Gene Chamberlain

Gene Chamberlain

BearDigest.com publisher Gene Chamberlain has covered the Chicago Bears full time as a beat writer since 1994 and prior to this on a part-time basis for 10 years. He covered the Bears as a beat writer for Suburban Chicago Newspapers, the Daily Southtown, Copley News Service and has been a contributor for the Daily Herald, the Associated Press, Bear Report, CBS Sports.com and The Sporting News. He also has worked a prep sports writer for Tribune Newspapers and Sun-Times newspapers.

Bears tight end Cole Kmet breaks a tackle attempt from Lions linebacker Jack Campbell last season. Bears tight ends could have more room to rumble this year after catches.

Bears 2024 Training Camp Preview: Capable Tight Ends Overshadowed

Analysis: There is much excitement over Bears wide receivers but their tight ends have potential to be their best group of contributors at this position in a decade.

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Darnell Wright can't keep Justin Fields from being sacked by Aidan Hutchinson, resulting in  a fumble and safety last season.

All-NFC North Team: What Bears Offensive Line Says for Ryan Poles

How many Chicago Bears made the All-NFC North team isn't the question. Rather, it's how many avoided being voted worst in the division among starters at their positions?

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James Conner gets past Jacquan Brisker to the goal line last season in a Bears win. Brisker gave up 10 TD passes the last two years says Sportradar.

Bears 2024 Training Camp Preview: Is Last Line of Defense in Safe Hands?

Safeties Jaquan Brisker and Kevin Byard are viewed by the Bears as ideally suited to complement their strong cornerback contingent but there are questions.

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Caleb Williams is surrounded by quality targets but ultimately a Bears playoff run will revolve around how quickly he adapts.

Best Offseason Bears Decision Could Be Reason No. 1 for a Playoff Run

Analysis: Two inspections of the Bears' playoff chances have concluded if they make the run it will be due to the best decision they made in the offseason.

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Roschon Johnson proved he can contribute as a power back last year but the question is how much Shane Waldron will use him.

Bears 2024 Training Camp Preview: Will Shane Waldron Use His Backs?

The Chicago Bears running backs have an array of skills, including good speed, but past practices suggest new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron definitely doesn't overuse his running game.

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Matt Eberflus presides over Bears warmups during minicamp. Eberflus remains one of the coach of the year betting favorites.

Matt Eberflus' Rank Among Coaches Fails to Follow Betting Odds

CBS Sports has ranked Matt Eberflus last among all the NFC North coaches and in the bottom third overall despite finding favor with the Vegas crowd.

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Tremaine Edmunds wraps up Jerome Ford for the tackle last season. Edmunds figures to up his tackle totals in Year 2.

Bears 2024 Training Camp Preview: Linebackers Look for Even More Takeaways

Linebackers T.J. Edwards and especially Tremaine Edmunds, look to start producing takeaways faster than in their first Bears season.

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Caleb Williams warms up with other Bears QBs during minicamp. The Bears find Williams' work ethic runs contrary to rumors.

Jaylon Johnson Details His Discovery About Caleb Williams

The hype about Caleb Williams' personality are anything but true Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson tells Jim Rome, and describes his QB as your typical "hard-nosed"Chicagoan.

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Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet tries to elude Packers safety Darnell Savage in last year's season finale after a reception in a 17-9 Bears loss.

All-NFC North Team: Dependability Not Enough for Cole Kmet

Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet has improved each year but not to the point where he makes more receptions or yards than a few other NFC North tight ends.

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The Hard Knocks crew shoots Jets camp last year. Their work with the other New York team is now showing on HBO and both Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze are in it.

Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze Look Sharp in Giants Hard Knocks

The offeason version of Hard Knocks has interviews the Giants did with Rome Odunze and Caleb Williams and the duo perform like champions, or at least better than Jayden Daniels.

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DJ Moore stiff-arms A.J. Terrell last season in a Bears win over Atlanta. Moore and their explosive receiver group are winning over critics.

Bears Playmakers Win Over Even One of Their Longtime Critics

The explosive nature of Bears targets in the offense has won over one of their critics from ESPN in a ranking of teams with the best playmakers.

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Keenan Allen has had plenty of good seasons but none like last year for catches. However, it hasn't earned him much respect.
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Keenan Allen's Surprising Ranking Among NFL 30-Somethings

The Bears wide receiver is coming off a career-best 108 catches in L.A., so where does it leave him on one top-20 list of 30-year-olds?

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