The Chicago Bears open the 2015 season for the sixth consecutive year at Soldier Field, facing a familiar and formidable foe in the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 13. The two rivals renew acquaintances on Thanksgiving night in Green Bay on Thursday, November 26 .
Those two matchups are among the highlights in the Bears 2015 schedule that was released Tuesday evening as part of the NFL’s overall schedule release.
On the surface, it appears the Bears could be in for tough sledding, based on their 5-11 mark in 2014 and the fact they face six playoff teams, including division rivals the Packers and Detroit.
Doug Buffone was a stalwart defender on Bears teams from 1966-1979.
Doug Buffone, one of the most underrated and unappreciated players in Chicago Bears history passed away at his Chicago home on Monday. He was 70-years old.
Buffone turned in a solid 14-year at Outside Linebacker for the Bears, tying him for second place in team history for games played. He finished with 24 interceptions, tops among Bears linebackers. A fourth-round draft choice from Louisville in 1966, Buffone played in the shadows of Hall of Famer Dick Butkus through much of his Bears career, but will be remembered as an tough, instinctive linebacker who was equally comfortable stuffing the run or dropping into coverage. He amassed 1,257 tackles in his career, surpassing the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons.
With NFL Draft preparations nearing their climax, here are five questions we’d like to ask the Chicago Bears brain trust of Ryan Pace and John Fox.
1. What’s the likelihood the Bears will use their seventh overall pick in a trade? Possible answer: With just six picks, the Bears are more likely to trade down in an effort to stockpile draft choices in a year that features plenty of depth and is strong on both offensive/defensive lines, running backs, and wide receivers…all potential Bears needs.
A bold move to climb near the top of the draft board can’t be ruled out completely. READ MORE