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The Bear’s Den, January 24, 2018

All eyes are on the Senior Bowl this week, as the Bears evaluate talent in Alabama

Red Grange and his Teammates
Red Grange and his Chicago Bears teammates



Jahns: Bears to part ways with head trainer Nate Breske - Chicago Sun-Times - With injuries being an issue in three consecutive seasons for the Bears, general manager Ryan Pace promised to look at everything.

Kane: After year ‘behind curtain,’ Mark Helfrich ready to dive into ‘collaborative’ effort - Chicago Tribune - The lone gap in Mark Helfrich's coaching resume came last year, when after four years as the Oregon head coach, he spent a season as a TV analyst.

Finley: Four things to know as Bears, new coaches scout Senior Bowl week - Chicago Sun-Times - With Bears GM Ryan Pace, new coach Matt Nagy and their staffs in Mobile to interview college prospects playing in the all-star game, here's a primer:

Cahill: People think Lovie Smith looks like Uncle Drew - Chicago Sun-Times - If there's an image of Lovie Smith forever etched on our memories, it's the one of him stoically staring at the scoreboard with a concerned look.

Finley: 'It's not fair' - The Bears' Matt Nagy can win by giving Mitch Trubisky options - Chicago Sun-Times - When the Bears hired Matt Nagy, it became clear the team wanted to utilize quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s athleticism with run-pass options.

Biggs: From Division III star to Senior Bowl, Dubuque's Michael Joseph making big impression - Chicago Tribune - From barely playing in high school to starring at Division III Dubuque, Oswego’s Michael Joseph reaches the Senior Bowl and has a shot at the NFL.

Bocker: Should the Chicago Bears Draft WR D.J. Moore? - Da Bears Brothers - The Maryland wide receiver would be a capable option for the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Stankewitz: For Kevin White’s brother, there’s no doubt - ‘When he turns it around, you’ll see’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Kevin White's younger brother belives the Bears wide receiver can bounce back from an injury-plagued start to his NFL career.

Mullin: Imperfect 10 - First look at who might be available for Bears in NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - With the Senior Bowl starting this week, check out our first look at the Top 10 in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Emma: New Bears Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich Raves About Mitchell Trubisky - CBS Chicago - Before anything else, Helfrich sees a 23-year-old Trubisky who understands the game and is willing to listen.

Easterling: Winners, losers from 2018 Senior Bowl weigh-ins - The Draft Wire - Check out the winners and losers from Tuesday morning's weigh-ins at the 2018 Senior Bowl

Perez: Will Humboldt State’s Alex Cappa be Ryan Pace’s next small-school draft pick? - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace doesn't shy away from small-school draft picks, and Humboldt State's Alex Cappa fits exactly what the Bears need

Perez: Highlights of Chicago Bears’ 2017 rookie class - Bears Wire - A video highlight of the Chicago Bears 2017 rookie class

Cox: Kevin White’s little brother confident Bears wide receiver will come back strong - Bears Wire - Kevin White's little brother Kyzir is still confident that the Chicago Bears wide receiver will come back from his third major injury.

Cox: Tarik Cohen helping North Carolina A&T teammate Brandon Parker through draft process - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen is helping his college teammate Brandon Parker through the NFL Draft process.

Important NFL offseason dates - - The NFL’s busy offseason includes free agency, the draft and training camp. Grab a calendar and mark down these key dates that impact the Bears leading up to the 2018 regular season.

Schroeder: Matt Nagy’s Offense - How It Works - Bears Barroom - With Matt Nagy’s staff filling up, we’ve been taking a look at what you can expect from the new regime. Aldo talked about offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, running backs coach Charles London, and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Time to talk a bit about Nagy himself.

Popovich: Chicago Bears Free Agency: The Case Against Jarvis Landry – Bears Barroom - It’s no surprise that the Chicago Bears are going to be in the market for multiple wide receiver additions this upcoming offseason. With a projected cap of $42 million (per Spotrac) heading into free agency and room to create more cap space with multiple contract buyouts available to the team, the Bears should be able to find the needed additions in the free agent market.

Gandia: Senior Bowl Focus - Chicago Bears Potential Prospect Alex Cappa - Bears Barroom - The last time Humboldt State University in Arcadia, Calfornia, had one of its football players drafted it was in 1991 when Freeman Baysinger was selected in the 12th round by the New England Patriots. The drought is expected to be over this year if 6’7″, 299 pound offensive tackle Alex Cappa has a good week at the Senior Bowl.

Wood: Breaking Down Trubisky’s Interceptions - Da Bears Blog - In his rookie season, Mitch Trubisky got to play 12 games and throw the ball 330 times. In those 330 attempts, he threw 7 interceptions, which is actually pretty good. That rate – an interception on 2.1% of his throws – was 12th best in the NFL among qualified passers, ahead of established veterans like Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers.

Riese: Senior Bowl 2018, Day 1 Recap: North Team's defensive linemen impress early - Acme Packing Company - The first day of practice in Mobile didn’t disappoint. Here are some notable things to know from Day 1.

2018 NFL Draft: Can Baker Mayfield shine at the Senior Bowl? -
A week of practices where the spotlight is on Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and others.


2018 Pro Bowl updated rosters: Here's who will be filling in for Patriots, Eagles -
Here's an up-to-date look at the 2018 Pro Bowl roster with no Bears on it.

Redrafting the first five picks of the 2017 NFL draft - ESPN
If there were a do-over of last year's draft, how long would Deshaun Watson last? Would the Bears still pick Mitchell Trubisky to be their QB of the future? How early would Marshon Lattimore go? Our NFL Insiders re-draft the top five.


Reisman: Detroit Lions are parting ways with at least 2 more defensive coaches - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions defensive coaching staff is nearly completely overhauled.

Gates: The Super Bowl door is still wide open for the Vikings - Daily Norseman
Yeah, it won’t be a home Super Bowl, but this team will still get there


Wiltfong: Devin Hester had the best Super Bowl Moment - Windy City Gridiron
What is the best Super Bowl moment that you’ve ever seen?

Zeglinski: Super lessons the Bears should take from the Eagles and Patriots - Windy City Gridiron
Less than two weeks from now, the Eagles and Patriots will meet in Super Bowl LII. The Bears should take notes on how both organizations reached the NFL's biggest stage.

Zeglinski: Fly Jeffery Fly - Alshon Jeffery did nothing wrong with the Bears. He deserves his Super Bowl shot - Windy City Gridiron
The Bears and Jeffery parted amicably last off-season. Neither wanted anything to do with each other, but it wasn't personal. Rooting for the receiver in the Super Bowl is easy.


Hoosier Glenn: Efficient use of Receiver Dollars - Windy City Gridiron
Disclaimer: There is a good chance I have totally hosed this up. With the talk around Alshon Jeffrey and the Bears not re-signing him, even if at top 10 dollars, it got me thinking. How does one...

EricSoderholm'sbat: 235-69 vs. 360-156-38 - Windy City Gridiron
The Patriots are 235-69, including postseason, since October 14th, 2001 (29-26 overtime win vs. Chargers). The Staleys/Bears were 360-156-38, including postseason, from October 3rd, 1920... Ken’s Note: Today’s picture is inspired by this post.

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