Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Evan Rodriguez and nine of his teammates visited Heineman Middle School in Algonquin Thursday to thank the school for its fundraising efforts on behalf of Bears Care.
Bears doing bad things - Brad Biggs: Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage early Friday morning. Issues apology. (Non-Tribune link; apology.)
Playing for a contract - Kevin Seifert: More than a half-dozen prominent starters on the Bears have contracts set to expire after this season, but the biggest name is Cutler.
The case for George Halas - Mike Sando put the Bears' founder #1 in ESPN's 20 greatest coaches in NFL history.
Best-performing Bears jersey numbers - Maggie Hendricks: When Mike Ditka's number is retired, the Bears will have 14 numbers on the wall. Of the numbers still available, which has performed the best?
Football Outsiders - Which defenders this year did the most to stop receivers after the catch -- especially when they weren't actually covering that receiver themselves?
100 days to Bears kickoff - Maggie Hendricks provides you with a to-do list in preparation for Sept 8th.
Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach on the new offense, how much will be made of Marc Trestman’s success against the Packers, and Gale Sayers.
NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: A look at the Colts' new offense; the Stanford coaching pipeline; and all the latest NFL talk.
Know thy enemy: Packers - Curly Lambeau comes in at #10 on ESPN's 20 greatest coaches in NFL history.
Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Unknown Lions WR could be partner Calvin Johnson needs.
Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert looks at Joe Webb's future at WR.
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