Chicago Bears: Dallas Cowboys

Bears preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
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The first half of this team's schedule fits that description, considering the Bears play five of their first seven outings on the road against the 49ers, Jets, Panthers, Falcons and Patriots. If the Bears go into their Nov. 2 bye relatively healthy with a record of at least .500, the rest of the schedule sets up nicely, with just three road games remaining and the rest set for the frigid winter conditions at Soldier Field, a definite home-field advantage during the latter portion of the season.

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W2W4: Cowboys at Bears

December, 8, 2013

ESPN Chicago picks: Cowboys at Bears

December, 8, 2013

Cowboys had different view of Long

May, 31, 2013
Kyle LongReid Compton/USA TODAY SportsKyle Long said even he was surprised he was drafted so high after being taken at No. 20.
The Dallas Cowboys apparently didn't share the same enthusiasm for Kyle Long as did the Bears, who selected the Oregon guard with the No. 20 pick in the draft.

According to, which was able to piece together the Cowboys draft board based on photos and videos of interviews from various angles with Jerry Jones standing in front of the board, Dallas had targeted Long as a low third-round selection. He was No. 66 on their board.

Maybe it was the fact Long started just four games for the Ducks, not providing an extensive body of work.

Then again, depending on your view of the Cowboys' draft history, maybe the disparity isn't such a bad thing.

The selection of Long that high did surprise many -- including Long -- but general manager Phil Emery said he couldn't pass up on Long's combination of athleticism and versatility.

Both teams had Bears' second-round pick Jon Bostic slotted nearly the same.

The one Bears' pick who was ranked higher by the Cowboys was Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington, was ranked No. 107 by Dallas and picked at No. 188 by the Bears.

Ex-Bears DC Marinelli talking to Cowboys

January, 18, 2013
Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is visiting with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday at Valley Ranch.

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Source: Bears' ST job may interest DeCamillis

January, 15, 2013
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Kirby Lee/US PresswireJoe DeCamillis is highly regarded for his work with the Cowboys' special teams.
CHICAGO -- There are expected to be no shortage of candidates eying the Chicago Bears' special teams coordinator position in the wake of Dave Toub departing the organization after nine seasons.

One veteran assistant believed to be interested in the job is Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, according to a source familiar with the situation.

DeCamillis was one of the 13 known candidates to meet with Bears general manager Phil Emery about the club's vacant head coaching position, but DeCamillis was not among the finalists invited to Halas Hall for a second interview.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle facing DeCamillis in any potential move to Chicago is the fact he is under contract with the Cowboys through the 2013 season. Unless the Bears offer the 47-year old the title of assistant head coach, Dallas would need to release DeCamillis from his contract in order for him to accept the same position with another organization.

Highly regarded for his work in NFL circles, DeCamillis has been a special teams coach since 1988 when he broke into the league with the Denver Broncos. DeCamillis followed a five-season run in Denver with stints with the New York Giants (1993-96), Atlanta Falcons (1997-06) and Jacksonville Jaguars (07-08) before arriving in Dallas in 2009.

One reason the Bears' job is so attractive is because Toub left behind a solid nucleus of special teams contributors, including: place kicker Robbie Gould, punter Adam Podlesh, long snapper Patrick Mannelly, Eric Weems, Blake Costanzo, Sherrick McManis and Craig Steltz. Former Pro Bowl return man Devin Hester is signed through next season but it's unclear what the Bears plan to do with Hester after a disappointing season.

When it became apparent Toub would be allowed to pursue other opportunities, the Bears attempted to interview Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, but were denied permission. Tabor spent three years in Chicago with Toub as the Bears assistant special teams coach until he landed the job in Cleveland under recently fired head coach Pat Shurmur. New Browns' head coach Rob Chudzinski might be inclined to keep Tabor on his staff given the success Cleveland had on special teams last season.

Current Bears' assistant special teams coach Kevin O'Dea remains under contract and would be a qualified choice if the Bears chose stay in-house to fill the position. O'Dea was the former special teams coach of the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals and is well-liked and respected by the veteran special teamers on the Bears' roster.

