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We’ve come a long, long way in the year since Matt Nagy was hired by the Chicago Bears

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

BEARRRSSSS

Bernstein: Did Mitchell Trubisky Just Have Best Bears QB Season Ever? - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky was superb for a franchise with an ugly quarterback history.

Emma: Turnaround Year Brings A Beginning For Bears - 670 The Score - In Matt Nagy’s first season as coach, the Bears built a firm foundation.

Mayer: Bears sign 10 to reserve/future contracts - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts, including running back Ryan Nall, who spent the 2018 season on the team’s practice squad.

Lunch with Larry: 1.8.19 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer looks back at Matt Nagy’s first year, roster construction going forward and what’s next for the organization during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Medina: Exactly One Year Since Being Announced as Head Coach, Matt Nagy Has the Bears Pointed in the Right Direction - Bleacher Nation - Remembering the one-year anniversary of Matt Nagy’s hiring.

Medina: Bears QB Coach Dave Ragone Is a “Dark Horse” Candidate to be the Next Titans OC - Bleacher Nation - As expected, Bears assistants are starting to become the apple of other teams’ eyes on the rumor mill.

Dannehy: Pace Deserves Blame - Da Bears Blog - Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one and Super Bowl contenders don’t come around often, especially in Chicago. And the Bears are home because Ryan Pace ignored what everyone else knew was a fatal flaw and kept Cody Parkey at kicker.

Finley: In Bears' most critical moments Sunday, Allen Robinson lived up to top billing - Sun Times - Allen Robinson's 143 receiving yards Sunday set a Bears postseason record, surpassing Willie Gault’s 129 in Super Bowl XX.

Kenney: Goose Island shares details for 43-yard field goal challenge inspired by Parkey - Sun Times - Sign up opens at 12 p.m., but the Chicago brewing company warns that spots are limited. And kickoff will be at 1 p.m.

Real Talk: After a magical season with a stunning end, where do the Bears go from here? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears enjoyed an exhilarating run in 2018, winning the NFC North and getting back into the playoffs. But after a stunning postseason loss, what's next for kicker Cody Parkey and where does general manager Ryan Pace need to find stability heading into 2019?

Campbell's 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Eagles: Tarik Cohen's limited touches, 10 men on defense and plays that added up to a 1-point defeat - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from rewatching the Bears' 16-15 loss to the Eagles include Tarik Cohen's limited touches and five plays that helped tilt the outcome in the Eagles favor. Those include Adrian Amos's personal foul and the Bears having only 10 men on defense on the Eagles' first touchdown.

Moreano: Plenty of Changes to Come for Bears Next Season - The Chicago Audible Blog - Although the Bears exceeded expectations in 2018, they failed to win a Super Bowl, and now Chicago must undergo change to propel the organization forward.

Stankevitz; Five big what-ifs that will haunt the Bears from their playoff loss to the Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - What if the Bears didn't have 10 men on the field for the Eagles' first touchdown of Sunday's game? Or if they didn't go three-and-out midway through the fourth quarter?

Mullin: For shell-shocked Bears, winning in 2019 will be harder than 2018 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears overcame much to win the NFC North and earn the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs in 2018. Doing it again in 2019 will be more difficult, however.

Ellis: These are a few of the free agents that might make sense for the Bears this offseason - NBC Sports Chicago - Don't expect a major move, but there are still a few guys that make sense for the Bears next season.

Finley: Bears sign 10 players to futures contracts - Sun Times - Two days after their season ended in a 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles, the Bears signed 10 players to futures contracts.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Raiders talking to San Diego – ProFootballTalk - Three years after the Raiders and Chargers failed to secure approval to share an L.A.-area stadium, the Raiders could be moving to the city the Chargers abandoned. At least for a year. Dan Sileo of 97.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Former Lions CB Cre’Von LeBlanc ‘key’ to Eagles’ playoff run - Pride Of Detroit - Cre’Von LeBlanc didn’t work out in Detroit, but he seems to be soaring with the EAgles.

Report: Lions offensive line coach Jeff Davidson helping in Detroit’s OC search - Pride Of Detroit - It looks like Jeff Davidson is a key part to this coaching staff.

The Detroit Lions had the best pass-blocking TE in the NFL for 2018 - Pride Of Detroit
It wasn’t a great year for Lions TEs, but one player was actually worth his contract.

What do NFL players do when the season ends? - SBNation.com - Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains a couple different scenarios for players.

Adam Zimmer to serve as head coach for East-West Shrine Game - Daily Norseman - Zimmer the Younger will get a big opportunity

Kevin Stefanski getting second interview with Cleveland Browns - Daily Norseman - He’s reportedly one of two finalists for the job

Matt LaFleur’s history suggests the Packers’ RBs will become bigger receiving factors - Acme Packing Company - Look for more production from Aaron Jones (and possibly Jamaal Williams) in the passing game in 2019.

Packers give Matt LaFleur chance to prove apple doesn’t fall far from coaching tree - Acme Packing Company - A coordinator and position coach under some of the most respected minds in the league, LaFleur must now construct his own legacy.

Matt LaFleur overcame the odds to become the Packers’ new head coach - Acme Packing Company - Matt LaFleur went from a longshot candidate with no other interview opportunities to the Packers’ new head coach in the matter of a day. Multiple factors contributed to his sudden rise.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chciago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles Playoff edition - Windy City Gridiron - This one is going to make the offseason even longer.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL, the playoffs, and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Since my playoff picks didn’t go as planned last weekend, I’m taking a mulligan and picking the divisional round over again. My first few thoughts this week will give you the postseason schedule...

Schmitz' Bear With Me Podcast: Wrapping up a Wonderful Season, Bears Lose, Eagles Win, Looking Forward, Latest News - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S reviews the positives and negatives of the Bears-Eagles game, gives his thoughts on Cody Parkey, looks forward towards the 2019 season, and much more.

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