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The Bear’s Den, January 30, 2019

Questions about coaching, kickers and frigid cold temperatures headline today’s Chicago news...

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Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears returns an interception in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Soldier Field on December 9, 2018 in Chicago
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Bears Name Mark DeLeone Inside Linebackers Coach - 670 The Score - DeLeone and Matt Nagy worked together in Kansas City for five seasons.

Emma: Chuck Pagano Seeks Calculated Aggression In Bears Defense - 670 The Score - Chuck Pagano is comfortable rushing four players, as Vic Fangio often did.

Miller: Bearman, a Chicago Bears superfan, is a finalist for Ford Hall of Fans induction - - The Chicago Bear’s ultimate fan is a finalist to be inducted into the Ford Hall of Fans.

Medina: Bears Announce Mark DeLeone to Join Team as New Inside Linebackers Coach - Bleacher Nation - Another position on Chuck Pagano’s defensive staff has been filled!

Medina: Eddie Jackson’s Healthy Return Was the Best Thing to Happen at the Pro Bowl - Bleacher Nation - It wasn’t a grand return for Eddie Jackson, but seeing him take some snaps at the Pro Bowl was good for the eyes to see.

Dannehy: All About Matt and Mitch - Da Bears Blog - We can talk about Chuck Pagano, Khalil Mack, future first-round picks, draft steals and everything else, but what this era of Bears football becomes depends almost entirely on the quality of the head coach and the quarterback. And the first year got off to an adequate start for Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky.

Eurich: Rams believe they learned a lot by playing against the Bears - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears had a season-defining moment in early December when they knocked off the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. Chicago’s defense dominated from the opening kickoff and never looked back. The season ended for the Bears in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, while the Rams are set to take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

Biggs: Bears' bold trade for Khalil Mack transformed a good defense into an elite one - Chicago Tribune - In the seventh installment of an 11-part Bears season review, Brad Biggs looks at the position that changed more than any other in 2018, the outside linebackers. The trade for Khalil Mack transformed a good defense into an elite one. The bill will come due, but it was worth the price.

Bear Download podcast: Catching up on Pro Bowl week and a busy offseason - Chicago Tribune - In this edition of the Bear Download podcast, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer recap the Bears' week at the Pro Bowl as well as their recent offseason moves.

Bearman Don Wachter is a finalist for theThompson: Hall of Fans. If he gets a knock on his door Friday at the Super Bowl, he's in. - Chicago Tribune - Plainfield's Don "Bearman" Wachter will find out this week if he'll be named the first inductee into the Ford Hall of Fans section of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Biggs: 5 things we heard at the Super Bowl's Opening Night, including retirement speculation and a free-agent kicker - Chicago Tribune - In between the frivolity, credentialed media folks wielding props and the blaring voice of the NFL Network’s Scott Hanson coming out of the speaker system, there was plenty of football talk in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 at the Super Bowl's Opening Night.

Kane: Bears name former Chiefs assistant Mark DeLeone inside linebackers coach - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy added inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone to his staff Tuesday.

Rosenthal: The 12 most memorable weather-related events in Chicago sports history - Chicago Tribune - Snow and cold, rain and lightning make for the dozen most unforgettable weather-related events in Chicago sports history, including the Cubs' World Series Game 7 rain delay, the Bears forced to play indoors, the White Sox World Series home runs in the rain, the Blackhawks in the snow and more.

Under Center Podcast: We don’t appreciate Bobby Massie enough - NBC Sports Chicago - Breaking down Bobby Massie’s four-year contract extension and looking at why it was a smart move to retain him.

Mullin: Bears' offense wasn't good enough in 2018, but experience and continuity should lead to improvement in 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - The inescapable conclusion about the 2018 Bears offense is that it simply wasn’t good enough. And while the same 11 guys will be starting on that offense in 2019, there are reasons to expect improvement.

