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MIKE MULLIGAN: Normally it takes a few years to figure out how a team has done in the NFL draft, but what was clear by Friday night was that Jerry Angelo, the man at the center of Draftgate 2011 — or is it Tradegate 2011? — may have done significant damage to his reputation, regardless of how the Bears’ new rookies grade out. ]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 02:14:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5097306-452/will-botched-trade-hurt-bears-jerry-angelo.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5097306-452/will-botched-trade-hurt-bears-jerry-angelo.html <![CDATA[ Bears need better defensive picks with Ruskell in foursome ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: Bears personnel boss Tim Ruskell came on board nearly a year ago. Ruskell will be helping run the draft for the first time this weekend. Here’s hoping he’s the missing ingredient in helping improve the Bears, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:18:12 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5060027-419/bears-need-better-defensive-picks-with-ruskell-in-foursome.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5060027-419/bears-need-better-defensive-picks-with-ruskell-in-foursome.html <![CDATA[ Bears either ante up or risk losing Mike Martz   ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: The NFL’s economic downturn might be of its own making, but that hasn’t stopped the Bears from offering recession-fueled deals to key members of the coaching staff. A source told the Sun-Times that offensive coordinator Mike Martz, like special-teams coordinator Dave Toub before him, recently turned down a one-year extension offer because it didn’t include a raise. ]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:16:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5020696-452/bears-either-ante-up-or-risk-losing-mike-martz-.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5020696-452/bears-either-ante-up-or-risk-losing-mike-martz-.html <![CDATA[ Lowballing Bears’ Dave Toub is a risky decision ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: There has been just one consistent unit in the Bears’ universe during the Jerry Angelo era and throughout Lovie Smith’s reign as coach. The defense has battled its ups and downs. The offense has mostly sputtered. But special teams has been as constant as Polaris, the North Star. Suddenly, however, a combination of factors have the Bears on the verge of veering dangerously off course. ]]> Thu, 26 May 2011 00:27:28 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5002393-452/lowballing-bears-dave-toub-is-a-risky-decision.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/5002393-452/lowballing-bears-dave-toub-is-a-risky-decision.html <![CDATA[ Bears must start to get more talent from their drafts ]]> Lead story image

At the NFL Scouting  Combine in February and again at the Bears’ predraft media session last week, general manager Jerry Angelo talked about getting four starters out of the 2011 draft. He means eventual starters, of course, guys who can become fixtures in the next three years. Adding four starters is a yearly, albeit lofty and elusive, goal for the Bears and most other NFL teams. ‘‘Given where we’re picking in the draft [29th], you can’t .  .  . feel like you’re going to hit a home run with a player or he’s going to come in here and change the course … ]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:16:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/4970538-452/bears-must-start-to-get-more-talent-from-their-drafts.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/4970538-452/bears-must-start-to-get-more-talent-from-their-drafts.html <![CDATA[ Bears coveting a mix and max in the draft ]]> Lead story image

In the cloak-and-dagger world of the NFL, it’s never easy to decode the verbal camouflage at draft time. How do you differentiate between smoke signals and smokescreens? But if you’re wondering what will happen when the Bears are on the clock with the No. 29 pick next Thursday night, general manager Jerry Angelo and player personnel director Tim Ruskell are right there with you. They met with the media Wednesday at Halas Hall, expressing confidence in a draft plan that includes four to six players they covet from as many as four positions for that first selection. ‘‘And that is … ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 00:15:31 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/4957727-452/bears-coveting-a-mix-and-max-in-the-draft.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/4957727-452/bears-coveting-a-mix-and-max-in-the-draft.html <![CDATA[ Loss leaves questions in its wake ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: This is the way a lucky season ends? At the hands of the Green Bay Packers? In front of a home crowd and a national-television audience with the most untimely of injuries and a third-string quarterback? ]]> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:20:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3455573-452/game-packers-bears-collins-half.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3455573-452/game-packers-bears-collins-half.html <![CDATA[ Special teams, Hester’s opportunities again are the X-factor ]]> Lead story image

The Green Bay Packers are as determined to keep Devin Hester from beating them as Hester is to pull off the trick. Hester has the ability to take over Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field, but sadly, Green Bay will have a say in whether he gets the chance. Odds are they won’t give him an opportunity. ‘‘[Seattle coach] Pete Carroll said they were going to kick to me, but unfortunately they didn’t,’’ Hester said with a weak smile. ‘‘It’s been happening for a while, so I don’t know what [Green Bay] will do.’’ Most likely, the same thing … ]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:58:08 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3412910-419/teams-hester-special-bay-bears.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3412910-419/teams-hester-special-bay-bears.html <![CDATA[ Cutler vs. Rodgers: A new rivalry ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: Legend has it that when Jay Cutler arrived in Chicago a couple of years ago, one of the first guys he contacted was his old buddy Aaron Rodgers. Cutler sent a text to the Packers quarterback, saying he gets to beat Rodgers twice a year now. ]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:01:53 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3343601-452/cutler-vs-rodgers-a-new-rivalry.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3343601-452/cutler-vs-rodgers-a-new-rivalry.html <![CDATA[ Mulligan: Real money isn’t in playoffs ]]> Lead story image

