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Jay Cutler has a "strong, personal relationship" with new QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and Cutler lobbied for the Bears to hire Loggains when Lovie Smith was still head coach.

The Bears' hire of Loggains under new coach John Fox suggests the team intends to keep Cutler for 2015, despite speculation Cutler could be traded. It's believed Loggains won't be "afraid to challenge Cutler, which the quarterback welcomes." A former Titans assistant, Loggains reportedly "pushed hard" for Tennessee to draft Cutler over Vince Young in 2006. Almost all signs point to Cutler remaining the Bears' quarterback in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 25 - 5:11 PM

Bears hired Dowell Loggains as QB coach.

Loggains is making a lateral move after spending last season as the Browns' QB coach. He also previously served as the Titans' offensive coordinator from 2012-13. Considered one of the better quarterback coaches in the league, Loggains will be tasked with turning around Jay Cutler in Chicago.
Jan 23 - 9:28 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Mike Wright doesn't believe second-year DT Will Sutton is a scheme fit for DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.

Sutton was the 82nd pick in last May's draft. Wright writes that Sutton "looked like a bust" as a rookie, and would "definitely be out of place in a three-man front." We agree. Sutton was billed as a gap-shooting three-technique coming out of Arizona State. At 6'0/303, he's too small to play in the 3-4.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 9:25 AM

Bears hired Adam Gase as offensive coordinator.

Gase will re-join John Fox after losing out on the 49ers and Broncos' head-coach jobs. Gase has been Fox's OC the last two years and will have total control over the Bears' offense. Gase's hire is good news for Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte. Jeffery will presumably play the high-volume "Demaryius role" in Gase's attack. The Broncos were a top-five offense under Gase the last two seasons. Gase should resurface as a head-coaching candidate next offseason if he can prove he can win without Peyton Manning.
Jan 21 - 7:31 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase will interview for the Bears' offensive-coordinator vacancy on Wednesday.

It wouldn't be a bad landing spot for Gase after he was passed over by Marc Trestman and Greg Olson for the Ravens and Jaguars' respective OC jobs on Tuesday. That came after Gase failed to secure the 49ers and Broncos' head-coach jobs. In Chicago, Gase would re-join coach John Fox and have an elite receiver in Alshon Jeffery to go along with Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, who should each have one or two more productive seasons in their tanks.
Jan 20 - 9:07 PM

SiriusXM's Eddie Borsilli reports the "buzz" at the Senior Bowl is that Adam Gase "screwed up" getting the 49ers' job in his final interview.

Per Borsilli, Gase had the 49ers' job "locked up before the final meeting." It's unclear what Gase did to lose out to Jim Tomsula. Gase was a candidate for the Ravens and Jaguars' offensive coordinator vacancies, but was passed over in both towns. The 49ers, Rams, Jets, Browns and Bears are all still in search of play-callers, but Gase can probably be ruled out in San Francisco.
Jan 20 - 5:22 PM

Bears hired Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator.

Both new Bears coach John Fox and Redskins coach Jay Gruden wanted Fangio to head up their defense. The consistently excellent Fangio, who fled from San Francisco after getting passed over for the head-coaching job, chooses to go for the unit with a little more talent. That's not to say he doesn't have his hands full however, as Mel Tucker's Bears fielded the league's No. 30 defense in both 2014 and 2013. But note that in four seasons with Fangio as the 49ers' defensive coordinator, they annually ranked in the top five -- including this year even though they played without Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Tramaine Brock for extended periods. Expect the Bears to make a leap defensively next season. The Redskins may now have to settle for Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry.
Jan 20 - 10:58 AM

Ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase will interview for the Ravens' offensive-coordinator vacancy on Monday.

He's the Ravens' first-known candidate to replace Gary Kubiak, but ex-Bills coach Doug Marrone is also rumored to be in play. Gase would be a nice get for a team that's had a revolving door at coordinator in recent seasons.
Jan 19 - 5:42 PM

New coach John Fox declined to comment on whether he believes Jay Cutler will be a Bear in 2015.

Speaking at his introductory press conference, Fox could have come out and said Cutler is his guy. Instead, he waffled. Cutler melted down badly in 2015, even with passing-game guru Marc Trestman at the controls. It culminated in him getting benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen. Cutler's $15.5M guaranteed salary makes him both difficult to cut and difficult to trade, but arm talent like his is unique. "I'm looking forward to getting to know Jay," Fox said.
Jan 19 - 12:21 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, former Broncos OC Adam Gase is expected to land with either Baltimore or Jacksonville.

Once a red-hot head coaching candidate, the 36-year-old Gase is left fighting for offensive coordinator scraps after the Broncos cleaned house. The better job is obviously replacing Gary Kubiak in Baltimore, as he'd be able to build around an established quarterback in Joe Flacco. Regardless, Gase is probably regretting not going harder after the opportunities that were in front of him 12 months ago and just a few weeks back.
Jan 19 - 10:08 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders and Bears have also been granted permission to interview Adam Gase for their offensive-coordinator vacancies.

It makes sense, as ex-Broncos coach John Fox and ex-Broncos DC Jack Del Rio are the new head coaches for Chicago and Oakland, respectively. Gase has now been connected to the Bears, Raiders, Rams, Jaguars, and Falcons' OC openings, and is still in contention for the Broncos' head-coaching job.
Jan 18 - 9:16 AM

The Jaguars will interview Adam Gase for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Gase is the seventh candidate to interview with Jacksonville. He continues to draw heavy interest as one of the top coordinators available. Gase has also been linked to the Falcons and Rams, and interviewed for the Broncos' head-coaching job earlier this week.
Jan 17 - 5:09 PM

The Bears will interview ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Fangio was a finalist for the 49ers' head-coaching job before losing out to Jim Tomsula. He's led San Francisco to a top-five defense the last four seasons and is one of the top coordinators available. Fangio is also expected to interview with Washington this weekend.
Jan 16 - 8:27 PM

Bears hired John Fox as head coach.

It's a four-year deal. Fox is the 15th head coach in franchise history. Fox enters Chicago on the back of a gaudy 46-18 record he compiled over four years in Denver, but that was built largely on the back of Peyton Manning. Fox was fired in Denver because GM John Elway didn't believe he could take the team to the next level. Now instead of Manning Fox will be working with Jay Cutler, a quarterback who is looking more and more like a coach killer. Fox coordinates neither his offense nor defense, and is extremely conservative in the way he manages games. Fox keeps the trains on time, but doesn't make much of an impact beyond "leadership." That's important, of course, but it's an underwhelming hire for a franchise coming off a disastrous season. If the Bears are realistic, they'll be banking on Fox restoring order, not taking them to the Super Bowl.
Jan 16 - 2:21 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the Redskins will interview ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Fangio is expected to interview over the weekend. It'd be a smart move by the Redskins to bring in Fangio to run the defense. He guided the 49ers to four top-five finishes in total defense each of his four seasons on the job.
Jan 16 - 12:24 PM


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