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First touchdown still a tipping point for 2015 Bears

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First touchdown still a tipping point for 2015 Bears

Finishing strong remains the strongest ingredient in the successful sports formulas. But for the Bears, breaking fast from the gate and gaining an edge through the first turn is perhaps even more critical, even for a team that has sought to define itself as finishers.

The Bears go into Sunday with standing 2-1 in games where they have led or been tied after one quarter. Even more telling, within their dismal home record of 1-6, the Bears have scored the first touchdown in only one of those games – the win, over Oakland. In the other six, their opponents have scored the first touchdown and the Bears have failed to recover sufficiently.

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Notably perhaps, the Bears did not score the first touchdown at Tampa Bay. But the first TD did not come on the Buccaneers’ first possession, something of a negative pattern for the Bears’ defense this season. And that first touchdown belonged at the feet of special teams after a blocked punt gave the Bucs the football at the Chicago 4.

The Bears this year are a healthy 4-1 when leading at halftime.

“You want to start fast and finish faster,” said coach John Fox. “That’s our goal. Sometimes I don’t know if that’s reality for any team in the league, but we definitely have room for improvement in every area.”

Jay Cutler is the most unsurprising 'breakout star' of 'Very Cavallari'

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Jay Cutler is the most unsurprising 'breakout star' of 'Very Cavallari'

After producing one-liners as amusing as “I’m looking to do the exact opposite of work,” in his reality TV debut, Jay Cutler was at it again.

The former Bears quarterback had more gems to offer in the second episode of his wife’s reality show, “Very Cavallari.” Cutler’s general apathy towards, well, everything continued.

In one of the more unintentionally funny lines of the show, Kristin Cavallari, Cutler’s wife and the star of the show, said Cutler has no game. Keep the giggles to yourselves, Bears fans.

She wistfully talked about how much fun the couple used to have early in their relationship until Cutler cut her off and said “You decided to go to bed at 8:45 every night.”

“He can be a little s*** sometimes, but he makes me laugh,” Kristin Cavallari said of her husband on the show.

That line might be something Bears fans can relate to.

While the show has plenty of your standard reality show drama, Cutler’s scenes are a humorous change of pace. The way things are going, Cutler could be in for a bigger part. In the meantime, maybe Bears fans will skip around until Cutler appears on camera.

Who knew? Bears fans, Kristin. All Bears fans knew.

Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

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Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith won't be reporting to Bourbonnais with the rest of the team's rookie class Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence isn't technically a holdout until veterans are required to report on July 19.

Smith is among several top-10 picks without a contract but is the first who will grab headlines. Chicago's training camp starts earlier than most this year because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The extra week of camp makes Smith's contract status less concerning, even if it spills into the first few practices.

Still, we aren't too far removed from Joey Bosa's lengthy contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers that centered around offset language and his signing bonus.

Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn't include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season from his original team while also eligible to sign elsewhere. Teams don't want to pay that money while the player wants the ability to double dip.

This is one of the few issues that can result in a holdout now that the rookie wage scale is in place. Smith, most likely, isn't arguing over dollars. Instead, it's about contract language, which can get dicey.

We'll know more about how far apart the Bears and Smith are on his contract come July 19, when this disagreement will officially become a holdout.