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Monterrey Security Now Under State Review

CHICAGO (CBS) —  CBS 2 has learned a state oversight agency is now reviewing the operations of Monterrey Security. The move comes after a second NFL team fired the company. Monterrey provides security for the Bears and a host of other Chicago events. This time the Buffalo Bills kicked out Monterrey Security after state regulators rejected the company’s license application. They won’t say why. It comes weeks after Monterrey was fired by the Minnesota Vikings’ brand new stadium. It’s alleged Monterrey double billed the team, failed to do proper training and background checks and hired ex-cons. That’s illegal in Minnesota. “There was a Monterrey security officer that was wearing an ankle bracelet because he was making terroristic threats to the FBI,” said Greg Cook of the Minnesota Board of Private Detectives. Monterrey has used its political clout to land contracts at Soldier Field, Lollapalooza, Wrigley, Navy Pier and Lincoln Park Zoo. No one would answer the phone or the door when CBS 2 visited the company’s offices in Pilsen. Monterrey admits it gives second chances to felons, but in Minnesota, its CEO denied any wrongdoing. Earlier this month, Juan Gaytan, the CEO of Monterrey Security, was asked whether they were trained under Minnesota law.  “I don’t believe they were and I don’t believe they were performing protective agent roles,” said Gaytan. “I would never intentionally try to misrepresent.” Today, several Chicago area contractors said they’re sticking with Monterrey. McCormick Place: “At this time we have no issues with their performance.” Shedd Aquarium: “We are confident Monterrey staff…is certified and licensed.” Village of Rosemont: “To date they have done a good job for the village.” On Monterrey’s website Bears chairman George McCaskey heaps praise on the security firm. But today the team had no comment on whether it still believes the firm is fit to protect its fans.

The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie; Charles Davis

NFL on Fox’s Charles Davis joined Grant and Doug on the Tuesday edition of The Grant Napear Show and discussed all the latest news and notes around the NFL, including who is the favorite in the NFC North, what is wrong with the Tampa Bay Bucs and a little YA Tittle talk.

Pompei: Observations On Bears-Vikings

By Dan Pompei– (CBS) The Bears aren’t a very good team. We knew this. What we didn’t know is that they’re a fairly entertaining team. They have put on very good shows in three games this season. And the potential for them to remain entertaining is strong now that No. 10 is under center. Here are my observations from their 20-17 loss to the Vikings on Monday. 1. Mitchell Trubisky played with no noticeable nerves or fear. You couldn’t say the same about the veteran quarterback who started for the other team. 2. Trubisky gives the Bears something that Mike Glennon didn’t — a chance to extend the play and make things happen off script. In today’s NFL, that’s huge. 3. Trubisky’s mobility is a godsend for the Bears, because his receivers struggle to get open. He’s capable of stalling them open. 4. I don’t want to spoil the party, but the truth is unless Trubisky gets much, much better, he will be a bust. 5. But Trubisky’s performance was about what we should have expected in his first start, and I believe he’s going to get much, much better. 6. Trubisky the rookie handles the press conference better than Jay Cutler did as a veteran. 7. To develop a quarterback, a team needs reliable receivers and consistent offensive linemen. The Bears need more reliability and consistency around Trubisky. 8. Snaps were supposed to be a problem for Trubisky, but they’ve been a bigger problem for center Cody Whitehair. 9. Kendall Wright is the only wide receiver on the roster whom coaches have any confidence in. And no one can blame them. 10. With the exception of the timeout/delay of game fiasco, Bears coaches were on point with game-planning and play-calling. They put their players in position to succeed and attacked the Vikings’ vulnerabilities well. 11. That was the Leonard Floyd we’ve been waiting for. However, he still needs to make plays with more than speed and persistence in order to become an upper-tier player. 12. With four injured inside linebackers, the Bears had a donut defense. That explains how backup running backs led a ground game that accounted for 159 yards and a 5.9-yards-per-carry average. 13. A lack of playmakers in the back end of the defense remains a considerable problem for the Bears. They have no chance of winning consistently without defensive backs who can get the ball back. 14. Jerome Boger and his officiating crew need to let them play. That game was brutally officiated. 15. Is it just me or do you have a difficult time envisioning someone like Olin Kreutz playing duck-duck-goose to celebrate a touchdown? Dan Pompei has been covering the NFL since 1985 and is a regular contributor to 670 The Score and a host on 670’s Bears pregame show. He writes for Bleacher Report and theathletic.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan Pompei.

