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The defensive coordinator search is on, who is your favorite candidate...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Medina: Meet a Defensive Coordinator Candidate = Bears Defensive Backs Coach Ed Donatell - Bleacher Nation - Ed Donatell appears to be the ideal in-house hire to replace Vic Fangio as Bears DC.

Bears Thank Vic Fangio - ‘Could Not Be Happier For Him’ - 670 The Score - ”Vic was a key leader in bringing great defense back to Chicago,” Ryan Pace says.

5@5: What Should The Priority Be For The Bears In Replacing Vic Fangio? - 670 The Score - On their daily 5 at 5 segment Thursday morning, the Mully & Haugh crew debated another five-pack of questions.-- What should be the Bears’ priority in replacing Vic Fangio?

Finley: Bears OLB Khalil Mack to sit out Pro Bowl because of injury - Sun Times - Khalil Mack won't play in the Pro Bowl later this month because of an undisclosed injury.

Finley: Bears kicker Cody Parkey booked for Friday's 'Today' show - Sun Times - Cody Parkey's miss apparently crossed over into the mainstream this week.

Campbell: Vic Fangio's simplicity and age make for a spectacular case study as he takes over the Broncos - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears coordinator Vic Fangio has used a simplistic, no-nonsense approach to build great defenses over the past 19 years. But will his style and persona work well as Broncos head coach?

Kane: Vic Fangio on becoming first-time head coach after 32 years in the NFL - 'You wanted it. You got it. You better succeed.' - Chicago Tribune - The Broncos introduced former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as their head coach on Thursday afternoon.

Campbell: Khalil Mack will miss the Pro Bowl because of an injury - Chicago Tribune - Bears edge defender Khalil Mack will miss the Pro Bowl because of an undisclosed injury, according to an announcement by the Giants, who say their Olivier Vernon will replace Mack.

Stankevitz: As Vic Fangio is introduced in Denver, Bears will have options in search for next defensive coordinator - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have the most attractive defensive coordinator opening in the NFL, and should have their pick of candidates to replace Vic Fangio.

Ellis: 2018 Bears Superlatives - MVP, biggest disappointment, rising star, and more - NBC Sports Chicago - Let's hand out some imaginary awards!

Medina: Meet a Defensive Coordinator Candidate - Gregg Williams - Bleacher Nation - Gregg Williams has been one of football's best defensive coordinators for a while and is probably the best free agent candidate available.

Medina: You Think You're Better Than Cody Parkey? Prove It This Saturday - Bleacher Nation - Winners of the Field Goal Challenge can take home free beer for a year.

Medina: In an Alternate Universe, We're Still Talking About Allen Robinson's Best Game as a Bear - Bleacher Nation - Here's to you, Mr. Robinson, for coming up big in the passing game when it was needed the most.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Joe Buck Tears Rotator Cuff After Awkward Throw Down To Sideline - The Onion - Grimacing and clutching at his shoulder, Fox NFL announcer Joe Buck tore his rotator cuff after an awkward throw down to the sideline during the second quarter of the Buccaneers vs. Cowboys game. “You hate to see an announcer go down like that. Especially on such a routine throw down to Erin to check the field conditions. He’s made that throw a thousand times,” said commentator Troy Aikman...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Former Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter to interview for Browns OC job - Pride Of Detroit - Jim Bob may land on his feet immediately.

Lions rumors: Steve Sarkisian, Nate Hackett in the mix for Lions OC job - Pride Of Detroit - Two candidates have emerged for the Lions OC job.

Lions notes: Detroit’s front-7 ranked second-to-last in NFL - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have some work to do in the trenches this offseason.

Could someone actually be interested in trading for Laquon Treadwell? - Daily Norseman - No, that’s not a misprint or a typo or anything. Ken's Note: Well, Jim Bob Cooter is getting an interview for Cleveland, and the Browns have a lot of draft picks... so... bad coach plus bad player equals good?

Over the Cap’s final projections still show three compensatory picks for the Vikings - Daily Norseman - Yep, the Cardinals still appear to have hosed us

A look at all the Vikings’ free agents - Daily Norseman - And a review of each free agency type

The Colts’ defense provides the Packers a tool to help confuse quarterbacks in 2019 - Acme Packing Company - Creating confusion on defense isn’t just about the pass rush - Indy is showing how to get in a quarterback’s head regarding what coverage he’s seeing before the snap.

Packers’ inclusion of Rodgers in coaching search is good process, not cause for concern - Acme Packing Company - While some fans have accused Aaron Rodgers of having too much influence with the Packers, the team was smart in how they included him in the coaching search.

Packers will not retain Ron Zook, per report - Acme Packing Company - New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur decided not to retain special-teams coordinator Ron Zook after the latter’s disastrous 2018 season.

Vic Fangio thinks he can make Von Miller better, and Miller likes the sound of that – ProFootballTalk - Von Miller has been one of the best players in the NFL since the Broncos took him with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but his new coach thinks his best football is ahead of him.

Jahns & Finley: Bears defensive coordinator search - Who should Bears hire? Rex Ryan? Ed Donatell? - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and Patrick Finley debate what the Bears should do at defensive coordinator.

Finley: Bears coach Matt Nagy - 'Bittersweet to move on' after losing Vic Fangio | Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy congratulated Fangio, who at 60 is taking over a team for the first time.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz; WCG Roundtable - Does Jordan Howard Fit in Nagy’s Offense? - Windy City Gridiron - Windy City Gridiron attempts to answer whether or not the Bears should keep fan-favorite Jordan Howard going into the final year of his contract. In this first edition, we look at whether or not he fits in the offensive scheme overall.

Silverstein: The premature pain of the double doink - Windy City Gridiron - Four days later, one Bears fan won’t move forward.

Wiltfong: Khalil Mack is skipping the Pro Bowl with an injury - Windy City Gridiron - Being named to the Pro Bowl is a bigger deal for players than playing in the actual game, and this time of year we start to hear about players bowing out of the annual all-star event. The New York...

x160630: I Don't Want Them - Windy City Gridiron - This will be the shortest fanpost I have ever written. Fangio's departure was skillfully explained in the article Life without Fangio: Defensive coordinator options for the Bears by our own Robert...

Marcet: 5 reasons why the Bears lost to the Eagles (other than Cody Parkey's double doink) - Windy City Gridiron - After an awesome 12-4 season that was preceded by four last-place seasons, the Bears fell short against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Soldier Field. We are all upset about the loss, but...

Tjgobig: (Pictorial) Bears 2018 Season In Review: Swaggy Nagy! - Windy City Gridiron - Five years and running! If you are as torn up inside as I am about that playoff loss, you might want to revisit any of my previous 4 season reviews. It's great therapy and really puts into...

Erikvo: Why you should be cautious about the 2019 Bears. - Windy City Gridiron - Off a great season, 12-4, you'd think that the Bears were certainly set to contend for a while. I'm not so sure about that.

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