Chicago Bears

Stadium: Soldier Field | Coach: John Fox
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st90.1 (27th)237.0 (15th)
Defense30th112.7 (17th)264.4 (30th)

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
L 23 - 20BUF
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Sun Sep 14
W 28 - 20at SF
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Mon Sep 22
W 27 - 19at NYJ
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Sun Sep 28
L 38 - 17GB
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Sun Oct 5
L 31 - 24at CAR
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Sun Oct 12
W 27 - 13at ATL
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Sun Oct 19
L 27 - 14MIA
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Sun Oct 26
L 51 - 23at NE
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Sun Nov 9
L 55 - 14at GB
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Sun Nov 16
W 21 - 13MIN
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Sun Nov 23
W 21 - 13TB
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Thu Nov 27
L 34 - 17at DET
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Thu Dec 4
L 41 - 28DAL
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Mon Dec 15
L 31 - 15NO
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Sun Dec 21
L 20 - 14DET
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Sun Dec 28
L 13 - 9at MIN
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Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Green Bay12-4-05-1-0
Detroit11-5-05-1-0
Minnesota7-9-01-5-0
Chicago5-11-01-5-0
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Bears sign CB Alan Ball to one-year deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Bears have signed cornerback Alan Ball to a one-year contract on Friday, per the team's official website.

Ball, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, but was limited to only seven games in 2014 due to a biceps injury. He racked up 59 total tackles, 17 passes deflected and three interceptions over that span. He has played eight NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Texans and Jags.

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John Fox preaching open competition, even at QB
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

New Bears coach John Fox called it "all an open competition" when asked if he could see a scenario in which quarterback Jay Cutler had to compete for the starting job, reports ESPN.com. Jimmy Clausen is Cutler's projected backup.

“I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and you are asking me for it two weeks before we can really get anything going, I’d say  be [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart, yeah,” Fox said.

“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you what’s happening. If I could I’d be at some race track somewhere.”

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John Fox aiming to rebuild QB Jay Cutler's confidence
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

New Bears coach John Fox said quarterback Jay Cutler might have gotten to the point last year "where he lacked confidence," reports the Chicago Tribune.

"To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily," Fox added. "It takes trust, like any relationship.”

Fox plans to help Cutler, who committed 24 turnovers last season, by building a strong defense and relying more on the running game. Fox praised how the Cowboys used Tony Romo last year in tandem with NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray.

“Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure,” Fox said. “Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. I think there had been different things said. I know Tony personally. He’s a tremendous competitor. I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence.”

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John Fox: New conditioning program will aid Alshon Jeffery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Bears coach John Fox is changing the team's offseason conditioning program, and he thinks the tweaks will help wideout Alshon Jeffery, reports ESPN.com. Jeffery is the Bears' No. 1 receiver now that Brandon Marshall has been traded to the Jets.

The 25-year-old dealt with nagging hamstring problems last year.

“I really liked Alshon coming out [of college],” Fox said at the NFL owners' meetings. “One of the things I’d say is we had a lot of soft-tissue injuries last year as a football team. We’ve kind of changed philosophically in the weight room. I think you’ll see we’re going to do things a lot different from offseason conditioning, the approach to how we handle that. I don’t think we had a soft-tissue injury a year ago in Denver other than one particular guy.”

Jeffery caught 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, his second straight 1,000-yard season.

“I think [the new conditioning approach] will help him,” Fox said. “There have been times in his career when he might have been a little bit overweight, but obviously a beast as far as size, and a guy we’re looking forward to getting to know better.”

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Report: Bears sign LB Mason Foster
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

The Bears have signed linebacker Mason Foster on Tuesday, according to CSN Chicago.

Foster, 26, was said to be deciding between the Bears and the Chargers. During his four seasons with the Buccaneers, he posted 343 total tackles, six sacks, 12 passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Two of his three interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

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