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.

49ers running back Frank Gore. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook — 49ers’ Power Running Scheme

Against a complex running scheme with a mobile quarterback, each Bear must do his job.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Briggs, Bears Out To Prove Doubters Wrong

“We’re going to be as successful as we want, we have that much talent,” Lance Briggs says.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — San Francisco 49ers

Injury and suspension have left the 49ers defense shorthanded, but it’s still stout.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

Chris Conte, left, and Jared Allen, right, pursue EJ Manuel, center. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Preparing For More Zone Read

After struggling to contain the Bills’ zone read, the Bears anticipate more is on the way.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Trestman Sheds Light On Cutler’s INTs

Two interceptions by Jay Cutler proved oh-so-costly Sunday in a loss to the Bills.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2014

Jay Cutler, middle. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions from Bears-Bills

With what lies ahead, we’ll soon discover what Chicago’s made of.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2014

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

Durkin: Turnovers Spoil Bears’ Opener

“We’ve got to accept responsibility for it,” Bears coach Marc Trestman says.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2014

Marc Tretsman. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bills Tailor-Made Foe For Bears’ Opener

It’s only Week 1, but Chicago needs to take care of business to reach its lofty goals.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2014

Jordan Mills. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Despite Missing Preseason, Jordan Mills All Set For Sunday

Mills is relishing the challenging that Mario Williams will provide.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

Bears tackle Jordan Mills. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Bills: 5 Matchups To Watch

Chicago tackle Jordan Mills needs to hold his own against Buffalo end Mario Williams.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Bills running back C.J. Spiller. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Containing C.J. Spiller

Keeping outside contain and forcing Spiller inside will be vital for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Buffalo Bills

Quarterback EJ Manuel is under the microscope in Buffalo.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2014

Kelvin Hayden. (Getty Images)

Chicago Bears Make Final Roster Cuts

The Chicago Bears made their final cuts to reach the 53-man roster limit.

670 The Score–08/30/2014

The Browns Charles Johnson is tackled by the Bears' Demontre Hurst, left, and M.D. Jennings. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions from Bears-Browns

Chicago still has unanswered questions and important roster decisions looming.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Bears receiver/returner Chris Williams, left. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Bubble Watch

Dan Durkin breaks down which Bears are fighting for a roster spot ahead of the preseason finale.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2014

Punt returner Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against punter Pat O'Donnell. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Seahawks

If the third preseason game is truly a dress rehearsal, the Bears need a wardrobe change.

670 The Score–08/23/2014

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Simplicity In Seattle Lets D Flourish

The simplicity of the Seahawks’ defense lets talent dominate, but here’s how to beat it.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Jaguars

The Bears’ passing game has taken shape while the running game remains grounded.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2014

Bears linebacker Shea McClellin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Player Spotlight: Shea McClellin

Game tape doesn’t lie, and it shows where McClellin struggled against the Eagles.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

Robbie Gould. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Retooling Their Special Team Units

Robbie Gould’s back, but Chicago’s looking for a new punter, holder, snapper and kick returner.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2014

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