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.

Gary Kubiak. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Report: Bears Prepared To Make ‘Major Push’ For Kubiak

With the general manager position taken care of, the Bears turn their focus to finding a head coach.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2015

Bears general manager Ryan Pace. (670 The Score)

Durkin: Ryan Pace Is Empowered To Enact His Vision For Bears

Pace will learn a lot about himself quickly.

CBS Chicago–01/09/2015

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Change The Course By Hiring Pace

Could the hire of Ryan Pace signal the desire to break from the status quo at Halas Hall?

CBS Chicago–01/08/2015

Jay Cutler. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Burning Questions For New Bears GM — Cap Issues

Whoever the Bears’s new GM ends up being, he’s inheriting a messy situation.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2015

Brian Gaine. (Photo by Getty Images)

Bears Confirm GM Interviews With Dawson, Gaine

The Bears search for a new general manager has started with Lake Dawson and Brian Gaine.

CBS Chicago–01/06/2015

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Reports: Bears To Interview Dawson, Ballard For GM

The Bears are lining up interviews for their general manager role, starting with Lake Dawson and Chris Ballard.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2015

Todd Bowles.  (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Early Bears’ Coaching Candidate Breakdowns

Get more familiar with some of the early candidates for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy.

CBS Chicago–12/31/2014

Bears president Ted Phillips. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Short List Of Bears’ GM Candidates

Chicago needs someone who’s bee a pro personnel or college scouting director.

CBS Chicago–12/30/2014

Aaron Kromer. (Getty Images)

Aaron Kromer Fired, While Mel Tucker Still Under Contract — For Now

The new Bears GM and coach will decide the fate of the remaining assistant coaches.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2014

Marc Trestman, left, and Phil Emery, right. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Missed The ‘Marc’ With Trestman, Emery

The Bears expected elite results from over-promoted people.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2014

Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Fire GM Phil Emery, Coach Marc Trestman

Trestman’s tenure in Chicago is over after two seasons.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2014

Head coach Marc Trestman of the Chicago Bears speaks to the media after the game against the Minnesota Vikings.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Bears Notes: Trestman Expects To Be Back

Trestman expects to be back next season. Forte sets NFL receiving record.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2014

Marc Trestman. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Fitting End To Forgettable Season

The Vikings held the Bears out of the end zone for the first time since 2012.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2014

Jay Cutler  scrambles as Chad Greenway  of the Minnesota Vikings chases. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Vikings: Inactive List

Here’s the full list of inactives for Sunday’s Bears-Vikings game.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler attempts a pass as Vikings defenders Chad Greenway and Sharrif Floyd pursue him in Chicago's 21-13 win on Sunday at Soldier Field. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Vikings

The Bears wrap up their forgettable season with a trip to Minnesota and Durkin preview’s the game.

CBS Chicago–12/27/2014

Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: ‘We’ve Done Our Best,’ Trestman Says

Despite a double-digit loss season, Marc Trestman insists everyone involved did their best.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2014

Roberto Garza. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Sign Roberto Garza To 1-Year Extension

The 35-year-old Garza will return for his 11th season with the Bears in 2015.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2014

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, right. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Bears-Vikings: 5 Matchups To Watch

Some young players will get a chance to prove themselves Sunday.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2014

Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long. (Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Even Long Is Surprised By His Success

Even Long was surprised he was a first-round pick.

CBS Chicago–12/24/2014

Mel Tucker. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mel Tucker, Joe DeCamillis Reflect With End Of Tenures Likely Near

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker took inventory of two tough seasons in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–12/23/2014

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