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Medina: Excuse Me, But What Do You Mean Brian Urlacher Isn’t a Top-10 Player in Bears History? - Bleacher Nation - Brian Urlacher is a Hall of Famer, an all-time great, and deserving of a top-10 spot among the best Bears ever.
Hughes: Bears to Donate Million Dollars to Local Charities - Da Bears Blog - One of the great things about the partnership between Ted Phillips and George McCaskey has been their committment to charity. And never has that been more apparent that their new initiative.
Dickerson: Matt Nagy sees no signs of defensive drop-off for Bears - ESPN - Chuck Pagano is thrilled to be back on the field with coaches and players and says his scheme will have some elements of Vic Fangio’s defense.
Koshul: Matt Nagy is taking culture to another level with Chicago Bears - 247sports - We take a look at how Matt Nagy has changed the culture around the Chicago Bears, going into year two as the head coach.
Eurich: Chuck Pagano does not plan on many changes to Bears defense - 247Sports - Following up someone like Vic Fangio will be no easy task for Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Fangio oversaw one of the NFL’s best defensive units a year ago before he took on the role as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Pagano was hired by the Bears this offseason after he was fired as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts following the 2017 season.
Alper: Bears “seeing some different looks” with Chuck Pagano running defense – ProFootballTalk - After being hired as the defensive coordinator in Chicago in January, Chuck Pagano said that the Bears defense won’t change much with Vic Fangio now running the show in Denver.
Nazario: Allen Robinson needs to lead wide receiver corps - NFLSpinZone.com - Allen Robinson had a good season last year but needs to take a big step forward this season for the Chicago Bears to succeed.
Stankevitz: Eddie Jackson’s pitch for the Bears hits home with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - ‘It’s just like Bama’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson convinced Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to sign with the Bears thanks to one simple pitch: It’s just like where the two played in college.
Barbieri: Bears have had high attendance rate at offseason workouts - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears players have bought into Matt Nagy’s system for the second year in a row, evidenced by their participation rate this offseason.
Potash: Khalil Mack eager to take his game to another level - Chicago Sun-Times - His goal? ‘To be the best that ever played the position,’ OLB coach Ted Monachino said.
Biggs: Chuck Pagano has to put his stamp on the Bears defense, but he won't throw away what Vic Fangio built - Chicago Tribune - New Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is installing a new defense, but it won't be a whole lot different than Vic Fangio's.
Medina: Let's Enjoy Some Highlights Starring Walter Payton, the Greatest Bears Player in Franchise History - Bleacher Nation - The greatest player in NFL history is the best player in franchise history. And he has the highlights to prove it!
Quick hits: Trubisky clearly in comfort zone - ChicagoBears.com - Six weeks into the Bears offseason program this spring—and after two OTA practices—quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s familiarity with the offense and his receivers is evident.
Mayer: Ranking best Bears of all time - Nos 1-25 - ChicagoBears.com - Legendary Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Dick Butkus top the list of the greatest players in Bears history as ranked by writers Dan Pompei and Don Pierson in the Bears Centennial Scrapbook.
Hoge and Jahns: OTA’s, Best Bears of All Time, and The Next Live Podcast Recording - WGN Radio - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns share their thoughts after witnessing the first session of the Bears’ Offseason Training Activities. They play tape from head coach Matt Nagy, new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, as well as some of the positional coaches and players. They also play an interview with Ted Monachino, the team’s new outside linebackers coach. Hoge and Jahns discuss the list of the top 100 Bears of all time available on the team’s website. The guys also talk about where the next live recording of the podcast will take place and how you can get yourself there!
Bernstein: Here’s What’s Wrong With Bears’ Top-100 List - 670 The Score - Dan Hampton deserves more respect, and William Perry needs included.
Finley: Bears trying James Daniels at center, Cody Whitehair at guard - Chicago Sun-Times - James Daniels, who started 10 games at left guard last year as a rookie, is getting snaps at center, coach Matt Nagy confirmed.
Adam Gase says Jets didn’t overpay for Le’Veon Bell - NFL.com - Jets coach and interim GM Adam Gase met with the New York media on Thursday and addressed reports that he disagreed with how much his team spent on RB Le’Veon Bell.
Greenfield: Taking pain management in the NFL seriously - Our Turf Football - A new day is coming in the NFL. Could the decriminalization of marijuana in the NFL be too far behind? OTFB’s Sonja Greenfield takes a look.
Arhar: NFL and NFLPA adding health resources for players - Our Turf Football - The NFL and the NFLPA finally agree on something. The players mental and physical health. OTFB’s Kate Arhar looks at the health resources that are being adding for the players.
KNOW THY ENEMY
Minnesota Vikings OTAs: Is it possible Mike Hughes won’t be ready for Week 1? - Daily Norseman - At least one well-placed source is raising that possibility
Packers 2019 90-man roster ranking, 40-36: Will it be a bounce-back season for Marcedes Lewis? - Acme Packing Company - The veteran tight end surprisingly re-signed in Green Bay after a quiet 2018 that saw him struggle to get on the field.
Why a 2019 Darius Slay extension makes sense for everybody - Pride Of Detroit - Darius Slay wants an extension now, and it makes complete sense for him to seek that new deal.
PFF: Frank Ragnow has potential to be the best center in NFL - Pride Of Detroit - Pro Football Focus thinks Frank Ragnow’s potential is endless at his "new" position.
Detroit misses out on 2021, 2023 NFL Draft hosting opportunity - Pride Of Detroit - 2022 remains a possibility.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
WCG Top 100 Chicago Bears players of all-time: 100-91 - Windy City Gridiron - We’re kicking off our WCG Top 100 Chicago Bears Players list with 100-91. We’ll update this list as we reveal more of our picks, so stay tuned!
Sunderbruch: Examining draft day trades and the value they hold: Part 3 - Windy City Gridiron - Despite the age of the Johnson chart, it continues to predict high-end trades better than its competitors. However, a new chart is beginning to own the middle of the draft.
Infante: Bears’ David Montgomery facing surprisingly tall odds for Offensive Rookie of the Year - Windy City Gridiron - With the odds given for the rookie running back, Montgomery seems like a smart bet.
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