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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 8:45 AM

If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

A team can be forced to appear on Hard Knocks if three conditions are met: a) it hasn't appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, b) it hasn't made the playoffs in the last two years, and c) it doesn't have a new head coach.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Alshon Jeffery Guarantees Super Bowl Win For Bears Next Season

Jan 1, 2017 7:22 PM

Alshon Jeffery may not return to the Chicago Bears this offseason but he is confident in their Super Bowl chances regardless.

‘’I guarantee you we’ll win the Super Bowl next year,” Jeffery said. “We had a lot of injuries. I don’t think a team in the league had as much injuries as us.”

Jeffery could test free agency unless the Bears apply the franchise tag again. Jeffery is expected to strongly explore all options if Chicago allows him to test the market.

Jeffery had 52 receptions for 821 yards and two touchdowns this year.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Jay Cutler Could Miss Remainder Of Season With Shoulder Injury

Nov 21, 2016 5:02 PM

Jay Cutler could be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Cutler was able to finish the game and was intercepted by safety Landon Collins on the final offensive play but the Bears were working to learn more about his injury.

Cutler is injured for the second time this season and could be the third quarterback to suffer a season-ending injury. 

If Cutler cannot play, Matt Barkley would be the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game

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Jay Cutler Refutes Notion He's Lost Bears' Locker Room

Nov 17, 2016 7:45 PM

Jay Cutler has denied the notion coming out of report from Bleacher Report that he's lost the Chicago Bears' locker room.

Multiple players conveyed that sentiment in the report.

One of those players said Cutler's lack of preparation before Chicago's 36-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was "truly embarrassing."

Cutler finished the game 16-of-30 for 183 yards, two interceptions (one for a pick-six) and two lost fumbles.

"Unnamed source, I'm guessing?" Cutler asked on Thursday. "The source could be a lot of people. It could be a made-up source. It could actually be guys in there. If people actually start putting their names on it, we can have a discussion about it.

"The game before [versus Minnesota in Week 8] was the opposite end of the spectrum. Whenever you lose, we all know what this position entails. And when you do have a performance like that as a quarterback, you're going to get some of that stuff. I don't feel like the locker room has ever [given up on me]. I've never felt like that in the locker room with those guys."

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Bears, Jets, Broncos, Cardinals Could Pursue Tony Romo In 2017

Nov 16, 2016 11:13 AM

There are four teams that Tony Romo could end up on next season if his situation with the Dallas Cowboys behind Dak Prescott remains unchanged.

In no particular order, Adam Schefter reports Romo could end up on the Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Denver Broncos or Arizona Cardinals.

If Prescott continues to merit playing as the starter, the Cowboys would struggle to carry Romo's $14 million base salary.

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Alshon Jeffery Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Nov 14, 2016 3:38 PM

Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Jeffery’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster on Monday, December 12 following the team’s December 11 game against the Detroit Lions.

Jeffery is playing this season under the franchise tag worth $14,599,000 in 2016. Jeffery is leading the team with 630 receiving yards.

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Clay Matthews Fined $18,231 For Hit That Broke Hoyer's Arm

Oct 29, 2016 10:37 AM

Clay Matthews has been fined $18,231 for the hit that broke the arm of Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

Matthews led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.

It's the first time Matthews has been fined this season. He was fined $17,363 last season for a hit on quarterback Nick Foles in a game against the Rams.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers

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No Truth To Alshon Jeffery Trade Rumors

Oct 27, 2016 7:55 AM

Don't expect Alshon Jeffery to be moved ahead of the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

There have been no talks between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles on a trade for Jeffery and reporter Ian Rapoport pointed out that it's "essentially unprecedented" to trade a franchise player because the new team cannot sign the tagged star prior to the start of free agency.

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Jay Cutler: John Fox Has No Choice But To Back Me
Jay Cutler believes that John Fox now has no choice but to support him as the starting quarterback for the Bears after Brian Hoyer's injury.

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Brian Hoyer To Undergo Surgery For Broken Left Arm
Jay Cutler hasn't played since injuring his thumb in Week 2.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Brian Hoyer Suffers Broken Arm In Loss To Packers
Brian Hoyer has been starting in place of Jay Cutler, who is nursing a thumb injury.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Place Kevin White On IR With Fractured Fibula
Kevin White also sat out his entire rookie season due to a stress fracture in his left shin.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Sign Joique Bell
Joique Bell struggled last season with Detroit, rushing 90 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns.

ESPN

Jay Cutler Not Guaranteed Bears' Starting QB Job When Healthy
The Bears started Brian Hoyer in their loss at the Cowboys in Week 3.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Sign Matt Barkley From Practice Squad
Matt Barkley joined the Bears after being waived by the Cardinals this month.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Jay Cutler Has Sprained Thumb, Won't Require Surgery
Jay Cutler suffered a sprained thumb on Monday night against the Eagles, but he won't require surgery, according to John Fox.

Conor Orr/NFL

Jay Cutler Hurts Right Thumb, Set To Undergo Tests
Jay Cutler left in the third quarter of Monday night's 29-14 loss to the Eagles with an injury to his right thumb and did not return.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Connor Barth Signs With Bears
Connor Barth spent the preseason with the Saints before being cut.

NFL.com

Bears Sign Josh Sitton To Three-Year, $21.75M Deal
Josh Sitton is a three-time All-Pro at guard and hasn't missed a start since 2011.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Bears Release Robbie Gould
Robbie Gould was scheduled to make $2.9 million in 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Brandon Marshall Believes TV Work Led Bears To Trade Him
Brandon Marshall was traded along with a seventh round pick to the Jets for a fifth rounder.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Searching For Veteran Center Via Trade
The Bears are searching to acquire a veteran center via trade after losing starter Hroniss Grasu to a torn ACL early in camp.

Mike Garafolo/NFL

Jay Cutler Brushes Off Criticism From Martellus Bennett
Jay Cutler brushed off negative comments directed at him by Martellus Bennett, who questioned Cutler's on-field decision making in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Charles Tillman Retires After 13 NFL Seasons
Charles Tillman was a second round pick for the Bears in 2003 and was one of the leaders of their excellent defense for many years.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Alshon Jeffery, Bears Remain Far Apart On Long-Term Contract
Alshon Jeffery sees himself as a prototypical No. 1 wide receiver but the Bears are concerned by his injury history.

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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Continue To Discuss Long-Term Contract
Alshon Jeffery played in only nine games last season due to injuries, but he did catch 54 balls for 807 yards.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Manny Ramirez Retires After 10 Seasons
Just a few months after signing with the Bears, Manny Ramirez has decided to retire.

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Jake Long Works Out For Bears
Jake Long is a logical candidate to add depth to the Bears' offensive line.

Dan Wiederer/Chicago Tribune