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The Bear’s Den: February 9, 2018

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Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears Making a Running Catch
Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears Making a Running Catch

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

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Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Bears look good after Josh McDaniels burned Colts - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns and Adam Hoge offer their thoughts on the Eagles' win in the Super Bowl and how the Bears look good follow the Josh McDaniels fiasco.

Thompson: Dave McGinnis - Josh McDaniels situation 'not really the same' as his Bears debacle - Chicago Tribune - Josh McDaniels' spurning of the Colts resurrected memories of the time the Bears jumped the gun on announcing Dave McGinnis as head coach, but McGinnis told a podcast that the situations are different.

Biggs' Roster rundown: Wide receivers missed the mark leaving Bears with much work to do - Chicago Tribune - The Bears had one of their worst wide receiver groups in recent history as Kendall Wright was the only player at the position to post more than 25 receptions. There is a lot of work for general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy to do to give quarterback Mitch Trubisky some help.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: What to expect with RPOs? Which pass rushers could the Bears target in free agency? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions in a weekly Q&A.

Tidwell: Turning of the Tide - Why This Year Feels Different in Chicago - Da Bears Brothers - Many feel it'll be the same old team again, but something about this year feels different. Are the Chicago Bears undergoing an overdue reversal of fortune?

Under Center Podcast: The Bears are having a good February - NBC Sports Chicago - Between Brian Urlacher being elected to the Hall of Fame and not getting punk’d by Josh McDaniels, the Bears are looking good as the NFL’s focus shifts to free agency and the draft.

Emma: Brian Urlacher Hoping Lance Briggs Joins Him In Hall Of Fame - CBS Chicago - Set for enshrinement in August, Urlacher is looking ahead to the 2020 class with high hopes for Briggs.

Preview: Chicago Bears - Pro Football Focus - Top free agent targets for the Chicago Bears, players that must be re-signed, team cap space and more to get you ready for 2018 free agency.

Perez: Leonard Floyd ranked among top pass-rushers in 2017 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears OLB Leonard Floyd ranked among the NFL's top pass-rushers in 2017

Next Gen Stats: Chicago Bears had 2 longest plays of 2017 NFL season - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears, surprisingly, had the NFL's two longest plays of the 2017 season

Perez: Adrian Amos named to Pro Football Focus’ Top-101 players of 2017 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos was named to Pro Football Focus' Top-101 players of the 2017 NFL season

Perez: Chicago Bears are No. 25 in USA TODAY NFL rebuild rankings - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears were ranked No. 25 by USA TODAY in their NFL rebuild rankings

Mayer: Howard excited to work with Nagy, Helfrich - ChicagoBears.com - A key contributor on a lackluster Bears offense the past two years, running back Jordan Howard can’t wait to begin working with new coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

Mayer: Trubisky has big fan in Eagles rookie receiver - ChicagoBears.com - Eagles rookie receiver Mack Hollins is a big fan of former North Carolina teammate Mitchell Trubisky, describing the Bears quarterback as a natural leader and hard worker.

Popovich: Could the Oakland Raiders Trash Be The Chicago Bears Treasure? – Bears Barroom - As it seems the Bears already have their sights set on finding cornerbacks. According to Ian Rapoport, the Bears immediately scheduled a visit David Amerson who was released by Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Dickerson: Bears far off in quest for return trip to Super Bowl - ESPN - Until the Bears can address several needs on offense and get out of the cellar in the NFC North reaching the Super Bowl is not in the picture.

Hughes Film Review – ’85: The Greatest Team in Pro Football History is an Amateurish Disaster - Da Bears Blog - ’85: The Greatest Team in Pro Football History, a documentary by Scott Prestin, is a terrible piece of filmmaking (with a stupid title). It is incoherent, boring and endlessly redundant. There is not a single new moment, not ONE piece of new information, in its entire, bloated 1:41 run time.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Perez: Former Bears QB Jay Cutler lived out of hotel room for entire 2017 season - Bears Wire - Former Bears starting QB Jay Cutler had an awkward living arrangement throughout the 2017 NFL season

Dubow: 49ers re-sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 5-year deal worth $137.5 million - Chicago Tribune - Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday that will pay him a reported $137.5 million.

Robinson: Latest On Josh McDaniels' Decision, Future - Pro Football Rumors - Josh McDaniels will be staying in New England on an unusual contract, with Albert Breer of SI.com hearing the Patriots‘ OC is expected to sign a four- or five-year extension. Coordinators’ deals typically do not run this long, but with the Patriots convincing their longtime play-caller to make this kind of a decision, it makes sense they’d want to keep McDaniels around long-term.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: What does Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract mean for Aaron Rodgers’ future deal? - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ QB should break the bank at some point in 2018.

Gates: Schefter - Vikings to hire John DeFilippo as Offensive Coordinator - Daily Norseman - The search is, apparently, over

Reisman: Jim Bob Cooter will be the Lions’ offensive coordinator in 2018 - Pride Of Detroit - After a discreet answer in his press conference, Matt Patricia made clear that his offensive coordinator isn’t going anywhere.

Reisman: The Detroit Lions are raising ticket prices again... and they should - Pride Of Detroit - The backlash against raised ticket prices is predictable and ill-informed.

Reisman: Matthew Stafford is no longer the highest-paid player in the NFL - Pride Of Detroit - And, no, it’s not Kirk Cousins... yet.

Florio: Stafford’s endorsement wasn’t the thing that saved Cooter – ProFootballTalk - New Lions coach Matt Patricia decided to keep offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. In making the decision, Patricia wasn't swayed by the endorsement given to Cooter by quarterback Matthew Stafford. Instead, Patricia decided to keep Cooter based on Patricia's own experiences.

Florio: Will DeFillippo push Vikings to make a play for Nick Foles? – ProFootballTalk - Two years ago, the Vikings acquired Sam Bradford in a trade with the Eagles. Soon, the Vikings could be considering whether to trade for the quarterback who was once traded for Bradford.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Windy City Gridiron 2018 Draft Roundtable: Receivers, Part One - Windy City Gridiron - It probably won’t be in the first round, but the Bears should definitely be looking at receivers to add in the draft. The WCG team weighs in on some potential targets.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2018 Roster Turnover: Is a changing of the guard coming? - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2018 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

Zeglinski: A quarterback-centered Bears' coaching staff puts the onus on Mitchell Trubisky - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears' experienced offensive staff under Matt Nagy underscores the burden of responsibility to succeed on Trubisky.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - Robert Zeglinski

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