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The Bears Den, June 29, 2017

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Tom Waddle
Tom Waddle, back in the day

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Pompei: Tom Waddle talks Mike Ditka, Jay Cutler, post-Super Bowl Bears – The Athletic - On a shelf in Tom Waddle’s home office is a Bears helmet. A chinstrap is attached. The chinstrap is torn, and bloodstained. He last wore it Nov. 6, 1994, the day Bucs safety Thomas Everett destroyed Waddle on a crossing route. The hit tore Waddle’s knee, injured his hip and split his chin open. Twenty stitches were required to close the gash.

Eurich: Jordan Howard runs on 'Walter Payton Hill' with Payton's son - 247sports.com - Jordan Howard just followed in the footsteps of Walter Payton.

Hatten: Falcons' Schedule Breakdown - At Chicago Bears (Week One) - Cover32 - To open the season, the Falcons travel to Chicago to play the Bears at 1pm EST on September 10th. This should be a nice game to open the season with considering that the Bears aren’t expected to put up much of a fight. Ken's Note: Falcons win 41-16? In our house? Really? OK, I'm down with this amount of overconfidence, 100 percent...

Gil Brandt's greatest: Chicago Bears all over Gil's list of top defensive ends of all time - NFL.com - NFL Media senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. Take a look at how they stack up.

Finley’s Podcast: Analyzing Bears WR corps - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley continues his position-by-position analysis of the Bears with a look at their wide receivers:

Infante & Cover32 staff: How Much Value Do Running Backs Have? - Cover32 - Cover32 newest series will focus on debates done by two national writers. First up, the debate is how much value do running back have,

Thompson: Meet the Urlachers: Brian and Jennipher talk football, anniversary and, of course, that hair - Chicago Tribune - Some Bears fans still may not have warmed up to Brian Urlacher having a head full of hair, but wife Jennipher was all for it.

Mayer: Family Fest tickets go on sale Thursday - Tickets for the 2017 Meijer Chicago Bears Family Fest Aug. 5 at Soldier Field will go on sale at 11 a.m. Thursday. The event will give fans their first chance to see the 2017 Bears in their home stadium.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Orr: Where will Zach Orr play next? LB 'eager to see' - NFL.com - Zach Orr announced his intention to return to the NFL on "Good Morning Football" just a few months after he was forced to retire due to a congenital spine condition. But where will he end up?

KNOW THY ENEMY

Orr: Martellus Bennett 'I'm not a downgrade from anyone' - NFL.com - Martellus Bennett reiterated Wednesday on "Good Morning Football" he'll make the Packers better. "I'm not a downgrade from anyone. I'm like Beyonce, let me upgrade you baby."

Western: Former Ravens ILB Zachary Orr plans to return to the NFL with neck condition - Acme Packing Company - At first, Orr might seem to be an appealing player for the Packers, but his play last year suggests he isn’t a great fit even if he is cleared to play.

Gates: Vikings Offensive Line Gets Surprisingly High Ranking From PFF - Daily Norseman - Average? Well, all things considered, that’s not bad.

Reisman: All-Pro LB Zach Orr visiting the Lions on Thursday - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit could be adding a lot of talent to their linebacker corps.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 30 Day Challenge - All time favorite Bears defensive back - Windy City Gridiron - Every day in the month of June we'll ask a different Chicago Bears related question to our readers. Make sure you guys participate the entire month so we can all get to know the WCG community a...

Silverstein: Jim McMahon talks with fans on Twitter about how his Packers teammates reacted when he wore a Bears jersey to the White House - Windy City Gridiron - The Punky QB shared his thoughts on the 1980s Bears, playing for the Packers and Vikings, and the physical toll the game took on him.

Wiltfong: PFF ranks the Chicago Bears’ roster 18th in the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - According to Pro Football Focus, the Chicago Bears, who went 3-13 a year ago, are now the 18th best team in the NFL.

Silverstein: The WCG All-Bears Post-Ditka Team: Special Teams Specialists - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s a question: how many roster spots can you justify for a player simply because of his special teams skills?

Sunderbruch: NFC North Roster Comparison - Running Backs - Windy City Gridiron - Compared to the NFC North, the Bears are lacking at firepower at QB, and they don’t have a clear edge on offensive weapons - at least not until the ground game is considered.

FANPOSTS

Mateo A: 2017 Bears Sleeper Nick Kwiatkoski - Windy City Gridiron - Nick Kwiatkoski is expected to be a starter early in 2017. If Danny Trevathan was healthy right now I'd be writing about someone other than Nick Kwiatkoski as a Bears sleeper for 2017. But the...

NormalFan: Thinking about the new Camp Cut Rule - Windy City Gridiron - While I have not posted in a long while, I'm still here - lurking and reading! This morning I was planning my annual pilgrimage to Bourbonnais for Training Camp. Then I was reading WCG comments...

PowerTool: The Nagging Narrative of a 3 Win Team - Windy City Gridiron - Last offseason there was some optimism behind the Chicago Bears. Coming off of a 6-10 2015 and with unanimous media praise behind the 2016 draft, commentators spoke of a team on the upswing. A year...

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there's a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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