Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is 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). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.
Replacing a once-in-a-generation talent like Brian Urlacher is virtually impossible.
It’s rare for a prospect with only a handful of collegiate starts to end up as the 20th overall selection in the NFL draft, yet that’s exactly where Kyle Long found himself this past April 25th.
There was a collective groan among Bears fans when Roger Goodell announced the selection of Shea McClellin with the 19th pick in the 2012 draft. The position wasn’t being scrutinized, the player was.
This is the second in a two-part series, taking a look at the Bears defensive roster by position group.
Mandatory minicamp kicks off for the Bears today, yet another sign that football is right around the corner. This is the first in a two-part series, taking a look at the Bears roster by position group. Offense is up first.
Hard to believe, but Bears training camp starts next month. We’re just 50 days away from the inaugural Camp Trestman, and 95 days away from the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
By Dan Durkin (CBS) Rookie minicamp kicks off Friday at Halas Hall, providing the coaching staff their first glimpse of the newest crop of Bears on the practice field. Off the field, Bears chief contract negotiator [...]
In 2012, the NFC North was the only division in football with three double-digit win teams. On the surface, every team sensibly addressed need positions. However, there are always surprises, both good and bad, and expectations unmet, but in some instances exceeded.
Phil Emery did it again.
It’s draft day eve, and NFL fans are downright giddy. This is the most unpredictable draft I can recall in years, simply because of the lackluster quarterback class.
It’s hard to believe that the NFL Draft is only two weeks away. Several recent quarterback transactions have shaken up my top-10, which has a cascading effect throughout the first round.
Phil Emery wants to win now. He said it himself, and his roster moves – particularly those in the trade and free agent market – back up the rhetoric.
The frenzied period of free agency has come and gone, so it’s time to shift the focus to the draft.
Rarely, do professional athletes ride off into the sunset on their own terms. Brian Urlacher is no exception. For every Ray Lewis fairy tale ending, you have Brett Favre the Viking, Joe Montana the Chief, Karl Malone the Laker, and Michael Jordan the Wizard.
Mere minutes into the 2013 league year, Phil Emery wasted no time addressing a profound need on the Bears roster, signing tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million.
Let’s turn the tables and evaluate Emery, and look at his successes, failures, trends, and see how well he’s scouted positions the Bears should look to upgrade this April.
Confused by the NFL salary cap? Dan Durkin is here to help.
There’s a strong possibility neither of these teams would be in position to win it all if they didn’t make bold, season-changing decisions.
Here I am again, offering Emery a free consultation on some steps he can take to help the Bears find a companion for their lone Lombardi Trophy.
Here’s my take on how the Championship round will play out.