Source: Add DeCamillis to list of candidates

January, 1, 2013
The Cowboys have granted the Bears permission to interview special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, a Dallas source told ESPN. DeCamillis shares a history with Emery as they worked together with the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bears also will interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend and will also sit down with Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, sources told ESPN. The team will also interview Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, sources said.

Five Things We Learned: Bears-Cowboys

October, 2, 2012
Lance BriggsRon Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty ImagesLance Briggs matched Charles Tillman's pick-6 with one of his own, a 74-yard return in the third quarter.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Here are Five Things We Learned following the Chicago Bears' 34-18 rout of the Dallas Cowboys:

1. Opponents better not fall behind: Good luck trying to overcome a second half deficit against this veteran Bears’ defense. The Bears are now 53-10 under Lovie Smith when they lead at halftime. Quite simply, the Bears have always been a team built to hold a lead because of terrific special teams and an opportunistic defense that forces turnovers, sometimes in bunches. Since 2004, the Bears own a 45-9 record when they win the turnover battle, a feat that is easier to accomplish when the other team is playing from behind and therefore forced to pass more in an attempt to catch up. Four of Tony Romo's five interceptions came in the second half when Dallas went down 10 points. See the coincidence?

2. Mike Tice deserves a game ball: Tice put together a solid game plan going into Monday night, one that featured a heavy dose of the run early that set up the pass later in the second half against a weary Cowboys’ defense. Not only was it a balanced attack (28 pass attempts, 25 rushing attempts not including three Cutler scrambles) but the offense gave the necessary help to left tackle J’Marcus Webb to help slow down DeMarcus Ware. Elite players require extra attention. The Bears failed to devote the necessary resources to stop Clay Matthews, and they got burned. Lesson learned. Ware constantly was being double-teamed Monday night, and even though he still finished with a sack and forced fumble, he had little impact on the game. The Bears’ passing attack also worked as Brandon Marshall worked the middle of the field and the sidelines. Tice also took the high road when it came to Devin Hester saying he wanted the ball more. Hester got his chances and capitalized, making a spectacular, diving 34-yard touchdown catch that swung momentum in the Bears' favor for good. After a two-week hiatus, the offense was back, due in large part to its coordinator.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireJay Cutler's 140.1 passer rating on Monday was the second-highest of his Bears career.
3. Jay Cutler rose to the ocassion: Cutler could not afford to have three bad games in a row. He did not. In perhaps his finest game in recent memory, Cutler passed for 275 yards, two touchdowns and posted a quarterback rating of 140.1 in front of a national audience. He seemed to be in total command, especially in the second half when he simply picked the Dallas defense apart. How the Cowboys could leave Marshall, of all people, wide open for that final touchdown is inexcusable. Cutler had his way for most of the night, and even got helped out by tight end Kellen Davis for the first time this season. To sum it up, Cutler played like a franchise quarterback is supposed to play on Monday night, minus the regrettable snub of Tice on the sideline that was captured by television cameras. I'll say this for Cutler: he doesn't change who he is for anybody. At least he'll never be accused of being a phony.

4. Lance Briggs has speed to burn: Be honest, did you know Briggs could run that fast before his 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter? I only knew because I've had multiple players tell me over the years that Briggs is the type of athletic freak that could not work out for weeks, show up to run a 100-yard dash, and beat almost everybody on the team. That's just how it is. The guy is a great athlete, and an even better weakside linebacker. GM Phil Emery's decision to award Briggs a contract extension in the offseason was a stroke of genius. Briggs reported to camp in great shape and appears to be well on his way to earning his eighth straight Pro Bowl selection. While Brian Urlacher might be in the twilight of his career, the 30-year-old Briggs shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

5. Dallas is in trouble: Good luck, Jason Garrett. From a Cowboys perspective, that's about as bad as it gets. From the defense losing sight of Marshall, to Romo tossing five picks, and to Dez Bryant absolutely killing his team over and over again with horrible mistakes, you get the feeling the Cowboys are going to be lucky to stay at .500 as they play four of their next five games on the road following their bye week. The Dallas fans were so numb in the second half they stopped cheering for first downs and long gains. Seriously, the stadium was silent. At times, you forgot the game was being played in Texas. Scanning the crowd and the pregame parking lots, there must have been well over 10,000 Bears fans in Cowboys Stadium on Monday night. And in the fourth quarter, it sounded like there were 50,000 Bears' supporters in attendance.

