Bears one of the healthiest teams in 2012

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Bears one of the healthiest teams in 2012

Notable Bears including Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery all suffered injuries this season, but as a whole, the Dallas Morning News found, the Bears were one of the healthiest teams in the league in 2012.
According to the report, the Bears lost 23 starts to various players at various positions, the fourth fewest number in the NFL. Only the 49ers (8), Seahawks (11) and Saints (20) suffered fewer injuries that led to missed games than the Bears.
The Bears placed seven players on Injured Reserve, tied for the fifth fewest number of players to suffer season-ending injuries. Of those lost to injured reserve, however, were starting kicker Robbie Gould and reserve running back Michael Bush, two important cogs in the Bears' offense.
The list, compiled by analyst Rick Gosselin, was shown to prove that even though the Cowboys suffered the third most injuries in the NFL in 2012 (71), it wasn't neccesarily an excuse for why they didn't make the playoffs.
True, six of the 10 teams that suffered the fewest injuries did make the postseason -- San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Minnesota, New England, Atlanta -- but so did the two teams bitten most by the injury bug -- Washington (75) and Green Bay (83).
Cutler's injury hurt the Bears in a road loss to San Francisco, and losing the defensive captain in Urlacher made the defense take a hit, but the Bears can't complain too much about the injury bug...relative to other teams in the league.

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

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.

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

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.