Chalk Talk: What was last Bears draft class with three Pro Bowlers? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last time the Bears had three players from the same draft class voted to the Pro Bowl like they did this season, the most Pro Bowlers the Bears have had in one year and Bears single-season rushing leaders.

Mayer: Bears hire DeLeone as inside linebackers coach - - The Bears have hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach. DeLeone worked with head coach Matt Nagy from 2013 through 2017 on Andy Reid's staff with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Finley: Bears’ Matt Nagy dips into Chiefs past, names Mark DeLeone new ILBs coach - Sun Times - Mark DeLeone, who worked alongside Bears coach Matt Nagy from 2013-17, was named the Bears’ new inside linebackers coach Tuesday.

Biggs: Disgraced for publicly turning on Jay Cutler, Aaron Kromer is back at the top with the Rams at the Super Bowl - Chicago Tribune - In the bizarre end to a two-year run for Marc Trestman’s staff with the Bears, coordinator Aaron Kromer turned on QB Jay Cutler. It was an embarrassing moment but one that Kromer has grown from. Now, the run game coordinator for the high-powered Rams prepares for Super Bowl LIII.

Biggs: Jay Feely runs through the top available kickers for the Bears, but keeps asking himself ‘why didn’t they just keep Robbie Gould?’ - Chicago Tribune - The complication with Jay Feely’s list of the top three free-agent kickers is that all of them - Robbie Gould, Stephen Gostkowski and Jaosn Myers - could re-sign with their current team. The Bears, no doubt, are continuing to evaluate options.


Deshaun Watson surprises mom with home renovation - - Deshaun Watson’s mother spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams. Now that Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL, the Houston Texans quarterback is giving back to her by renovating the home he grew up in. Ken’s Note: A guy like Watson is really, really easy to root for. Good on him!

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Deshaun Watson hopes he and Mahomes can be the next Brady and Manning – ProFootballTalk - Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes have known each other since they were teenagers, they entered the NFL together and were both first-round picks in 2017, and they were Pro Bowl teammates on Sunday.

Cold weather: Don't leave these things in your car during polar vortex - Detroit Free Press
Keep cellphones, soda or beer, musical instruments, eggs, canned foods, medication and loved ones out of car when temps drop below zero. Ken's Note: Are you freaking kidding me? Don't leave your loved ones sitting in a car when it's 20 below? You are SERIOUSLY giving this advice? Oh, wait. Detroit Free Press. My bad, I forgot they are talking to people from Detroit, not somebody with a brain or something. Yes, Lions fans, don’t leave your loved ones sitting in a car when it’s really, really cold. That’s a bad thing... unless those loved ones are Philadelphia Eagles fans, then all bets are off.


Detroit Lions hire Texans quarterback coach Sean Ryan - Pride Of Detroit - It appears the Lions may have already filled George Godsey’s spot.

Ndamukong Suh says he was ‘very close’ to re-signing with Lions in 2015 - Pride Of Detroit - - It’s still unclear why Suh didn’t return, but the All Pro defensive tackle says he nearly stayed in Detroit.

Kirk Cousins awards Super Bowl trip to wounded veteran - Daily Norseman - Gotta love stories like this

Packers expect to keep TE Jimmy Graham in 2019, per report - Acme Packing Company - Maybe a new coaching staff can get more out of him than Mike McCarthy did. Ken’s Note: The Packers front office is barking mad. I’m good with that.


Mitchell: Chicago Bear’s Bearman Don Wachter Named Hall Of Fans Finalist - Windy City Gridiron - Bearman wins all-expense paid ticket to the Super Bowl as one of three finalists for the Ford Hall Of Fans

Wiltfong: Bears hire Mark DeLeone as Inside Linebackers Coach - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have announced the hiring of Mark DeLeone as their new inside linebackers coach. DeLeone had spent the previous six years with the Kansas City Chiefs, so he has a history with...

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Super Bowl Week - Windy City Gridiron - Give us your best caption for this Jared Goff and Tom Brady photo.


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