Stats & Info: Bears lead NFL in takeaways

October, 2, 2012
The Chicago Bears defense lived up to its hype in the Monday Night spotlight against the Dallas Cowboys, intercepting Tony Romo five times in the 34-18 win.

The Bears now lead the NFL with 11 interceptions and 14 total takeaways this season. Two of the picks were returned for touchdowns, marking just the fifth time since the merger that the Bears have returned at least two interceptions for a score in a game.

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Video: MNF crew breaks down Bears' win

October, 1, 2012

Video: Cutler, Marshall discuss the win

October, 1, 2012

Rapid Reaction: Bears 34, Cowboys 18

October, 1, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Chicago Bears used an all-around team performance -- including two defensive touchdowns -- to blast the Dallas Cowboys 34-18 in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football.

After taking a beating on national TV at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13, the Bears dealt out one of their own as quarterback Jay Cutler completed 75 percent of his throws for two touchdowns and a passer rating of 140.1.

Defensively, the Bears ran up their takeaway total to 14 after intercepting Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo five times, with Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs returning the INTs for scores. The Bears entered the game ranked second in the NFL in takeaways (9).

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What it means: This seemed to be a contest that could potentially swing the season negatively for the loser. So the Bears avoided that on the road in a boisterous Cowboys Stadium atmosphere on Monday Night Football. More importantly, they moved into a tie with the Minnesota Vikings atop the NFC North.

With the Bears having finished the game relatively healthy, the schedule seems to set up nicely.

The Bears' D scores, Bears win: Cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs helped the defense put two of the team’s touchdowns on the board, and when that transpires, the Bears typically come out on top. Since 2004, the Bears own a 20-5 record when the defense scores a TD. Since 2005, the club is 17-2 under those circumstances.

Tillman scored the first touchdown of the game with his 25-yard interception return that put the Bears ahead 10-0 with 2:38 left in the first half. The pick came on what appeared to be a miscommunication between Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant.

Briggs followed that up with a 74-yard interception return in the third quarter that made the score 24-7 after Robbie Gould’s extra-point kick.

Here’s a breakdown of Chicago’s defensive touchdowns since 2004: 28 TDs total; 21 interception return TDs, 7 fumble return TDs; 25 games in which the defense scored a TD.

Tillman now has 31 career interceptions, with six returned for touchdowns. Briggs’ pick marked his third returned for a TD.

Déjà vu Wright there: The sight seemed too familiar. But for the second consecutive week cornerback Tim Jennings broke up a pass that was later intercepted by safety Major Wright. Jennings sent the ball flying after hitting Kevin Ogletree as he attempted to bring in a pass from Tony Romo. The ball sailed into the waiting hands of Wright, who last week intercepted a pass tipped by Jennings for a TD.

Wright nabbed another pick in the fourth quarter.

Protection holds: The offensive line faced a formidable task Monday in protecting Cutler against the No. 1 ranked defense of the Dallas Cowboys, led by linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who was expected to give left tackle J’Marcus Webb more than he could handle.

For the most part, however, the Bears held up in protection, allowing just two sacks and very little in the way of pressure. Ware managed to notch a sack. But Cutler helped with the protection by stepping up into pocket or sidestepping rushers and delivering the ball quickly. Offensive coordinator Mike Tice also helped by calling a game in which the Bears first established the run, before going to the air. Tice put in plays that called for shorter drops and quicker passes, in addition to a few designed bootlegs that allowed Cutler to throw on the move.

Cutler’s second sack didn’t come until there was 4:03 left to play, at a time the quarterback probably shouldn’t have even been in the game.

What’s next: The Bears take a day off on Tuesday before returning to the field Wednesday to prepare for another road test next Sunday, when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Video: MNF 2nd quarter highlights

October, 1, 2012

Video: 1st Quarter Highlights

October, 1, 2012

Bears' Forte to start against Cowboys

October, 1, 2012
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte will start Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys after missing last week's game due to a sprained ankle.

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