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Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ easily went through the Bears’ first-team defense (well, most of it) for a touchdown Saturday, but that’s not going to increase the urgency to get Smith back on the field. Still, Bears GM Ryan Poles will be challenged to have this impasse end well.
One thing is certain, the Soldier Field turf needs work.
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Brisker looked the part of expected Week 1 starter with impact plays. Sanborn, a Lake Zurich graduate, had a glorious Bears debut with two takeaways, a tackle for loss and two special-teams tackles.
Eberflus has been a football coach for 30 years. Saturday marked his first time, on any level, as a head coach on game day. He wanted to make sure he was prepared.
Jenkins was solid in the preseason game against the Chiefs on Saturday, which could help him find a spot. But not necessarily on the Bears.
Three takeaways from the Bears’ 19-14 victory Saturday against the Chiefs.
Fields didn’t play long against the Chiefs in the preseason opener, but he made a few big throws and escaped in good health.
The grass was so patchy that super-agent David Canter tweeted that Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Chiefs should have been canceled.
Safety Juan Thornhill dropped his right shoulder into Fields’ head on a slide. Fields couldn’t believe there was no flag.
Smith, who demanded a trade Tuesday, did conditioning work with his teammates about two hours before kickoff of Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Chiefs.
“This is going to put wheelchair football and these athletes on display for the whole city to see,” coach Jason Sfire said.
On the eve of his first game as a head coach at any level, Eberflus comes in not as a dynamic savior but an old-school, driven football coach. And maybe that’s the antidote the McCaskey family has been looking for.
While we wonder whether the Chiefs’ new quarterbacks coach will ask mentor Andy Reid to dial up something special against his former team Saturday, we present questions the Bears must answer in their preseason opener.
Coach Matt Eberflus has continued to call the cornerback’s injury “day-to-day” and reiterated Thursday that he should be back soon.
Both players are central to the offense and have missed the last two days of practice, but coach Matt Eberflus says there’s no serious concern.
Eberflus can’t do much as Smith defies his rules and continues to press for a suitable contract extension or a trade.
The decision came down to cost. Audacy-owned WBBM, which simulcasts on WCFS-FM (105.9), has been losing money with the Bears, who have aired on the station since 2000.
When he didn’t practice — Smith walked on the field midway through Thursday’s session at Halas Hall and watched while wearing shorts and a T-shirt — coach Matt Eberflus made no effort to defend his best player’s actions.
His injury leaves the Bears perilously thin at receiver — a problem when trying to determine what quarterback Justin Fields can show during training camp and preseason games.
Poles should make his decision and make a move by the end of the weekend, allowing the Bears to relaunch free of drama Monday.
It’s one thing to request a trade. It’s another to issue a 343-word public screed that accuses your new bosses of being “focused on taking advantage of me” and refusing to negotiate in good faith and to demand that you be sent to an “organization that genuinely values what I bring to the table.”
One day after he demanded a trade with a 343-word statement that accused his bosses of negotiating in bad faith, Roquan Smith was taken off the Bears’ physically unable-to-perform list.
The preseason hasn’t even started yet, but the Bears are already dealing with drama.
Santos has navigated the kicker’s nightmare that is Soldier Field very well, in part because he seeks out tattered fields to practice on in Florida.
The former Chargers defensive lineman, who signed with the Bears only after Larry Ogunjobi failed a physical, has acclimated quickly as a three-technique tackle. ”That’s a position I feel like I was born to play,” he said.
Horace Grant’s NBA championship rings and a signed Ernie Banks jersey are also available.