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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 receiver Alshon Jeffery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down The Bears’ ‘Switched Verticals’

An important concept worked wonders for the Bears’ offense last season.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Maturation Of Brandon Marshall

Dan Durkin breaks down Marshall’s blocking, release from the line and some tricks of the trade.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2014

Ego Ferguson. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Post-Draft Digest

Dan Durkin address what we’ve learned, including Chicago’s preference of building a defense front to back.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2014

David Fales. (Credit: Getty)

Durkin’s Breakdown: QB David Fales

A San Jose State product, Fales (6-2/212) led the nation in completion percentage (72.5%) as a junior, finishing his career with 8,382 passing yards, a 68% completion percentage and a three-to-one touchdown (66) to interception (22) ratio.

670 The Score–05/10/2014

Brock Vereen. (Credit: University of Minnesota)

Durkin’s Breakdown: S Brock Vereen

The Minnesota product was a versatile player in college, lining up at outside corner, slot corner, safety and at gunner on special teams.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Breakdown: RB Ka’Deem Carey

Carey is a tough, contact runner with quality vision who can complement starter Matt Forte.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2014

Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Top Available Round 2 Defensive Prospects

Will the Bears do with a defensive tackle or safety? Those would be the logical picks.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2014

Jadeveon Clowney. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 1st-Round Mock Draft 3.0

Dan Durkin makes selections for all 32 first-round picks and writes of each team’s needs.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2014

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down Bears’ Draft Priorities, Potential Prospects Round By Round

Take a look at the options the Bears figure to have in the later rounds.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Should Adhere To Safety First

The culture of today’s NFL makes safeties more valuable than ever.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2014

Jadeveon Clowney. (Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Dan Durkin breaks down the first round with his second mock draft.

670 The Score–04/17/2014

Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.  (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down Where Mel Tucker’s Blitz Schemes Have Gone Wrong

The Bears will soon discover if the poor pass rush outputs of Mel Tucker’s defenses are a result or minimal talent or poor scheme.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2014

Jared Allen. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Jared Allen Film Review

Allen’s physical tools aren’t what they once were, but his instincts still are top-notch.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2014

Jared Allen. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down Jared Allen’s Contract

These Bears have incentivized Allen over the next three seasons to earn one final payday.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2014

Blake Bortles. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 1st-Round Mock Draft 1.0

This mock draft has the Bears focusing on defensive tackle with their selection at No. 14.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2014

Jay Cutler. (Getty Images)

Bears Restructure Cutler’s Deal To Save $4 Million in 2014 Cap Space

The Bears turned $5 million worth of Jay Cutler’s base salary into a signing bonus.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2014

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Durkin: NFC North Free Agency Update — Focus Is On Defense

The Packers have filled some needs but still need a safety.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2014

Defensive end Lamarr Houston. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Free Agent Spotlight: DE Lamarr Houston Film Breakdown

Houston has the versatility and read-and-react skills the Bears coveted.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2014

Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears’ 2014 Free Agency Primer

The Bears currently have about $6.9 million in cap space, but more can be created.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2014

Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Marc Trestman Effect

Jay Cutler has shown as much improvement in Year 1 as any QB whom Marc Trestman has ever coached.

670 The Score–02/27/2014

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