The NFL’s anticipated offseason labor strife promises to remind everyone that professional sports feature millionaire players and billionaire owners and a love of money more than a love of the game. That’s not a surprise, of course, after an allegedly amateur college football season that was defined by a search for secret payments and parental blackmail. There’s nothing amateurish about the NFL. Well, nothing outside the Bears’ drafts, anyway. And there’s nothing amateurish about the NFL playoffs. Well, nothing except for the players’ salaries and the fact that teams don’t get a lot of front-end money for their postseason success. … ]]> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:58:05 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3300816-452/nfl-million-money-players-game.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3300816-452/nfl-million-money-players-game.html <![CDATA[ How to beat the Bears ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: It’s unlikely the Seattle Seahawks will be able to pull off a second consecutive colossal playoff upset, but not impossible. The Sun-Times talked with some NFL insiders about the best way to attack the Bears: ]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:45:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3264467-419/bears-seahawks-field-upset-game.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3264467-419/bears-seahawks-field-upset-game.html <![CDATA[ Seattle QB gets his wish, will face Bears ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck got just what he wished for when his former team, the Green Bay Packers, defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 on Sunday: a trip to Chicago. While most NFL quarterbacks are careful not to reveal what they wish for, Hasselbeck didn’t hesitate to state a preference on the NFL Network shortly after eliminating the defending Super Bowl-champion New Orleans Saints 41-36 on Saturday at Qwest Field. ‘‘If we get to play Chicago, then I think there is a chance we could still host another game here in the playoffs,’’ Hasselbeck said. ‘‘So It has nothing … ]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 04:46:50 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3232673-419/hasselbeck-bears-game-seahawks-chicago.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3232673-419/hasselbeck-bears-game-seahawks-chicago.html <![CDATA[ Brees the man more than ever ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — The New Orleans Saints reached the dizziest heights possible last year thanks in large part to quarterback Drew Brees, whose marvelous individual performances not only made the Saints champions but also provided needed inspiration to the entire Gulf Coast community. Brees was the Super Bowl MVP and, eventually, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. Now he’ll have to be even better if the Saints are going to earn a return trip to the Super Bowl. The long and winding road starts this afternoon in Seattle in the wild-card round of the playoffs. A Saints victory, coupled with a … ]]> Sat, 08 Jan 2011 11:26:51 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3212457-452/saints-brees-game-bush-team.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3212457-452/saints-brees-game-bush-team.html <![CDATA[ Martz’s balanced lesson from Green Bay ]]> Lead story image

If the Bears wind up hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy this year, then it would be only appropriate to thank the Green Bay Packers. The 10-3 loss to the Packers in the regular-season finale Sunday may have served as the perfect reminder to offensive coordinator Mike Martz that ‘‘balance’’ remains the key word for offensive success. If Martz had been thinking of passing on a balanced attack, the Bears’ three-point afternoon in Green Bay — as well as the lumps on quarterback Jay Cutler’s body — should prompt him to abandon that game plan. The Bears enjoy a playoff bye … ]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:46:23 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3160643-419/bears-martz-game-offense-cutler.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3160643-419/bears-martz-game-offense-cutler.html <![CDATA[ Nothing special about Bears loss ]]> Lead story image

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In one corner of the locker room, Peanut Tillman was expressing a heartfelt belief that the Bears haven’t seen the last of the Green Bay Packers this season, while 10 feet away, Julius Peppers was talking about winning the Super Bowl. The Bears’ reaction Sunday after a 10-3 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field only seemed to strengthen both players’ cases. The Bears wouldn’t play the Packers again, of course, unless they met them in the NFC Championship Game. ‘‘My goal is to win the Super Bowl; that is it,’’ Peppers said. ‘‘Absolutely. If you … ]]> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 08:09:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3127064-419/bears-field-packers-hester-bay.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3127064-419/bears-field-packers-hester-bay.html <![CDATA[ Seahawks shock Saints, could face Bears ]]> Lead story image

MIKE MULLIGAN: Welcome to the upside-down world of the NFL playoffs, where even the most ardent of Bears fans will be cheering for the Green Bay Packers today. ]]> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 04:09:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3222289-419/seahawks-saints-game-team-bears.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3222289-419/seahawks-saints-game-team-bears.html <![CDATA[ Bears have year to think about Lovie extension  ]]> Lead story image

The Bears’ season has played out nearly the opposite of what might have been expected coming out of last year. No grim drama filled with rancor and recrimination for this bunch. It has been a year of glory. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Bears have a playoff berth and the NFC North title in their pocket, along with the possibility of becoming the top seed in the NFC and a golden chance to knock the Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs. There will be no need to print an obituary on the Bears career of … ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:17:26 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3057229-419/smith-bears-paid-coach-players.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3057229-419/smith-bears-paid-coach-players.html <![CDATA[ Even against Seahawks, Saints’ Brees must step up ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — The New Orleans Saints reached the dizziest heights possible last year thanks in large part to quarterback Drew Brees, whose marvelous individual performances not only made the Saints champions but also provided needed inspiration to the entire Gulf Coast community. Brees was the Super Bowl MVP and, eventually, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. Now he’ll have to be even better if the Saints are going to earn a return trip to the Super Bowl. The long and winding road starts this afternoon in Seattle in the wild-card round of the playoffs. A Saints victory, coupled with a … ]]> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:13:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3208959-419/saints-brees-game-bush-seahawks.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mulligan/3208959-419/saints-brees-game-bush-seahawks.html