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The Bear's Weekend Den: May 21-22, 2016

The Weekend Is HERE!!! For those Bears fans who don't have to work weekends, it's time to kick back and have a few frosty bottles of (insert favorite libation here). For those who DO have to work... well... we hope you have as good of a time as possible...

Brian Urlacher vs Russell Wilson... yeah, those were the days...
Brian Urlacher vs Russell Wilson... yeah, those were the days...
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Jeremy Langford a divisive RB in fantasy - ESPN Video - Mike Clay joins Matthew Berry to analyze Bears running back Jeremy Langford's value this season.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears have new options up front to join Goldman on revamped D-line - Pro Football Weekly - Hicks, Bullard, Unrein give Bears a deeper group

Mayer: Bolden brings versatility to Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Bears special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers is excited about reuniting with Omar Bolden, a player "who can do a lot of things and a lot of things well."

Perez: Omar Bolden in mix to be Bears’ primary return man - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears' free-agent signing Omar Bolden has the inside track at the team's primary kick return job.

Finley: Three ways the Bears offense is changing - Chicago Sun-Times - Game film is four months away, but the Bears’ offense will continue to evolve during organized team activities this week.

Mullen: Despite Leonard Floyd's presence, Bears know what they have in Willie Young - CSN Chicago - Although the Bears drafted Leonoard Floyd with the No. 9 pick, the organization has expressed interest in extending Willie Young's contract.

Campbell: Competition underway as Bears seek to replace Matt Forte by committee - Chicago Tribune - Jeremy Langford's status at top of depth chart at running back is precarious with Bears looking for a few good men to try to fill Matt Forte's cleats.

Cox & Ottochain: Jonathan Bullard in run defense - Bears Wire - Bears Wire takes you into Jonathan Bullard's tape at Florida to show you how he uses his quickness and strength to wreak havoc.

Perez: Bears RB coach says it could take years to replace Matt Forte - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears appear headed for running back by committee, but Jeremy Langford will be given every chance to prove he should start

NFLN: White to have big impact in 2016? - ChicagoBears.com - Chicago Bears lineman Kyle Long joins Shek to clear the air about turning down the Chicago White Sox after they drafted him in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Shek then helps the former Oregon standout write an apology letter to mend any hard feelings.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Barnwell: Offseason report cards for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN - From coaching changes to free agency to the draft, Bill Barnwell grades how every NFL team fared this offseason now that the signings and trades are all but finished.

Thompson: Charles Tillman learned lessons from military amputees, Bears-Packers rivalry - Chicago Tribune - Charles Tillman had his share of good fortune during 14 NFL seasons, but his recent injury history wouldn't be the best example of that.

Dameshek: Kyle Long apologizes to the White Sox - ChicagoBears.com - Chicago Bears lineman Kyle Long joins Shek to clear the air about turning down the Chicago White Sox after they drafted him in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Shek then helps the former Oregon standout write an apology letter to mend any hard feelings.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Urben: Ranking Lions' top 5 best players - SideLionReport - Now that the Lions have finished upgrading their roster through the draft and free agency, I've decided to rank the franchise's ten best players.

Purple People Podcast: Episode #202 - Whole Umlaut of Love - What happened this week in Minnesota Vikings news? The guys from the Purple People Podcast are ready to break down everything that happened!

Fans flock to Bud Grant's garage sale - ESPN Video - Ben Goessling reports from Bud Grant's 12th annual garage sale where fans continue to make the trip to Bloomington, Minnesota.

BEARS BY THE NUMBER

In 2011, WCG's Sam Householder did an outstanding "Bears By The Number" series that a lot of folks with us today haven't read. With Sam's permission, I am sharing some of the info with you folks over the couple of weeks as it appeared in 2011, plus the link to the original post that contains more information.

For the most part, little has changed, but there are some numbers that may well be transforming from one "greatest Bear" to a new one.

50 - Mike Singletary, MLB (1981-92): The man with the crazy eyes patrolled the middle for over a decade in a Bears uni. Known as Samurai Mike he made receivers think twice about going over the middle and he stuffed runners in their path. He holds the team record for most consecutive Pro-Bowls (10) and was a 7-time First-Team All-Pro. He was a first ballot Hall of Famer and known as one of the best MLBs ever. He had seven career INTs and 19 sacks. Honorable Mention - Mike Pyle, C (1960-69)

51 - Dick Butkus, MLB (1965-73): The man who needs no introduction, although that goes for three of the men in this post. The eight-time Pro-Bowler and five-time First Team All-Pro redefined the position. He also may have started the tradition of great Chicago mustaches. He was an intimidating force on the field who was known to strike fear into many men in his day. Click his name to read his Taking a Look in the Bears History Book post. Honorable Mention - Ken Kavanaugh, E (1940-50): Kavanaugh was the first great receiver our team ever had. He twice made the Pro Bowl and twice led the league in TD catches. His career yardage puts him eighth all time in team history while he is 31st in receptions. Doing the math you can see why he is the Bears' all-time leader in yards per catch (among those with at least 100 receptions) with 22.4. Now they didn't throw a whole lot back then (the most catches he ever had in a season was 32. 32!!!! That would've have been sixth on the 2010 squad) but that's still impressive.

52 - Dan Neal, C (1975-83): Neal was the man at center until Jay Hilgenberg arrived. He started 94 out of the 115 games he played in for Chicago. This is about all I know and could find of the man.

53 - Warrick Holdman, LB (1999-2003): He appeared in 59 games with 47 starts during his time in Chicago. In that time he gathered 3.5 sacks, one INT, seven forced fumbles and 12 pass deflections.

54 - Brian Urlacher, MLB (2000-present): The man who picked up the middle linebacker mantle after Singletary. He again redefined the position, which has been done by past Bears MLBs Bill George, Butkus and Singletary. Urlacher brought great size to the position but also speed like no one had ever seen before. Urlacher played safety in college and some wondered if he could make the transition. Well with seven Pro-Bowls and four First Team All-Pro votes he has silenced many. Not enough for you? How about 41.5 sacks, 18 INTs, nine forced fumbles, 72 pass deflections and the Bears all-time leading tackler with 913 and counting? He also has three TDs; one fumble return, one INT return (off Favre, no less) and one receiving. If he doesn't end up in Canton it will be a travesty. It pains me whenever people say Ray Lewis and Derrick Brooks as the greatest LBs over the last 15 years with no mention whatsoever of Urlacher.

Here's Sam's original article:

The Greatest Bears by Number (50-54) - Windy City Gridiron - Take a look at three of the best LBs in our storied teams past!

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