BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
NFL BAD LIP READING
The Chicago Bears are heavily featured in this edition of Bad Lip Reading:
Biggs: Father Time is ticking on Tom Brady, but the Patriots dynasty is alive and well in their quest for a sixth Super Bowl title - Chicago Tribune - Tom Brady said there is “zero” chance he will retire after Super Bowl LIII. And who can blame him? The Patriots quarterback and his coach, Bill Belichick, are playing in their ninth championship game and looking to add a sixth ring to their collection Sunday against the Rams.
Dickerson: Bears’ Matt Nagy named NFL Coach of the Year - Chicago Bears- ESPN - Nagy helped the Bears win 12 games and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Medina: Mitch Trubisky Has His Priorities in Line: Beat the Packers, Win Super Bowl LIV, and be a Bear for Life - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky has his eyes on the prize.
Mayer: Nagy named AP NFL Coach of the Year - ChicagoBears.com - Matt Nagy capped a magical first season with the Bears by being named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Saturday night at the NFL Honors awards ceremony at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Emma: Bears’ Matt Nagy Named AP Coach Of The Year - 670 The Score - In his first season in Chicago, Nagy led the Bears to 12-4 and the division title.
Walton: Vic Fangio wins AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year - NBC Sports Chicago - On Saturday night former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was awarded the AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year for his 2019 season with the Bears
BOOM! Matt Nagy Named NFL’s Coach of the Year! - Bleacher Nation - After winning just 13 games in the last three years under John Fox, it was Matt Nagy leading the Bears to 12 wins in 2018.
Medina: Jordan Howard, Nick Kwiatkoski Get Raises After Meeting Requirements to Activate Escalator Clauses - Bleacher Nation - An already tight cap situation is that much more complicated with some (well-earned) pay raises.
Finley: Kyle Long on Bears' O-line and brother Chris, who won Man of the YearMayer: - Sun Times - Long attended the NFL Honors at the Fox Theatre to cheer on brother Chris, who was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Biggs: Matt Nagy caps his 1st Bears season with the NFL Coach of the Year Award - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy was named the NFL Coach of the Year on Saturday night after leading the Bears to a 12-4 record and worst-to-first turnaround that ended a seven-year postseason drought. "We're now the hunted," he said about preparations for the 2019 season.
Finley: Bears' Matt Nagy named AP Coach of the Year - Sun Times - Matt Nagy, who went 12-4 in his first season, as named Associated Press Coach of the Year at the NFL Honors
Rumore: NFL Coach of the Year Matt Nagy's first Bears season, in his own words - Chicago Tribune - From his hiring to being named NFL Coach of the Year, Matt Nagy sums up his first year with the Bears.
Former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year - Chicago Tribune - For his work as defensive coordinator of the Bears, Vic Fangio got the head coaching gig in Denver. He also won The Associated Press 2018 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Ellis: Matt Nagy named 2018 Coach of the Year - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy’s first year as head coach was a universal success, and now he has the hardware to prove it.
NFL HONORS & HOF CHOICES
Trio of New Ford Hall of Fans Members Announced during Super Bowl Weekend will be Recognized at HOF - Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site
Avila, Holman and Wachter become the first fans ever honored in the Ford Hall of Fans inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Patrick Mahomes wins MVP award – ProFootballTalk - The MVP award began as a debate between Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, but by late December, it had become clear that the Chiefs quarterback was going to win. When Mahomes received 45 of the 50 votes for first-team All-Pro, any remaining drama was gone.
Three first-timers among 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class – ProFootballTalk - Voters broke a logjam at cornerback, and began working on the glut of offensive linemen, as three first-time eligible finalists were voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.
Aaron Donald repeats as defensive player of the year – ProFootballTalk - Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald joined some elite company Saturday night. He became only the third player in NFL history to repeat as defensive player of the year. Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor won back-to-back awards in 1981-82, and Texans defensive end J.J.
Matt Nagy named coach of the year – ProFootballTalk - Matt Nagy's first year as the Bears head coach ended with a tough playoff loss to the Eagles, but it was a successful one overall. The Bears won the NFC North and made their first postseason appearance since the 2010 season with Nagy at the helm.
Darius Leonard takes defensive rookie of the year – ProFootballTalk - Colts linebacker Darius Leonard wasn't taken in the first round of the 2018 draft, but he'd likely hear his name called a lot earlier if that were to be redone after getting a look at last year's rookie class in action.
Drew Brees wins Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award – ProFootballTalk - Saints quarterback Drew Brees won't win the MVP tonight at NFL Honors, but he did earn one award. Brees, who played at an MVP level but will lose out to Patrick Mahomes, has instead been given the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. This is the fifth year the NFL has given the Sportsmanship Award.
Andrew Luck beats out J.J. Watt for comeback player – ProFootballTalk - In any other year, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt would have won the league’s comeback player of the year. But not this year. Andrew Luck returned after missing the 2017 season and threw 707 passes for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns, proving he’s not close to being done.
Vic Fangio named top assistant coach of the year – ProFootballTalk - Vic Fangio’s work with the Bears defense helped land him the head coaching job in Denver and it also led to an award at the NFL Honors show in Atlanta on Saturday night. Fangio won an Associated Press vote to become this season’s choice as the assistant coach of the year.
Saquon Barkley wins offensive rookie of the year – ProFootballTalk - Baker Mayfield was the first overall choice. Saquon Barkley went second. Both proved worth it with rookie-of-the-year type seasons. But only one could win offensive rookie of the year, and that went to the Giants running back.
KNOW THY ENEMY
Report: Steve Hutchinson falls short of Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement - Daily Norseman - He’ll get his third opportunity in 2020
“Collision Low Crossers” provides insight into DCs Mike Pettine and Jim Leonhard - Acme Packing Company - The two highest-profile defensive coaches in the state of Wisconsin play prominent roles in a book about the turbulent 2011 season for the New York Jets.
Packers’ 2019 Free Agents: Easy decisions coming on the Offensive Line - Acme Packing Company - Brian Gutekunst should move on from one player while keeping the rest.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Infante: Bears HC Matt Nagy wins AP NFL Coach of the Year - Windy City Gridiron - This marks the second consecutive season where a first-year head coach has won the award.
Windy City Gridiron picks the 2019 NFL Honors - Windy City Gridiron - Pat Mahomes is awesome, Matt Nagy changed the Bears for the better, and more in our picks for the NFL Honors.
Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Super Bowl LIII - Windy City Gridiron - It’s the Patriots and Rams for all the marbles. Here’s how WCG sees Super Bowl Sunday shaking out.
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