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The Bears in Orlando at the Pro Bowl are basking in the warm sunshine & Senior Bowl scrutiny is underway for Bears scouts

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NFL: NFC Wild Card-Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: The long road ahead - how the Bears should attack the 2019 offseason – The Rock River Times - It’s early for prognostications, but the Bears are going to be a chic 2019 Super Bowl pick. Any time you have defensive stars like Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson and a young quarterback like Mitchell Trubisky coming into his own, you have the makings of a championship dark horse. Betting odds in Las Vegas already reflect that sentiment.

Emma: Bears Sign Tackle Cornelius Lucas To Reserve/Future Contract - 670 The Score - A five-year NFL veteran, Lucas has started eight career games.

5@5: What Are Key Questions For Chuck Pagano? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Roquan Smith Impresses Bears With Rookie Season - 670 The Score - ”The sky’s the limit for him,” general manager Ryan Pace says of Smith.

Emily: The Bears Should Pass on Signing Kareem Hunt - Da Bears Blog - There’s only one game left in the 2018 NFL season, and regrettably the Bears aren’t in it. So naturally our thoughts turn to what might happen this offseason. Apart from the obvious need to replace Cody Parkey, I didn’t think there’d be a whole lot to talk about this early in 2019. But Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace turned heads at their final news conference by not ruling out the possibility of signing former Kansas City Chief and current Commissioner Exempt List occupant Kareem Hunt.

Rex Grossman named worst Super Bowl quarterback of all-time - 247Sports - Many Chicago Bears fans still feel that if the team had a competent quarterback during the 2006 season the organization would have won Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, signal-caller Rex Grossman struggled throughout the rainstorm in Miami that evening and the Colts walked away with the Super Bowl crown.

Aspan: The Bears were the best bet in the NFL this season - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears were the most profitable NFL team against the spread in the 2018 season.

Mayer: Bears players embracing first trips to Pro Bowl - ChicagoBears.com - All seven Bears players practicing with the NFC Pro Bowl team this week in Orlando are preparing to play in their first all-star game. Said defensive tackle Akiem Hicks: “I’m juiced about it. This is what you dream about.”

Mayer: Pro Bowlers prove Bears have bright future - ChicagoBears.com - Led by a talented young core of players who are all making their Pro Bowl debuts this week, the NFC North champion Bears boast a very bright future.

Bearman a finalist for Hall of Fans - ChicagoBears.com - One of the most recognizable faces in the Soldier Field crowd, Bearman, is a finalist to become the first inductee into the Hall of Fans. The Bears are asking for help from fans to make it happen.

Mayer: Bears think outside of box, outside of country - ChicagoBears.com - The recent signings of CFL players Jordan Williams-Lambert, Jameer Thurman and James Vaughters show that Bears GM Ryan Pace and his personnel department leave no stone unturned in their quest for talent.

Medina: The Kicker Search is Underway: Bears Visit LSU's Cole Tracy, More Expected - Bleacher Nation - The Bears' search for a new kicker is under way!

Medina: Bears Add to Cornelius Lucas to Mix of Offensive Lineman on Reserve/Future Contracts - Bleacher Nation - More depth for the offensive line comes in the form of a player with some NFL starting experience.

Medina: Urlacher Says It Shouldn't Have Come Down to Parkey's Double-Doink, But "(Expletive) Happens" - Bleacher Nation - Cody Parkey should've made it, but Brian Urlacher doesn't want to lay all the blame at the feet of the kicker.

Jahns: Chicago Bears in the Pro Bowl - Mitch Trubisky wants Super Bowl, not Pro Bowl - Sun Times - Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is trying to enjoy himself during the Pro Bowl week.

Jahns: Chicago Bears in Pro Bowl -Safety Eddie Jackson motivated by tough end to season - Sun Times - Bears safety Eddie Jackson is planning to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Jahns: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky enjoying himself at the Pro Bowl - Sun Times - With sunglasses and a smile on his face, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky met the media Wednesday after his first practice for the Pro Bowl.

Kane: Mitch Trubisky calls Bears' playoff loss 'kind of heartbreaking' but finds solace in soaking up his 1st Pro Bowl - Chicago Tribune - The excitement Mitch Trubisky feels for his first Pro Bowl appearance this week doesn’t change the fact the Bears’ first-round playoff loss to the Eagles just 18 days ago is still an open wound.