Emma: Mitchell Trubisky’s Debut Inspires Hope For Bears

By Chris Emma— CHICAGO (CBS) – Taking accountability in the aftermath of his debut, Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wanted all to know his team’s 20-17 loss to the Vikings at Soldier Field on Monday night was his fault. Trubisky wanted this win badly and couldn’t get it done, for the Bears fans so eager to see their future at quarterback, for a coaching staff that suffered its 27th loss in the John Fox era and most importantly for the teammates whom he took the field with. Of course, everyone knew that wasn’t true, but Trubisky accepted the responsibility anyway: His interception late in the fourth quarter set up the Vikings for the go-ahead field goal, leaving with no meaningful time left for a final Bears drive. That’s what mattered, the final dagger among many in a collective letdown, a miscue that dropped his team to 1-4 on the season. So afterward, Trubisky stepped up like and acted like a leader should. “I feel like that’s what a quarterback’s supposed to do,” Trubisky said. “That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. You just take it, especially when you make a play like that. You just feel like it was your fault and you could’ve done more to help our team win.” Searching for something different with Trubisky’s promotion, the Bears were dealt the same hand in the highly anticipated game. They played the Vikings (3-2) tough but committed far too many mistakes and saw another turnover change the game. Still,  there was a different vibe around Soldier Field on Monday. Finally, there was the feeling of hope around a franchise desperate for better. The Bears made the bold trade from the third overall pick to the second slot in April’s draft, believing that Trubisky could be what they’ve long sought at quarterback. Chicago has been in an eternal search for its own Aaron Rodgers. In his debut, Trubisky showed great promise while reminding that he’s just a rookie. He finished 12-of-25 for 128 yards, with a touchdown, an interception and a strip-sack fumble. The numbers were largely a reflection of a poor supporting cast at receiver. At the least, Trubisky brought greater function to an offense that was entirely lacking it with Mike Glennon. Talents aside, Trubisky breaking the huddle was more than enough to lift the Bears. “Our guys feel it,” Fox said. “They feel his presence.” Added Trubisky: “Hopefully, the way I work and the way I carry myself lifts others up, because that’s what I’m trying to do.” Trubisky will begin his harsh self-evaluations by Tuesday morning, a scheduled off day for the Bears. Fox figured that Trubisky would pop open his iPad on the postgame ride back to Lake Forest and begin studying what went wrong. He already knows what went wrong on that decisive interception, which landed in the arms of Vikings safety Harrison Smith. With Trubisky rolling right, the early part of the play unfolded much like his first career touchdown pass, a 20-yard tip-drill completion to Zach Miller, did earlier in the fourth quarter. Trubisky tried to be a gun-slinger. On both the touchdown and interception, he threw across his body, tried to force a ball in and hit a defender. One throw bounced to Miller, the other went to Smith. “Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don’t,” Trubisky said. There’s no doubt what Trubisky could become. The talent was evident Monday. Trubisky’s first career completion came on a dart to Kendall Wright, hitting him in stride on an out route along the sidelines. He routinely looked downfield and connected, something Glennon simply couldn’t do in the first four games. Backed up to third-and-13 late in the third quarter, Trubisky sensed pressure to his blind side, escaped to his right and ran for 13 yards and the first down. His instincts were immediate, and the pure athleticism shined. There were plenty of highlights on the night. Trubisky said that the atmosphere at Soldier Field is something he’ll cherish when reflecting back years later. Those in attendance will remember the throw across his body for that first touchdown pass and the electrifying two-point conversion that followed to tie the game. But Trubisky is his own harshest critic and will struggle with this, a game that could’ve been won. He wanted to be the hero but made a costly mistake. That throw that shouldn’t have been was what brought Trubisky to teammates with a heavy burden on his shoulders. “I felt it was on me, but they know I’m going to go back to work,” he said. “I’m going to fix my mistakes. I’m going to watch this film and be critical of myself. They know I’m going to get better. I appreciate them having faith in me and having my back.” Though the disappointment is strong after a loss like this, the Bears can leave Soldier Field with a good feeling about what’s to come. Reward is unlikely this season, but it’s just the beginning for their young quarterback who flashed in his debut. Defeat hits hard, but perhaps there’s glory ahead for Trubisky. Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Bears Execute Wild Trick Play To Perfection For 2-Point Conversion

