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Bruce Arians has no hard feelings at being passed over for Bears job

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Bruce Arians has no hard feelings at being passed over for Bears job

For the Bears, it ranks as one of the great might-have-been’s, behind perhaps only the late Jim Finks’ near-miss effort at hiring Bill Walsh to coach the Bears.

Bruce Arians was on the Bears’ list of semifinalists for the coaching vacancy left by Lovie Smith’s firing in 2013. Arians was then on the list of three finalists, losing out ultimately to Marc Trestman despite the strong recommendation of then-defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli (whom the Bears then lost because of that incident).

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All old news at this point, but Arians went instead to coach the Arizona Cardinals, coach them to 10-6 and 11-5 seasons and the playoffs last year. If there were hard feelings – and why should there be, at least on Arians’ part – they’re not apparent.

“They were the first ones to put paperwork [for permission to interview] in for me so that was the first interview I gave,” Arians said on Wednesday. “I felt very comfortable; I thought it was a great organization, Phil [Emery] and all the guys there, Mr. [George] McCaskey - they were great. It was a day I felt went very well and they made a decision and I went on with it.”

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As far as things ultimately working out for the best, at least for him?

“There's no doubt,” Arians said. “Things always do.”

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.