Mike Mulligan

Mike Mulligan

 Fairy tale ending can come true for the Bears

Fairy tale ending can come true for the Bears

December 25, 2013

'Tis the season to believe. What better way to drive home that point than a Bears victory Sunday against the Packers at Soldier Field in a winner-take-all showdown for the seemingly unwanted NFC North title?

  • NFL toys with integrity with flex scheduling

    December 17, 2013

    Nobody ever has accused the NFL of failing to make a profit.

  • Hey, Bears fans, hold the irrational exuberance

    December 10, 2013

    Marc Trestman worked as a stockbroker before devoting his life to football. He is, no doubt, familiar with Alan Greenspan, the man who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve for 18 years and coined an interesting term in the mid-1990's before the height of the dot-com bubble. Greenspan questioned "irrational exuberance'' that unduly escalated asset values.

  • Bears special teams no longer among elite

    December 4, 2013

    When putting together the list of grievances surrounding the 2013 Bears, it's important to remember the forgotten unit.

  • Bears defense needs to toughen up

    November 26, 2013

    It's time to change the fight song. Well, at least the version of "Bear Down, Chicago Bears" that everybody has grown used to — the one that blasts out in Soldier Field after every score for the home team. Keep the song, but maybe try a Muzak version.

  • Road mark determining factor in success

    November 19, 2013

    The Bears embark on the clarifying journey of their 2013 season with most observers unsure if the team is on the road to glory or the road to perdition.

  • Bears getting very little bang for big defensive bucks

    November 12, 2013

    Charles Tillman's departure from the 2013 season feels like the final, wretched piece in an unnatural, reverse transformation. Think of a butterfly rewinding backward into a larvae or caterpillar state until you have the pupa that is the Bears devolved defense.

  • Bears' defenders need mental boost

    October 30, 2013

    Legend has it the great movie director Alfred Hitchcock offered a stock response when any eager actor asked what his motivation was to play a certain character.

  • Cutler injury complicates Bears' decision on future

    October 24, 2013

    Not since the Three Stooges studied the age-old question of heredity versus environment has there been a more fascinating test of epigenetic theory than the one the Bears are about to embark upon.

  • Trade fate gives defense good chance against Redskins

    October 16, 2013

    In the funny mirror world of the NFL where almost acquisitions and near additions make team-building as much a matter of chance or fortune as science or calculation, the Bears conceivably could be facing Jay Cutler or Peyton Manning instead of Robert Griffin III on Sunday.

  • Giants won't duplicate Cutler feast

    October 9, 2013

    Among the many horrible beatings Jay Cutler has taken as quarterback of the Bears, the worst came in New York against the Giants in 2010. Cutler was sacked an NFL record nine times in a single half before being knocked out.

  • Despite ugly first loss, Bears are sitting pretty

    October 1, 2013

    In terms of adversity, the Bears' 2013 season is akin to an airline losing your luggage on a trip to Hawaii. You can sulk away a day or two in a luxury resort, or break down and buy a few items at the gift shop and get on with paradise.

  • Tillman critical to Bears defense

    September 24, 2013

    If the excitement of an early NFC North showdown in Detroit doesn't make Bears fans tremble, then certainly fear should do the trick.

  • Margin of error will tighten for Bears on road

    September 17, 2013

    It's called a confidence interval in statistics and a safety calculation in engineering. In professional football it's a less formal computation of the number of stupid mistakes you can make while still managing to win a game. Welcome to the fascinating reckoning known as margin of error.

  • Bears betting big on Cutler's health

    September 3, 2013

    You don't need a Las Vegas bookmaker to compute the Bears' odds for success without Jay Cutler.

  • Bears finally loaded at key positions

    August 28, 2013

    Here is a fun game to play with friends: Name the best or deepest position on the Bears. Where are they at their best? Is it their depth at defensive line or running back or in the secondary, perhaps?

  • Hester wants Hall-of-Fame season

    August 20, 2013

    Bears returner Devin Hester believes he has done enough in his NFL career to have "one foot in" the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Bears need more Longs

    August 14, 2013

    There is nothing wrong with the Bears offensive line. Check that. There is nothing wrong with the offensive line that cloning wouldn't fix.

  • Bears' lack of Plan B means Cutler holds all the cards

    August 6, 2013

    Marc Trestman's arrival is supposed to signal a new era of responsibility and accountability for Jay Cutler.

  • Urlacher exits NFL stage quietly

    May 22, 2013

    Twitterwas launched in 2006, six years after the Bears selected Brian Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 draft.

  • Loss will be lamented little

    March 21, 2013

    If a career falls in Lake Forest and no one around cares to hear it …

  • For better or worse, coach and GM tied together

    January 17, 2013

    Bears general manager Phil Emery and new head coach Marc Trestman celebrate birthdays just a day apart from one another. That's one of the nifty — dare we say synergetic? — connections between the two men. Sadly, they weren't born in late May or the first few weeks of June. That would have made them Geminis, of course, sign of the twins. No, they're a couple old Capricorns, which means they're depicted as goats with fish tails, not the greatest image for football.