By Chris Emma– CHICAGO (CBS) — On the final play of an early August practice, rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky gathered his Bears offense at the goal line and prepared a trick up their sleeves. They ran a wild play that made its game debut Monday night, a double-hand-off pitch back to Trubisky that resulted in a game-tying two-point conversion in the fourth quarter of an eventual 20-17 loss to the Vikings at Solider Field.

While he ended up throwing a costly game-deciding interception late, Trubisky managed to crack a smile when asked about the two-point play after the game. “That was sweet, right?” Trubisky said. “Glad you guys didn’t give that one away.” Needing two to tie, the ball was snapped to Trubisky in a shotgun, who handed off to running back Jordan Howard, who moved to his left, handing it off on the inside to tight end Zach Miller, who moved to his right and pitched to Trubisky with the right touch to get him into the end zone unscathed. It was a play that took not only careful design but also pristine execution. “Practice makes perfect,” Trubisky said. The Bears also hit on a fake punt in the third quarter, with punter Pat O’Donnell connecting with an open Benny Cunningham for a 38-yard score. Coach John Fox credited special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers for recognizing the Vikings’ coverage as something they could exploit with the fake. Despite the tricks, the Bears were done in by their own self-inflicted wounds. They committed eight penalties for 55 yards, with a Howard touchdown run negated due to a holding call on receiver Markus Wheaton. The Vikings hit their late game-winning field goal after Leonard Floyd was called for a holding on third down. Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Mitchell Trubisky’s Late Interception Costs Bears In 20-17 Loss To Vikings

