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The Bear’s Den: January 16, 2018

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Kyle Fuller & Price Amukamara packed their lockers at the end of the season, will either be back in 2018?

Chicago Bears fire John Fox, begin coaching search
Chicago Bears cornerbacks Prince Amukamara, left, and Kyle Fuller talk as they pack their lockers as the season ends...
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Biggs: From Alshon Jeffery to Patrick Omameh: Bears have ties to NFL’s final four teams - Chicago Tribune - With the NFL down to the final four and conference championship games set for Sunday, here’s a look at ties to the Chicago Bears for the remaining four teams.

Campbell: Bears' future clearer after whirlwind two weeks, but questions remain - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have hired a coach and three coordinators. What have we learned about them? And what questions lie ahead?

Emma: With Retention Of Vic Fangio, Bears Ensure Continuity For Budding Defense - CBS Chicago - Fangio has overseen the transformation of the Bears' defense in the past three years.

Perez: Bears should target Steelers WR Martavis Bryant this offseason - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears should target WR Martavis Bryant via trade this offseason

Mayer: Bears ranked in top 10 in several categories - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears season didn’t end with the success the team wanted, but both the team and individual players posted statistics that ranked among the top 10 in the NFL in a multitude of categories. Ken's Note: Well, yes, this is all well and good but the top 10 we need to be in is in W-L, so...

Hughes: Notes on the Nagy Coaching Staff - Da Bears Blog - It’s okay to get excited about a new coaching staff. It doesn’t mean you irrationally believe that staff is going to cure all that ails the franchise you root for; in this case your Chicago Bears. It doesn’t mean the good players will now become great players and the bad players good players. It just means you believe a new collection of leaders, a new assemblage of ideas has the chance to change things for the better.

MOCKS

2018 NFL Draft early entries: Tracking which players are leaving college football - CBSSports.com - With bowls in the books, several big-name stars are jumping early to the NFL

2018 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers get Garoppolo protection, Arden Key slips - NFL Spin Zone - As we approach the divisional round of the playoffs, we look ahead to see what needs each team can fill in this 2018 NFL Mock Draft

NFL mock draft 2018: Predicting first round, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft - SEC Country - With the college football season in the books and the NFL playoffs under way, it's time to look ahead to 2018 NFL Draft. Plenty of elite players have alre

NFL Draft, College Football Scouting, NFL Prospects, NFL Mock Draft - Round 1 - 8) Bears - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama - The Bears ranked dead last in passing offense, averaging less than 180 passing yards per game. Kendall Wright was statistically their best WR, amassing just 614 receiving yards and a single TD. While this might be a bit early for Ridley to go the kid can be great when utilized properly. He helps address a huge need.

2018 NFL mock draft: How QB changes will alter the draft - SBNation.com - Where veteran signal callers go will greatly impact where rookies end up.

Stites: NFL draft order 2018: Pick selections take shape as regular season ends - SBNation.com - The Cleveland Browns own two top-five picks in the 2018 NFL draft.

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Latest Picks Entering AFC, NFC Title Games - Bleacher Report - The first step for a mock draft is to update player rankings and team needs. Then sit down, go through the draft order and assign the best players at a value or need to those teams...

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Latest Picks Entering AFC, NFC Title Games - Bleacher Report - The first step for a mock draft is to update player rankings and team needs. Then sit down, go through the draft order and assign the best players at a value or need to those teams...

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wyatt: Titans Part Ways with Head Coach Mike Mularkey - TitansOnline.com - The Titans have parted ways with head coach Mike Mularkey after the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement over the future.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Breaking down every one of Matt Patricia’s seasons as defensive coordinator - Pride Of Detroit - A deep dive into Matt Patricia’s performance as defensive coordinator since 2012.

Reisman: Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks reportedly turned down Lions interview request - Pride Of Detroit - This explains why Wilks was never brought in.

Western: The 2012 Packers - A complete team that is a bigger disappointment than we remember - Acme Packing Company - Looking back at the stats, the 2012 Packers were one of the franchise’s most complete teams of the past decade and

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Six prospects from the 2018 East-West Shrine Game that the Bears should look at - Windy City Gridiron - With draft season just about underway, let’s take a look at some prospects from the East-West Shrine Game that the Bears should watch out for.

FANPOSTS

PowerTool: Raw, Unrelenting Speed - Windy City Gridiron - The answer to the question, "what does Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich value from skill position players?" Clearly, with these two hires, the Bears offense will take on many more spread concepts. The...

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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