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Drake, Tice among Bears assistants on the job market

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Drake, Tice among Bears assistants on the job market

One now-former Bears coach texted for several: Looking for work.
Along with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli declining a chance to remain on new head coach Marc Trestmans staff, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, receivers coach Darryl Drake, offensive line coach Tim Holt and offensive coordinator Mike Tice have been turned out by the Bears in a near total staff makeover.
Defensive backs coach Jon Hoke remained under consideration for the defensive coordinator spot as of late Thursday.
Trestmans first hire was Aaron Kromer as offensive coordinator. Kromer also will handle the offensive line, formerly the province of Tice in 2010-11 and Holt last year.

Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

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Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

Sherrick McManis blocked a field goal and Marcus Cooper picked the ball up with nothing but green grass ahead of him on his way to the end zone. 

Then, for some reason, Cooper eased up a few yards from the end zone. What happened next was straight out of a Leon Lett highlight reel: Vance McDonald hit Cooper from behind, leading to Cooper fumbling the ball and it being batted out of the end zone for a penalty. The Steelers went to the locker room, then had to come back out for an untimed down from the one-yard line. After Charles Leno was whistled for a false start, the Bears kicked a field goal.

So Cooper cost the Bears four points. But...why? What was he doing? 

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too: