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Matt Nagy & Vic Fangio win big post-season awards for their work in Chicago in 2018

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wood: Projecting Contracts for the Key Free Agent Bears - Da Bears Blog - The Bears have three starters – Bryce Callahan, Bobby Massie, and Adrian Amos – and a key role player – Aaron Lynch – who are all free agents this offseason. They’re tight up against the cap, so keeping all of them will be hard.

Emma: Bears’ Ryan Pace On Matt Nagy - ‘Perfect Head Coach For This Franchise’ - 670 The Score - The Bears finished 12-4 and won the NFC North in Nagy’s first season.

Medina: Matt Nagy Named PFWA’s Coach of the Year, Vic Fangio Tabbed Top Assistant - Sun Times - Football’s best coach makes his home at Halas Hall, according to the PFWA.

Emma: Bears’ Matt Nagy Named PFWA Coach Of Year; Vic Fangio Honored As Top Assistant - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy was named the Coach of the Year.

Medina: Robbie Gould Discusses His Love for Chicago, a Potential Return, Parkey’s Bounce Back, More - Bleacher Nation - Of course Robbie Gould loves Chicago, but will it be the next stop in his playing career?

Medina: These 19 Bears Will Become Free Agents on March 13 - Bleacher Nation - A handful of starters and role players are among the 19 free agents on the Bears’ roster.

Wiederer: 3 players - including Kareem Hunt and Robbie Gould - who could be on the Bears' offseason shopping list - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears head into the offseason with hopes of improving a team that won 12 games and a division title, general manager Ryan Pace will have to be calculated with his roster moves. So will Pace and coach Matt Nagy have interest in players such as Kareem Hunt and Robbie Gould?

Kane: Bears’ Matt Nagy named Pro Football Writers’ coach of the year - Chicago Tribune - After helping the Bears make a worst-to-first turnaround in the NFC North in 2018, coach Matt Nagy was named the Pro Football Writers of America NFL Coach of the Year on Thursday.

Finley: Bears' Matt Nagy named Pro Football Writers of America Coach of the Year - Sun Times - Matt Nagy, who went 12-4 in his first season with the Bears, can add another coaching honor to his growing shelf.

Letizia's Chicago Bears Free Agency Primer: Adrian Amos - The Chicago Audible Blog - With limited resources, the Chicago Bears have a big decision to make with the future of safety Adrian Amos.

Ellis: Matt Nagy named Head Coach of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America - NBC Sports Chicago - He was one of two Bears coaches that were given awards.

Mullin: Hyperbole aside, did Bears really get needed progress in Mitch Trubisky? They think so, but… - NBC Sports Chicago - The 2018 season ended with a predictable tsunami of feel-good about the play and prospects for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Neveau: Matt Nagy, Vic Fangio Take Home PFWA Coaching Awards - NBC Chicago - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy and former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio each received unique honors on Thursday, as they were given awards by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Mayer: Nagy, Fangio earn top honors from PFWA - ChicagoBears.com - The Professional Football Writers of America have named Matt Nagy as its NFL coach of the year and Vic Fangio as NFL assistant coach of the year after they helped lead the Bears to a 12-4 record and the NFC North title.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: J.J. Watt had knee cleaned up after season – ProFootballTalk - Texans defensive end J.J. Watt didn’t miss a game during the 2018 season, but he did appear on the injury report for much of the second half of the year with a knee issue. Watt reportedly had the issue addressed after the team’s Wild Card round loss to the Colts.

Insurance market for football evaporating, causing major threat for NFL, Pop Warner, colleges - ESPN - From the NFL to rec leagues, football is facing a stark new threat: An evaporating insurance market that is fundamentally altering the sport’s economics, squeezing and even killing off programs faced with higher costs and a scarcity of available coverage.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers will interview former Bengals OL coach Frank Pollack, per report - Acme Packing Company - The Green Bay Packers’ quest for a new offensive line coach continues this week, and a new name is among the reported candidates. According to Packersnews.com, head coach Matt LaFleur will likely...

Detroit Lions film breakdown: Should the Lions bring back Ezekiel Ansah? - Pride Of Detroit - Will the Lions 2013 first round pick play another snap in Honolulu blue?

Darrell Bevell’s offensive philosophy, in his own words - Pride Of Detroit - Tracking 10 years of quotes from the Lions’ new offensive coordinator.

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line Coaching Candidates - Daily Norseman - As I write this, the Vikings most important coaching need has not been addressed yet - Offensive Line Coach.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' NFC Championship Game Preview: Saint Drew’s Déjà vu - Windy City Gridiron - Drew Brees and the Saints find themselves in a great position to get back to the biggest of stages

WiskeyRanger: BOOM! Matt Nagy Named Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America - Windy City Gridiron - This time, Matt Nagy is OFFICIALLY Coach of the Year!

Infante's 2019 NFL Draft: Five players in the Shrine Game the Bears should target - Windy City Gridiron - Yes, there is a kicker on this list.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2019 - Talking Pagano scheme, free agency, running backs, and more... - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he turns the page on the 2018 Chicago Bears and looks ahead to pressing concerns with the 2019 team.

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