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.
The 2015 NFL league year starts next month. Here are the key offseason dates.
Special teams were de-emphasized under former coach Marc Trestman.
With Matt Forte heading into the final year of his deal, the Bears must address their future plans at running back.
The discussion can no longer be about Jay Cutler’s physical talents. It’s about production.
The Bears’ receiving core has talent, but a different mix of skills is needed to diversify the attack.
All five starters are set to return this fall, but is Kyle Long better suited at tackle?
Critical decisions loom for the Bears’ personnel department as they reconfigure the front.
Chicago needs to find a linebacker who’s a dangerous edge rusher.
In a three-receiver league, the Bears need more talent at the cornerback position.
Veteran kicker Jay Feely offered some strong thoughts about Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler.
The Bears haven’t prioritized the safety position in recent years.
By hiring an outside linebackers coach, the Bears are hinting to a shift to a 3-4 defense.
Gase’s ability to add wrinkles after self-scouting is one of his biggest strengths.
The Bears’ special teams struggles in 2014 have been quantified.
Fangio’s 3-4 base is predicated on physical and instinctive play up front.
John Fox’s hire of Gase adds yet another quality coach to the Bears’ staff.
The Bears’ actions are matching the rhetoric at Halas Hall, which is a refreshing change.
Also, John Fox gives his take on rounding out a coaching staff.
The hiring of new coach John Fox is a “game-changer,” Bears president Ted Phillips said.
Keep an eye on Mike Trgovac and Dennis Allen.