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The Bear’s Den, February 1, 2019

As the NFL approaches the final weekend of the season, we look back and look to free agency and the draft...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Emma’s Bears Offseason Outlook: Running Back - 670 The Score - Jordan Howard’s future is unclear, and the Bears could have eyes on Kareem Hunt.

5@5: Should NFL Allow Coaches To Challenge Judgment Calls? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Cox: Former Bears assistants under Marc Trestman moving up coaching ranks - Bears Wire - Many of the assistant coaches who worked for the Chicago Bears under Marc Trestman have moved on to bigger roles across the NFL and college.

Bears honor the life of a young fan - Inside The Bears Video - Zach Miller and the Bears help a Wisconsin family honor the memory of their 18-year-old son, Cameron Nahf, who lost his life in a car accident.

Chuck Pagano talks new role as DC - Inside The Bears Video - Jeff Joniak sits down with defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to discuss his new opportunity with the Chicago Bears.

Medina: Darnell Savage Jr. Could Be a Perfect Draft Fit for the 2019 Bears Defense - Bleacher Nation - The Bears have hit on late-round picks in the secondary in previous years and could be in a position to strike again in 2019.

Medina: Doesn’t It Feel Like Robbie Gould’s Career is Destined to End in Chicago (One Way or Another)? - Bleacher Nation - A potential return to Chicago for Robbie Gould is on everybody’s mind.

Finley: Bears TE Trey Burton - Anxiety questions after injury have been 'tough' - Sun Times - I don’t think anxiety played a factor," Bears tight end Trey Burton said. "The problem is, when people are so set on one thing being the cause …"

Finley: Will 'Bearman' get picked for Hall of Fame exhibit? He'll find out Friday - Sun Times - Like Brian Urlacher did a year ago, Don Wachter will wait in his hotel Friday hoping for a knock from Hall of Fame president David Baker,

Biggs: Bears' investment at cornerback pay off big as Kyle Fuller leads a ball-hawking defense - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' investment in cornerback Kyle Fuller paid off in a big way as Fuller tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions, earned All-Pro recognition and was selected to his first Pro Bowl.

Bonesteel: Ranking the worst Super Bowls, including the Bears' 29-17 loss to Colts - Chicago Tribune - Here is the ironclad list of the five worst games in Super Bowl history, with some dishonorable mentions.

Stankevitz: Where do the Bears need better offensive depth in 2019? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' depth on offense was tested in a few key spots in 2018, with a mixed bag of results.

Ellis: It sure seems like Robbie Gould wouldn't mind a Bears reunion - NBC Sports Chicago - Is this a thing now?

Mullin: Bears' special teams not “special” enough for a team aspiring to next-level success - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' special teams has some work to do if they want to reach the next level.

Aspan: Pump the brakes on the talk of a Robbie Gould-Bears reunion - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need to address their kicking situation this offseason, but re-signing Robbie Gould is not the answer, even if he is a fan favorite.

Cox: Jordan Howard, Nick Kwiatkoski receive pay raises for 2019 from CBA rule - NBC Sports Chicago - Both qualify for the “Proven Performance Escalator.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jeffery Simmons, Preston Williams not invited to combine - NFL.com - Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams have been informed they won’t be invited to the combine because of past issues involving violence.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Grading the Detroit Lions’ 2019 coaching hires - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions underwent a pretty big philosophical change this offseason. Do you approve of the moves they’re making?

A mathematical look at the 2018 Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman - You were told there would be no math? You are WRONG, pal!

Matt LaFleur isn’t in Green Bay just to help Aaron Rodgers; he can modernize the run game too - Acme Packing Company - While the criticisms aimed at Mike McCarthy’s stagnating offense focus most often on the passing attack, the Packers run game needs to be updated as well.

NFLPA feels more discussions with NFL about sports gambling are needed – ProFootballTalk - In October, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that he has "concerns about [the NFL's] ability to ensure the integrity" of the game in light of the growth of legalized sports gambling and that he hoped to work with the league in order to alleviate those concerns in the future.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Draft Wire has the Bears going OT, CB, RB and QB in their latest mock draft - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s see how the Draft Wire mock drafted for the Chicago Bears in their latest 7-round mock.

WCG Bears Roundtable: What will happen with free agents Callahan and Amos - Windy City Gridiron - We talk Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos, as well as a little Bobby Massie

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Will a number one wide receiver emerge? - 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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