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The Bears promote three coaches as we enter first full weekend of the offseason

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

BEARRRSSSS

Emma’s Bears Offseason Outlook: Inside Linebacker - 670 The Score - The Bears have received high-level play from Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan.

Mayer: Urlacher happy to be in NFL 100 commercial - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Hall of Fame middle linebacker Brian Urlacher enjoyed being part of the NFL 100 commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and features many of the best players in NFL history.

Chalk Talk: Which Bear most exceeded expectations? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears player who most exceeded expectations in 2018, the next Bears player who will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame and the most impressive stat from this past season.

Medina: Defensive Quality Control Coaches Sean Desai and Bill Shuey Received Promotions From Bears - Bleacher Nation - The Bears’ coaching staff is pretty much set at this point.

Mayer: Bears 2018 position review: Offensive line - ChicagoBears.com - A strong performance by the offensive line in 2018 helped lead the Bears to a 12-4 record and their first NFC North Division championship since 2010.

Medina: It’s Never Too Early to Look at the Bears’ Depth Chart - Bleacher Nation - The Bears don’t have too many needs, but their depth chart has spots to fill.

2019 Chicago Bears Off-Season Agenda: Part Three, Get the Quarterback Better - Da Bears Blog - Personnel moves are not going to tell the story of the 2019 Bears. They could improve their roster this off-season, be a better team than they were in 2018 and STILL win fewer than twelve games. No, with lofty expectations for the coming year, everything will depend upon the improved play of their starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky.

Finley: Bears' Matt Nagy promotes two coaches to round out defensive staff - Sun Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy finished up his round of hires Friday, promoting two coaches to finish up the team's defensive staff.

Kane: Bears announce promotions to round out defensive coaching staff - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Friday the promotion of two of his defensive quality control coaches from the 2018 season.

Chicago Bears State of the Franchise 2019: Offense - The Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys analyze the current state of the Bears' offense including its strengths and weaknesses, determine which players should be re-signed and more.

Mullin: As Super Bowl fades, Bears ’19 schedule still forming based on changes around NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - As the 2018 season fades into the mist, the 2019 one is already a-formin’.

Mayer: Bears promote three defensive assistant coaches - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy on Friday announced three promotions on his staff involving defensive assistants.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Coliseum Authority hopes to know Raiders’ plans soon – ProFootballTalk - The clock is ticking loudly on whether the Raiders will be playing in Oakland this year. As noted by Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Oakland-Alameda County Authority hopes to know the team’s plans for 2019 by February 13. That’s when the stadium lease expires. Ken’s Note: Like good pass rushers, home stadiums are apparently hard to find.

What is The Alliance? We're glad you asked - Alliance of American Football - Bill Polian flashed his Super Bowl ring as he stood in front of 600 football players in early January in San Antonio. He had a simple message – call it a mission statement -- for The Alliance of American Football.

Singletary's Express ready to fly with Hackenberg at QB, gritty attitude - Alliance of American Football - Express head coach Mike Singletary built his team to mirror his persona; gritty, hard-nosed and nasty. That product will be shown against Birmingham come Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.

Mayer: Urlacher happy to be in NFL 100 commercial - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Hall of Fame middle linebacker Brian Urlacher enjoyed being part of the NFL 100 commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and features many of the best players in NFL history.

Chalk Talk: Which Bear most exceeded expectations? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears player who most exceeded expectations in 2018, the next Bears player who will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame and the most impressive stat from this past season.

Medina: Defensive Quality Control Coaches Sean Desai and Bill Shuey Received Promotions From Bears - Bleacher Nation - The Bears' coaching staff is pretty much set at this point.

Mayer: Bears 2018 position review: Offensive line - ChicagoBears.com - A strong performance by the offensive line in 2018 helped lead the Bears to a 12-4 record and their first NFC North Division championship since 2010.

Medina: It's Never Too Early to Look at the Bears' Depth Chart - Bleacher Nation - The Bears don't have too many needs, but their depth chart has spots to fill.

2019 Chicago Bears Off-Season Agenda: Part Three, Get the Quarterback Better - Da Bears Blog - Personnel moves are not going to tell the story of the 2019 Bears. They could improve their roster this off-season, be a better team than they were in 2018 and STILL win fewer than twelve games. No, with lofty expectations for the coming year, everything will depend upon the improved play of their starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky.

Emma's Bears Offseason Outlook: Inside Linebacker - 670 The Score - The Bears have received high-level play from Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan.

Wiltfong: Khalil Mack makes it 7 Chicago Bears on the PFF Top 101 Players of 2018 list - Windy City Gridiron - The Pro Football Focus Top 101 Player list is complete and there are 7 Bear defenders on there.

Wiltfong & Snyder: Chicago Bears top needs and NFL draft prospects - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he’s joined by WCG’s draft guru, EJ Snyder, to talk about the Bears top needs and some draft prospects that could fit in Chicago.

Wiltfong: “I remember that Bear, he was awesome!” - Windy City Gridiron - We got so many responses on Twitter that we wanted to share some of your answers here.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions land just 1 player in PFF’s top 100 of 2018 - Pride Of Detroit - And he didn’t even play for the team half of the season.

NFL insider suggests Lions could spend for Le’Veon Bell - Pride Of Detroit - With financial flexibility, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network lists the Lions as one team that could spend some of their money on Le’Veon Bell. Ken’s Note: Please, PLEASE go all in and pay up big money for a 27-year-old high-mileage running back...

Minnesota Vikings announce coaching staff, including offensive line coach - Daily Norseman - It’s the guy that we thought it was going to be

Packers 2019 free agents: Re-signing Breeland ranks as a top priority - Acme Packing Company - Though the Packers have few major free agents this offseason, re-signing Bashaud Breeland ranks as one of the team’s top priorities.

Vikings’ Kirk Cousins ready to ‘make amends’ for 2018 - NFL.com - After not leading the Vikings to the playoffs, QB Kirk Cousins is eager to get back on the field and try to deliver on the high expectations that followed his signing in Minnesota in 2018.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Khalil Mack makes it 7 Chicago Bears on the PFF Top 101 Players of 2018 list - Windy City Gridiron - The Pro Football Focus Top 101 Player list is complete and there are 7 Bear defenders on there.

Wiltfong & Snyder: Chicago Bears top needs and NFL draft prospects - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he’s joined by WCG’s draft guru, EJ Snyder, to talk about the Bears top needs and some draft prospects that could fit in Chicago.

Wiltfong: “I remember that Bear, he was awesome!” - Windy City Gridiron - We got so many responses on Twitter that we wanted to share some of your answers here.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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