against Peyton Manning and the Colts. First quarter, a rookie named Matt Forte takes the handoff from quarterback Kyle Orton, gets to the second level, makes a ridiculous cut on cornerback Antoine Bethea and takes it to the house for a 50-yard... Read more »

A glimpse in the mirror: Who are these Bears?

A glimpse in the mirror: Who are these Bears?
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer The worst thing you can do as a fan and as a writer is to sensationalize every game and overreact. The NFL is a week-to-week business.  The Pittsburgh Steelers were embarrassed in Philadelphia eight days ago.  A week later, they destroyed a good Kansas City team at home... Read more »

John Fox: Feeling the heat

John Fox: Feeling the heat
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer When John Fox took over as Bears’ head coach in 2015, he held a team meeting. His message to his players, ‘get ready to win championships.’ Easier said than done, but looking at Fox’s track record in Carolina and Denver, he gets his teams to the Super Bowl.... Read more »
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Bears Coaching Insight: Is the experiment over with Dowell Loggains?

Bears Coaching Insight: Is the experiment over with Dowell Loggains?
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer Before the Bears season started, there was plenty of room for optimism. Not necessarily that they would make the playoffs, but they would be improve from a year ago and build something for 2017 and beyond. Everything was lining up. John Fox’s teams historically being much better in... Read more »

Bears Coaching: Cause for Concern or Anamoly

Bears Coaching: Cause for Concern or Anamoly
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer John Fox thought his team was close against the Texans and his comments in Tuesday’s presser echoed it. “I think [they are] things that we can clean up,” the second-year Bears head coach told ChicagoBears.com. “We created it, we just didn’t finish it. Much like our whole outing... Read more »

2016 Bears Preview: Three Degrees of Approximation

2016 Bears Preview: Three Degrees of Approximation
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer Variable change is the hardest part of season projections. How do you account for everything in terms of health, opponent performance, individual performance and just pure luck? Unforeseen variables will always have an impact on the season. This is why my season preview is broken down into three... Read more »
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Bears Front 7: Designing the Blueprint

Bears Front 7: Designing the Blueprint
Written by Joe Tidei/Special to Bears Backer Games are won and lost in the trenches. Defense wins championships. These aren’t clichés. The 2015 Broncos stymied Tom Brady in the AFC Championship and Von Miller made life hell for Cam Newton in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks dominated the Broncos and Peyton Manning in the Super... Read more »