Bears fire DePaul

The Chicago Bears fired senior director of pro personnel Bobby

DePaul after nine seasons on Monday.

Hired out of the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office in June 2001,

DePaul helped build a team that won three division titles and an

NFC championship in 2006. He played a big role in the trade for

quarterback Jay Cutler that sent optimism soaring entering last

season, but the Bears stumbled to a 7-9 record while missing the

playoffs for the third straight year.

That led to an upheaval in the coaching staff – particularly on

the offensive side, where the Bears brought in two former head

coaches in offensive coordinator Mike Martz and offensive line

coach Mike Tice.