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The Bears look for excellent draft value at the combine, while Jon Gruden is stuck trying to convince people that he’s not an idiot

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2014 NFL Combine
Current Bear All-Pro Linebacker and former Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Bears acquired the All-World player in 2018 because Jon Gruden is an idiot.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Wood: Kyle Long Is Back, You Should Be Excited - Da Bears Blog - With Long officially back in the fold and right tackle Bobby Massie re-signed earlier this offseason, the Bears will be returning their entire starting offensive line from 2018. This is great news for the Bears, because their offense was actually really good last year when this unit was on the field together.

Medina: The Bears Have Reportedly Checked in on Combine 40-Yard-Dash Record-Holder and WR John Ross - Bleacher Nation - John Ross was a top-3 receiver prospect two years ago, but it looks like he’ll be getting a fresh start elsewhere in 2019.

Gabriel: Drafting A Kicker Is Risky Business - 670 The Score - The Bears are open to drafting a kicker, general manager Ryan Pace says.

Emma: Bears Seeking Better Backfield Fit In Draft - 670 The Score - After interest in Kareem Hunt, the Bears have met running back prospects.

5@5: Is Bears’ Kicker Story Overblown? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Jason McKie joins Sports Feed on Thursday evening - WGN-TV - It’s always great when were talking Bears to get some perspective from someone who put on the orange and blue. Thursday was one of those opportunities as we welcomed Jason McKie to Sports Feed.

Bears Offseason Discussion: NFL Combine, State of Special Teams, Roster Moves (And More) - Chicago Audible Podcast - The guys are back to catch you up with the latest Chicago Bears news and insight.

Ingalls: Two People Deserve Credit for Chicago’s Rebuild - Chicago Audible Blog - Without these two, the Chicago Bears would not be in the position they are today.

Mullin: Bears Combine takeaways offer glimpses of a promising future at OL, CB, LB and more - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL Scouting Combine ain’t what it used to be, meaning that the few days in Indy were rife with opportunities for casual interactions with coaches, scouts, agents and just about anybody – which is where the really good information lies.

Stankevitz: Why Matt Nagy is confident the Bears will stay motivated by playoff loss to Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' brutal playoff loss to the Eagles will stick with them, and it's Matt Nagy's job to make sure it becomes a positive motivator.

Jon Gruden: Bears’ success doesn’t change view of Khalil Mack trade - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears going 12-4 and sending the 24th pick in this year's draft to the Raiders doesn't change how Jon Gruden views his decision to deal Khalil Mack to Chicago. Ken’s Note: Jon Gruden is an idiot.

Ellis: In honor of Jason Witten's victory lap, we asked you which former Bears player you'd want to see come back for a season - NBC Sports Chicago - If you tweet it they will come.

Mayer: Bears area scout wins prestigious award - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Southeast area scout Sam Summerville was honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance as the NFC Scout of the Year Thursday at the NFL Combine.

Mayer: Bears will have continuity on offensive line - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have already accomplished one important offseason objective by solidifying the right side of their offensive line, ensuring that all five of their starting linemen will return in 2019.

Mayer: Smith reflects on rookie season with Bears - ChicagoBears.com - In an online blog post, Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith shares his thoughts about playing for coach Matt Nagy, how not winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award motivated him and more.

Jahns: Raiders still defending their trade of Khalil Mack to the Bears - Sun Times - Raiders coach Jon Gruden was asked if the Bears strong season and low pick changed how he viewed the trade. Ken's Note: Jon Gruden is an idiot.

Finley: Here are five RBs the Bears might target in the draft - Sun Times - Whether he meant to or not, Miles Sanders successfully summarized the Bears’ running back debate Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jahns: Unlike Colts, Bears will invest in Chuck Pagano's defense - Sun Times - The Bears have turned to Chuck Pagano to run their defense after Vic Fangio left for the Broncos.

Chicago Bears Podcast: Hoge & Jahns from the NFL Scouting Combine - Sun Times - In episode 217 of their podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge are in Indianapolis.

Kane: Raiders coach Jon Gruden 'still sensitive' when talking about the Khalil Mack trade - Chicago Tribune - Raiders coach Jon Gruden apparently is sick of talking about how unpopular the Khalil Mack trade was with his team’s fans. Ken’s Note: Jon Gruden is an idiot.

Biggs: Bears have an advantage entering Year 2 under Matt Nagy while the rest of the NFC North is making significant changes on offense - Chicago Tribune - The Packers will install a new offense for the first time since Aaron Rodgers' second season. The Lions have a new offensive coordinator. The Vikings are changing the terminology in their system. All of a sudden, the Bears have an edge on NFC North opponents as they ready for Year 2 with Matt Nagy.

Kane: What’s the secret to finding a running back gem late in the draft? Bears GM Ryan Pace could test his skills - Chicago Tribune - One Bears mission this week at the NFL combine as they prepare for a draft without first- and second-round picks is to sift through the running backs group to see if any look like mid-round gold.

POLISH SAUSAGE

AAF offers Manziel chance to work out for teams – ProFootballTalk - Johnny Manziel can’t play in the Canadian Football League, but he could play in the Alliance of American Football. AAF chairman Tom Dundon told USA Today that the league has talked with Manziel’s camp, offering the former Heisman Trophy winner a chance to work out for its teams.

Jason Witten’s return will hinder Cowboys; Jaguars’ smart move - NFL.com - Did Dallas make the right move in re-signing Jason Witten? Gregg Rosenthal assesses the situation and rounds up the most relevant takeaways from the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Jon Gruden jokes that Lions HC Matt Patricia will be a star on ‘Hard Knocks’ - Pride Of Detroit - Chucky’s got jokes. Ken's Note: So did Larry, Curley, Moe & Shemp. The Stooges were also smart enough to never trade away the premier outside pass rusher of his generation in his prime, too. Chucky's got the a bad case of the dumb. Ken’s Note: Jon Gruden is an idiot.

2019 NFL free agency: 4 wide receivers the Detroit Lions should avoid - Pride Of Detroit - Free agent wide receivers the Lions should avoid

2019 NFL Scouting Combine: Time, Channel, Streaming and more - Daily Norseman - It’s the biggest job interview in the football world

Schefter: Vikings attempted to trade Anthony Barr last offseason - Daily Norseman - Read into this what you will

Packers made correct call on Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang - Acme Packing Company - Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson drew heavy criticism for allowing Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang to depart Green Bay. However, with injuries derailing both guards in their subsequent stops, Thompson’s decisions look wise in retrospect. Ken’s Note: Josh Sitton did miss 6 of his 32 games in two years in Chicago, but he also made the Pro-Bowl. So yeah, if giving us a Pro-Bowl player still in his prime for a couple of years is the right decision for Green Bay, then give us a few more. Oh, that’s right, you don’t have very many Pro Bowler’s left to cut. My bad.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes & Snyder's Bears Over Beers Episode 2: Safety - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ dive into the safety position by heaping lavish praise on Eddie Jackson and exploring the FA and Draft options

Wiltfong: Bears meeting with running backs at the NFL Combine - Windy City Gridiron - NFL Combine prospect meetings (both official and unofficial) have started to leak out about the Chicago Bears.

Who is your favorite non-Bears player? - Windy City Gridiron - In our last WCG Chicago Bears’ Offseason Roundtable topic, we asked you guys to give us your least favorite (non-Packer) player, so this time out we want to take it a positive spin.

Leming's Bears mailbag: Combine madness, upcoming free agency and more - Windy City Gridiron - Free agency is getting closer and the Bears will have a front row seat to draft prospects at the combine. How will this week impact their offseason? Find out here.

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