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The Bear’s Den, January 16, 2019

Vic Fangio fills out his staff by raiding Chicago’s defensive coaching room, so changes abound

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Emma: Bears Assistant Ed Donatell Hired As Broncos Defensive Coordinator - 670 The Score - Vic Fangio will be bringing another former Bears assistant to the Broncos.

Bears Open At 12-1 To Win Super Bowl Next Season - 670 The Score - Chicago is coming off a 12-4 campaign and wild-card round exit.

Emma: New Bears Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano Making Changes To Staff - 670 The Score - Bears outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley has left for a job in Denver.

Emma: Ryan Pace Brought The Bears Here, So How Do They Go Further? - 670 The Score - ”Proud of what we accomplished,” Ryan Pace says. “But we’re not satisfied.”

5@5: Parkey Or Hunt More Likely To Be A Bear In 2019? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Mayer: Four Bears players chosen first-team All-NFL - - Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and punt returner Tarik Cohen have all been named first-team All-NFL by the Pro Football Writers of America and the Sporting News.

Mayer: Three Bears named to ESPN’s all-rookie team - - Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith, guard James Daniels and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols have all been named to’s NFL all-rookie team. All three players were selected by the Bears in the 2018 draft.

Medina: Ed Donatell to Follow Vic Fangio to Denver and the Bears are Left to Reshuffle Their Coaching Ranks - Bleacher Nation - There will be plenty of new blood coaching the Bears defense in 2019.

Medina: So What Did Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace Actually Say About Adding Kareem Hunt? - Bleacher Nation - Peeling back the layers of what Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace said about Kareem Hunt is a process.

Medina: Mack, Jackson, Fuller, and Cohen Make PFWA's All-NFL Team - Bleacher Nation - High praise and accolades continue to roll in for the Bears' best players.

Medina: The Bears Need a New Set of Linebackers Coaches - Bleacher Nation - Brandon Staley is following Vic Fangio to Denver, while Glenn Pires is reportedly not coming back.

Dannehy: Pagano Hire Solidifies Bears As Nagy’s Team - Da Bears Blog - The hiring of Chuck Pagano to replace Vic Fangio confirmed one thing: this is Matt Nagy’s team.

Dickerson: Bears hit on first three picks, led by LB Roquan Smith - ESPN - Linebacker Roquan Smith posted tackle numbers not seen for a rookie in Chicago since Brian Urlacher; James Daniels became a starter on the O-line.

McKnight: Enough With Vouching For Troubled Players - 670 The Score - Teams need to put greater weight into the opinion of trained professionals.

Bernstein: Frigid NFL Games Good, Bad - 670 The Score - At the most important time of the season, players are compromised.

Finley: Former Bears OLB coach Brandon Staley follows Vic Fangio to Broncos - Sun Times - Vic Fangio is taking at least one Bears coach with him to the Broncos.

Kane: Bears GM Ryan Pace shoots down anxiety questions, says tests showed Trey Burton had groin inflammation - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace said medical testing confirmed tight end Trey Burton had an inflamed groin the day before the Bears’ first-round playoff game against the Eagles.

Bear Download podcast: The Kareem Hunt debate and what Cody Parkey's Bears future looks like - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan break down the news conference held by Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy by discussing what was said about running back Kareem Hunt and what...

Campbell: Will Bears cut Cody Parkey after self-centered TV appearance? 'The most important thing is performance' - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace expressed their displeasure with Cody Parkey's "Today" show appearance and indicated they'll seek to upgrade the kicker position this offseason.

Kane: Brandon Staley leaves Bears to join Vic Fangio's coaching staff in Denver - Chicago Tribune - Vic Fangio is bringing at least one of his former Bears coaches with him to the Broncos. Brandon Staley will coach outside linebackers.

Rosenthal: Before Bears sign Kareem Hunt, show Virginia McCaskey video of him kicking a woman - Chicago Tribune - Think Bears matriarch Virginia McCaskey would give her blessing to signing discarded Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who kicked and shoved a woman in February, then was caught having lied to his team about the incident when TMZ made the video public in November?

