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Dan Durkin

The Browns Charles Johnson is tackled by the Bears' Demontre Hurst, left, and M.D. Jennings. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions from Bears-Browns

Chicago still has unanswered questions and important roster decisions looming.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Bears receiver/returner Chris Williams, left. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Bubble Watch

Dan Durkin breaks down which Bears are fighting for a roster spot ahead of the preseason finale.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2014

Punt returner Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against punter Pat O'Donnell. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Seahawks

If the third preseason game is truly a dress rehearsal, the Bears need a wardrobe change.

670 The Score–08/23/2014

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Simplicity In Seattle Lets D Flourish

The simplicity of the Seahawks’ defense lets talent dominate, but here’s how to beat it.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Jaguars

The Bears’ passing game has taken shape while the running game remains grounded.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2014

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

Durkin’s Player Spotlight: Shea McClellin

Game tape doesn’t lie, and it shows where McClellin struggled against the Eagles.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

Robbie Gould. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Retooling Their Special Team Units

Robbie Gould’s back, but Chicago’s looking for a new punter, holder, snapper and kick returner.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: 5 Storylines To Watch In Bears-Eagles Preseason Opener

Keep an eye on how the reserve running backs like Ka’Deem Carey perform.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2014

Bears coach Marc Trestman. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Tempo Is The Key For Trestman

“If we can add 100 plays to what we already did, that would be a great starting point,” Marc Trestman says.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2014

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: No Excuses For Emery, Bears

At most, only six of the 53 players who make the Bears roster with be from the previous regime.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2014

The Bourbonnais water tower. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: Rookie Class Playing Meaningful Reps

Three rookies are getting meaningful first-team reps on defense.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2014

Jeremiah Ratliff. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Durkin’s Training Camp Notebook: New Defensive Line Sets The Tone

The Bears held their first padded practice of 2014 on Sunday in front of a raucous crowd of faithful fans.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2014

David Fales. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – David Fales

Fales has quality anticipation and pocket awareness but needs to improve his arm strength.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2014

Vereen Brock. (University of Minnesota)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Brock Vereen

Vereen is a sure tackler who’s good at reading keys, but his ball skills and footwork need work.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2014

Ka'Deem Carey. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Ka’Deem Carey

Carey displays great vision and finishes runs, but he needs to work on his blocking and gain a few pounds.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2014

Will Sutton. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight — Will Sutton

Sutton is quick with good hands, but his conditioning and run defending need to improve.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2014

Ego Ferguson. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight — DT Ego Ferguson

Ferguson is a stout run defender and light on his feet but needs to better use his hands and pads.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2014

Kyle Fuller. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – CB Kyle Fuller

Fuller’s versatile and physical, but his footwork and tackling form have room to improve.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down The Bears’ ‘Smash’ Route

The Bears are good in the red zone in part because of this go-to concept.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2014

Matt Forte. (David Banks/ Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Breaking Down Bears’ High/Low Concept

The high/low attack can stretch the defense vertically and horizontally if executed correctly.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2014

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