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 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 on Sunday night in a win against the 49ers. (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

Bears safety Ryan Mundy, top. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images).

Durkin’s Bears Positional Breakdown – Safety

The Bears haven’t prioritized the safety position in recent years.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2015

San Francisco 49ers v Chicago Bears

Durkin: Signs Point To Bears Shifting To A 3-4

By hiring an outside linebackers coach, the Bears are hinting to a shift to a 3-4 defense.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2015

Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Adam Gase’s Offensive Schemes

Gase’s ability to add wrinkles after self-scouting is one of his biggest strengths.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2015

Robbie Gould. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Special Teams Ranked 26th Overall In 2014

The Bears’ special teams struggles in 2014 have been quantified.

CBS Chicago–01/23/2015

Vic Fangio. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Vic Fangio’s Defensive Scheme

Fangio’s 3-4 base is predicated on physical and instinctive play up front.

CBS Chicago–01/22/2015

Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Up Coaching Talent Again With Adam Gase

John Fox’s hire of Gase adds yet another quality coach to the Bears’ staff.

CBS Chicago–01/22/2015

Vic Fangio. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Vic Fangio Is An Early Win For John Fox

The Bears’ actions are matching the rhetoric at Halas Hall, which is a refreshing change.

CBS Chicago–01/20/2015

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

Bears Notes: Ryan Pace Earns Early Praise From Bosses

Also, John Fox gives his take on rounding out a coaching staff.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2015

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

Durkin: From Disappointment To Optimism At Halas Hall

The hiring of new coach John Fox is a “game-changer,” Bears president Ted Phillips said.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2015

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