  • What's the answer for Bears?

    December 31, 2012

    There is an undercurrent of ambition to the firing of Lovie Smith.

  • Roster mismanagement could be Bears' downfall

    December 25, 2012

    The franchise of Walter Payton, Gale Sayers and Red Grange could become the attack of Kahlil Bell, Armando Allen and maybe even Harvey Unga on Sunday at Detroit.

  • Emery's master plan should start to unfold soon

    December 18, 2012

    Phil Emery has spent so much of his NFL career in the shadows you can't help but wonder just what to expect from him now that his time in the spotlight draws near.

  • Given history, Smith might be best fit for Bears

    December 11, 2012

    The Bears may appear to be going nowhere, but that doesn't mean Lovie Smith is headed anywhere.

  • Is Urlacher's injury end of era?

    December 4, 2012

    The dark cloud settling over this Bears season grew even more ominous Tuesday with news that middle linebacker Brian Urlacher likely will miss three of the team's final four games with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

  • With this line, an uphill climb

    November 29, 2012

    The Bears have been running up a down escalator on offense for so long, they apparently can't help but feel they're on the verge of reaching the top.

  • Bears latest problem? Money

    November 21, 2012

    The institutional failure of the Bears offense is even worse than most seem to realize.

  • This might be a good time to see if Campbell's an answer

    November 14, 2012

    There is nothing wrong with hoping Jay Cutler is held out of Monday night's game against the 49ers in San Francisco. Concussions are serious business and Cutler has a life to live beyond football.

  • What will it take for Bears offense to take off?

    November 7, 2012

    It's understandable if the hype of a potential Super Bowl matchup one week, followed by a prospective NFC championship showdown the next, seems highly relevant midway through a season. But really, it's only hype. Getting to the real NFC championship game and then the real Super Bowl — in that order — is really what the exercise is all about.

  • Pressure will build on Cutler, offense

    October 30, 2012

    It's a tribute to the skill of Jay Cutler — as opposed to, say, generations of previous Bears quarterbacks — that the interpretation of his leadership ability now includes fluency in body language, facial expression recognition and, of course, lip-reading.

  • Some Bears great, but not Hall of Fame worthy

    October 23, 2012

    Somewhere between Brian Urlacher pushing Charles Tillman for Defensive Player of the Year and Jon Gruden hailing a group of All-Time Bears currently on the defense, the thought occurred that something important is missing from the franchise. No, not cheerleaders. But let's talk later.

  • Turnovers setting table for Bears success

    October 13, 2012

    You could make the argument that every one of us is in a race against time, but it might be a little more difficult to sustain that view of the Bears defense these days.

  • Bears' pass rush making all the difference

    October 3, 2012

    The popular joke when the Bears traded for Jay Cutler in 2009 was that they fleeced the Broncos by including two first-round draft picks because such selections were worthless in Chicago. The trade simply spared the Bears the indignity of making even more bad picks.

  • Cowboys Stadium has been kind to Bears

    September 26, 2012

    Dallas is as good a place as any to burst through the growing frustration surrounding the Bears stalled offense.

  • Cutler usually rebounds well from poor games

    September 18, 2012

    The Jay Cutler-J'Marcus Webb controversy may wind up being a bigger problem for the Rams than it has been for the Bears.

  • Bears closing talent gap

    September 12, 2012

    When general manager Phil Emery was hired to replace Jerry Angelo in the offseason, team President Ted Phillips said the move was made to close the "talent gap" between the Bears and their division rivals, the Packers and Lions.

  • Cutler still somewhat in Elway's shadow

    September 5, 2012

    It somehow is appropriate Andrew Luck begins his career on a field opposite Jay Cutler.

  • Bears special teams will continue to be just that

    August 29, 2012

    If the Bears can inflict as much punishment on opponents as they seem to on the psyche of their fans, it could be one memorable year. The soundtrack thus far has deteriorated from fast-fingered Spanish guitar to a slow and painful Merle Haggard song.

  • Sources: Urlacher turned to alternative therapy before knee scope

    August 23, 2012

    The inexplicable months of delay between Brian Urlacher's left knee injury and an arthroscopic procedure to reduce pain and swelling a little more than a week ago is pretty difficult to understand.

  • Family business a natural for Bates, Bears

    August 7, 2012

    BOURBONNAIS — Jeremy Bates is new to the Bears, but he's totally at home in training camp. The team's new quarterbacks coach can measure his life in yard markers, tackling dummies and two-a-day practices.

  • The blame stays the same

    April 28, 2012

    Jerry Angelo used to be a centerpiece this time of year, but now he's living in exile and self-imposed silence.

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