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The Bear’s Den, January 15, 2020

The Chicago Bears dump Bourbonnais for training camp, moving pre-season operations to Halas Hall

Ken’s Note: Any Neil Peart fans who are also Audible listeners. Audible is offering, FREE, his entire library of audiobooks until the 28th. Free to read, but Audible/Amazon are still paying his family their fees.

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Neil Peart was as good of an author as he was a drummer, so grab onto this one


What better way to recognize the Bears moving on from training camp at Bourbonnais than a song by Sharon Bourbonnais named “Move On.” Ken’s Note: I go to the deepest, darkest cracks and crevasses of the internet to find this kind of stuff for you folks, you know that, right?



Titans Give Reason For Hope, If Pace Is Willing to Admit Mistake - Da Bears Blog - Purgatory. The team had just finished a season in which they finished third in their division, with the 27th-best scoring offense and third best defense. Against all odds, they had made the playoffs the year before, but they were stuck.

Bears To Move Training Camp To Halas Hall In 2020 - 670 The Score - The Bears will move their training camp to the home base of Halas Hall, ending an 18-year run in Bourbonnais.

Emma: Change For Bears’ Offense Still Starts With Matt Nagy - 670 The Score - In Bill Lazor, the Bears hired an offensive coordinator similar to Matt Nagy. So instead of looking for something new, Nagy brought in more of the same.

5@5: Will Bill Lazor Change Bears’ Fortunes? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Report: Brad Childress Leaving Bears - 670 The Score - A mentor of Bears coach Matt Nagy is leaving his staff.

Bears’ 2019 position review: Linebacker - - Outside linebacker Khalil Mack earned Pro Bowl honors for the second time in as many seasons with the Bears after leading the team with 8.5 sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, five forced fumbles and 14 quarterback hits.

5 Bears among top college players of all time - - Five Bears Hall of Famers, including back-to-back 1965 first-round picks Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, are ranked by ESPN among the top 16 college football players of all time.

Chicago Bears greats Gary Fencik, Doug Plank talk concussions - Chicago Tribune - Referring to their style of play and history of concussions, Gary Fencik said: “Let’s put it this way, Doug, if either one of us gets CTE, nobody’s going to go: ‘Really? Really? What a shock.’ ”

Chicago Bears move training camp to Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will move their entire training camp to Halas Hall in Lake Forest starting this summer, the team announced Tuesday.

Brad Childress won't return to Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - As Matt Nagy and the Bears continue a shake up on their offensive coaching staff, senior assistant Brad Childress has made it known he will not be back in 2020.

The Good the Bad and the ‘Eh’ of Bill Lazor - Chicago Audible Blog - The Chicago Bears hired Bill Lazor to be their next offensive coordinator, in a move that doesn't actually matter.

Would the Bears avoid signing Marcus Mariota because he shares an agent with Trubisky? - NBC Sports Chicago - Don't forget there's only 60 days until any of this actually matters!!

Maybe Bill Lazor can help the Bears, but it's still Matt Nagy's offense to fix - NBC Sports Chicago - Lazor's coached to mix results, but that's kind of beside the point. This is Nagy's offense to fix.

Brad Childress, who *was* actually working for the Bears, is no longer working for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - He had been an offensive consultant for two seasons.

Bears Season in Review: Anthony Miller - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller's 2019 season fell short of expectations despite a strong finish to the year.

Will Andy Dalton follow offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to the Bears? - NBC Sports Chicago - Will Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's history with Andy Dalton lead to the Bears trading for the Bengals quarterback?

Bears moving training camp back to Halas Hall - - Beginning this summer, the Bears will conduct their entire training camp at Halas Hall, the team’s state-of-the-art facility in Lake Forest, ending an 18-year stint in Bourbonnais.

Bears training camp moving to Halas Hall from Bourbonnais - Chicago Sun-Times - Keeping training camp at home will allow the Bears to use their typical locker room, training table, weight room and rehab facilities, all of which were upgraded by recent construction.

Chicago Bears podcast: The Bears have a coordinator! - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears might be done on the field, but Halas Intrigue marches on.

Christmas donation from Bears’ Khalil Mack mishandled by Walmart - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears linebacker’s foundation donated $80,000 to pay for Christmas gifts in his Florida hometown.

Brad Childress won’t return as Bears consultant - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ offensive coaching overhaul won’t include Brad Childress.


Antonio Gates announces his retirement – ProFootballTalk - Antonio Gates didn't play football in 2019, but he never formally announced his retirement. That changed on Tuesday. In a post to social media, Gates made the end of his playing days official.

Tua Tagovailoa expected to be healthy, throwing by April – ProFootballTalk - NFL teams in need of a quarterback have questions about Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was expected to be a high first-round choice until he injured his hip in a Nov. 16 game against Mississippi State. But Tagovailoa's agent, Leigh Steinberg, offered good news Tuesday.

NFL community reacts to Luke Kuechly's retirement - - Luke Kuechly's decision to retire at 28 years old was met with an outpouring of support and congratulatory messages from Panthers, active and former, and players around the league.

LSU's Joe Brady agrees to become Panthers OC - - LSU assistant Joe Brady has agreed to terms to join the Carolina Panthers as offensive coordinator under new coach Matt Rhule, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Raiders fire Brentson Buckner, set to hire Rod Marinelli - - Brentson Buckner has been fired by the Raiders as DL coach and is expected to be replaced by Rod Marinelli, NFL Network's Jim Trotter reported Tuesday.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring after eight seasons - Cat Scratch Reader - There are no words to say right now but these: Thank you, Luke.

Derrick Henry ran over the Chiefs in the regular season, rematch looms – ProFootballTalk - When the Titans beat the Chiefs in the regular season, Derrick Henry led the way. If the Titans are going to upset the Chiefs again on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, they’ll be counting on Henry to get the job done again.

Luke Kuechly announces retirement – ProFootballTalk - The Panthers have had a good week . . . until Tuesday night. That’s when Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly announced his retirement. “I think now is the right chance for me to move on,” Kuechly said, via Max Henson of the team website.


Does Jeff Driskel deserve another shot at the Lions’ backup QB job? - Pride Of Detroit - Did Jeff Driskel do enough in his three-game audition to warrant a new contract in Detroit?

Unbelievable! - Eliminated - Daily Norseman - BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Vikings’ loss to the 49ers in the divisional round of the postseason.

It’s the two-year anniversary of the Minneapolis Miracle, so let’s watch it again - Daily Norseman - Because it’s still awesome

Packers pass rush caught fire at right time and must affect game against 49ers - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay’s ferocious front got after Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, requiring some heroics from Wilson to make plays. If the Packers can pressure Jimmy Garoppolo the same way, it could swing the game.


Householder: Chicago Bears move training camp to Halas Hall - Windy City Gridiron - The end of open practices are over as the Bears announce the move to their recently renovated home facility

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our 10 Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section!

Wiltfong: Brad Childress is leaving the Bears coaching staff - Windy City Gridiron - Brad Childress, who was the Chicago Bears Offensive Analyst in 2018 and their Senior Offensive Assistant in 2019, has informed head coach Matt Nagy that he will not be returning to the coaching...


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