During Kern's third punt,[97] Robertson-Harris blocked it in the end zone and Adam Shaheen attempted to recover, but was ruled out of bounds, giving the Bears two points via safety. Nugent added a 27-yard field goal with 2:15 remaining in the half to give the Bears the 12–7 lead at halftime. The Vikings were unable to exit their side of the field on their first two drives and were forced to punt; likewise, the Bears reached Minnesota's side before punting on their drives. [3] To take their places, the Bears hired San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins, Miami Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn and 49ers safeties coach Roy Anderson, respectively. [189] Trubisky attempted to guide the offense downfield, reaching as far as the Vikings' six-yard line, but he threw four consecutive incomplete passes to turn the ball over on downs. On October 6, the Bears added Howard Jones to the practice squad. However, the Bears' first drive of the second half ended when Mitchell Trubisky's pass for Kendall Wright was overthrown and intercepted by Darius Slay, which set up Stafford's eight-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron. Cooper raced down the field before suddenly slowing down before he reached the end zone, which allowed Pittsburgh's Vance McDonald to knock the ball away at the one-yard line. [156] Barth added a 49-yard field goal to draw the Bears within a touchdown, and remained in contention when Crosby missed a 35-yarder wide right with 1:02 left in the game. [111] Winston's catchers included receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, along with tight ends Cameron Brate and O. J. Howard; Brate, an Illinois native and Bears fan, had excelled against his favorite team, recording a 46-yard catch in 2015 and a career-high seven receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown in 2016. The Bears traded their second- and seventh-round selections (36th and 221st) to. The Ravens reached the Bears' 30-yard line,[139] where Flacco was intercepted by Adrian Amos, who returned his first career interception 90 yards for the touchdown to put the Bears up by 11 points with 5:08 left in the game. On December 5, the Bears promoted Howard Jones and Cameron Lee to the active roster. When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division. The Jaguars have named Mike Glennon their starting quarterback when they host the Bears on ... while averaging 208.3 passing yards per game and posting a 76.9 passer rating in 2017. [190] Minnesota attempted to score again on the last play of the first half, but Kai Forbath's 55-yard field goal was wide right. Chicago's next two drives reached Tampa's red zone, but both ended with turnovers on downs. [177], Matt Prater made a 48-yard field goal on the Lions' opening drive, followed by a 31-yard kick in the second quarter to put Detroit up by six. On September 21, the Bears added Tanner Gentry to the practice squad. Chicago attempted to take advantage of the takeaway, but Cairo Santos' 54-yard field goal went wide right. By the end of the game, he attempted only four passes, completing two for ten yards. [178] On the ensuing kickoff, Tarik Cohen recorded a 90-yard return to the Lions' 14-yard line, but a holding penalty on DeAndre Houston-Carson nullified the play and forced the Bears to start at their own 14. [148] Although the Bears turned the ball over on downs, they had another chance after Lutz's 49-yard field goal put them behind by eight points. [120] To challenge the Packers defense, Jeff Joniak wrote the Bears should utilize their running game; after the first three games of 2017, the Packers had allowed eight runs of at least ten yards, along with 5.7 rushing yards on first down. This resulted in 19-yarder by Barth to make the score 17–3 at halftime. [189] During the early stages of the game, Bryce Callahan was penalized for pass interference, resulting in the Vikings gaining 24 and 27 yards, though he redeemed himself during the second quarter on a punt return;[190] Tarik Cohen prepared to field a punt on one side of the field, while Callahan kneeled on the other side. [47] On May 11, receiver Eddie Royal, defensive lineman Will Sutton, fullback Paul Lasike and center Cornelius Edison were waived; Royal struggled with injuries during his tenure with the Bears; Sutton, a 4–3 defensive tackle, did not fit Fangio's 3–4 defense and was unable to record a sack as a Bear. Murray added another one-yard score in the second quarter to put the Vikings up by 14. [9] The Bears and 49ers also swapped special teams coaches when the latter's ST coordinator Derius Swinton II, who served as an assistant for the Bears in 2015, returned to Chicago as the assistant ST coach;[10] meanwhile, Bears assistant ST coach Richard Hightower joined the 49ers as their new ST coordinator. Latest on Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN. 2 / 61 QB Mark Sanchez. The loss marked the fourth straight opening week loss for the Bears. [90], The Bears' preseason schedule was announced on April 10. This was their first season since 2008 without Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback, ending an eight-year era. On September 4, the Bears signed John Jenkins. [78] In addition to the draft picks and 13 undrafted free agents signed prior, the Minicamp featured 38 rookies and nine veteran players trying out. [31], On January 6, the team signed to a futures contract defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore. Green was deflected and intercepted by Eddie Jackson, which resulted in Trubisky's one-yard touchdown pass to Adam Shaheen. [148] This set up Alvin Kamara's eight-yard touchdown run to put New Orleans up by seven points. "The kid's going to be special and we've got to do our jobs around him; keep getting in the right spot, make plays and catch the football, and making sure we're keeping him out of first-and-17s," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains stated. 