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The Bear’s Den: January 22, 2018

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The NFC North is done for the year as Skol turned to “scorched”

NFL: APR 28 Chicago Bears Mitchell Trubisky Press Conference
he Chicago Bears first round draft pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, from North Carolina
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Jahns: Bears 'brainstorming' cutting-edge offense for Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Everything will be new offensively under coach Matt Nagy and coordinator Mark Helfrich.

Finley: What Matt Nagy's coordinator search tells us about the Bears head coach's style - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy’s pursuit of Vic Fangio, Chris Tabor and Mark Helfrich offers the most immediate glimpse into his management style.

Morrisey: Young Tom Brady saves the nation from a no-name Super Bowl - Chicago Sun-Times - You might be sick of the Patriots quarterback, but how would you have felt watching the Jaguars' Blake Bortles slinging it in Super Bowl LII? Exactly.

Campbell: Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich don't expect overnight success with new Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - As new Bears coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich brainstorm the new offense, they must develop Mitch Trubisky and find more talent to maximize the spread option concepts they plan to implement. Ken's Note: Let me translate it for ya, fellas. John Fox would say about the 2017 office as a whole "It's got a knee. It's day to day."

Mullin: Takeaways from Bears ‘18 coordinators - Mitch Trubisky affecting more than offense, kudos to hiring process | NBC Sports Chicago - It's very clear the Bears' new coaching staff all agrees that the franchise has something special in Mitch Trubisky. That and more from John "Moon" Mullin.

Stankevitz: 'Adapt or die' is the perfect motto for Matt Nagy's coaching staff - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears special teams coach Chris Tabor floated the phrase "adapt or die" during his press conference Thursday, and it's a pretty accurate assessment of Matt nagy and his new staff.

Mullin: Bears' offense touts a new identity whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears could be a mixture of the West Coast and spread offenses with Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich on board. It's really unknown at this point, which is a good thing for Mitch and the offense.

Edholm: Vic Fangio, Mark Helfrich both see Mitch Trubisky as good reason to be with Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Old defensive coordinator, new offensive coordinator both excited to work with Bears QB

PFW Chicago Podcast 101: New coordinator chatter and offseason to-do list - Pro Football Weekly - Arthur and Hub react to the "love fest" at Halas Hall on Thursday, including the key role Mitch Trubisky's presence played in Matt Nagy luring in Mark Helfrich and luring back Vic Fangio. The guys then revisit the '17 Rams and '18 Bears comparisons w

Perez: Former Bears RB Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman Trophy sells for record amount - Bears Wire - Rashaan Salaam's Heisman Trophy was auctioned for a record amount on Saturday

Gandia: The Cost of Re-Signing Kyle Fuller – Bears Barroom - We asked you, our football smart readers, to share your opinion on whether Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace should re-sign Kyle Fuller. 99% of you want the cornerback to return, but 53% say you do not want Pace to overpay for the soon to be 26 year old who will enter his 5th season in the NFL.

Emily: The Psychology of Uncertainty & Being a Bears Fan - Da Bears Blog - Human beings don’t react well to uncertainty. We don’t know how to handle it. We hate it so much in fact that, given the choice, we actually prefer to *know* that something bad is going to happen to us as opposed to being unsure. A study in 2015 showed that most people would rather know for certain that they’re going to get an electric shock than to not be able to predict it. The uncertainty caused a bigger stress response than knowing without a doubt that they were going to get hurt.

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Kirshner: East-West Shrine Game 2018 results - J.T. Barrett, East lose late - SBNation.com - Points were difficult to come by.

Stites: NFLPA Bowl 2018 results - Martz squabbles over cheating accusations in low-scoring game - SBNation.com - Mike Martz wasn’t happy with the defensive calls from Darrell Green.

NFL Draft, College Football Scouting, NFL Prospects, NFL Mock Draft | Round 1 - Bears - Calvin Ridley - WR - Alabama

2018 NFL Mock Draft - NFL Draft Express - Bears - Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

WalterFootball.com: 2018 NFL Mock Draft - Still Calvin Ridley.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalists: JJ Watt, Greg Olsen, Benjamin Watson - ESPN
J.J. Watt, Greg Olsen and Benjamin Watson are finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell could land offensive coordinator job - Pride Of Detroit - The former Lions coach may not be done with the NFL quite yet.

Reisman: The Lions can’t hire Matt Patricia this week, but they can meet with him - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions can’t hire their new head coach, but they can meet with him this week.

Western: Packers safeties coach Darren Perry still doesn’t have a job for 2018 - Acme Packing Company - The job Perry interviewed for in Houston was filled and he remains on the market.

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.

Infante: How can the Bears fix their need at edge rusher this offseason? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will have several options in addressing a huge need of theirs this offseason.

FANPOSTS

OptimistBear: The Bears New Age Offense - Windy City Gridiron - It was just the other day when another WCG member brought up the idea of what a new name for the offense that is currently being built in the Halls of Halas should be.

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.

THE RULES

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