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Bears OC Adam Gase: Snubbed by 49ers, Chicago 'where I was meant to be'

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Bears OC Adam Gase: Snubbed by 49ers, Chicago 'where I was meant to be'

For the second time in three weeks, the Bears go against a team that spurned top members of their coaching staff.

Two weeks ago, it was the Denver Broncos coming to Soldier Field with a team largely built by John Fox over four years as Broncos head coach, only for Fox to be pushed out by football chief John Elway, who didn’t think Fox imbued his teams with enough fire in big games.

Sunday, it will be the San Francisco 49ers that, in the wake of the chaos of Jim Harbaugh’s final year, gave defensive coordinator Vic Fangio a courtesy interview for the head-coaching job, then interviewed Adam Gase for the job, and ultimately passed over Fangio and hired his defensive-line coach, Jim Tomsula.

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Fangio opted for the high road this week, noting that the call belonged to the San Francisco organization. Gase did much the same, taking the experience as a learning exercise that projects to help him in what are expected to be more job interviews next offseason.

“I think so,” Gase said. “That whole experience was great for me. It was a crazy two days [interviewing] and unfortunately [the Broncos] lost the first round of the playoffs. Anytime you get a chance to do something like that, it’s a great experience.”

Which of Gase or Tomsula was the winner and which was the loser is open to question. The 49ers were rocked by the retirements of linebackers Chris Borland and Patrick Willis, defensive lineman Justin Smith and right tackle Anthony Davis. All-Pro rush linebacker Aldon Smith was released after a DUI arrest.

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Tomsula hasn’t second-guessed his situation — "No, I haven't. I haven't thought that way, and there's a strong group of guys here that are really good,” he said — and neither has Gase as Bears offensive coordinator.

“I’m excited that I was able to come [to Chicago],” Gase said. “This is where I wanted to be. I feel like this is where I was meant to be.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.