Wiederer: A dunk tank, dodgeball and a Ciara sighting as 7 Bears descend on Orlando - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have seven players at this week's Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla. On Wednesday, Mitch Trubisky participated in the Skills Showdown, Eddie Jackson talked about the controversial Saints-Rams finish and players enjoyed the fun of the day.

Biggs: Bears' offensive line was much improved under Harry Hiestand's guidance — and they look well-positioned going forward - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs reviews the 2018 Bears season. In the third part of the 11-part series, the focus is on an offensive line that was one of the best in the league protecting the quarterback. The arrival of line coach Harry Hiestand paid dividends, and the Bears look well-positioned moving forward.

Photos: Bears at the 2019 Pro Bowl - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have 8 players either selected or added to the Pro Bowl, the most since 2007.

Stankevitz: What should be on Ryan Pace's offseason to-do list? - NBC Sports Chicago - From finding fixes at kicker and running back to inking a critical player to a contract extension, Ryan Pace will have plenty to accomplish during the 2019 offseason.

Under Center Podcast: Mitchell Trubisky is a Pro-Bowler! - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan talk Trubisky, offseason needs, and Bears-Raiders in London.

Banks: Otis Wilson Says Cody Parkey Doing the Today Show "was stupid" - The Sports Bank - Otis Wilson is in the same camp as coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace when it comes to placekicker Cody Parkey's decision to appear on the Today Show

Shook's unsung heroes in the NFC: Cody Whitehair thrived - NFL.com - A whole bunch of players considerably impacted the 2018 NFL season, but some guys just haven't received the credit they deserve. Nick Shook puts the spotlight on one unsung hero from each NFC team.

Banks: Otis Wilson Only Luke Warm on Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - The Sports Bank - Otis Wilson didn’t use the term “game manager” when opining on Mitch Trubisky, but he espoused ideas that essentially evoked the quasi-condescending term

POLISH SAUSAGE - OR - JETS, ARE YOU OUTTA YOUR DAMNED MINDS?

No major changes expected in aftermath of Rams-Saints – ProFootballTalk - The NFL has a reputation for being reactive, not proactive. In the aftermath of Sunday’s controversial NFC Championship game, the NFL may not even be reactive.

Cardinals re-sign Larry Fitzgerald to one-year contract - NFL.com - Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning for another season. The team announced Wednesday they’ve re-signed Fitzgerald to a one-year contract.

KNOW THY ENEMY

2018 special teams rankings: Detroit Lions were actually pretty good - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions came in surprisingly high in Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings.

The Detroit Lions should go all in this offseason - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have money. They should spend all of it

Is it Time to Add a Video Official to NFL Officiating Crews? - Daily Norseman - Bad calls in sports have been part of the deal from the get-go, and the NFL is no exception. Most postseasons include a couple bad calls that may have made a difference in the outcome of the game...

Packers should follow examples of Rams, Eagles, Bears by focusing on short-term success - Acme Packing Company - Ted Thompson was a master of the long game, always with an eye on the future. With the window closing on the Aaron Rodgers era, Brian Gutekunst must adjust and maximize that window right now. Ken’s Note: Ted won one ring, he was the master of a one-and-done, any other take on it is delusional.

Despite lack of full control, Brian Gutekunst adhered to Ron Wolf’s principles in coaching change - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay’s first-year General Manager has led a whirlwind of change, but has done so with Mark Murphy according to many of Ron Wolf’s guidelines in The Packer Way.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Which Bears would you be surprised to see stay in 2019 and which would you be surprised to see go? - Windy City Gridiron - Continuing our offseason roundtable series, WCG asks two important questions: Which current Bear will surprise you if they stay, and who will surprise you if they go?

Infante: Bears meet with LSU kicker Cole Tracy at Senior Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - Tracy is coming off a fantastic senior year at LSU.

Sunderbruch: Grading Ryan Pace - 2015 Draft Class Final Grades - Windy City Gridiron - It’s the off-season, and the Bears have finally started to move in the right direction. This is the launch of a series to evaluate the twists and turns they have taken on the road back to relevance.

Wiltfong: Bears special teams ranked an awful 26th overall - Windy City Gridiron - Not a good showing for the Chicago Bears in the annual Rick Gosselin special team rankings.

Kadar: Senior Bowl 2019 preview: Quarterbacks, under-the radar players to know - SBNation.com - From the big names to the small-school stars, these are players to keep an eye on at the NFL Draft’s top all-star game.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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