Biggs: Patrick Mannelly Award created to honor college football's best long snapper - 'They need to be recognized' - Chicago Tribune - Two veterans of the long snapping community, agent Kevin Gold and trainer Chris Rubio, decided it was time for an award to honor the best specialist in college football. The man they decided was best to involve and honor was retired Bears snapper Patrick Mannelly.

Talarico: Kareem Hunt Should Not Be an Option for the Chicago Bears - The Chicago Audible Blog - Ryan Pace would be making a drastic mistake bringing in Kareem Hunt, regardless of how much he could improve this team.

Stankevitz: Why the Bears believe their offense will be much better in 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - From everyone knowing the basics of Matt Nagy's offense to Mitch Trubisky's development and tweaks to the run game, the Bears believe next season's offense will be much better than it was in 2018.

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Which Bears will become free agents? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears players who are due to become free agents, who are expected to undergo offseason surgery and who were acquired before Ryan Pace became general manager in 2015.

Bears lead the way on Professional Football Writers All-NFL Team - PFWA - The Chicago Bears placed a league-high four players on the 2018 All-NFL team, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). The Bears placed cornerback Kyle Fuller, outside linebacker Khalil Mack and safety Eddie Jackson on the defense and punt returner Tarik Cohen on special teams.


Championship Sunday: Ranking head coaches based on trust - - Bill Belichick will coach the Patriots in their eighth straight AFC title game, while Sean McVay makes his Championship Sunday debut with the Rams. David Carr ranks the four remaining head coaches based on who he trusts most.


8 offensive coordinator candidates the Lions could hire from playoff teams - Pride Of Detroit - With the rumored coaches no long available, here’s who Detroit may be looking at. Ken's Note: It's not the bottom of the barrel yet for Detroit, but you can see the bottom from here.

Vikings Off Season Plan - Pre All Star Game Edition - Daily Norseman - Mark is back in the lab concocting another offseason plan for the purple

The Denver Mafia Arrives - Daily Norseman - The staff for the Minnesota Broncos appears to be taking shape

The Kubiak Package Deal - Daily Norseman - When I first read of Gary Kubiak being signed by the Vikings in a ‘senior offensive role’, I thought it was a good hire. Kubiak has a lot of experience to bring to the table and could be a good...

Nathaniel Hackett’s coaching history is littered with bad quarterbacks - Acme Packing Company - Before coaching Aaron Rodgers this season, Kyle Orton might be the best QB Hackett has ever had under his tutelage.

Eagles: Carson Wentz is our QB, but we’d love to have everyone back – ProFootballTalk - Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson met with reporters in Philadelphia on Tuesday and the future of the team's quarterback position remained a major topic of conversation.

Philadelphia Eagles Salary Cap - Over the Cap - The Philadelphia Eagles we saw this year won't be the same ones we see next. They are $12,170,726 OVER the cap for 2019 before cutting/trading Foles, and have 20 free agents (including a bunch of critical players). Cutting/Trading Foles only gets them enough money to sign their draft picks. This should be fun to watch :)


Wiltfong: Bears have 5th best odds to win Super Bowl LIV in 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - I’m ready to turn the page on the 2018 season. Can we get to Chicago Bears’ training camp in Bourbonnais already?

Wiltfong: Bears place 3 rookies on ESPN All-Rookie team - Windy City Gridiron - The end of the season NFL awards are going to start flying in now that the regular season is over, and we’ve got the latest from ESPN to share with you guys today.

Schmitz' Bear With Me: All About the Cap (With Brad Spielberger!): Salary Cap Analysis, Free Agency Primer - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. dives into everything there is to know and find out about the salary cap and how it relates to the Bears this offseason. Because it’s such a hefty topic, he recruits Brad Spielberger from TBN and to help out!

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL, the playoffs, and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our thoughts on the NFL this week, and make sure you leave a few of your own in the comment section.

Zeglinski: The value of the mullet - Patrick Mannelly Award officially unveiled - Windy City Gridiron - The award will honor the collegiate long snapper that best illustrates the values, incredible impact, and utmost integrity the position has in football.


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