Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall's standing with the team for the upcoming season may be in question, but new head coach John Fox was non-committal about Marshall when asked Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Huddle Up: Chicago media is reading the tea leaves to state that Marshall won't be back with the Bears next year, but it would seem foolish for a new coach to kick one of the few working parts on his team to the curb. It may just be a way for the Bears to strong-arm Marshall into dropping some of his media side gigs and focus more of his time and effort on football.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 1/30/15 3:48pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall may not return to the team in 2015, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. The thinking is that Marshall and WR Alshon Jeffery are too similar of receivers, and the team needs more diversity at the position. Wright also wrote that this was strictly a possibility, and he expects Marshall to be on the team in 2015.
Huddle Up: Not so far-fetched as the Bears could use a burner on the outside and Marshall already has been traded twice in his nine NFL seasons.
Jay Feely - PKPosted 1/29/15 3:51pm ET
Chicago Bears PK Jay Feely said QB Jay Cutler isn't a leader off of the field. 'That's not who he is. You're going to have a vacuum there,' Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio. 'So you have to know that as a general manager or a head coach, 'Hey, we're not going to have that leadership from this position, so we've really got to have other guys that are going to step up and are going to be our verbal leaders.''
Huddle Up: Ouch -- nothing like a fill-in kicker pontificating on the starting QB's leadership abilities.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a 'strong, personal relationship.'
Huddle Up: Loggains and new OC Adam Gase are the latest -- and possibly last -- chances to make something out of Cutler's Windy City career. The QB looked to be on track after his first year under former coach Marc Trestman in 2013 but regressed this past season.
Adam Gase - OCPosted 1/22/15 3:47pm ET
Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase was hired by the Chicago Bears as their new offensive coordinator. Gase will receive a 3-year deal.
Huddle Up: In Denver, Gase (and Peyton Manning) co-coordinated the most productive offense in NFL history in 2013, but it'll be highly interesting to see if he can make a successful transition from working with Manning to the not-so-fundamentally refined Jay Cutler.
Vic Fangio - DCPosted 1/20/15 3:19pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (49ers) will be the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator. Fangio was previously the San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator.
Huddle Up: A good coup for the new John Fox regime, but the problem -- at least initially -- is that Fangio might find the talent a little lacking in the Windy City compared to what he had to work with in San Fran.
John Fox - HCPosted 1/16/15 4:39pm ET
The Chicago Bears have hired former Denver Broncos coach John Fox as their new head coach, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fox is a veteran, likable presence who was able to quickly turn things around in both of his previous stops in Carolina and Denver, although he was never able to get either over the top. Of course, Fox's most intriguing fantasy hire will be his offensive coordinator given the Jay Cutler situation and the talented skill-position players on that side of the ball.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/30/14 2:13am ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's fate will be determined by the team's next general manager and head coach, according to team president Ted Phillips.
Huddle Up: With the Bears' regime gone, the new staff will have an opportunity to decide if they want to proceed with Cutler or start over with their own quarterback. In Chicago Cutler would still be a viable fantasy option given the talent around him; elsewhere would be a bit more risky of a proposition.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/29/14 9:24am ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte caught his 102nd pass in 2014, passing former NFL FB Larry Centers for the most receptions in a season by a running back.
Huddle Up: One shining light in what ended up being a lost season for the Bears. We'll see how the versatile Forte adapts to potentially a new quarterback--and maybe even a new coach and new offense--in 2015.
Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 12/22/14 5:12pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 16 and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Jay Cutler will start against the Vikings. Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota in Week 11 but a lot has happened in Chicago since then. The Minnesota defense is more of a plug and play this week than Cutler.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/19/14 12:27am ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler hopes to stay with the team beyond the 2014 season. Cutler signed a seven-year, $126.7 million extension a few months ago and was benched Wednesday, Dec. 17, in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen.
Huddle Up: After missing out on the playoffs for a fourth straight season, the Bears appear headed for an off-season of upheaval, and there will likely be a whole new regime calling the shots. Cutler's fate is most certainly up in the air, and he's put himself there with a poor 2014 performance.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/18/14 5:48pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: No immediate word on what kept Jeffery out, but there's no reason to think it's anything too serious, either.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/17/14 7:19pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Amazingly, it probably won't make a big difference. The Bears offense was awful with Cutler under center Monday night and it will likely be awful Sunday against Detroit. The team has given up and Marc Trestman can't be fired soon enough for Bears fans. The Lions are a Top 3 fantasy defense this week.
Robbie Gould - PKPosted 12/13/14 5:55pm ET
Chicago Bears PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) is questionable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Jay Feely will be the Bears kicker if Gould can't go. There are better fantasy options out there this week for owners to choose from than Feely.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/9/14 12:39am ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he supports QB Jay Cutler, but he also said that he doesn't understand why the team's offense has been so out of sync this season.
