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.

Jay Cutler. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin: Offense Falters Down The Stretch

Two weeks in a row, the offense has been shut out of the end zone in second half.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2014

Bears center Roberto Garza. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Panthers: Garza Inactive For Fourth Straight Game

The Bears are playing their third different offensive line combination in 2014.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2014

Kelvin Benjamin.  (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears Look To Capitalize At Carolina

Coming off tough losses, both teams are looking to get back on track.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2014

Bears offensive lineman Michael Ola (70). (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Ola’s Versatility A Boon For Bears

Michael Ola’s gone from the CFL to protecting Jay Cutler’s blind side.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2014

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

Bears Rule Out OT Bushrod, DT Ratliff For Sunday’s Game

Roberto Garza and Sherrick McManis are questionable against the Panthers.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2014

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bears-Panthers: 5 Matchups To Watch

The league’s two best rookies square off in Charlotte.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2014

Bears receiver Santonio Holmes. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Durkin: Cutler Still Seeking Chemistry With Third Receivers

Jay Cutler is still seeking chemistry with Josh Morgan and Santonio Holmes.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2014

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

Bears Notes: Bushrod Sits Out Practice

Jermon Bushrod has a knee injury, and his status for Sunday is unclear.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2014

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery scores on a swing pass against the Packers last Sunday. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Jeffery’s Ingenuitive TD

We take a under-the-hood look at the play design on Alshon Jeffery’s touchdown against the Packers.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2014

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

Durkin: Kick Returner Carousel Keeps Spinning For Bears

Four weeks into the season, the Bears are still looking for a kick returner.

CBS Chicago–10/01/2014

Carolina Panthers v Chicago Bears

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Carolina Panthers

The 2014 offseason was cruel to the Panthers.

CBS Chicago–10/01/2014

Jared Allen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Jared Allen Back To Work

Allen is day-to-day in his recovery from an illness.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass during the first half of their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 38-17. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Packers

Why didn’t the Bears blitz more against Aaron Rodgers?

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

Jay Cutler looks to pass as Datone Jones of the Green Bay Packers pressures. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Clock Management, Turnovers Mar Bears In Loss

In a game where defense was clearly optional, the Bears offense had to be perfect. For one half, they nearly were.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2014

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass during the first half of their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 38-17. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Where’s The Rush?

In the wake of the Packers’ sluggish 1-2 start in which the offense sputtered their way to a 28th overall ranking, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a one-word message to Packers fans.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2014

Bears defensive end Jared Allen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears’ Jared Allen Inactive Against Packers

Allen’s streak of 113 consecutive starts has been snapped.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2014

Will Sutton. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: Ferguson, Sutton Share Rookie Bond As They Develop

The rookie duo is close both on and off the field.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2014

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson. (Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Despite Their Record, Packers Still Dangerous

Chicago (2-1) and Green Bay (1-2) play at noon Sunday at Solider Field.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2014

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

Bears Notes: Marshall, Allen Questionable For Sunday

Plus, Chris Conte says Sunday is “just another” game.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2014

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Bears-Packers: 5 Matchups To Watch

Green Bay loves to use two-man lines to get Mike Daniels good matchups.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2014

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