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The Bear’s Den, July 18, 2019

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Today is the last Thursday before the Thursday before training camp starts...

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox - Game Two
Sox trade RHP Matt Nagy to the Cubs for a player to be named later and cash
Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: Matt Nagy and the burden of expectations – The Rock River Times - A good, personable Bears coach in front of a good, personable Bears team in Chicago is the equivalent of a beloved Pope making a visit across the pond. Both make numerous appearances at sporting events (and other public gatherings, of course). Both note the intangibles behind the legends in their professions. Both are revered in incredibly delicate terms. Most importantly, both have a similar and relatively untouchable celebrity status in the Midwest.

Bears WR Cordarrelle Patterson puts Super Bowl win in the past - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears free-agent WR Cordarrell Patterson has moved on from his Super Bowl win with the Patriots

Chicago Bears pass rush ranked No. 10 in NFL by Pro Football Focus - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears pass rush was ranked 10th in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, despite the presence of Khalil Mack on the edge.

Chamberlain: Avoiding this one penalty explains success of Bears offensive line - Bearmaven - The Bears don’t hold, and it helped explain how inconsistent passing and running games could get to the end zone.

Chamberlain: Bears need to see Adam Shaheen’s developmental period end quickly - Bearmaven - The Bears have the makings of a decent tight end group, but it hinges on Adam Shaheen’s production.

Training camp position preview: Receivers - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears report to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for the start of training camp next week, they’ll do so with one of the NFL’s deepest and most talented receiving corps.

Matt Nagy Threw An Absolute Rocket Strike Before the Cubs Game - Bleacher Nation - Our coach throws nothing but gas.

New Bear Cordarrelle Patterson On Last Year’s Super Bowl Win: “That Don’t Mean (Bleep) To Me” - Bleacher Nation - Cordarrelle Patterson is all-in with the Bears and their championship dreams.

Medina: Getting to Know the 2019 Chicago Bears - Quarterbacks - Bleacher Nation - It’s Mitch Trubisky’s world. We’re just living in it.

Hughes: Gambling on Young Legs is Risky Business for Pace, Nagy - Da Bears Blog - When one peruses NFL.com for statistical information regarding the only two kickers on the current Bears roster – Eddy Pineiro and Elliot Fry – one is met with a disconcerting sentence:

POLISH SAUSAGE

PFT 2019 storyline No. 8: Is Father Time closing in on Drew Brees? – ProFootballTalk - The Saints have had, over the past two years, heartbreaking exits from the postseason. Coach Sean Payton has expressed confidence that they’ll be able to return to 0-0 and climb once again.

Vic Fangio: A little improvement from Von Miller goes a long way – ProFootballTalk - In his first press conference after being hired as the Broncos head coach, Vic Fangio said he thought linebacker Von Miller had room to improve and that message hasn’t changed over the last six months.

Free agent Rashard Robinson suspended for 10 games - NFL.com - Former 49ers and Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson has been suspended 10 games with a substance abuse violation after missing several tests, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Daniel Jeremiah: Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is the best blocking TE I’ve ever evaluated - Pride Of Detroit - That’s some seriously high praise for the Lions’ first-round pick.

An 18 game schedule is really dumb - Daily Norseman - Just another bad idea in the Roger ‘Bud Selig’ Goodell era

Will Aaron Jones break out in Matt LaFleur’s passing game? Not so fast - Acme Packing Company - Much has been made of Matt LaFleur potentially adding his running backs to the passing game in a way Mike McCarthy was reticent to employ. Would that even be a good idea?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch's NFC North Roster Comparison: Linebackers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have a tradition at linebacker, and they have a pair of impact-level players trying to live up to that tradition. How does the entire corps stack up in the division?

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2019: #4 Akiem Hicks is still underrated - Windy City Gridiron - For the 11th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Next up at #4 is the engine that makes the defense go, Akiem Hicks.

Wiltfong: Talking Bears, Media, and Chicago Sports with Author Paul M. Banks - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of T Formation Conversation, Lester interviews long time Chicago media member Paul M. Banks about the state of sports media today, the legacy of Jay Cutler, the Bears’ Top 100 player lists, Sharknado, Mongo and more.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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