Dan Durkin

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Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Defense Held Players-Only Film Session

Plus, Lance Briggs says Lovie Smith “should be remembered as one of the great coaches in Chicago.”

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

Bucs coach Lovie Smith. (Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Lovie Smith: Coaching Bears Was A ‘Dream Come True’

“I don’t need anything validated this week,” Smith says.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

Bucs coach Lovie Smith. (Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A preseason sleeper, the Bucs’ 2-8 start has been a major disappointment.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: ‘Still Wasn’t Good Enough,’ Marshall Says

Brandon Marshall isn’t under any illusions about Sunday’s winning performance.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall runs runs after a catch in Chicago's 21-13 win against Minnesota on Sunday at Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Vikings

Chicago beat an inferior opponent at home, which is what teams are supposed to do.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2014

Bears defensive end Jared Allen, left, rushes the passer Sunday in Chicago's 21-13 win against Minnesota at Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Allen Gets First Win At Soldier Field; Trestman Explains Decisions

Jared Allen played his best game of the season against his former team.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler attempts a pass as Vikings defenders Chad Greenway and Sharrif Floyd pursue him in Chicago's 21-13 win on Sunday at Soldier Field. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: It Wasn’t Pretty, But Cutler Delivers

“We realized we have a better team in that locker room than we are playing with,” Jay Cutler says.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2014

Jordan Mills. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Vikings: Jordan Mills Inactive

Here’s the full list of inactives for today’s Bears-Vikings game.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is pursued by Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Vikings

The Bears face yet another must-win game this Sunday versus the Vikings.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Brandon Marshall Doubles Down On Twitter Spat

Marshall wants to fight a fan in the name of anti-bullying.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2014

Bears offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Vikings: 5 Matchups To Watch

The Jermon Bushrod-Everson Griffen matchup will be key.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: ‘It Starts With Me,’ Cutler Says

“We have to get better, I have to get better,” Jay Cutler says.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

Marquess Wilson. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Wilson Coming Back A Morale ‘Boost’

Nothing is official yet, but everything points to Marquess Wilson’s return.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

Durkin’s Playbook: Vikings’ Mug Pressure Package

Through nine games, Minnesota has the third-most sacks in the league.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Amid Noise, Mel Tucker Feels Pressure — From Himself

“I don’t feel any pressure other than what I put on myself,” Mel Tucker says.

CBS Chicago–11/12/2014

Martellus Bennett. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Marshall, Bennett, Jennings Not Practicing

Plus, Jared Allen and Lance Briggs respond to the noise surrounding Mel Tucker’s job security.

CBS Chicago–11/12/2014

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Minnesota Vikings

There’s hope in Minnesota with Teddy Bridgewater and a young defense is blossoming under Mike Zimmer.

CBS Chicago–11/12/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Durkin: Time Is Now For Cutler To Prove His Worth

With two upcoming, winnable games at home, the time is now for Cutler to step up.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2014

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, left. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: ‘There Was Confusion All Night,’ Jennings Says

“We blew some coverages on the back end starting with myself,” Jennings said.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Bears’ Plan Isn’t Working

From the very top of the organization to the 53rd player on the roster, the Bears are broken.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2014

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