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Jan. 3, 2016: His Bears future uncertain, Matt Forte reflects on his career

How about Matt Forte? Bears coach Lovie Smith wondered that aloud on the night of Sept. 7, 2008. Forte had just run for 123 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in his NFL debut, an upset victory over the Colts. At Smith's news conference, he was still trying to process a talent that went on to...

  • Week 16 photos: Bears 26, Buccaneers 21

    Week 16 photos: Bears 26, Buccaneers 21

    Photos from the Bears-Buccaneers game at Raymond James Stadium.

  • Bears top Buccaneers 26-21 on the road

    Bears top Buccaneers 26-21 on the road

    Ka’Deem Carey scored two touchdowns and Robbie Gould kicked four field goals as the Bears beat the Buccaneers 26-21 on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., to improve to 6-9. Carey scored a pair of 1-yard TDs, one a rush, one on a pass from Jay Cutler. Rookie running back Jeremy Langford rushed for 83 yards....

  • Bears Binge: Your semi-serious guide to the Bucs matchup

    Bears Binge: Your semi-serious guide to the Bucs matchup

    Welcome to the Bears Binge, where every week RedEye prepares you for the matchup facing the Monsters of the Midway. This week: Jay Cutler and Jameis Winston might be the same person and the time of year that represents a football fan's dream come true/worst nightmare.   Game time: at Tampa Bay,...

  • Casting the Bears as 'Star Wars' characters

    Casting the Bears as 'Star Wars' characters

    The Bears are to the NFL what "Star Wars" is to science fiction. Both are beloved, well-known franchises. Both were created by a visionary named George (Halas, Lucas) whose product once set the standard of excellence in the field. However, recent years have brought some "indifferent editions,"...

  • Oh, right, the Bears lost to the Vikings on Sunday

    Oh, right, the Bears lost to the Vikings on Sunday

    Despite a few highlights (Deonte Thompson's kickoff returns, a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery), Bears fans would have been better off skipping Sunday's 38-17 loss to Minnesota. But it's the Bears, so there's no way we're going to stop talking about them. Even if they now will miss the playoffs...

  • Bears lose third straight, fall to Vikings 38-17

    Bears lose third straight, fall to Vikings 38-17

    The Vikings dominated the Bears 38-17 on Sunday behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who threw a career-high four touchdown passes and ran for a score. The Bears lost their third straight game to fall to 5-9 for the season. Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes but also had two turnovers -- a...

  • Bears Binge: Your semi-serious guide to the Vikings matchup

    Bears Binge: Your semi-serious guide to the Vikings matchup

    Welcome to the Bears Binge, where every week RedEye prepares you for the matchup facing the Monsters of the Midway. This week: Adrian Peterson doesn't sweat being called a villain, why turning 30 shouldn't bother you so much and a certain sea lion makes his weekly appearance.   Game time: at Minnesota,...

  • All that's left is to embrace the spoiler role, Bears fans

    All that's left is to embrace the spoiler role, Bears fans

    The end of the season is quickly approaching, and unfortunately the Bears have all but sealed their fate with their heartbreaking home loss to Washington. With three games left on the schedule, Bears fans have been struggling with how to feel about this season and the team’s outlook for the future....

  • Terrifying: NFL logos reimagined as GOP hopeful, CEO Trump's face

    Terrifying: NFL logos reimagined as GOP hopeful, CEO Trump's face

    What would a world look like in which everything was dominated by Donald Trump's pouting, jowly face? It's becoming less and less hard to imagine. Thursday's terrifying vision of the future comes from Uproxx graphic artist David Rappoccio, who has redesigned the NFL's 32 franchise logos to incorporate...

  • NU grad McManis steady amid Bears' constant change

    NU grad McManis steady amid Bears' constant change

    For many people, going to college or landing a dream job means moving out of state. Not so for Sherrick McManis. The Bears cornerback has lived most of his life and played most of his career in Illinois. Born and raised in Peoria, McManis played for Northwestern during the 2006-09 seasons and,...

  • Former Bear Idonije's comic unveils new powers

    Former Bear Idonije's comic unveils new powers

    Athletes are used to saving the day. Whether it's sacking the quarterback, hitting a last-second shot or producing a clutch performance, they're already at hero status for the most part. Former Bears lineman Israel Idonije took that concept to the next level in 2013 when he launched "The Protectors,"...

  • Former Bear intent on bridging divide between kids, police

    Former Bear intent on bridging divide between kids, police

    A decade ago, then-Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije set out to make less fortunate Chicago children a little happier during the holidays.  His solution was to play Santa Claus of a sort by providing kids with money to buy presents for themselves or others. After a successful first year in...

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