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2014 NFL Combine
2019 Chicago Bears All-Pro & former Virginia Tech defensive back Kyle Fuller goes high to catch the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Santoromita: Matt Nagy says Bears only got close to having an ‘exact identity’ on offense - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy won coach of the year awards and guided the Bears back to the playoffs for the first time since, but still doesn’t think his offense had a true identity in 2018.

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 217: Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy At The NFL Combine - WGN Radio - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns are in Indy for the NFL Combine and they are here to discuss all the details from Ryan Pace’s and Matt Nagy’s media sessions. Cody Parkey is officially on the way out and Pace discusses his approach to fixing the team’s biggest weakness. There’s also talk about Kyle Long’s restructured contract and changes that could be on the way at running back. Hear from both Pace and Nagy as the guys discuss what’s ahead for the Bears this offseason.

Medina: The Bears Are Wasting No Time Getting to Know the Combine’s Top Running Backs - Bleacher Nation - The Bears have been busy beavers in their search for running back help.

Medina: Kyle Long’s Restructured Contract Bumps the Bears’ Projected Cap Space Past $15 Million - Bleacher Nation - Kyle Long’s team-first attitude has created additional wiggle room.

5@5: Will Kyle Long Be A ‘Bear For Life’? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: After Turnaround Season, Bears Challenged To Sustain Their Success - 670 The Score - “We’re 0-0 now,” coach Matt Nagy says.

Emma: Bears’ Ryan Pace - Not ‘Either-Or’ Decision On Adrian Amos, Bryce Callahan - 670 The Score - Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan are both set to become free agents.

Bears Draft Party tickets on sale Thursday - ChicagoBears.com - Tickets for the 2019 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Draft Party on Saturday, April 27 will go on sale at 11 a.m. (CT) Thursday at ChicagoBears.com/draftparty.

Video Update: Nagy, Pace on approach to free agency - ChicagoBears.com - Lauren Screeden has the latest from Halas Hall after head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace spoke to the media on Wednesday from Indianapolis at the NFL Combine.

Video: Matt Nagy outlines expectations for 2019 - ChicagoBears.com - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy sits down with NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano and addresses his expectations for the 2019 season on Path to the Draft.

Pace Interview Video: We're definitely a team on the rise - ChicagoBears.com - General Manager Ryan Pace addresses the media at the 2019 NFL Combine.

Stankevitz: Why the Bears aren’t guaranteed to draft a running back in April - NBC Sports Chicago - Just because the Bears need a running back doesn't mean they're definitely going to take one in April's NFL Draft.

NFL Combine notes: Could the Bears keep both Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos? - NBC Sports Chicago - General manager Ryan Pace didn't rule out the Bears being able to keep both impending free agents Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos.

Stankevitz: Seeking 'major competition,' Bears will look to free agency and NFL Draft to fix their kicking woes - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears could bring in at least two more kickers to build a significant competition as they attempt to fix the kicking woes that've plagued the franchise for years.

Under Center Podcast: As the NFL combine gets underway, what’s the Bears’ plan going forward? - NBC Sports Chicago - Slavko Bekovic and Cam Ellis check in with JJ Stankevitz -- who’s at the NFL Combine -- and the three discuss Cody Parkey, the Bears’ draft plan, how the offense should expect to progress in Year 2, and more.

Ellis: Matt Nagy confirms Parkey release: 'We've talked to Cody and Cody knows we're gonna go in a different direction." | NBC Sports Chicago - It's really over.

Ellis: Fangio lists 2018 Bears as one of the best defenses he's ever coached - NBC Sports Chicago - The new Broncos head coach had plenty of flattering things to say about the Bears.

Matt Nagy on playoff loss: We’ll learn from it and get over it – ProFootballTalk - Bears coach Matt Nagy doesn't want his team to dwell on its heartbreaking playoff loss. Nagy told PFT Live at the Scouting Combine that he doesn't want the last-second field goal loss to be something the Bears are focused on.

Debrief: Cardinals, Giants face similar dilemmas at quarterback - NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal rounds up the most relevant takeaways from the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, including the QB dilemmas facing the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.

Jahns: NFL Draft - Should the Bears draft a running back? - Sun Times - Bears running back Jordan Howard ran for a career-low 935 yards during the 2018 season.

Jahns: NFL free agency 2019 - Five thoughts on the Chicago Bears - Sun Times - Bears general manager Ryan Pace views the Bears as a destination team for free agents. That wasn’t the case in previous years.

Finley: Bears want QB Chase Daniel to be with team 'for a long time' - Sun Times - Quarterback Chase Daniel could have paid the Bears $5 million to become a free agent in 2019. He did not, however.

Finley: After surgery, Bears WR Anthony Miller might not be 100 percent this spring - Sun Times - General manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday he “could be limited” in organized team activities and minicamp this spring.

Finley: Bears GM Ryan Pace knows what traits he wants in Cody Parkey's replacement - Sun Times - Pace knows what physical traits he wants in the Bears’ next kicker.

Finley: Vic Fangio says it was 'hard to leave' Bears, but they'll 'do fine' - Sun Times - The players, he said, will “do fine” under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who will run a 3-4 scheme similar to the one Fangio orchestrated.

Finley: Bears claim consideration of RB Kareem Hunt 'never got serious' - Sun Times - "Did we talk about it? Yes. Was it serious? No," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said.

Biggs: Forget the kicker hullabaloo. The Bears' most pressing roster issue is nickel cornerback - Chicago Tribune - Bears GM Ryan Pace fielded 61 questions Wednesday morning and 19 were about kickers. Don't miss wide of the mark, the team's biggest issue right now is re-signing nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan or finding a talented replacement.

