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The Bear’s Den, August 21, 2019

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Kyle Long give a public mea culpa, Cody Whitehair returns to practice and Nagy spills the beans to the media

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

BEARRRSSSS

Quick hits: Jackson praised, Patterson can do it all- ChicagoBears.com - Items in this edition of “Quick Hits” include Bears safety Eddie Jackson being lauded by a Hall of Famer, free-agent acquisition Cordarrelle Patterson’s tremendous versatility and more.

How to Fix NFL Preseason in Three Easy Steps - Da Bears Blog - This space has been belittling preseason football for a decade. These games have no relevance. They have never had any relevance. And they are a useless health risk. It seems the entirety of the league has finally figured that out. And now the media has noticed!

Mitch Trubisky Is So Obsessed With Greatness, He Won’t Vacation Anywhere He Can’t Throw - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky says he is “kind of OCD” ... and it shows.

James Vaughters Is a Perfect Fit For the Bears Culture, But Can He Do Enough to Survive the Cut? - James Vaughters flashed against the Giants in preseason Week 2, but does he have more in the tank?

5@5: Is Betting Bears To Win Super Bowl Wise? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Bears’ Kyle Long Apologizes For Practice Blowup - 670 The Score - ”I cost myself a lot of personal equity,” Long says.

Bears’ Cody Whitehair (Finger) Returns To Practice - 670 The Score - Bears guard Cody Whitehair will return to practice this week after injuring a finger on his left hand during the team’s scrimmage last Wednesday night.

What we learned at Bears practice, including Mitch Trubisky’s keyword, Bradley Sowell’s roster chances and Kerrith Whyte’s return skills - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy wants Mitch Trubisky to be sharp in anticipating throws as the Bears begin practicing for the Sept. 5 season opener against the Packers .

Kyle Long felt ‘immediate regret’ after his outburst during Bears practice: ‘I cost myself a lot of personal equity’ - Chicago Tribune - Bears right guard Kyle Long called his actions during a fight at practice last week “absolutely unacceptable” and vowed to make amends for an outburst that included swinging a helmet at a teammate.

Why Matt Nagy’s new Bears preseason approach has its perks — and challenges - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy has made it clear he has a new method to guide the Bears through the preseason. Is it the correct way? Is it a sign of changes to come across the NFL? Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer discuss.

Zeglinski: Matt Nagy’s preseason indifference just what the NFL ordered – The Rock River Times - To reach great heights in the NFL, sometimes leaders have to rock the boat. It doesn’t matter how sound its structure or foundation are. Even if a boat is enjoying smooth sailing through calm waters, circumstances on the open sea can change on a whim.

Bears' Kyle Long admits frustration took him "over the line" - Bearmaven - Frustrated Kyle Long apologizes for fighting, helmet-swinging incident.

Bears expect running game to deliver despite inactive preseason - Bearmaven - Matt Nagy admits running game will be an unknown after preseason of inactivity for starting backs, O-line.

Hoge and Jahns: Kicker Competition Update, Roster Sleepers, and Aaron Rodgers - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns get right into what has been the biggest story for the Bears all offseason: the kicking competition. With Elliot Fry getting cut, it is now Eddy Pineiro's job to lose. Who had him in the bet the guys made? Hoge and Jahns also discuss potential sleepers to make the Bears roster, and how Aaron Rodgers admires the way his team's longtime rival is handling their business in the preseason.

Long expresses regret, remorse about fight- ChicagoBears.com - Speaking to the media Tuesday, a contrite Kyle Long described his actions in a fight with rookie defensive lineman Jalen Dalton in practice last Wednesday as “absolutely unacceptable” and “uncalled for.”

Bears rookie Duck revels in underdog role- ChicagoBears.com - Bears undrafted rookie Clifton Duck made a splash with an interception against the Giants last Friday night. The cornerback is looking to capitalize on the momentum.

Chalk Talk: Will Bears stage another ‘mock game?’- ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears will conduct another “mock-game” practice, how much flash plays in preseason games help bubble players and the competition for the swing tackle position.

Bears guard Kyle Long offers lesson in how to apologize - Chicago Sun-Times - What he did, he said, ‘‘was absolutely unacceptable’’ as a ‘‘human being’’ and ‘‘a teammate.’’ It was ‘‘uncalled for and so far over the line’’ that it not only was embarrassing for him, but it ‘‘reflected poorly on the organization, the city, the offensive line room.’’

Bears All-Pro S Eddie Jackson chasing Hall of Famer Ed Reed - Chicago Sun-Times - In Jackson’s mind, Reed is the standard for greatness at safety. He’s out to match Reed’s 2004 All-Pro year.

Contrite Long apologizes for practice-rage incident - Chicago Sun-Times - "It reflected poorly on the organization, the city, the offensive line room. ... Moving forward I intend to make amends."

Matt Nagy: Bears probably gave Tarik Cohen ‘too much’ last year - Chicago Sun-Times - It was a good reminder as the Bears prepare for their Sept. 5 season opener: the head coach can have all the gadgets he wants in his offense, but there’s an art to finding the proper balance in deploying them.

What Matt Nagy is looking for from Bears QB Mitch Trubisky: ‘Just anticipation now’ - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s not enough for Mitch Trubisky to make the right throw. It was to be for the right reasons.

New George Halas and Walter Payton statues at Soldier Field will join these 23 other sports figures around Chicago - Chicago Tribune - More than two dozen Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox icons who have been immortalized in bronze and granite at sports venues around Chicago. Here's where to find them.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Settlement reached in “St. Louis Rams” tickets and merchandise case – ProFootballTalk - The price tag for moving the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles keeps growing. Via the Associated Press, a tentative settlement has been reached in a class action filed on behalf of Missouri residents who purchased Rams tickets and merchandise from April 21, 2010 through January 2, 2016.

Chargers bring back Dontrelle Inman – ProFootballTalk - Dontrelle Inman is back with the team where he had his greatest success. Inman, the wide receiver cut by the Patriots over the weekend, is signing with the Chargers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Jimmy Garoppolo ‘a little frustrated’ after 0.0 rating - NFL.com - Jimmy Garoppolo’s first game back since tearing his ACL last season went miserably, as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback finished 1-of-6 passing for no yards and an interception.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Debate over Aaron Rodgers’ playing time rages on - Acme Packing Company - No one actually knows the correct answer, but that doesn’t stop people from thinking they do

Andrew Adams named Detroit Lions’ training camp MVP - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions new safety has had a stand out training camp.

Minnesota Vikings Preseason Game 2 Notes - Daily Norseman - The Vikings won their second preseason game at home against the Seahawks, 25-19. But once again, more important than the score was evaluating how the Vikings performed.

Rookie check-in: How the Lions’ 9 draft picks are trending after 2 preseason games - Pride Of Detroit - A look at how each Lions 2019 draft pick is trending through preseason Week 2.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Top 10 reasons the Bears’ defense won’t regress in 2019 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears could have a historically great defense in 2019 and Lester breaks down why right here...

The arrow is pointing up for Mitch Trubisky - Windy City Gridiron - In this four-part round-table discussion, several of us weigh in on the Chicago Bears quarterback while discussing where he is now, how his development is going, and where we think he’ll end up.

Bear With Me: Predicting the Chicago Bears’ 53-man roster - Windy City Gridiron - With two preseason games down and two left to go, the positional battles for Chicago Bears’ roster spots are beginning to heat up. But who seems to be on track to make the roster? Who needs to show improvement in these last two weeks? Find out in this episode of Bear With Me!

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