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Wood: Building a Measurable Profile for the Andy Reid/Matt Nagy Running Back - Da Bears Blog - I want to cut through the noise to see if I can figure out which numbers matter when it comes to running backs for Chicago’s offense. This is a variation of the offense Andy Reid runs in Kansas City, so I looked at the Combine stats of all the running backs the Chiefs have acquired since Reid showed up in 2012 to see if there were any trends. This can help us identify what running backs at the Combine – and in free agency – might makes sense for the Bears if they look to re-shape the position this offseason.
Bernstein: Will Bears Be Tempted By This Draft? - 670 The Score - Ryan Pace has a history of being aggressive to get what he wants.
Emma: 5 Bears Storylines At NFL Combine - 670 The Score - The Bears have more stability than in years past but also questions to address.
2019 Offseason Outlook: Special Teams Turnover Is on the Horizon- Bears Nation - The Bears will have a new kicker in 2019, but that’s not the only hole the special teams unit might need to fill.
Medina: Free Agent Safety Lamarcus Joyner Could Fit Into the Bears Secondary, But at What Cost? - Bleacher Nation - One pundit believes there is a fun fit for the Bears with safety Lamarcus Joyner.
Medina: As Expected, the Bears’ 2019 Schedule Projects to Be Tough as Nails - Bleacher Nation - The Bears’ schedule was supposed to be tough last year, but that didn’t stop the Bears from winning the NFC North.
Medina: The Many Ways the Chicago Bears Can Find a Serviceable Kicker - Bleacher Nation - With Cody Parkey on his way out, the Bears’ search for a kicker is full speed ahead!
Finley: Could potential rule change curb the Bears' enthusiasm? - Sun Times - The Washington Post reported Monday that the NFL competition committee will discuss a proposal that would prohibit players from leaving the sideline.
Kenney: Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman working as FBI agent: Report - Sun Times - Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman traded in his play books for classified information.
Real Talk: For Bears GM Ryan Pace, this offseason might require heavy lifting - Chicago Tribune - The NFL scouting combine kicks into high gear this week in Indianapolis. Which leaves Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy with homework to do to turn a division championship team into a legitimate Super Bowl contender. What are the needs? And where do the Bears go from here?
NFL will consider reining in players' on-field celebrations — but just a bit - Chicago Tribune - The NFL, at the suggestion of some teams, will give consideration to barring players from leaving the sideline to join on-field celebrations, according to people familiar with the NFL's inner workings.
Stankevitz: Club Dub, running game solutions and questions for Matt Nagy at the Combine - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy will speak to the media for the first time since mid-January on Wednesday in Indianapolis. What are a few questions we're interested to hear him answer?
Mayer: Pace excited about Roquan Smith’s future - ChicagoBears.com - After inside linebacker Roquan Smith’s impressive rookie season, Bears general manager Ryan Pace isn’t placing any limits on the talented 2018 first-round draft pick.
Mayer: Only two Bears among top 101 free agents - ChicagoBears.com - With 21 of 22 starters under contract, the Bears have only two players on an NFL.com list of the league’s top 101 free agents-to-be: defensive backs Bryce Callahan (No. 34) and Adrian Amos (No. 41).
Finley: Could Bears solve kicking woes in draft? ‘I’ve seen it crash and burn’ - Sun Times - Don’t count on the draft alone to solve the Bears’ kicking woes.
Panucci: “Survey says, …” TWT - Let’s talk Combine - Our Turf Football - OTFB’s reporter, Liz Panucci, is interested in learning your thoughts on the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Try the survey.
Meet Wilmette’s Halla Yang, winner of $20,000 in an NFL contest to make punts safer - Chicago Tribune - Halla Yang, a 39-year-old Wilmette resident, won $20,000 as one of four finalists in the NFL’s “1st and Future” punt analytics competition, a public contest aimed at making advances in player safety during punts.
NFL considering another idiotic, unnecessary rule change - Pride Of Detroit - Just when the NFL was starting to shed itself of the “No Fun League” nickname...
Draft sets up for Packers to restock at key positions - Acme Packing Company - Even without knowing who Brian Gutekunst adds in free agency, the composition of this draft class suits the Packers roster perfectly.
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2019 NFL mock draft: Packers address D and O-line with Burns and Risner - Acme Packing Company - While the Packers could take Jachai Polite and a tight end with their first-round picks, the latest SB Nation mock draft sees them going in a different direction.
Raiders, Coliseum Authority reach agreement for 2019 - NFL.com - The Raiders and the Coliseum Authority have reached an agreement for the team to remain in Oakland for the 2019 season at least, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported
Raiders have the most draft capital, Bears have the least – ProFootballTalk - In Year 1 after the Khalil Mack trade, it looked like a big win for the Bears. Year 2 may look different. The Bears made the playoffs with Mack leading their defense, while the Raiders were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season. Ken's Note: The Raiders have no pass rush, the Bears have the best pass rush. The Bears have Matt Nagy, Coach of the Year, and the Raiders have Jon Gruden, who's... well... an idiot.
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