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What are the lessons that the Chicago Bears can take away from the Super Bowl (other than upgrading the kicking position)?

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NFL: Super Bowl LIII Experience
Chicago Bears fans DeAirra Bravo, Samari Bravo, David Mims (Bear), Seyani Bravo, Sy’Kiree Bravo and Oscar Bravo pose at the Super Bowl LIII Experience at the Georgia World Congress Center. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Medina: Bobby Massie’s Contract Extension Appears to Be a Bit More Team-Friendly Than We Realized - Bleacher Nation - Bobby Massie’s new deal looks like a win-win for both sides of the negotiating table.

Wood: A Deeper Dive into the Sophomore Season of Mitchell Trubisky - Da Bears Blog - After a rookie campaign that was statistically a nightmare, Mitchell Trubisky took the sophomore jump that many wanted to see. He went from performing like one of the worst QBs in the NFL to somebody who was average to above average, and accordingly the Bears went from being one of the worst teams in the NFL to one of the best (though a greatly improved defense also played a big role there).

Bernstein: Mediocre Super Bowl Makes Bears’ Loss Sting More - 670 The Score - Nothing in the dull game suggested the Bears would’ve been outclassed.

Who will win Super Bowl LIV (Bears mentioned)? - ESPN Video - Dan Orlovsky, Josh McCown and Laura Rutledge make their early picks for the team that will win Super Bowl LIV.

Emma: Bears Offseason Outlook: Tight End - 670 The Score - The Bears got production from Trey Burton, but there’s more to be desired.

5@5: What Are Your Super Bowl Takeaways? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Rosenthal: How would the Bears have fared in this Super Bowl? Is Bud Light's 'Dilly, Dilly' campaign over? 20 questions off Sunday's game. - Chicago Tribune - Let's play 20 questions after Super Bowl Sunday, including: Didn’t it seem as though the Bears — even with Cody Parkey — could have held their own in this Super Bowl?

Haugh: The NFL season is over. What's ahead for Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls? And how about the Bears? - Chicago Tribune - Through the prism of Chicago, the Patriots beating the Rams 13-3 Sunday to win Super Bowl LIII confirmed two things for the Bears.

Stankevitz: Bears still have salary cap wiggle room even with Bobby Massie’s contract extension - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will not be hamstrung by Bobby Massie's contract extension as Ryan Pace looks to improve the roster in 2019.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Everything We Learned At Super Bowl LIII - WGN Radio - The Bears may not have reached the Super Bowl this year, but they still had a strong showing in Atlanta, a sign of the remarkable step forward the franchise took during the 2018 season.

Perez: Raiders players had team meeting after Khalil Mack’s dominant debut - Bears Wire - Oakland Raiders players had a team meeting after Chicago Bears OLB Khalil Mack's dominant Week 1 game, according to WR Amari Cooper

Cox: Super Bowl 53 shows importance of Bryce Callahan to Bears defense - Bears Wire - The Patriots and Rams attacked the slot in Super Bowl 53, highlighting the value of Bryce Callahan to the Chicago Bears defense.

Cox: 5 former Bears participating in Alliance of American Football league - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will be well represented in every area of the new Alliance of American Football league. Here are the biggest names.

Bears 2018 position review: Quarterback - ChicagoBears.com - Mitchell Trubisky blossomed in his first full season as an NFL starter, leading the Bears to a 12-4 record and their first NFC North title since 2010 while being named to his first Pro Bowl.

Chalk Talk: Did any ex-Bears play in Super Bowl? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether any former Bears played in the Super Bowl, the last time the Bears drafted two Pro Bowlers in the same round and how many current Bears have won a Super Bowl.

Morrissey: Hard to believe Trubisky would have fared any better in the Super Bowl than Goff did - Sun Times - Tough to imagine the Bears quarterback being able to solve the game plan that evil genius Bill Belichick came up with to confuse the Rams star. Ken’s Note: Blah blah, woof woof.

Finley: How Bears’ Matt Nagy followed in Rams’ Sean McVay’s footsteps to Super Bowl LIV - Sun Times - Count coach Matt Nagy among those who has benefited from McVay’s wunderkind status — even if it showed the first signs of tarnish Sunday.

Finley: Stephon Gilmore, who had Patriots’ game-changing pick, was almost a Bears CB - Sun Times - The play felt like a game of throw-em-up in the backyard, Stephon Gilmore said minutes after he provided the Super Bowl’s lasting moment.

Can you name all the stars in the NFL 100 commercial? - Chicago Tribune - Everyone who’s anyone was in it, and football stars past and present chased down a loose ball caused by that rascally Marshawn Lynch.

POLISH SAUSAGE

10 numbers that show just how ugly — and boring? — that Super Bowl was - Chicago Tribune - A boring game had a ton of weird stats.

Super Bowl rating hits a 10-year low – ProFootballTalk - Yes, more people watch exciting football games. And, yes, fewer people watch boring ones. That rule was proven yet again on Sunday night, when the Rams -- 11 weeks after a Week 11 54-point explosion -- were limited to a field goal as part of the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time.

Jared Goff shoulders blame for Rams’ offensive ineptitude - NFL.com - Jared Goff, known for keeping his cool, didn’t shy away from the heat Sunday night. Michael Silver details how the Rams quarterback handled the toughest loss of his career.

Finley: Six-ring circus - Don’t compare Patriots QB Tom Brady to Bulls’ Michael Jordan - Sun Times - It’s foolish to compare the incomparable, but it says here that the Patriots quarterback isn’t close to the former Bulls great.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers 2019 Free Agents: What will Green Bay do with Muhammad Wilkerson? - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay thought it had a one-year steal with the former New York Jet until injury struck.

Super Bowl reminds Packers of need for defensive improvement in postseason - Acme Packing Company - Wade Phillips and the Patriots’ coaching staff put together virtuoso performances on Sunday. For the Packers to get back to a Super Bowl, they have to fortify the defense for playoff runs.

Packers 2018 Roster Grades: Defensive line depth was tested early and often - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay suffered injury after injury on the defensive front, but persevered through it.

Super Bowl 2020 odds: Detroit Lions among longest odds in NFL - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions would be a nice payout if they did the impossible in 2020.

Detroit Lions film breakdown: Does Glover Quin have enough left to be part of the Lions’ future? - Pride Of Detroit - One of the Lions long time defensive leaders is reaching the end of his career.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Guard depth is needed - 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.

Wiltfong: Bobby Massie contract numbers revealed - Windy City Gridiron - Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has the contract details of the Bobby Massie deal and we share them right here.

Infante: 2019 NFL mock draft - Predicting the Bears’ selections after the Super Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL season officially over, what better time to kick off preparations for the draft?

Schmitz’ Bear With Me: Super Bowl Review, Nagy Wins COTY, Fangio Wins ACoTY, Rams Lose Super Bowl, Patriots Win Super Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. recaps and reviews the Super Bowl by noting the style of the game, what the Patriots did well, and the performances (or lack thereof) of key players throughout the game. Plus, he covers the Bears’ appearances in the NFL end-of-season awards.

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