CHICAGO (AP) — Case Keenum led three second-half scoring drives in relief of Sam Bradford, and the Minnesota Vikings spoiled prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s debut with a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal in the closing seconds after Harrison Smith intercepted Trubisky, and the Vikings (3-2) came away with the win after dropping two of three. Called on after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games, Trubisky played like he belonged. The No. 2 overall pick was 12-of-25 for 128 yards with a touchdown. The interception came after the Bears (1-4) took over on their 10 with 2:32 left in the game. Smith picked off a pass intended for Zach Miller on the right sideline at the 22. The Vikings got the ball at the 28, and Forbath booted the winner with 16 seconds left. Bradford could barely move after missing three straight games because of swelling and soreness in his left knee. He was just 5-of-11 for 36 yards and was sacked four times — including a safety by Leonard Floyd. Keenum replaced him with 25 seconds left in the first half and went 17-of-21 for 140 yards and a touchdown. Jerick McKinnon had a 58-yard touchdown run. Everson Griffen contributed a strip-sack against Trubisky that led to a field goal, and the Vikings beat Chicago on the road for just the third time in 17 games. The Bears simplified their offense for Trubisky, with fewer receivers and extra blockers at times. But he still showed the mobility and arm strength that convinced general manager Ryan Pace to trade up a spot with San Francisco to grab him on draft night. Jordan Howard ran for 76 yards. Pat O’Donnell threw a 38-yard touchdown to Benny Cunningham on a fake punt. Floyd had two sacks. Minnesota was leading 3-2 when Keenum hit Kyle Rudolph for a 13-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. The Vikings celebrated by playing duck-duck-goose in the end zone. The Bears lined up to punt on a fourth down at the Minnesota 38 on the next possession. But O’Donnell passed to a wide-open Cunningham, who spun around Marcus Sherels on the way to the end zone, cutting it to 17-9. Chicago used another trick play to tie it. The Vikings’ Andrew Sendejo tipped a pass right to Zach Miller in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. The trickery came on the two-point conversion. Trubisky handed the ball to Howard, who gave it to Miller. Miller then pitched it to Trubisky, who ran it in on the right side to tie it at 17-all with 12:24 left in the game. TRANSACTION The Vikings released running back Stevan Ridley after only five days to make room for receiver Michael Floyd, whose four-game suspension from a drunken driving arrest with Arizona last year expired. INJURIES Bears: LB John Timu left with a knee injury early in the third. He was hurt trying to tackle Latavius Murray and had to be helped off the field. … LB Willie Young (triceps) and cornerback Marcus Cooper (back) were inactive. UP NEXT Vikings: Host Green Bay on Oct. 15. Bears: Visit Baltimore on Oct. 15. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Bears CB Marcus Cooper Out Vs. Vikings

By Chris Emma– CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bears will be missing cornerback Marcus Cooper in Monday night’s game with the Vikings after he experienced back spasms late last week. Cooper was officially ruled out by the Bears ahead of kickoff for the Bears’ primetime game at Soldier Field. The team will start Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara at cornerback against the Vikings and quarterback Sam Bradford, who was officially ruled as active. The Bears’ inactives also include Willie Young (triceps), Nick Kwiatkoski (chest), Hroniss Grasu (hand), Mark Sanchez, John Jenkins and Taquan Mizzell. Kickoff between the Bears and Vikings comes at 7:30 CT from Chicago. Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

By Jeff Joniak– (CBS) The Bears (1-3) host the Vikings (2-2) at Soldier Field on Monday night. Here are my keys to the game. Offense: Win on first down The Bears haven’t been as successful running the ball on first down this season, averaging 3.7 yards per carry after registering a 5.3 yards-per-carry mark last year. Seventeen stuffs of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen have contributed to the decline, some of it coming on first down. They can’t play behind the chains against this Vikings defense, which clogs it up pretty good up front and has sure tacklers everywhere. The Bears offensive line needs to get movement on Linval Joseph, who’s stout and quick up front. Chicago has to get bodies on linebacker Eric Kendricks in the running game as well. The Vikings are permitting 71.2 yards rushing per game, the third-best mark in the NFL. So to balance it out, Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s mobility needs to open some throwing lanes on first down. Opposing quarterbacks have completed 80 percent of their passes on the Vikings defense on first down, with a 121.1 passer rating. Defense: Stop the big plays The Vikings aren’t a dink-and-dunk offense. They make plays on the edges with the stunning starts of receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Preventing the big play is a point of emphasis this week from Bears coaches, who have noted the Vikings have made 38 “big plays” this season. Diggs and Thielen have combined for 15 catches of 20 yards or more, and 30 of their combined receptions have gone for first downs. Whether Sam Bradford returns after missing three games with a knee injury or if it’s again Case Keenum at quarterback, the Vikings need to feel pressure from the Bears. The Vikings haven’t thrown an interception this season, and the Bears haven’t made an interception. Special teams: Red alert on punt returns Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels is always a threat. He’s smooth in gathering the ball and has the toughness, quickness and speed to spoil the stew. For the Bears, lane integrity, sure tackling and the pinpoint targeting of punter Patrick O’Donnell need to collaborate to prevent Sherels from making a big play. He’s also outstanding as a gunner on punt returns and safety on kickoff returns. Bears rookie Tarik Cohen is also poised to break one, but it will require patience, given the hang time of Vikings punter Ryan Quigley, who leads the league at better than 4.7 seconds in that regard. Quigley has had only three of his punts returned this season, for a combined minus-1 yard. Intangibles: Trubisky time Trubisky’s start is as big as any headline in Week 5 there is in the NFL. The intrigue from fans and the general excitement of the No. 2 pick in the draft is palpable. It has been that way all week. Trubisky is calm and confident. A quick start should settle any nerves, and the confidence he has already instilled in his teammates would only grow as the success multiplies throughout a game. There will be highs and lows. How Trubisky and the Bears handle both will say a lot about the outcome. The excitement Trubisky brings into this game at Soldier Field needs to be used by the Bears to their advantage to keep the crowd engaged and loud. By the numbers The most important statistic for the Bears moving forward is turnover ratio. In the last three years, they’re a minus-31, including minus-7 this year, which represents the worst ratio in the NFL. If Chicago is going to win games and develop as a team, the ratio must flip. Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.

