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Bears were closer to landing Nick Saban than either Colts, Giants

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Bears were closer to landing Nick Saban than either Colts, Giants

Add the Indianapolis Colts to the list of NFL teams — including the Bears — that had brushes with Nick Saban but weren’t willing to cede to him the kind of organizational control, or money, that he has brandished at successful coaching stints with LSU and Alabama.

Based on an upcoming biography of Saban, the Colts were close to offering their head coaching job to Saban in 1998, the same year that they would choose Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf with the top pick of the draft. Like the New York Giants two years earlier, the Colts eventually veered away after Saban insisted on roster and staff control that the Giants refused to give to a coach.

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The Bears were part of the broader Saban discussion.

Back in 2004 the Bears made a run at hiring Saban, a friend of Jerry Angelo’s from the year (1977) that Saban spent as an assistant to Angelo on the Syracuse coaching staff. Saban was the first choice to succeed Dick Jauron after the latter was fired following the 2003 season.

Sources told CSNChicago.com that after long hours of negotiations, Angelo and Saban had reached an understanding on the issue of personnel. The situation blew up, however, when President Ted Phillips refused to commit the Bears to money in the range of the $4 million Saban demanded.

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Phillips did the Bears a favor.

Saban did take an NFL job, coaching the Miami Dolphins in 2005-06. After two seasons with a combined 15-17 record, Saban repeatedly denied he would leave to coach Alabama, which he did in early January 2007.

Kurt Warner has no idea what the Bears are doing on offense

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Kurt Warner has no idea what the Bears are doing on offense

With the city of Chicago still reeling from the Bears recent 36-25 loss against the Saints, everyone from NFL analysts to your co-workers are offering up their hot takes on how the Bears offensive game, particularly QB Mitch Trubisky, could do better.

Kurt Warner, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback with an illustrious history, took to Twitter to give his two cents on why the Bears offense is struggling.

After twelve years in the NFL, taking both the Rams and the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, Warner might just know a thing or two about offense. However, Warner seems just as confused as the rest of us as to what’s not clicking for the Bears. Here’s what Warner had to say.

We all feel you, Kurt. It’s been a struggle to watch indeed. He later goes in to respond to comments in the thread, defending the much maligned Trubisky by saying that he is not the only thing wrong with offense this season.

It will be interesting to see how the Bears respond to this painful loss and the recent bought of criticism. Matt Nagy insists the team is drowning out all outside noise and focusing on their game, but we’ll see if this loss was the wakeup call the team needed when they face off against the Chargers in Week 8. 

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After expecting to close, Ditka's Restaurant extends lease to stay open

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After expecting to close, Ditka's Restaurant extends lease to stay open

After being in a “fourth and long” situation to keep Ditka’s Restaurant open, it appears the restaurant has extended its lease in the Gold Coast.

Diana Ditka, wife of former Bears coach Mike Ditka, told the Chicago Sun-Times of a new year extension on their lease. The restaurant has been open since 1997.

Last year the hotel that the restaurant resides in was bought by new owners who planned to do renovations. That complicated a new lease and it appeared Ditka’s Restaurant would close at the end of the year. Instead, they came to a resolution.

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