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The Bear’s Den, February 16, 2019

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There’s some good analysis of the Chicago Bears players in this edition, and there’s some laughable as well

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Today’s photo is of a Bears fan who knows the only thing colder than she was at the time were the Detroit Lions Super Bowl chances.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Letizia: 5 Running Backs the Bears Should Target in the Middle Rounds - The Chicago Audible Blog - With the Bears having limited draft picks and money for the 2019 season, Chicago’s best chance to improve its roster would be to invest in a running back.

Cox: Pro Football Focus sees Bryce Callahan as strong fit with Bears division rival - NBC Sports Chicago - Could Callahan end up with one of the Bears’ division rivals?

Projecting landing spots for Amos, Callahan, other NFL top free agents in 2019 - NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus - PFF’s Mike Renner projects where the top 2019 free agents will land this offseason.

Mayer: Bears scouts monitoring new AAF league - ChicagoBears.com - Given that general manager Ryan Pace and the Bears leave no stone unturned in their hunt for talent, it’s no surprise that they’re scouting the new Alliance of American Football league.

Medina: Chris Conley Presents a Possible Solution to the Bears’ Need for Receiver Depth - Bleacher Nation - Unlike previous years, the Bears aren’t desperate to sign a big-ticket wide receiver.

Wood: Breaking Down Every Single Mitch Trubisky Interception From the 2018 Season - Da Bears Blog - In his sophomore campaign, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky saw statistical improvement across the board. He completed a higher rate of passes, threw for more yards per attempt, and was much more efficient throwing touchdowns. The one area where he regressed from his rookie campaign (statistically speaking), was throwing interceptions. He threw them on 2.8% of his passing attempts in 2018, compared to just 2.1% in 2017. If he had stuck to his 2017 rate he would have been intercepted only 9 times. He threw 12 picks.

Biggs: Bears are expected to be in the hunt for a running back. Here are 10 potential middle-round draft options. - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are likely to seek a successor to Jordan Howard, a more complete running back who is a better fit for Matt Nagy's offense. Scouts believe there will be ample depth at the position in the middle rounds of the draft, and that's good news for Bears general manager Ryan Pace.

IF YOU SAY IT LONG ENOUGH PERHAPS YOU CAN FOOL PEOPLE INTO BELIEVING IT DEPARTMENT

Linsey: Grades and stats for every first- and second-round pick since 2015 NFC North edition - NFL Analysis - Pro Football Focus - Take a look at how each first and second-round pick since 2015 in the NFC North has graded in their NFL careers. Ken’s Note: They double-down on the Mitch hatred, of course... that’s their story and they are sticking too it (see video below).

POLISH SAUSAGE

FlipFlop: NFL to allow previously banned players to attend Combine – ProFootballTalk - In the NFL, Fridays are for settling. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the league has sent a memo to all 32 teams saying that three players who were previously banned from attending the NFL Scouting Combine to show up after all.

Broncos parting ways with LB Brandon Marshall - NFL.com - Brandon Marshall’s time with Denver appears to be coming to an end. The Broncos have informed the LB they are likely to not exercise his option.

Franchise tag candidates: DeMarcus Lawrence tops no-brainers - NFL.com - Which players are most likely to receive the franchise designation? And what’s going to happen with Le’Veon Bell? Gregg Rosenthal previews the NFL’s annual game of tag.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions players react to release of Glover Quin - Pride Of Detroit - There was an outpour of love from current and former teammates of Glover Quin.

Detroit Lions cut Glover Quin, two others - Pride Of Detroit - The end of a wonderful era. Ken’s Note: If by wonderful era you mean no playoff wins, no division wins, then yeah, I guess it is the end of a wonderful era. Oops, I forgot, you can’t judge players by their teams win-loss record or complete lack of playoff success... my bad...

AAF Schedule Week 2: Salt Lake Stallions play early game on Saturday - Daily Norseman - Our adopted team appears to have a tough task ahead of them

The APC Podcast, 2/15: Cap Casualty Cut Candidate Conversation - Acme Packing Company - A number of NFL players may soon be unemployed — could any of them help the Packers?

Even if it’s strictly for optics, NFL is sending right message about Scouting Combine invites - Acme Packing Company - Players like Jeffery Simmons and Jaylon Ferguson not being at the combine will make it tougher for teams like the Packers to evaluate them. Here’s an argument that says that’s not actually a bad thing.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: You good with the inside linebacker depth? - 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.

Zeglinski: NFLPA President Eric Winston preparing players for 2021 NFL Lockout - Windy City Gridiron - The league has gone too far away from player’s interests in Winston’s eyes.

Zeglinski: The best Chicago Bears Valentine’s Day poems - Windy City Gridiron - Only the most wholesome of romantic Bears poems here.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert Zeglinski

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