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

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Bears LB competition: Blake Costanzo vs. Khaseem Greene

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    Wed, 23 Oct 2013

    Insider John 'Moon' Mullin looks at the positional battle at LB between Blake Costanzo and Khaseem Greene while Lance Briggs is out with a shoulder injury.

  6. With nine games to play, no time for Bears to feel down

    Article

    Tue, 22 Oct 2013

    The Bears are not even at the halfway point of their season and with a myriad of injuries, they have no time to sit around and feel sorry for themselves, especially with the Green Bay Packers on deck.

  7. Looking outside: 3 places that could hold solutions for Bears

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    Tue, 22 Oct 2013

    Insider John 'Moon' Mullin explains three areas the Bears can look at for a solution to roster help: the trade market, free agents on the street and practice squad players.

  8. Look for re-opened job competitions when Bears reconvene

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    Tue, 22 Oct 2013

    With a number of injuries plaguing the Bears, the team will be conducting a number of competitions during the bye week. First up -- David Bass vs. Shea McClellin.

  9. Meriweather hits on Bears WRs chilling if you remember Tatum

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    Mon, 21 Oct 2013

    Insider John 'Moon' Mullin explains why Brandon Meriweather's hits on Bears WR's were eerily similar to Jack Tatum's hit on Darryl Stingley in 1978 that left Stingley a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.

  10. Bears' Briggs out at least six weeks with shoulder injury

    Article

    Mon, 21 Oct 2013

    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will be out at least six weeks with a small tear in his shoulder.

  11. Jay Cutler injury moves McCown in for key stretch on Bears schedule

    Article

    Mon, 21 Oct 2013

    The Bears confirmed that Jay Cutler will be out at least four weeks with a muscle tear in his groin. Josh McCown will take over as the starting quarterback for the Bears while Cutler is out.

  12. Bears lose Cutler, game to Redskins in D.C.

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    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in the second quarter of the Bears' 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins in the nation's capital Sunday.

  13. Week 7 Bears grades: Linebackers

    Article

    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Lance Briggs suffered an injury but the linebacking corps was one of the main reasons the Redskins were able to go for 499 total yards of offense in their win over the Bears.

  14. Week 7 Bears grades: Defensive line

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    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    The Bears' defensive line continued to struggle amid serious injuries to key players, as Robert Griffin III had plenty of time to pass and scrambled as well as he has all season.

  15. Cutler down and out with injury after first half sack

    Article

    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in the second quarter of the Bears-Redskins matchup in D.C. and the Chicago quarterback will not return to the game.

  16. Week 7 Bears grades: Special teams

    Article

    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Devin Hester returned an 81-yard punt return touchdown tied him with Deion Sanders for the NFL TD-return record, but outside of that the special teams weren't so special against the 'Skins.

  17. Week 7 Bears grades: Running back

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    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Matt Forte found the end zone three different times in the Bears' loss to the Redskins on Sunday, but he said it doesn't matter because he didn't do enough to get his team the win.

  18. Week 7 Bears grades: Secondary

    Article

    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Things looked good early for the Bears secondary after Charles Tillman intercepted Robert Griffin III. But from there on out, it was all bad for Chicago's last line of defense.

  19. With Cutler's status unknown, Bears prepared to go with McCown

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    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    In his View From the Moon, Insider John "Moon" Mullin says the Bears are prepared to go forward with Josh McCown if Jay Cutler, whose injury severity is still unknown, will miss time.

  20. Week 7 Bears grades: Coaching

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    Sun, 20 Oct 2013

    Marc Trestman was thrown for a loop when Jay Cutler exited Sunday's game against the Redskins, but he rebounded nicely amid a handful of key injuries.