Campbell: 5 takeaways from Bears coach Matt Nagy's NFL combine media session, including running game improvements and Mitch Trubisky's development - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy spoke Wednesday at the NFL combine about running game improvements, Mitch Trubisky's development, the defense's transition to coordinator Chuck Pagano and the ongoing search for a kicker.

Kane: 5 takeaways from Bears GM Ryan Pace's NFL combine media session, including finding a new kicker and whether Kareem Hunt was ever seriously considered - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace met with the media Wednesday morning at the NFL scouting combine to talk not only about the draft but a wide range of topics regarding the 2019 Bears.

Bear Download podcast: An interview with Bears coach Matt Nagy at the NFL combine - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and are joined by a special guest: Bears coach Matt Nagy (3:05 mark). Nagy weighs in on a...

Wiederer: GM Ryan Pace will 'explore every avenue' to find the Bears' new kicker - Chicago Tribune - With Cody Parkey exiting Chicago after one disappointing season, Bears general manager Ryan Pace faces a major challenge of stabilizing the kicker position. Robbie Gould is off the table. So where will the Bears search to find a new kicker?

Biggs: If the Bears aim to create more salary-cap space, an extension for backup QB Chase Daniel would make sense - Chicago Tribune - The Bears added some salary-cap space when they restructured the contract of right guard Kyle Long on Tuesday and GM Ryan Pace said "internal conversations" are constantly happening in regards to other moves. An extension for backup QB Chase Daniel could create more cap space.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Could GM Ryan Pace make a play for Antonio Brown? What about Le'Veon Bell? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Could GM Ryan Pace make a play for disgruntled Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown? What about Le'Veon Bell? When was the last time the Bears had a compensatory draft pick and, yes, plenty of kicker questions.

Rosenthal: Get ready for the NFL combine, the Westminster Dog Show for humans - Chicago Tribune - The NFL combine is a multiday job interview for 300 or so invited draft-eligible athletes, much of it out in the open as a manufactured TV event. It’s part Army induction, part gym class and affords every team the chance to evaluate the physical, mental and medical condition. But what does it mean?

Zeglinski: Reunion season - Bears’ off-season will be marked by team harmony – The Rock River Times - You know it when you see it. In roughly one calendar year, the best thing Matt Nagy did with the Bears is establish the kind of culture one dreams about

Mayer: 3 things we learned from Pace, Nagy - ChicagoBears.com - Speaking to reporters Wednesday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy discussed what the team intends to do with kicker Cody Parkey, why Pace feels more pressure entering this offseason than last year and

Mayer: Pace wants ‘major competition’ at kicker - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace on Wednesday vowed to leave no stone unturned in his quest to find a new kicker, saying: “I promise we’ll explore every avenue to better that.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

2019 Potential Cuts: Defensive Tackle - Over the Cap - 2019 Potential Cuts: Defensive Tackle - Over the Cap

OTC Podcast: Previewing the 2019 Free Agent Pass Rushers - Over the Cap - OTC Podcast: Previewing the 2019 Free Agent Pass Rushers - Over the Cap

2019 Potential Cuts: Edge Rusher - Over the Cap - 2019 Potential Cuts: Edge Rusher - Over the Cap

KNOW THY ENEMY

You know I disrespect the Lions... because, well... Lions... but I can’t disrespect one of the best we’ve ever seen. Fortunately, Barry made other teams look silly more than he did us.

Detroit Lions, Bob Quinn counting on Teez Tabor to improve in Year 3 - Pride Of Detroit - Confidence in Tabor doesn’t seem to have been shaken despite a rough first two years.

How to watch the NFL Combine like a scout - Pride Of Detroit - Cone drills? 40 yard times? We break it all down for you and give you some names to watch as well!

Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn ‘not against’ drafting a TE at 8 overall - Pride Of Detroit - Tight end is very much on the table for the Lions’ 8th overall pick... provided the right prospect is there.

Transcript: Rick Spielman’s Press Conference in Indianapolis - Daily Norseman - Rickspeak is locked and loaded!

Mike Zimmer - Daily Norseman - Is this a sick joke?

Report: Minnesota Vikings shopping Trae Waynes at Scouting Combine - Daily Norseman - Could he be traded before the start of the new league year?

Josh Jacobs, not Le’Veon Bell, should be the target if the Packers upgrade at RB - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay may be just fine at the position with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, but the Alabama product could be had for a much lower financial cost and still give the Packers an all-around threat.

Report: Minnesota Vikings Exercise Mike Zimmer’s Option Through 2020 - Daily Norseman - Zimmer is now slated to be the Head Coach through the 2020 season.

Matt LaFleur at 2019 NFL combine: run game can help Aaron Rodgers - Acme Packing Company - Mike McCarthy preached balance, but rarely practiced it. Matt LaFleur sounds ready to enact action to go along with his words on the run game.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz presents: [Video] Anatomy of a Play - The Trubisky-Cohen Connection, Terrible Throw Touchdown - Windy City Gridiron - With the season in the books, Robert S. kicks off a new series dedicated to analyzing the underrated plays of 2018. The first play up for review is Trubisky’s "poor throw" touchdown to Tarik Cohen in Week 15

Wiltfong: Bears inquired about trading for John Ross - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are reported to be checking on the availability of speedy wide out John Ross.

Wiltfong: NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah on Bears’ running back prospects - Windy City Gridiron - Daniel Jeremiah talks late round running back prospects and drafting kickers.

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