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The Bear’s Den, January 31, 2019

For some reason most of the media is interested in this week’s Super Bowl.

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NFL: Pro Bowl
NFC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears (10) drops back against the AFC as Bears linemen Charles Leno, Jr. and Cody Whitehair protect him in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium.
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Zeglinski: Bears’ special teams must become special to contend – The Rock River Times - The one area where the Bears consistently had largely nothing but valleys, no peaks, was on special teams. Where the Bears’ defense was elite, and the offense showed signs of fantastic progress, special teams’ coordinator Chris Tabor’s group was endlessly anything but special.

Emma’s Bears Offseason Outlook: Quarterback - 670 The Score - After showcasing progress in 2018, what’s next for Mitchell Trubisky?

Three 'Super Fans' Land Final Nominations for Prestigious Place in Ford Hall of Fans at Pro Football | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site - The Ford Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame will welcome its first-ever fan honoree when one of three finalist “super fans” – Chicago Bears fan Dan Wachter, Pittsburgh Steelers fan Rick Holman, or Miami Dolphins fan Roger Avila – is selected to join the hallowed halls in Canton, Ohio.

Biggs: Rams-Bears comparisons go beyond the hotshot coaches and young QBs. Just look at the daring general managers. - Chicago Tribune - It's easy to compare the NFC champion Rams and Bears. Both teams have young, charismatic coaches and developing QBs They have aggressive general managers too. If parallels continue, buckle up for a thrill ride at Halas Hall this offseason.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: Could Cody Parkey be a post-June 1 cut? Would Ryan Pace trade into the 1st round of the draft? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Does special teams coordinator Chris Tabor have responsibility for play by his unit? Could Cody Parkey be a post-June 1 cut? Would the Bears consider trading back into the first round this year? Plus much more.

Biggs: Rookie Roquan Smith's speed and production gave the Bears defense just what it needed - Chicago Tribune - In what proved to be a tremendous season for rookie defenders, the Bears did not miss out on adding an impact player when they selected Roquan Smith eighth overall out of Georgia.

Hub Arkush: Goodell speaks for an hour, says almost nothing - Daily Herald - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fielded approximately 20 questions on Wednesday about officiating, Colin Kaepernick and more. He actually answered less than half of them, Hub Arkush says.

Ellis: Let's look at some of the coldest games in Bears history - NBC Sports Chicago - I'm cold! You're cold! The Bears were cold! Let's talk about it!

Mullin: The Bears' plan to improve their NFL-leading defense - NBC Sports Chicago - Even with a new coordinator in town, the Bears have plenty of ways to improve upon their top-ranked defense.

Bryce Callahan ranked 2nd-best free agent cornerback by PFF - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan was ranked the second-best player at his position in free agency by Pro Football Focus

Mayer: Mack trade tabbed as NFL’s most impactful - - ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has ranked the Bears’ acquisition of All-Pro outside linebacker Khalil Mack as the NFL’s most impactful trade of the last 365 days. “What else could top this list?” Barnwell wrote.

Mayer: Fans invited to free Bears Fit event Thursday - - Bears fans are invited to attend a Bears Fit workout from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, where they can train like a Bear with two former Bears players.

Medina: A Seven-Round Mock Addresses Some of the Bears Needs … But Where Are the Kickers? - Bleacher Nation - Warming up with the idea of mock drafts that feature the Bears picking some intriguing names.

Medina: Warming Up With Dreams of a Floyd Breakout, Miller Second-Year Leap, Trubisky Jump, and Other Bullets - Bleacher Nation - It could be Leonard Floyd’s time to shine.

Barnwell: Predicting 2019 Vegas win totals, over/unders for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN - Let’s project over/under win totals for next season, from worst to best. The Vikings and Colts could be tricky.

Bernstein: NFL Might Just Get This Pass Interference Replay Review Right - 670 The Score - The league may be headed toward pass interference becoming reviewable.


Chicago Is Lighting Its Train Tracks on Fire to Keep Trains Moving - Jalopnik - There are over 140,000 miles of privately-owned standard-gauge rail in the United States, vital to the transportation of billions of tons of freight and people. Occasionally, it gets really cold where some of those train tracks sit. Like right now, in Chicago, where Wednesday’s high temperature is expected to be thirteen degrees below zero. Those temperatures are potentially deadly for humans, and deforming for the long pieces of metal that trains ride on.

Roger Goodell: We’ll look at replay again, but it doesn’t cover judgment calls – ProFootballTalk - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sounded skeptical at his press conference today about the possibility of expanding instant replay to allow it for penalties like pass interference.

Goodell on no-call: “It’s a play that should be called” – ProFootballTalk - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has danced carefully around the no-call that helped decide the NFC Championship Game, emphasizing the human element involved (i.e. the big mistake made by the humans). But for the first time, he publicly admitted a mistake was made.

Cameron Jordan: Browns tried to draft me, thinking I was Jordan Cameron – ProFootballTalk - Who doesn’t love a good story about a Browns draft day foible? Cameron Jordan has a good one. Jordan, a defensive end who was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, said on the Dan Patrick Show that the day after the Saints selected him, he got a call from the Browns, te...

The Secret To The Rams’ Blocking Success Isn’t The Linemen. It’s Sean McVay - FiveThirtyEight - Todd Gurley began the 2018 season on fire, accumulating yards and scoring touchdowns at a historic pace. Ken’s Note: Read this one.


NFL’s proposed fix for pass interference problem is awful - Pride Of Detroit - The league is preparing to bungle and further convolute yet another new rule.

3 thoughts on the Detroit Lions hiring of QB coach Sean Ryan - Pride Of Detroit - Some thoughts on the Lions’ newest coach.

Bill Belichick and the Vikings: Another “almost” - Daily Norseman - History was almost altered by. . .Les Steckel?

Packers’ 2019 Free Agents: Several decisions need to be made at wide receiver - Acme Packing Company - With one player at each level of free agency, Brian Gutekunst needs to determine how to attack the wide receiver position.


Sunderbruch: Grading Ryan Pace's Early Trades - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace loves moving players and picks to give himself a better chance in the draft. This piece will dive into his early efforts to reshape the Bears using the trade market.

Leming's Chicago Bears Mailbag: A Robbie Gould reunion, upcoming free agents, and the Pro Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - The offseason is upon us and there are many questions to be answered as we inch closer to Super Bowl Sunday.

Householder's Betting Super Bowl LIII: Props, odds, best bets and more - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears aren’t in it so the only way to make the game interesting might be to have money on it

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Will there be a running back makeover? - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2019 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.


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