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Interest in Bears staff a strong positive statement by NFL

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Interest in Bears staff a strong positive statement by NFL

A year ago the Bears were into the process of hiring Ryan Pace as their new general manager and John Fox as head coach. Now, in spite of a 6-10 season that fell well short of expectations inside Halas Hall, the NFL has giving a casual referendum on what the Bears have been doing.

First were the Miami Dolphins beating the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and others to bring offensive coordinator Adam Gase to south Florida as their head coach.

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Now organizations area also looking beyond the coaching staff for Bears talent.

Douglas was hired by Pace after spending 15 years on the staff of the Baltimore Ravens and GM Ozzie Newsome, one of the consistently strong organizations in the NFL Draft. Douglas was the Ravens regional scout on Pernell McPhee, a Ravens find in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft.

Alex Marvez at FOX Sports tweeted this week that Gase and the Dolphins sought to bring Bears linebackers coach Clint Hurtt in as defensive line coach but that the Bears wanted to retain Hurtt.

Hurtt served as the Bears outside linebackers coach in 2015 after previously serviing as the team's assistant defensive line coach in 2014.

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.