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.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by the Dolphins' Louis Delmas. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Dolphins

Once again, the Bears came up short when the stakes were high.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2014

Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan, right, goes in for a tackle on Bears receiver Brandon Marshall on Sunday at Soldier Field. Miami won 27-14. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: There’s Noise Inside The Bears’ Bunker

Chicago’s 3-4 record is “absolutely unacceptable,” Brandon Marshall says.

CBS Chicago–10/19/2014

Jon Bostic. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Dolphins: Bostic Inactive For Second Straight Game

Jon Bostic and Lance Briggs are both inactive for the second straight week.

CBS Chicago–10/19/2014

Lamar Miller. (Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Dolphins

Sunday’s matchup against the Dolphins will be a true test for the Bears’ run defense.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2014

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

Marshall: Bears Offense Still ‘Not Good Enough’

“We pride ourselves on being the best group out there,” Brandon Marshall says.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2014

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

Bears-Dolphins: 5 Matchups To Watch

There will be a lot of eyes on the Jordan Mills-Cameron Wake matchup.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Durkin: Forte Keeps Hall Of Fame In Mind

Matt Forte doesn’t focus on his numbers, but they are Hall of Fame-worthy.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2014

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

Bears Notes: Bushrod A Full Participant; Briggs Still Out

The Bears’ starting offensive line practiced together for the first time since Week 1.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Bears’ Trips Bunch Verticals

We take an All-22 look at the Bears’ trips bunch verticals scheme.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2014

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

Durkin: Ratliff Is Bears’ ‘Bell Cow’ In The Middle

Through six games, the Bears’ defense ranks 10th against the run.

CBS Chicago–10/15/2014

Bears coach Marc Trestman. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Bears Coaches Explain Kick Return Struggles

No Bears returner has brought the ball past the 18-yard line. Why do they keep trying?

CBS Chicago–10/15/2014

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

Bears Notes: McClellin Practices In Full, But Briggs Still Out

Also, the Bears are resting Matt Forte on Wednesdays because of his heavy workload.

CBS Chicago–10/15/2014

Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins defense will keep Miami in games, but can the offense produce?

CBS Chicago–10/15/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte, left, and cornerback Tim Jennings celebrate a 27-13 win at Atlanta on Sunday. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Falcons

Chicago more than quadrupled its playoff chances by leaving Atlanta with a win.

CBS Chicago–10/13/2014

Bears safety Ryan Mundy breaks up a pass intended for Falcons receiver Roddy White on Sunday. Chicago won 27-13 in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Patchwork Bears Defense Prevails

Young Bears defenders played a big role in crucial road win against the Falcons.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2014

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, left, celebrates with center Roberto Garza during Sunday's 27-13 win at Atlanta. Cutler threw for 381 yards and didn't turn the ball over. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: 0 Is The Magic Number For Cutler

Chicago is 3-0 when Jay Cutler doesn’t throw an interception.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2014

Jon Bostic. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Without Top Four Linebackers Against Falcons

Bostic and Williams join Briggs and McClellin on the inactive list.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2014

Quarterback Jay Cutler. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears At A Crossroads

Sunday’s game against the Falcons is a “prove it” game for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2014

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

Bears LB Lance Briggs Ruled Out For Sunday

The Bears’ linebacking corps has been hit hard by injury.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2014

Falcons receiver Julio Jones. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Bears-Falcons: 5 Matchups To Watch

It’s only Week 6, but Sunday seems like a must-win game for both teams.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2014

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