Dan Durkin has been a football writer for CBSChicago.com since 2011, when he joined the company after finishing runner-up in the Pepsi Max Score Search. He was CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in 2014 and now serves as an NFL columnist. 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.
With the Packers looming in two weeks, the Bears aren’t ready for the regular season to kick off.
Chicago’s first string hasn’t run the ball well yet in the preseason.
The Bears made progress against the Colts, but there are lingering issues and concerns.
Here are a few players and position battles to focus on during Saturday night’s Bears-Colts game.
Despite the final score, there are some big-picture concerns with the Bears.
Durkin breaks down the pre-snap chess match that takes place.
The Bears are still searching for depth on the offensive and defensive lines.
Adam Gase recognizes the need to move the pocket to maximize Jay Cutler’s strengths.
Assuming Jeffery’s productivity continues, the Bears should be proactive in retaining him.
The Bears’ special teams need a big bounce back from their dismal 2014 performance.
This could be Jay Cutler’s make-or-break year in Chicago.
For the third straight season, the tight end position is Martellus Bennett or bust.
The big question: Will Kyle Long remain at guard or move outside to tackle?
Once again, Matt Forte will be the centerpiece, but which other back is ready to contribute this fall?
Alshon Jeffery will draw more attention, but he’s ready for the role, while Kevin White has big potential.
Antrel Rolle will have big responsibility thrust upon him in his first year with the Bears.
Is Kyle Fuller ready to take the next step in his development? It’s crucial for not only him but the entire cornerback group.
Inside linebacker will be a compelling competition to monitor in training camp.
Vic Fangio’s scheme requires a consistent pass rush from the outside linebackers. Who will step up for the Bears?
The Bears’ defensive line has some potential but overall is a young, unsettled group with mismatched pieces.