Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Marc Trestman says he’ll spend more time in defensive meetings ]]> Lead story image

He jokes with the defensive players that they see the world upside down. When Bears coach Marc Trestman walks into a defensive meeting, the X’s and O’s are inverted. When offensive coaches draw up plays, their unit is on the bottom. Defensive coaches put the offense on top. There’s more than just a clerical difference, too, and Trestman knows it. “I think that when you’re on different sides of the ball, you do see the world a little bit different,” he said. That’s why Trestman — who begins his second season at the Bears’ helm Sunday against the Buffalo Bills … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:27:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears cut long-snapper Brandon Hartson ]]>

Through five weeks of the preseason, the Bears never did find Patrick Mannelly’s replacement. They admitted as much Sunday, waiving long snapper Brandon Hartson one day after including him on the 53-man roster. The Bears have checked out potential replacements and figure to announce one Monday, when the team reports to Halas Hall to begin preparations for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Bills. The new snapper will have to learn on the fly; he’ll be paired with a rookie holder, punter Pat O’Donnell. The Bears tested two candidates for the retired Mannelly’s job during the preseason — Hartson, who … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:03:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Interpretations vary about where Bears are headed ]]> Lead story image

After five weeks of practice and four preseason games, the Bears’ roster — and their strengths and weaknesses — is coming into clearer focus. With the regular-season opener around the corner on Sept. 7, the Sun-Times’ Bears reporters weigh in on what to expect, who will surprise and whether the team can answer its most pressing questions: Jay Cutler will . . . JAHNS: Manage to stay healthy (for most of the season) and post the best numbers of his career. Anything less should be considered disappointing for Cutler. It’s that simple. FINLEY: Struggle at first, thanks to a tough schedule, new … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:34:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears release Kelvin Hayden, Eben Britton ]]> Lead story image

While the release of veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden and veteran offensive tackle Eben Britton was unexpected, there were no huge surprises as the Bears reached the 53-player roster limit Saturday. Hayden, a starting nickel back in 2012 who missed the 2013 season with an injury, didn’t make an impact in the preseason and was cut in favor of Demontre Hurst, an undrafted free agent from Oklahama in 2013 who spent last season on the practice squad. Britton, the “sixth man” on an offensive line that was intact until the final game of the 2013 season, missed most of training camp … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:34:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four downs with Ditka ]]> Lead story image

1. What did you think of the Bears in their fourth and final preseason game? Looks like they still have the same old problem. I know they played a lot of different people, but the defense doesn’t look very good. It’s not like you can flip a switch, and all of a sudden it will get better. You have to have it ingrained in you that you’re doing the right thing, or you’re not going to get the right results when it comes time for the season to start. They have some work to do on defense, no question about … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:35:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ Danny McCray raises game, should start at free safety ]]> Lead story image

Danny McCray didn’t know how to take the news. The safety was going to be one of 40 players who would be sitting out the Bears’ final exhibition Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. “It was my first time actually not playing in it,” said McCray, a fifth-year veteran, “so I’m not sure of the meaning behind it all.” The meaning behind joining quarterback Jay Cutler, receiver Brandon Marshall, linebacker Lance Briggs, cornerback Charles Tillman and other players deemed too valuable to risk injury in a fourth exhibition is undoubtedly a positive one. McCray surely knows that. The friendly grin … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:14:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears waive local fave: Popular Jordan Lynch gets cut ]]> Lead story image

The Jordan Lynch Experiment came to its expected conclusion Friday, when the Bears waived the former Northern Illinois star and terminated the contracts of four vested veterans. Whether Lynch’s career as a Bear continues on the practice squad is a more complicated question. A source told the Sun-Times the team did not give the 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist any assurances about joining the 10-man squad. To be eligible, Lynch must not be claimed by another NFL team. Teams often wait until the last day — not, in Lynch’s case, Friday — to cut players they want to keep on their … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:14:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Santonio Holmes makes case to stay in Bears’ loss ]]> Lead story image

CLEVELAND — He might be back to his old self. He might not be. But Santonio Holmes hasn’t forgotten how to get to the end zone. The former Super Bowl MVP, who signed with the Bears on Aug. 16, showed the burst and explosion the Bears are looking for on a 32-yard touchdown catch in a 33-13 loss to the a Cleveland Browns in the preseason finale Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Holmes caught a short pass from rookie David Fales at the 24-yard line, made a move to break free and beat speedy cornerback Justin Gilbert — a rookie, … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ David Fales looks good in extended work ]]>

CLEVELAND — David Fales played like a promising rookie quarterback — a little good, a little bad and a lot of hope. The sixth-round draft pick from San Jose State, playing from start to finish, was 13-for-24 for 146 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 69.1 passer rating in the Bears’ 33-13 loss Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Fales was 11-for-17 for 129 yards and a touchdown and a 107.2 rating in the first half and 2-for-7 for 17 yards and an interception and a 0.0 rating in the second half as his protection … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:23:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cutting down to 53: Bears on the bubble ]]> Lead story image

ADAM L. JAHNS: Don’t suggest to coach Marc Trestman that the Bears’ last exhibition game Thursday against the Browns was a perfunctory show that should be shrugged off. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:56:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ 10 Bears to watch: Santonio Holmes first up ]]> Lead story image

MARK POTASH: Santonio Holmes is used to ­sitting out the last preseason game. But he wants to play Thursday night. Maybe he needs to. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:38:16 -0500