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John "Moon" Mullin

John Mullin, who joined CSNChicago.com as its Bears Insider in October 2009, was nicknamed "Moon" after the famous cartoon strip "Moon Mullins" by a member of the Chicago Bears' PR staff when he began covering the team in the closing days of the Mike Ditka era. He and the nickname have continued on, through the days of Dave Wannstedt and Dick Jauron, and now into the Lovie Smith years. Moon is a frequent guest on "Chicago Tribune Live" and does a weekly television appearance on "Bears Postgame Live," adding his thoughts and observations from the locker room after each Bears game. In addition, he offers his unique perspective on all things Bears in his "View from the Moon" TV segments and his contributions to Bears Talk. He can also be followed on Twitter at @CsnMoonMullin, where he gives up-to-the-minute Bears news and updates. Mullin's Bears coverage appeared first for the Daily Herald and most recently for the Chicago Tribune, as well as various national publications. He has won numerous awards from the Pro Football Writers of America in addition to an Emmy award for his "Bears Insider" segment of the FOX-TV Bears pregame show. Moon's writing has been nationally syndicated and he is the author of four books, including "The Rise and Self-Destruction of the Greatest Football Team in History: The Chicago Bears and Super Bowl XX." He wishes he could write a Travis McGee novel sometime, but will content himself with reading them for now, along with classic '30s mysteries of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler in particular. For a Christmas gift he asked for the "It's A Wonderful Life" videotape before he even owned a VCR, and would have asked for "Casablanca" and "The Sting" if it wouldn't have looked greedy.

John Mullin Insights

  1. Bears don't need to make changes on offense

    Article

    Wed, 30 Oct 2013

    Even with Jay Cutler out, don't expect too many changes from the Bears' fully functioning offense heading into their battle with the Packers.

  2. Bears don't need sacks for success against Rodgers, Packers

    Article

    Wed, 30 Oct 2013

    Insider John 'Moon' Mullin explains why sacks won't necessarily mean success for the Bears against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Monday night.

  3. Packers should beware of Bears' 'old cat' Josh McCown

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    Josh McCown's arm may not be what it used to be, but his teammates have raved about his ability to get them the ball and think the veteran quarterback may be downplaying his ability a little too much.

  4. Rare feat: Bears could start a second rookie tandem for ‘13

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    If Khaseem Green starts for the Bears in Week 9 against the Packers, it will be the first time the team has started two rookie linebackers together in franchise history.

  5. Former Bear Fencik: 'Couldn't afford to play in this NFL'

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    Former Chicago Bears safety Gary Fencik said him and former Bear Doug Plank could not have afforded to play in this era's NFL because of new hitting restrictions.

  6. Jay Cutler at Bears practice but won't push recovery

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    Jay Cutler returned to Bears practice on Monday morning, but didn't perform in any team drills. Cutler won't push his recovery and is still expected to be out at least weeks as the initial diagnosis indicated.

  7. Bennett to Bears injury replacements: 'Just do your job'

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    With the Bears forced to use injury replacements at three key positions for the Monday night matchup with the Packers in Green Bay, Martellus Bennett's advice was simple: "Just do your job."

  8. Bears may get Cutler back sooner than expected

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    Although it's 'highly unlikely,' the Bears could get Jay Cutler back sooner than the original four week minimum diagnosis indicated.

  9. History indicates Bears defense can't stay this bad

    Article

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    The Bears have allowed 21 or more points to seven straight opponents, but history indicates it's simply hard to stay this bad for this long.

  10. Meriweather goes after Marshall's character

    Article

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather took a shot at Brandon Marshall's personal life on Monday morning in conjuncture with Marshall's comments about Meriweather playing dirty.

  11. Bears defense standing pat at safety

    Article

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    The Bears won't be making any changes to the starting lineup at safety in their Week 9 matchup with the Packers. Also, Khaseem Greene practiced with the 1's while Lance Briggs' nurses a shoulder injury.

  12. Bears falling behind in NFC North, wild-card chase

    Article

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    The Bears didn't play this week, but a number of teams close to them in the standings did (and won), dropping the Bears back in the NFC North and NFC playoff chase.

  13. Bears sign Palmer, Grant to shore up QB, LB corps

    Article

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    The Bears added quarterback Jordan Palmer and linebacker Larry Grant to their 53-man on Monday morning. The team waived tight end Steve Maneri and C.J. Wilson to make room for the duo.

  14. Buddy Ryan influence still percolating through NFL

    Article

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    The legendary philosophies of former Bears Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan have helped a few teams get to the top of their division in the NFL.

  15. Marc Trestman's 'gamble' early key to Bears second half

    Article

    Sun, 27 Oct 2013

    Marc Trestman rolled the dice during the Bears' bye week, and it will be interesting to see if it pays off as the Bears ready themselves for the second half of the season.

  16. Bears: 'Dr. Marshall' may have valid point on Cutler assessment

    Article

    Fri, 25 Oct 2013

    Jay Cutler's injury is supposed to keep him out four-to-six weeks, but Brandon Marshall says the Bears QB could return in two weeks. Does the All-Pro receiver have a valid point?

  17. Why Brett Favre return would have been good for Bears

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    Thu, 24 Oct 2013

    The idea of Brett Favre returning one more time to the NFL might have been welcomed by a Bears defense still employing the scheme installed by Lovie Smith that worked well in limiting the quarterback.

  18. Bears CEO: Briggs, Cutler injuries a test for team's 'backbone'

    Article

    Thu, 24 Oct 2013

    Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips is optimistic about the franchise's future, but says the next month will be a test of the team's backbone as they play without Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs.

  19. Re-tracing Bears breadcrumbs: Cutler 'plan' still unfolding

    Article

    Thu, 24 Oct 2013

    Bears general manager Phil Emery is confident in the performance Jay Cutler gave prior to his injury, and now CSNChicago.com discusses what's next for the quarterback.

  20. Bears positional competition: Safety battle

    Article

    Wed, 23 Oct 2013

    Insider John 'Moon' Mullin looks at the Bears positional battles at safety which include: Chris Conte vs. Anthony Walters and Craig Steltz vs. Major Wright.