Bears CB Marcus Cooper Questionable, OLB Willie Young Doubtful Vs. Vikings

(CBS) Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper is experiencing back spasms and has been ruled as questionable for Monday’s primetime contest with the Vikings, head coach John Fox announced Saturday at Halas Hall. Linebackers Willie Young (tricep) and Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) are both doubtful to play. Cooper has been a part of a three-man rotation at cornerback, working alongside Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara. The absence of Kwiatkoski would come as Danny Trevathan is suspended for a hit in the Week 4 loss to the Packers. Young was limited in practice on Thursday and was held out Friday and Saturday. Fox declined to shed light to Young’s status moving forward. The Vikings have injury issues of their own, with quarterback Sam Bradford’s status uncertain for Monday night.

Joniak: Adjustments, Pre-Snap Reads Crucial For Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky

By Jeff Joniak (CBS) The Bears (1-3) host the Vikings (2-2) on Monday night. Here are my observations leading into the game. — It’s hard to slow down the public momentum of a brand-new, yet untarnished shiny rookie quarterback. I’ve been hearing from Bears fans since draft night in April, and they all asked the same question: “How soon will Trubisky play?” The time has come. Awaiting him are the Vikings on Monday night at Solider Field. It’s an electric matchup, what with a star-studded defense engineered by south suburban-born and raised Vikings coach Mike Zimmer going after fresh NFL quarterback meat. — Count me among those intrigued to see how the offense operates with Trubisky at the controls, given his skill set. We all like the mobility, the energy and hopefully the continued accuracy by which he targets receivers. How much command of the offense does he truly have? How comfortable is he dissecting the Vikings defense pre-snap and post-snap? How ready is he to make adjustments? These are only a few of the many questions Trubisky and the rest of the Bears offense will need to answer. — I say that because the Bears turnovers must stop. The dropped passes must stop. The inopportune penalties must stop. The negative runs the Bears have had in the first month must stop as well. With 10 days between games, the Bears need to come out and play with some fire and efficiency against a visiting Vikings team that traditionally struggles at Soldier Field. — The Bears will be without Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) and Danny Trevathan (suspension) at inside linebacker, but I still feel the position is in capable hands with sure-tackling run stopper Christian Jones and the instinctive John Timu as the starting duo. — While the Vikings own an outstanding run defense, the unit had a difficult time bringing down Bears running back Jordan Howard last season. Against the Lions last week, the Vikings struggled at times to deal with Ameer Abdullah, who rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries before an ankle injury popped up in the fourth quarter. Linval Joseph is outstanding up front against the run for the Vikings, and they have terrific hit and run linebackers. I still feel the Bears can get enough push up front and open gaps for Howard and Tarik Cohen to gobble up some ground and move the chains. Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.