Huddle Up: While usually playing catch-up due to the Bears' porous defense, Cutler has certainly been under pressure, but that doesn't completely explain the team's offensive regression or his league-leading 21 turnovers. Despite the support of his longtime teammate, it very well could be an interesting offseason for Cutler and the Bears.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 12/8/14 5:13pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs, lung) was officially placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, Dec. 8. He is done for the year.
Huddle Up: Marquess Wilson is expected to take over as the Bears starter opposite Alshon Jeffery. Wilson should be added off the waiver wire this week. He's instantly in the WR3/4 discussion given the Bears awful defense.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 12/5/14 12:34am ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett had a season-high 12 catches on 15 targets for 84 yards and a score in the team's 41-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: Perhaps getting more targets than planned with WR Brandon Marshall departing with a first-half rib injury, Bennett is having a late-season surge with 20 catches for 193 yards and a TD over the last two games and is giving his fantasy owners a huge edge at the depleted and shallow TE position.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 12/5/14 10:19am ET
Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs) may have suffered broken ribs Thursday, Dec. 4, and is having his spleen examined as well. His season is in doubt.
Huddle Up: We've already seen Justin Hunter shut down because of a spleen injury, and while Marshall is tough and has played through several injuries the ribs/spleen combo doesn't lend itself to a big-bodied receiver taking shots across the middle for a team that's unlikely to make the postseason. Marshall's injury would open up more playing time for Josh Morgan, but the real beneficiary would be tight end Martellus Bennett; see last night's 12-catch performance for further proof.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 12/5/14 6:00pm ET
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs, lung) will miss the rest of the season after breaking two ribs and suffering a collapsed lung in Week 14 Thursday, Dec. 4. Marshall remains in a hospital Friday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Tough end to an up-and-down season for Marshall, who hasn't missed a start since 2010. Marquess Wilson and Josh Morgan will be the primary beneficiaries, and TE Martellus Bennett should also see an uptick in targets.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/5/14 11:23pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the team's starting quarterback the rest of the season as long as he is healthy, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Huddle Up: The Bears really have no other place to turn and it's not like Cutler is Chicago's only problem. As far as fantasy goes, Cutler will be a low-end QB1 option next week against New Orleans.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/4/14 2:36pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) will be able to play in Week 14 even though he is listed as questionable for the game, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Double-check the pre-game reports and inactive lists tonight to make sure but count on starting Jeffery as usual.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 12/4/14 10:32pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall left in the second quarter Thursday, Dec. 4, after taking a knee to his back and will not return. He was diagnosed with a rib injury after being helped to the locker room by trainers. He later was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
Huddle Up: Marshall took a knee to the back -- a la Tony Romo earlier this season -- after making a catch and was in obvious pain. Tough break for Marshall's fantasy owners as the WR was off to a 3-catch, 61-yard start, and hopefully his rest-of-season prognosis will turn out OK.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 12/3/14 4:05pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3, and is listed as probable for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Green light for Bennett's fantasy owners and good news for those relying on Jay Cutler.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/2/14 12:05am ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte tied a career-low with five carries in the team's Week 13 loss to the Detroit Lions, and he said the team can't afford to repeat the strategy going forward. 'It's of the utmost importance, especially if we're playing outside, with the weather and stuff,' Forte said. 'You can't just sit back there and throw 50 passes a game and expect to win.'
Huddle Up: The Bears' upcoming schedule should rectify the situation with the Bears facing the less-than-stout defenses of the Cowboys and Saints the next two weeks.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/2/14 4:23pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: Jeffery was held out a second straight day but it's likely only a precautionary measure on a short week. Definitely stay tuned, though, if you have him penciled into your starting lineup.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 12/2/14 4:43pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (foot) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: After a mini-lull, Bennett (8-109) was back over 6 catches and 100 receiving yards Sunday for the first time since Week 4. Start him with confidence in the fantasy playoffs given the dearth of dependable every-week options at the position.
Kyle Fuller - CBPosted 11/27/14 12:35pm ET
Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller (knee) will play in the team's Week 13 game against the Detroit Lions. Fuller had been questionable during the week.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Bears' secondary which must contend with Megatron and Golden Tate.
Kyle Fuller - CBPosted 11/25/14 3:49pm ET
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (groin) and CB Kyle Fuller (knee) could be game-time decisions for Week 13, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Huddle Up: The defensively challenged Bears need all hands on deck -- even going against a Lions' offense that somehow hasn't scored more than 24 points since Week 1.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 11/25/14 6:49pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Huddle Up: Marshall should be good to go in the first game of the Turkey Day tripleheader, and his fantasy owners will be hoping for more than the three catches for 32 yards he delivered in Week 12.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 11/20/14 6:44pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: The Bears' leading receiver made some definite strides after sitting out Wednesday, and we'll see if the momentum carries over into Friday.
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