Bears HOF Doug Atkins passes

Doug Atkins Bears HOF

Doug Atkins Bears HOF

One of professional football’s first feared pass rushers, former Chicago Bear Doug Atkins, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Atkins, with his Paul Bunyan appearance, used his size and strength to dominate offensive lineman in the late 1950’s-early 60’s, right before the NFL entered its Golden Age and became America’s favorite sport.

Known as one of the game’s toughest and fiercest competitors, Atkins lined up with fellow Hall of Famers such as MLB’s Bill George and later Dick Butkus on Bears founder George Halas’s last great defense.

Bears Chairman George McCaskey released the following statement upon receiving the news of Atkins death. READ MORE

Bears snap December skid with win over Bucs

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A methodical offensive game plan and some timely defensive takeaways were enough for the Chicago Bears to edge the Tampa Bay Bucs 26-21 Sunday afternoon at sultry Raymond James Stadium.

In the process, the Bears ended a December losing streak that dates back to 2013. Chicago and Tampa Bay stand at 6-9 with one week remaining in the NFL regular season.

Lightly-used RB Ka’Deem Carey scored twice, once on a 2 yard plunge and the other on a 1 yard reception from Jay Cutler. The Bears ground out 174-yards rushing as the offensive line took control in the second half and provided room for Carey (16-yards) , Matt Forte (54-yards), and Jeremy Langford (83-yards) to find creases in a normally stingy Bucs defense.

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Dear Santa: please bring the Bears….

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Ten wishes for a Chicago Bears Christmas:

1. Defense, Defense, Defense…The Bears will improve when the team once again has a playmaker (or two) on the attack unit. Help is needed at all three levels, but a glaring hole exists at inside linebacker. Time has almost run out on the Shea McClellin experience, at least as a front-line starter. Christian Jones isn’t the answer either, and the Bears seconded that notion last Sunday when he was inactive for the Vikings game.

2 & 3. A healthy Alshon Jeffery and a healthy Kevin White. Jeffery’s nagging injury history is a concern, but the Bears have to bring him back even if it’s a one-year tender as a franchise player. When healthy, Jeffery is a cornerback’s worst nightmare with his long frame and catching radius.

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