Gene Chamberlain

Bears final report card -- 2012: Ultimate collapse

The Chicago Bears faced a steep grading curve in 2012 considering they had to make the playoffs or face a coaching change. When they started out 7-1, the curve became even steeper and made their ultimate collapse all the more severe.

Looking over the Bears coaching candidates to date

Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery is known as a very meticulous, thorough worker and is living up to his reputation in his search for a Bears coach. In only three days, he's produced six candidates and likely has more on his initial interview list.

Bears highlights, lowlights 2012

The Bears' season hit high peaks and low points, but the peaks all seemed to come before December, when the words "Super Bowl" got mentioned often at Halas Hall.

Bears 2013 schedule: Fewer pushovers means upgraded schedule

A new coaching staff with a different offensive system makes for uncertainty, so a schedule with seven games against 2012 playoff teams only adds to the difficulty ahead for the Chicago Bears.

Bears' MVPs 2012: Brandon Marshall a first for an original franchise

Even teams that blow 7-1 starts to miss the playoffs and get their coach fired have MVPs. The Bears often have had seasons devoid of individual accomplishment, but plenty of players stood out in a season that once held so much promise.

Bears: Devin Hester says anger had nothing to do with Lovie Smith firing

A day after saying he might retire and expressed displeasure at Lovie Smith's firing, Chicago Bears record-setting return man Devin Hester on Tuesday clarified his statement without backing off of it.

New Bears coach will have to adapt to Jay Cutler, defense

The Chicago Bears' style of play may not look completely different in the future than in the past few years, even with Lovie Smith no longer the head coach.

Bears GM Phil Emery looks for more offense from new coach

All the major faults visible to anyone who saw Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears teams over the past nine seasons eventually combined to bring him down.

Former Bears assistant Keith Armstrong to interview

Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong is expected to interview for the Bears head coaching job, according to an report.

Bears to speak to Broncos OC Mike McCoy this weekend

The Bears, who fired head coach Lovie Smith on Monday, plan to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this weekend.

Bears: Defensive scheme change may lead to Brian Urlacher's departure

The cover-2 defensive scheme became the signature defense of the Chicago Bears under coach Lovie Smith, and with his firing Monday it could signify the end of careers as well as an era in team history.

Bears QB Jay Cutler feeling some guilt, welcomes prospect of change

If anyone should feel angst over Monday's firing of coach Lovie Smith, it's Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler. After all, Cutler and coaching staff changes haven't gone together well in the past. It was Denver's coaching change to Josh McDaniels that led to Cutler's trade to Chicago.

Bears: Devin Hester angered over Lovie Smith's firing

Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester on Monday took the firing of coach Lovie Smith particularly hard as he cleaned out his locker for what could be the last time.

Bears fire coach Lovie Smith after nine seasons

Lovie Smith coached half a Chicago Bears team for nine seasons, and as a result he was fired Monday by general manager Phil Emery. The Bears failed to make the playoffs five of the last six years.

Bears Report Card: Chicago makes the grade, but not the playoffs

Earning a respectable report card after being denied a playoff berth is a little like finding out you've aced the final exam but have flunked the course. Such is the case for the Bears.

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