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Zach Krpan

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Chicago native and avid fan of the Bears and Black Hawks. Graduate in Communication and Media Studies at Depaul University in Chicago. Works as a Sales Representative for Groupon.

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It was a perfect day for football on July 28th, a very light breeze, little cloud cover, and around 70 degrees. Fans were excited, and it couldn't have been any more perfect, and so was my experience covering my first Bears camp as a member of the media. Here are my takeaways from my day at Bears camp.   Much of the hype about Marquess Wilson is justified, however he may have competition from someone, I previously stated would be either the fifth or sixth receiver on the depth chart - Chris Williams. Coming from the CFL, Williams may be creeping up on Wilson. He’s made consistent catches, displayed great burst, and has...

The Bears took the field this morning after arriving at training camp over the last two days. If you read part one of my training camp primer you know what the important battles are in training camp, you also know most of the work is on the defensive side of the ball. While there are offensive positions that still need to be settled, camp news will heavily focus on the defense. The Bears put up some incredible numbers last season offensively, but there are some depth concerns on the offense in two key positions.   The Chicago Bears wide receiver corps is dangerous, and for bears fans its beyond exciting to reverse that old adage,...

Its finally time for the Bears fan base to get excited. July 25th marks the first day where fans can begin to see all the work during the off season finally come together. The disappointing end to the 2013-2014 season fades away, as excitement builds before the new Chicago Bears take the field. The same great offense that impressed a fan base last year, finally provides Cutler with some continuity while Mel Tucker’s revamped defense looks to bounce back from a historically bad year. Just as the year before when Phil Emery revamped the offensive line, Emery is hoping to pull the same trick on the other side. Signing defensive ends...

It's NFL Draft day! Fans such as myself wait and wonder what moves Bears general manager Phil Emery will make in his third draft. In 2012 Phil drafted then-defensive end Shea McClellin. After two years of poor sack totals for a first-round pick, McClellin is moving to linebacker. Phil is hoping this move will pay off and bring out Shea’s true talents. In 2013 Emery picked Bears guard Kyle Long to help shore up a miserable offensive line. Fielding him alongside fellow rookie Jordan Mills at right tackle, they flourished in their first year. Was it perfect? No... however, the formula paid off, netting the Bears their finest offensive...

With the release of the Bears' 2014 schedule, it’s time to predict what the team's record will be this season. In previewing a set of four games over the span of four articles, we will end up with a final prediction of how the Bears will finish in 2014. In the case of my article last week comparing Chicago to Green Bay, the best way to decide the outcomes will be the supporting cast on both sides of the ball. Using the quarterbacks as the starting point offensively, and breaking it down through skill positions, I will analyze how the Bears can capitalize on offensive opportunities against their opponents. When looking at the defensive...

There will be those that would say, not while Aaron Rodgers exists in the same division, those that would say not while Cutler is at the helm of the offense, and those that would say the Bears are known to disappoint year after year. While these may be truths that would have passed prior to the 2013 season, they won’t fly under the new regime in Chicago. Emery has put pieces together, and hopefully fixed the defensive woes of 2013. The window for this team is open, and with the offense finally gaining some consistency year, over year, for the first time in three years. The Bears are primed and ready to be crowned kings of the NFC North...

It was such a drastic shift when Chicago's offense blossomed under first year NFL head coach Marc Trestman. In just a single off season, Phil Emery changed the face of a franchise. No longer is it a team of linebackers, and corner backs, it has became a team of wide receivers and quarterbacks.  It's a whole new era, a different mentality, and a new focus, something that Chicago has lacked for a long time. Bold acquisitions and careful planning have worked for Phil in his plan to fix an anemic offense. Emery knew to get the best out of the offensive unit, the line play had to be improved. That mentality has made it's way to the defense as...

When I awoke Thursday morning to discover the news of Jared Allen signing with the Chicago Bears, my first thoughts were how contradictory the move seemed on the surface. First and foremost, age, Jared Allen is not a young pass rusher and his prime is likely past him at age 31. The Bears big acquisition of Lamarr Houston made sense in terms of Emery’s decree to get younger on defense, but Allen, although younger thanPeppers, seemed like an odd move. No matter what happened this off season, the Bears were staring Peppers $18 million dollar cap hit right in the face. After historically poor defensive stats in terms of the league and...

Heading into 2013 the Bears were looking to increase production from the tight end position. After Kellen Davis failed to impress, Emery went out and picked up a tight end to rectify this issue. Who he signed is just as interesting, as he is great on the field. A solid pass catcher and run blocker, Martellus Bennett easily did what a whole squad of tight ends didn't accomplish statistically. Catching 65 passes for 759 yards, he more than doubled the Bears entire tight end position in 2012 from 25 receptions for a measly 256 yards. Bennett's been a welcomed addition to the Bears, and has a bright, creative personality. After releasing Greg...

The day is finally here. The day that rosters start to come into vision, big names find new homes, and the eventual departure of some familiar, and possibly legendary faces. Phil Emery follows the trend of hitting the ground running fast and furious. Every Bears free agency has started this way. Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Jermon Bushrod, and Martellus Bennett are all examples of that philosophy. If Emery wants a guy, he goes after him. Unfortunately, this year's Plan A was snatched away, as Michael Bennett elected to stay with the Seahawks. The Bears were aggressive during the NFL’s tampering period, in a push for Bears tight end...
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