Bears already fighting injury bug

This wasn’t the way new General Manager Ryan Pace expected the new season to begin when he signed on with the Chicago Bears, yet here we are with a rash of injuries.  Add center Hroniss Grassu to the list after he injured what the team fears is his ACL and could be out for the entire season.

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Other injuries include WR Alshon Jeffrey (hamstring), WR Eddie Royal (concussion), TE Zach Miller (concussion), RG Ryan Long (calf strain).

The Bears will kick off the preseason against the Denver Broncos this Thursday.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and support your Chicago Bears!

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Bears hoping to “stretch” a stagnent offense

The Chicago Bears have to improve upon last season’s league worst 4.65 yard per first down play.  Quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the league per game (2.82)  and last season’s starting running back  Matt Forte averaged 4.4 yards per carry and had only one rushing touchdown.

The Bears know that a strong offensive line is the only way to protect the quarterback and former lineman turned radio personality Tom Thayer thinks that this year’s Bears squad may just be able to turn the corner.

“This is probably the most excited I have been about the growth potential for this team because of what the coach is going to bring to the table that is different,” Thayer said recently.

The Bears open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday September 8, 2013 at 1 PM  Tickets are still available.

Bears Promote Tice to Offensive Coordinator

(Reuters) – The Chicago Bears have promoted offensive line coach Mike Tice to offensive coordinator to replace Mike Martz, who parted ways with the club earlier this week, the National Football League (NFL) team said on Friday.

Tice, who played in the NFL for 14 seasons and has spent 16 seasons as a coach, served as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2001-05.

A proponent of a strong running game, Tice will call the plays and continue to work with the offensive line, while the team will look for a new quarterbacks coach to assist with the passing game.

The Bears dropped five of their last six games after starting quarterback Jay Cutler was lost to injury to finish with an 8-8 record.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Gene Cherry)