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.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Were Among NFL Combine Winners

Signs point to the Ryan Pace/John Fox partnership starting off on the right foot.

CBS Chicago–02/26/2015

UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Combine Notes — Defense

We take a look at some top defensive prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine.

CBS Chicago–02/24/2015

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, right. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Instant Replay Expansion Under Consideration By NFL

Proposals to review penalties are on the docket for the NFL Competition Committee.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2015

Dante Fowler. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images).

Dante Fowler Is Anxious To Make His NFL Dream Come True

Fowler is near the top of a talented group of edge rushers.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2015

Landon Collins. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Combine Prospect Watch — Safety

The Bears have a big need at safety, but this year’s draft crop is thin on top-level talent.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2015

Marcus Mariota. (Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Learning Curve Will Be Steep For Top QB Prospects

Even small details like play-calls and huddling will be adjustments for the top QB prospects.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2015

Denzel Perryman. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Durkin: Combine Prospect Watch — Linebackers

There are a handful of second-round talents the Bears will evaluate.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2015

Bears coach John Fox. (David Banks/Getty Images)

John Fox Confirms Bears Will Use A 3-4 Defense

The Bears’ transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense has officially started.

CBS Chicago–02/18/2015

Dante Fowler. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images).

Durkin: Combine Prospect Watch — Edge Rushers

The 2015 draft class is loaded with talent at the edge rusher position.

CBS Chicago–02/18/2015

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Marshall Uncertain About Future In Chicago

“I definitely love Chicago, but I definitely understand it’s a business,” Marshall said.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2015

Bears coach John Fox, left, and general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

2015 NFL Offseason Key Dates

The 2015 NFL league year starts next month. Here are the key offseason dates.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2015

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

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown — Special Teams

Special teams were de-emphasized under former coach Marc Trestman.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2015

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

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown — Running Back

With Matt Forte heading into the final year of his deal, the Bears must address their future plans at running back.

CBS Chicago–02/06/2015

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

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown — Quarterback

The discussion can no longer be about Jay Cutler’s physical talents. It’s about production.

CBS Chicago–02/05/2015

Bears receivers Brandon Marhsall, left, and Alshon Jeffery. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown — Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

The Bears’ receiving core has talent, but a different mix of skills is needed to diversify the attack.

CBS Chicago–02/04/2015

Bears guard Kyle Long. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown — Offensive Line

All five starters are set to return this fall, but is Kyle Long better suited at tackle?

CBS Chicago–02/03/2015

Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown – Defensive Line

Critical decisions loom for the Bears’ personnel department as they reconfigure the front.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2015

Jon Bostic (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown – Linebackers

Chicago needs to find a linebacker who’s a dangerous edge rusher.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2015

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

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown – Cornerbacks

In a three-receiver league, the Bears need more talent at the cornerback position.

CBS Chicago–01/29/2015

Jay Cutler sits on the field against the Carolina Panthers (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images).

Ex-Bear Jay Feely: ‘Never Saw’ Jay Cutler Lead Verbally

Veteran kicker Jay Feely offered some strong thoughts about Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2015

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