The Bears made their way through the first half of the 2012 schedule with aplomb, standing at 7-1 at the midpoint. Now they can start work on a new years schedule with an eye toward avoiding a second-half collapse like this seasons.
The opponent lineup for 2013:
Detroit (4-12)Green Bay (11-5)
Green Bay (11-5)
Philadelphia (4-12)N.Y Giants (9-7)
Washington (9-6)Baltimore (10-6)
Cleveland (5-11)Cincinnati (10-6)Pittsburgh (8-8)Carolina (7-9)
St. Louis (7-8-1)
( - Dallas vs. Washington Sunday night)
The season will include facing the Carolina Panthers for the third straight season and the Dallas Cowboys for the third time in the last four years. The Eagles are back on the schedule after skipping 2012 following five straight years facing the Bears.
The Bears have a handful of playoff teams on the schedule: Baltimore, Cincinnati, the winner of Dallas-Washington, plus two games each against division foes Green Bay and Minnesota, both headed to the postseason.
On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.
The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.
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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?
Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.
The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.
According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.
Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.
Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.
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This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.
The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.
Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.