After playing at Glenbard West High School and the University of Iowa, Matt Bowen spent seven seasons in the NFL as a strong safety with the ...

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 Bears' Stephen Paea must withstand 49ers' 'wham'

Bears' Stephen Paea must withstand 49ers' 'wham'

September 12, 2014

The 49ers offense under coach Jim Harbaugh can reduce the formation, create blocking angles at the point of attack and use the "wham" (trap) scheme to open up a running lane for Frank Gore versus the Bears 4-3 defensive front Sunday night in the first game at Levi's Stadium.

  • Containing Bills' packaged plays critical for Bears

    September 6, 2014

    The Bills' packaged plays will test the Bears defense under coordinator Mel Tucker on Sunday at Soldier Field, with stress on second-level run/pass keys because of the multiple reads within the scheme.

  • Marshall, Jeffery can help Bears exploit defenses

    September 4, 2014

    The Bears offense should produce at a high level again this season under coach Marc Trestman because of the size, talent and formation flexibility of wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

  • 4 takeaways from Bears preseason so far

    August 24, 2014

    Preseason tape in the NFL doesn't tell the entire story because of limited game plans that focus on individual technique while coaches experiment with concepts on both sides of the ball.

  • Bears rookie Vereen has a lot to learn while pushing for starting safety job

    August 3, 2014

    BOURBONNAIS — It usually takes some time during an NFL training camp for rookie safeties to transition to the pro game.

  • Give Clausen early edge in Bears' backup QB battle

    July 28, 2014

    BOURBONNAIS — With the Bears back on the field Monday morning for another practice session in full gear, here are three observations with a focus on the backup quarterback competition, the immediate impact of defensive end Lamarr Houston and the development of second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

  • 3 observations as Bears put pads on

    July 27, 2014

    BOURBONNAIS — With Marc Trestman's Bears putting on the pads for the first time this season Sunday, competitive one-on-one drills took the stage as the marquee event.

  • Many defensive positives on display in minicamp

    June 21, 2014

    Minicamps in the NFL are an extension of spring organized team activities with similar practice scripts, tempo and competitive periods that are tough to evaluate without the players finishing through in pads.

  • OTAs offer glimpse into Bears' defensive future

    May 28, 2014

    The Bears' first organized team activity of the spring had the look and feel of an offseason practice, with technique, fundamentals and core schemes taking the stage as the main focus of the afternoon.