Xs and Os

A chalkboard look at the Chicago Bears playbook.

Bears Playbook - The Punt Return

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Whether he's trying to set up a return or block a punt, Joe DeCamillis has a plan for the Bears special teams. See what to watch for to know what's happening inside the insanity of a punt play.

What if the NFL took away helmets?

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Eliminating helmets from the game would affect more than just tackling as other safety factors come into play.

Bears Playbook - The Hester Resurrection?

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With his $40 million stint at WR now at an end, Devin Hester is once again a full-time returner. Can Joe DeCamillis break Hester out of his slump and into the end zone?

Bears Playbook - Pardee and Payton's Greatest Game

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Former Bears head coach Jack Pardee passed away this week at 76. Here's how he led the 1977 Bears past the reigning division champion Minnesota Vikings and put Walter Payton into the record books.

Bears Playbook - Trestman, Kromer, and the TE

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Phil Emery has brought in two new tight ends for his new coaches. Here's how Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer might use them.

Bears Playbook - Aaron Kromer's Run Game

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Kromer didn't just coordinate the run game for the Saints - for the first six weeks of last season, he called the whole game as head coach. Here's how Kromer ran it all over the Panthers.

Bears Playbook - Martellus Bennett's Skill Set

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Martellus Bennett is a truly versitile tight end - he can throw a block and catch a pass. Here's how he fared against the division-rival Packers last season.

Bears Playbook - Nick Roach, Middle Linebacker?

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Brian Urlacher may or may not be back with the Bears next season, but another answer to the question at middle linebacker is waiting in free agency.

Bears Playbook - Beating Marc Trestman

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Marc Trestman's most well-known game as an offensive coordinator is also his most well-known loss. Here's how Jon Gruden's Bucaneers defeated Trestman's Raiders, and why the loss might spell...

Bears Playbook - Marc Trestman's Run Game

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Marc Trestman called a pass-heavy offense in Oakland, but he never forgot about his running backs. Jog your memory with a preview of what the Bears' run game will look like next season.

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