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The Bear’s Den, May 16, 2019

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Even those who don’t really like Ryan Pace & Ted Phillips very much are happy the Bears don’t have Gar/Pax instead

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

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Dannehy: Bears Building Roster To Suit Trubisky’s Strengths - Da Bears Blog - Too often building around a quarterback and building around a quarterback’s strengths are confused. When the Bears first acquired Jay Cutler, they thought deep threats were the best way to build around the strong-armed passer, without realizing throwing deep passes wasn’t necessarily his strength. The same is true for Mitch Trubisky who was one of the worst deep passers in the league last year, but one of the best on shorter completions.

Chalk Talk: Will Cohen keep returning punts? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears may limit Tarik Cohen’s punt returns if his role expands on offense, the latest on the kicker situation and the likelihood of Duke Shelley beating out Buster Skrine for the nickel position.

Bears Care Gala this Saturday at Soldier Field - ChicagoBears.com - The 24th annual Bears Care Gala will be held Saturday at the United Club at Soldier Field. A limited number of tickets to the Gala are still available.

Barbieri: Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy reflect what a GM-head coach dynamic should be - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have quickly become an example of how a coaching staff and front office should operate together in the NFL

Cox: Chicago Bears unofficial post-draft depth chart - Bears Wire - Here’s how the unofficial Chicago Bears depth chart looks as the team prepares for organized team activities.

Barbieri: Khalil Mack is one of the top 20 NFL players traded in his prime - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack was recently pegged as one of the top 20 players to be traded in his prime.

Sugre: Bears DL Bilal Nichols is working to add strength this offseason - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols is working on adding more strength this offseason as he sets up for a big 2019 campaign.

Medina: Were the Bears Lucky When It Came to Avoiding Injuries? Or Is There Something More? - Bleacher Nation - The Bears were lucky, but they were also quite good.

Shapiro: Taking a post draft, rookie-minicamp look at the Bears 2019 opponents: Weeks 1 - 5 - NBC Sports Chicago - The first of our three-part series: Weeks 1-5.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jets announce G.M. change – ProFootballTalk - When Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson remained publicly silent amid rampant reports of a potential General Manager change, it should have been obvious that a change could still happen. And now it has, officially.

Le’Veon Bell contract was point of contention between Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase – ProFootballTalk - With the rumors and reports of Jets G.M. Mike Maccagnan being on the outs coming to fruition, related rumors and reports need to be taken more seriously than they may have been.

Christopher Johnson: G.M. change had nothing to do with Adam Gase – ProFootballTalk - The best power plays are the ones that don’t come off as power plays. Only four months after being named coach of the Jets and without ever winning a single game for the team, Adam Gase has made a power play and won.

Mike Maccagnan’s firing brings ‘Same Old Jets’ moniker to focus - NFL.com - Following the firing of New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday morning, Judy Battista writes about the dysfunction within the organization -- and why it keeps repeating.

KNOW THY ENEMY

ESPN: Detroit Lions are likely tied to Matthew Stafford for at least 2 seasons - Pride Of Detroit - Financially speaking, it doesn’t make sense to get rid of Stafford until 2021.

Do the Packers follow SB Nation’s unwritten rules about jersey numbers? - Acme Packing Company - The current roster does a pretty solid job.

Lions TE Jesse James explains why 2-TE sets are ‘a huge advantage’ - Pride Of Detroit - If everything comes together in Year 1, the Lions may have a unique advantage on offense.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: David Montgomery ended up with the perfect team - Windy City Gridiron - When the Chicago Bears moved up in the third-round to take running back David Montgomery from Iowa State, the prevailing thought was that the Bears were getting a perfect fit for the Matt Nagy...

Berckes: From Mongo to Mack - A historical look at Bears’ quarterback sacks - Windy City Gridiron - A deep dive into the Chicago Bears history with the quarterback sack.

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