Dan Durkin

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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.

The Bengals sack Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Bengals

With the Packers looming in two weeks, the Bears aren’t ready for the regular season to kick off.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2015

Bears running back Matt Forte, left. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Bengals

Chicago’s first string hasn’t run the ball well yet in the preseason.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2015

Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee sacks Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Colts

The Bears made progress against the Colts, but there are lingering issues and concerns.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2015

Kyle Fuller runs back an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Colts

Here are a few players and position battles to focus on during Saturday night’s Bears-Colts game.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is tackled by Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Dolphins

Despite the final score, there are some big-picture concerns with the Bears.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6). (Getty Images)

Durkin: Viewing The NFL Through A Different Lens

Durkin breaks down the pre-snap chess match that takes place.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2015

Bears safety Ryan Mundy. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 5 Takeaways From Bears’ Initial Depth Chart

The Bears are still searching for depth on the offensive and defensive lines.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Bears Must Move Jay Cutler Around

Adam Gase recognizes the need to move the pocket to maximize Jay Cutler’s strengths.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2015

Alshon Jeffery.  (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Durkin: With Contract Year Ahead, How Much Will Alshon Jeffery Be Worth?

Assuming Jeffery’s productivity continues, the Bears should be proactive in retaining him.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2015

Pat O'Donnell, left, and Robbie Gould, right. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Special Teams

The Bears’ special teams need a big bounce back from their dismal 2014 performance.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Quarterback

This could be Jay Cutler’s make-or-break year in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2015

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Tight End

For the third straight season, the tight end position is Martellus Bennett or bust.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler gives offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod,  (Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Offensive Line

The big question: Will Kyle Long remain at guard or move outside to tackle?

CBS Chicago–07/20/2015

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Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Running Back

Once again, Matt Forte will be the centerpiece, but which other back is ready to contribute this fall?

CBS Chicago–07/16/2015

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Wide Receiver

Alshon Jeffery will draw more attention, but he’s ready for the role, while Kevin White has big potential.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2015

Antrel Rolle. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Safety

Antrel Rolle will have big responsibility thrust upon him in his first year with the Bears.

CBS Chicago–07/14/2015

The Bears celebrate an interception by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Cornerback

Is Kyle Fuller ready to take the next step in his development? It’s crucial for not only him but the entire cornerback group.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2015

Christian Jones, center, and the Bears defense celebrate after recovering a fumble against the Bucs in 2014. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Bears 2015 Position Preview: Inside Linebacker

Inside linebacker will be a compelling competition to monitor in training camp.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2015

Pernell McPhee, right. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Outside Linebacker

Vic Fangio’s scheme requires a consistent pass rush from the outside linebackers. Who will step up for the Bears?

CBS Chicago–07/07/2015

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Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Defensive Line

The Bears’ defensive line has some potential but overall is a young, unsettled group with mismatched pieces.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2015



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