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The Bear’s Den, June 8, 2017

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Bears in the zoo, Trubisky expectations mixed & McPhee is not a fan favorite in Detroit

Chicago Bears v Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets sacked by Pernell McPhee #92 of the Chicago Bears 
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BEAR DOWN!!!!!

CHICAG GO GO GO!

Mathews: An open letter to Pernell McPhee - Pride Of Detroit - That’s my quarterback you’re talking about.

Mamola: Big opportunity for Nick Kwiatkoski in 2017 - FOX Sports - Second-year linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has a big opportunity to show the Chicago Bears he can be a building block on the defense.When the Chicago Bears traded up in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, most thought it was for a quarterback. Surprisingly, the team actually drafted Nick Kwiatkoski...

Rosenbloom: The more Mitch Trubisky talks, the dumber the Bears look - Chicago Tribune - The more you listen to Mitch Trubisky, the dumber the Bears sound.

Bears Talk Podcast: What are the Bears missing? - CSN Chicago - Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz talk about the latest from Bears OTAs. Plus, listen to an interview with Mitch Trubisky.

Stankevitz: How Mark Sanchez’s injury has affected Mitch Trubisky and Connor Shaw - CSN Chicago - Mitch Trubisky and Connor Shaw are getting more opportunities to show themselves during OTAs after Mark Sanchez's injury.

Eurich: Jay Cutler opens up about departure from Bears, new job - 247sports - A more relaxed Jay Cutler is ready to take on life as an NFL broadcaster.

DaSalva: Ranking the NFL’s 12 best running back situations - FOX Sports - Running the ball won't be an issue for these teams... not surprisingly, Chicago is high on the list.

Bears players sing during seventh-inning stretch at Cubs game - CSN Chicago - Connor Barth, Patrick Scales, Chris Prosinski and Pat O’Donnell were in attendance at Tuesday night's Cubs game versus the Marlins and were invited to sing during the seventh-inning stretch.

Telander: Let's take this opportunity to imagine Mitch Trubisky as a star - Chicago Sun-Times - A couple of seasons from now, we only can dream that GM Ryan Pace knew exactly what he was doing when he moved up a spot to draft this quarterback.

Finley's Halas Intrigue: Pressure on Mitch Trubisky unprecedented in Chicago? - Chicago Sun-Times - In the 100th episode of Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley and Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander discuss the pressure Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is under:

Potash: Bears NT Eddie Goldman ready to take off in 2017 - knock on wood - Chicago Sun-Times - In just 21 games over two seasons, it’s clear that Goldman is a difference-making player at full strength.

Mayer: Expectations high for outside linebackers - ChicagoBears.com - Expectations are high this season for the Bears' outside linebackers, the deepest and most experienced position group on the roster.

Fishbain: Adrian Amos aims to help Chicago Bears' secondary improve on takeaways in 2017 - Pro Football Weekly - Amos is fully healthy this offseason, unlike 2016, and looking to have a big Year Three

Brooks' NFL rookie forecast: Best-case/worst-case for offensive notables - NFL.com - Bucky Brooks provides projections for 11 intriguing offensive rookies. Trubisky? Leads the list.

Waack: Football Bears on exhibit at Brookfield Zoo - Chicago Tribune - The Bears came out of hibernation Wednesday at Brookfield Zoo, surprising visitors who expected real beasts to enter the actual ursine exhibit.

Downes: Lighter Pernell McPhee primed to have big season for the Chicago Bears - isportsweb - With outside linebacker Pernell McPhee losing 25 pounds he should be able to have his best season for the Chicago Bears

DEEP DISH PIZZA

Eurich: Bob Stoops buys Chicago home ahead of retirement announcement - 247sports - Bob Stoops recently bought a second home in Chicago ahead of his retirement from Oklahoma.

Smith: Bill Polian says Browns tanked last year, that may become common - ProFootballTalk - Bill Polian presided over the worst team in the NFL as the G.M. of the Colts in 2011. That didn't work out well for him, as he got fired at the end of the season. But it worked out well for the Colts, as it got them Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 draft.

Florio: Riddell hires Peyton Manning as a “strategic advisor” - ProFootballTalk - Before Peyton Manning settles on a post-playing career, he stands to make plenty of money via the endorsement of and/or affiliation with certain products. The latest company that will be paying Peyton plenty of cash for the attachment of his name to its product is Riddell.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Florio: Calvin Johnson paid back more than $1 million to Lions - ProFootballTalk - As it turns out, former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had at least 680,000 more reasons than previously believed to be salty. Contrary to a report based on NFLPA records indicating that Johnson paid back $320,000 to the team after retiring in 2016, the Detroit Free Press now reports that Johnson ...

Krigare: Should the Vikings be concerned? - Daily Norseman - Security concerns for the Vikings game in London

PODcast: Taylor Decker injury, Packers preview feat. Tex Western - Pride Of Detroit - PODcast was delayed because of surgery news.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON THE GREATEST CHICAGO BEARS SITE ON THE INTERWEBS

Curl: Bears roster breakdown, 90 in 90 - Rashaad Coward - Windy City Gridiro - Continuing our all-inclusive Bears roster breakdown, we look at Old Dominion nose tackle, Rashaad Coward

Zeglinski: 30-Day Challenge - One more number the Bears should retire - Windy City Gridiron - Every day in the month of June we'll ask a different Chicago Bears related question. Participate the entire month so we can all get to know the WCG community. Today, we ponder who the Bears would...

Mateo A: Why is Peanut Tillman so historically underrated? - Windy City Gridiron - Check out this Fanpost by a Windy City Gridiron member!

Silverstein: The WCG All-Bears Post-Ditka Team: Quarterback - Windy City Gridiron - Jay Cutler. Jay Cutler. Jay Cutler. Was there any other choice?

Zeglinski: Victor Cruz can improve the Bears with his play, not mentorship - Windy City Gridiron - How a veteran like Cruz will help the Bears is purely with his own skill set. Any teaching or bringing players under a wing is overstated.

Sunderbruch: The Bears Have a Running Back Problem - Windy City Gridiron - If the Bears need nothing more than yards on the ground, they should be set if Howard can stay healthy. However, the roster is poorly set up to provide the versatility needed in a modern offense.

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