The Bears 2012 schedule includes the Indianapolis Colts, a game to be played in Soldier Field. It is likely to give the Bears a look at the No. 1 overall pick in this years draft.
Sources are telling Chris Mortensen over at ESPN that the Colts and owner Jim Irsay will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. That is probably a good thing, given the Bears recent history with first-overall picks.
They drew Cam Newton in 2011 when the Carolina Panthers came to Soldier Field and won. They got past Matthew Stafford in 2009 in the one Bears game Stafford played. That said, both Newton and Stafford put up serious numbers at the Bears expense.
They would have played JaMarcus Russell in 2007 when they went to Oakland, but Russell was behind Josh McCown (yes, that Josh McCown, the possible Bears Josh McCown).
CSNChicago.com has been told by more than one source that Peyton Manning wants no part of mentoring Luck and the going assumption is that the Colts will deal Manning out of Indianapolis at some point before the Bears see them.
John Fox and the Bears have added another assistant coach.
Zack Azzanni is leaving the University of Tennessee to become the Bears' new receivers coach.
Azzanni has been with Tennessee since 2013 as a receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Prior to that, he spent time at Wisconsin, Western Kentucky, Florida, Central Michigan and six seasons at Bowling Green.
Azzanni was on Urban Meyer's coaching staff at Bowling Green in 2001-02 and also coached Pittsburgh Steelers superstar receiver Antonio Brown at Central Michigan. Under Azzanni's tutelage at CMU from 2007-09, Brown totaled 305 receptions for 3,199 yards and 22 TDs, earning a sixth-round draft selection in 2010.
Curtis Johnson spent 2016 as his first season in the role of Bears' wide receivers coach, but announced he was leaving after the Senior Bowl to take a job with the New Orleans Saints.
It's unknown if Azzanni will get a chance to coach Alshon Jeffery (who is currently a free agent) but the incoming coach will have an important job in molding young receivers like Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
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