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The “Why I Hate The Green Bay Packers” Bear’s Den Edition, February 22, 2019

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OK, folks, let’s hear all about why you hate the Green Bay Packers. Yes, this one’s an open thread.

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Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears completes a backward sack of Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers while being blocked by Jason Spriggs #78 at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Ken’s Note: We all hate the Green Bay Packers. That’s the “default setting” for all Bears fans. What I want to know today though is WHY you hate them as much as I know you do. Later on in the day I will post why I hate them with a passion that borders on scary sometimes.

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

BEARRRSSSS

ESPN’s Field Yates on the Chicago Bears’ Future (And More) - The Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys are joined by ESPN’s Field Yates who shares his thoughts on a variety of Chicago Bears topics including the team’s bright future.

Cox: Ravens cornerback sets the free agent market for Bryce Callahan - Bears Wire - The Baltimore Ravens signed Tavon Young to a contract extension, setting the market for Chicago Bears slot cornerback Bryce Callahan.

Neveau: Chicago Bears Release TE Dion Sims - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears have made a move to shed money from their salary cap, cutting tight end Dion Sims on Thursday.

Mayer: Bears release veteran tight end Dion Sims - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Thursday released tight end Dion Sims.

2019 Offseason Outlook: The Bears’ Secondary Is a Primary Concern - Bleacher Nation - The Bears are loaded with studs returning to their secondary in 2019, but could possibly lose two starters to free agency.

Medina: The Ravens Made It That Much More Difficult for the Bears to Bring Back Bryce Callahan - Bleacher Nation - Bryce Callahan’s asking price could be on the rise after the Ravens signed off on Tavon Young being the NFL’s highest-paid nickel back.

Getting the NFL’s five biggest spenders out of salary-cap hell (including Bears) - ESPN - The Eagles are currently more than $22 million over the salary cap. How can they, and four other teams, save money? Ken’s Note: The Bears ARE NOT IN CAP HELL. I’m REALLY getting sick of hearing this, it is simply not true. Cap hell is cutting great players left and right to eat a ton of dead money. According to OTC, the Bears have $12,804,741 in cap room and only $670,086 of dead money. And yes, the article came out after the Sims cut was announced, ESPN are just too damned lazy to take the trouble to update it.

Broncos' Case Keenum 'shocked' by Joe Flacco trade - NFL.com - The Denver Broncos agreed to trade for veteran QB Joe Flacco last week. Broncos signal-caller Case Keenum said in a recent interview he was stunned by the acquisition.

NFC free agency fun: Trey Flowers to Eagles? Earl Thomas to ... - NFL.com - With free agency on the horizon, Marc Sessler provides one fun player fit for each NFC team. Could Teddy Bridgewater be the quarterback of the Redskins? How about Trey Flowers joining Philly's ferocious front?

Tom Coughlin: Bortles is QB for Jaguars 'right now' - NFL.com - When asked about the future of Blake Bortles in Jacksonville, executive vice president Tom Coughlin said the veteran is the Jaguars' quarterback "right now." Is the QB on his way out?

Campbell: The Bears lack high-round picks and quarterback drama. So how do we squeeze fun out of the pre-draft process? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' pre-draft landscape is bleak because they don't have first- or second-round picks or any quarterback drama affecting them. Is mid-round running back intrigue enough to quench our draft hunger?

Hub Arkush: Will salary cap concerns become a problem for the Bears? - Daily Herald - The Bears window to contend for a title appears to be open for the foreseeable future. However the Bears do have a significant "issue" to deal with right now. I don't think you can call it a problem because of all the young talent that is likely to get better, but for the first time in a long time the Bears are very short on salary cap space, and without picks in the first two rounds of this year's draft and the first round next year.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Half of NFL teams changed offensive coordinators during the 2019 offseason - Acme Packing Company - Is there any other position in the league with a lower retention rate?

KNOW THY ENEMY

Calvin Johnson gets preliminary approval for medical pot dispensary - WJBK - Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit.

Chris Jericho not a Kirk Cousins fan, still remains awesome - Daily Norseman - The Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah has adopted the Vikings

What does “going all in” look like for the Packers this offseason? - Acme Packing Company - With a closing window with Aaron Rodgers, Brian Gutekunst aggressively spent last offseason. What’s the best way to maximize Rodgers and this team’s talent in 2019?

Kevin Stefanski: Gary Kubiak’s history with Shanahans can help Kirk Cousins – ProFootballTalk - The Vikings had their new coaches meet the media on Thursday and Kevin Stefanski’s shift from interim to permanent offensive coordinator meant he was part of the fun. Stefanski spent a lot of time talking about a newer addition to the organization.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears have 5th toughest strength of schedule in 2019, but does that matter? - Windy City Gridiron
Repeat after me; Strength of schedule is meaningless.

Zeglinski: A comprehensive guide to the Chicago Bears’ 2019 off-season - Windy City Gridiron
When can the Bears start pushing their chips in on free agency? What are key scouting dates? Don’t worry, the Bears are winning the Super Bowl ... eventually.

Schmitz' Bear With Me: Free Agency, Antonio Brown Trade, and The Bears - Windy City Gridiron
On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. discusses the Bears’ current needs and how (or "if") they will go about addressing them. He also chimes in on the chatter linking Antonio Brown to the Bears

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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