7 / 61 RB Taquan Mizzell. "Thank you to all the players, coaches, the city of Chicago and Bears fans everywhere, your passion for the game and this team is unmatched in the NFL," Fox stated in a team release. On September 19, the Bears promoted DeAndre Houston-Carson to the active roster. On September 12, the Bears promoted Jonathan Anderson and Tanner Gentry to the active roster. (670 The Score) One night after being selected second overall by the Bears in the fateful 2017 NFL Draft, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was shown on … [133] Now trailing by just two points, the Bears elected to go for a two-point conversion, on which they attempted another trick play: Trubisky handed the ball to Howard on what appeared to be a draw play until Howard gave it to Miller, who was running in the opposite direction. [179] After a trading of punts,[178] Trubisky guided the Bears to the Lions' five-yard line, but he was once again intercepted when his pass for Dontrelle Inman was picked off by Quandre Diggs. Skip to navigation. Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz issued a statement on Thursday announcing that he is stepping away from the "day-to-day of coaching for the time being.". CHI – Jordan Howard 8-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 9:18. [98] On their next drive, the Titans were forced to punt again, with Kern once again forcing the Bears to start deep within their own territory with a 61-yard punt landing at the six. On the Bears' first drive of the second half, Connor Barth missed a 47-yard field goal wide right, which led to Rodgers' four-yard touchdown pass to Nelson. [42], On March 17, the Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins, a 359-pound nose tackle who was a third-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2013, when Bears general manager Ryan Pace was the Saints' Director of Player Personnel. On November 23, the Bears placed Leonard Floyd on the injured reserve list. [77] Two weeks after the draft, the Bears hosted their Rookie Minicamp from May 12–14. Fox ended his tenure in Chicago with a 14–34 record, never recording a winning streak longer than two games and finishing last in the NFC North in all three seasons. Santos had been with the Chiefs since 2014, made 31 of 35 in 2016 (the fifth-highest conversion percentage in the league), and recorded a career-high 55.8 touchback percentage on kickoffs. [108] After another Chicago punt, the defense appeared to have forced a fourth down situation on Atlanta until Akiem Hicks was penalized for roughing the passer. In addition to a dislocated knee, Miller was revealed to have torn the popliteal artery in his region, an injury that is common in car accidents and raised the possibility of amputation. Jordan Howard would score a three-yard touchdown run on the drive. As such, Jeff Joniak stressed the importance of playing "loose" by letting "it rip in every phase." While coaching the Panthers in 2006, Fox's team defeated the Falcons as quarterback Chris Weinke also completed four of seven passes. [82] When Michael Burton was signed a day later, Franko House was released. Bausby, Glenn and Edison all saw regular season action for the Bears in 2016, with Glenn also earning three starts throughout the season, while Anderson, Cobb, Poehls, Reynolds and Richardson spent the 2016 season on the team's practice squad. The offense, which ranked 15th in 2016 (17th in rushing and 14th passing), took on a Falcons defense that was ranked 25th (17th in run and 28th in pass). The series had been a see-saw in victors, with the winning team alternating each time; the Bears won the most recent game in 2013 23–20, but the Ravens won the latest game in Baltimore (a 31–7 rout in 2009). [174], The 26-point victory marked the largest blowout for the Bears since a 51–20 win over the Tennessee Titans in 2012. On September 19, the Bears released Tanner Gentry. Fox still gets fired and Matt Nagy still gets hired, as not much changes for the Chiefs (although our guy Adam still has them taking a quarterback to sit behind Alex Smith…). John Timu, who had been on the practice squad at the start of the season, became the new leading inside linebacker in place Trevathan. Although the Vikings ranked third in converting third downs, Joniak wrote there was "some momentum with this defense."[188]. Amukamara, a former first-round draft pick of the 2011 Giants, who started twelve games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract, while Cooper, a 7th round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 who led the Arizona Cardinals in interceptions during the 2016 season, signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the team. The 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 160 lb (73 kg) running back attracted Internet attention in 2015 when a video surfaced of him performing a backflip and catching two footballs at the same time. However, Stafford threw two touchdown passes to Marvin Jones and Ameer Abdullah to put the Lions up 21–17 by halftime. 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