Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com

Dan Wiederer

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent:
  • chicagotribune.com
Past:
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • New York Daily News
  • Hartford Courant
  • Sun Sentinel

Recent articles by Dan:

Go inside the Chicago Bears’ emotional team meeting on the Bear Download podcast

Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs are joined by Colleen Kane to discuss and process the emotional and personal talks with Bears players Danny Trevathan, Allen Robinson and Akiem Hicks and coach Matt Nagy this week. → Read More

How the Chicago Bears used an emotional team meeting to start a discussion — and hopefully, real change: ‘We can’t keep ignoring stuff and pushing it under the table’

More than a week after George Floyd was killed, leading to nationwide protests and widespread unrest, Chicago Bears players are seeking answers and hoping to become active in pursuing change. An emotional team meeting Monday lit that wick. → Read More

Matt Nagy’s plan for the Chicago Bears quarterback competition. Players’ fears of the coronavirus. And the benefits of informal group workouts. 3 things we learned in Wednesday’s interviews.

While most of the talk Wednesday centered around the George Floyd fallout, Bears coach Matt Nagy and three players also addressed a handful of other topics, including what Nagy will be looking for when the quarterback battle finally can move to the practice field. → Read More

Since we last heard from Mitch Trubisky, the Chicago Bears traded for another QB and declined his 5th-year option. How will he respond?

Think about all that has happened in the five months and five days since Mitch Trubisky and the Bears left Minneapolis with an empty season-ending victory over the Vikings. Now it’s Trubisky’s turn to publicly voice his mindset. → Read More

Bears have to cancel joint practices with the Broncos in Denver leading up to their 2nd preseason game

The Bears and Broncos were to hold crossover practices the week before their Aug. 22 preseason game. But the NFL and the players union agreed to do away with joint practices this year to mitigate additional exposure risks. → Read More

Matt Nagy uses Day 1 of Chicago Bears OTAs for discussions about George Floyd fallout, while Chairman George McCaskey pledges team will ‘be an active participant in change’

As the nation deals with the fallout from George Floyd's death, Bears players and coaches are having open conversations to work through it. "I’ve got their back," coach Matt Nagy said. "One hundred percent. They needed to know that." → Read More

Will Mitch Trubisky be able to handle pressure from Nick Foles in the Chicago Bears’ QB competition? ‘That’ll be the big question,’ Matt Nagy says.

Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles? Foles or Trubisky? It's the question everyone wants to know about the 2020 Bears. Says Matt Nagy: "Right now we’re presented with a great healthy competition between two quarterbacks who are going to battle their tails off." → Read More

Chicago Bears spring storylines: Matt Nagy’s change of heart, Cole Kmet’s big advantage and the NFL’s empty-stadium conundrum

Matt Nagy’s promise for 2020: If preseason football is allowed, the Bears plan to be active participants. Starters and all. Especially quarterback competitors Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles. → Read More

Which Bears QB has the edge? What’s with all the Ryan Pace do-overs? The Bear Download podcast breaks it down.

Dan Wiederer doesn’t have Brad Biggs with him on this edition of Bear Download, so he’s brought reinforcements: Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago and Dionne Miler of ABC-7. In addition to Bears talk, they can't help but break down "The Last Dance." → Read More

Zoom meetings, ‘coffee shops’ and a QB competition on hold: Bears coach Matt Nagy is learning to embrace coronavirus contingencies

With the Bears heading into OTAs and minicamp with no practices or in-person meetings allowed, coach Matt Nagy is learning to adapt on the fly as coronavirus restrictions alter the offseason. → Read More

Michael Jordan’s final shot provided a glamorous end to the Chicago Bulls dynasty. Then came the team’s slow and painful divorce process.

It's easy to remember Michael Jordan's title-clinching jumper as the exclamation point on the Chicago Bulls dynasty. But the drama, uncertainty and oddness that followed left the team's championship run to die a slow and painful death. → Read More

‘The Last Dance’ takes up the murder of Michael Jordan’s father, James. 5 things to know about the criminal case that followed.

The blockbuster Chicago Bulls docuseries “The Last Dance” ventured Sunday into the shocking 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father, James, just weeks after the Bulls’ third-straight championship, but said little about the two teenagers charged with killing him. → Read More

‘People were afraid of him’: Michael Jordan’s competitive fire often blistered his Chicago Bulls teammates — even as it devoured his foes

If it wasn’t clear to everyone in the 1990s, it certainly is now. That same flamethrower Michael Jordan used against his adversaries frequently scorched and blistered those who were on his side too. → Read More

From Michael Jordan retiring from the Chicago Bulls to joining the Chicago White Sox, here’s how the Chicago Tribune covered the events you saw in Episode 7 of ‘The Last Dance’

Episode 7 of “The Last Dance” — ESPN’s 10-part documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls — covered everything from the murder of James Jordan, Michael Jordan’s father, to Michael Jordan retiring from basketball and joining the Chicago White Sox. → Read More

From ‘Space Jam’ to No. 45 vs. No. 23 vs. the NBA: How the Chicago Tribune covered the events you saw in Episode 8 of ‘The Last Dance’

Episode 8 of “The Last Dance” — ESPN’s 10-part documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls — covered everything from Michael Jordan’s two-word “I’m back” fax to dropping 55 points on the New York Knicks to winning a 4th title in 6 seasons. → Read More

The Chicago Bears’ 2020 schedule is out. Tribune writers make their game-by-game predictions.

Here’s the complete Chicago Bears 2020 schedule with a breakdown — and prediction — of each game from Tribune reporters. → Read More

The Bear Download podcast breaks down the Bears’ 2020 schedule, from a seemingly soft start to a potentially brutal finish

Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs break down the 2020 Bears schedule — assuming it's not altered by the coronavirus pandemic — including the stretch that will test the team the most and which games they're most looking forward to seeing. → Read More

The Chicago Bears’ 2020 schedule is out. Tribune writers make their game-by-game predictions.

Here’s the complete Chicago Bears 2020 schedule with a breakdown — and prediction — of each game from Tribune reporters. → Read More

Column: The 2020 NFL schedule will be released tonight. But with so much uncertainty, the usual excitement seems misguided.

The coronavirus crisis has collapsed the pocket in America. And as much as the NFL wants to pull off a Lamar Jackson escape act – a juke, a spin, a sprint into daylight – this relentless blitz may become too difficult to evade. So why announce the 2020 schedule now? → Read More

Kerry Wood and ‘the greatest game ever pitched’: The oral history of May 6, 1998, at Wrigley Field

On May 6, 1998, Kerry Wood put brush to canvas and painted a masterpiece for the Chicago Cubs — a one-hitter with 20 strikeouts against the Houston Astros. This is the story of that afternoon. → Read More