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The Bear’s Den, January 2, 2020

All the news plus a picture of Mitchell Trubisky leading his teammates into a long dark tunnel.*

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
Viking & Lions killer Mitchell Trubisky heads to the locker room after winning yet again in Minnesota. Skolded.
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Zeglinski: A needle in the Bears’ depressing stack: Allen Robinson – The Rock River Times - Robinson gave the Bears something to look forward to.

DT Nick Williams saves career, likely exceeds Bears’ budget in free agency - Chicago Sun-Times - Williams was a “street free agent,” two years ago, but he’s headed for the best payday of his career after finishing second in sacks for the Bears.

Chicago Bears to name Juan Castillo offensive line coach: report - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy didn’t take long to find a new offensive line coach.

Overhyped Chicago Bears blew their momentum in the 2019 season — and they won’t get it back easily - Chicago Sun-Times - The time was now. And now? The team was so off-the-mark, so irrelevant by midseason, that fans will have to see progress to believe it.

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace’s belief in Mitch Trubisky is strong, but is it real? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ GM is noted for playing it close to the vest and not giving away information that would tip his hand. So maybe — just maybe — his support of Trubisky is more fluid than it appears.

Why the Bears are sticking with Eddy Pineiro and 4 other things we learned at Halas Hall this week - Chicago Tribune - After an action-packed search for a kicker in 2019, the Bears feel confident in the growth kicker Eddy Pineiro made. Plus the Bears brass’ thoughts on Leonard Floyd, Tarik Cohen, the offensive line and Khalil Mack.

Chicago Bears to hire Juan Castillo as line coach - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy moved quickly Wednesday to fill vacancies on his staff, hiring veteran coach Juan Castillo to oversee the offensive line.

The Bears are reportedly hiring Juan Castillo to be the new offensive line coach - NBC Sports Chicago - The team didn’t wait long to fill the vacancy.

Report: Bears To Name Juan Castillo New Offensive Line Coach - 670 The Score - A day after dismissing four assistant coaches, the Bears added a new one. Chicago will name Juan Castillo its new offensive line coach, the NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Bears defense reason Chicago should be optimistic heading into 2020 - Bears Wire - When grasping for any sort of optimism, the Bears should feel optimistic about their defense heading into 2020.

Nick Williams will ‘have fun in free agency,’ wants to remain w/ Bears - Bears Wire - Bears DT Nick Williams burst onto the NFL scene in 2019, which should bring suitors for him in free agency. But he’d prefer to stay put.

Dave Ragone Rates Among Best Bears OC Options - - Hiring a new offensive coordinator becomes a crucial, all-out search for most teams.

Hoge: So The Bears Went 8-8 - Now What? - WGN Radio - There are problems to fix and it all starts Monday. Here’s what you should be looking for.

Ryan Pace says Mitch Trubisky will remain Bears’ starting QB in 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears GM Ryan Pace addressed the future of his hand-picked quarterback at the end-of-season press conference.

Mitch Trubisky will be Bears’ starter in 2020, which should surprise no one - NBC Sports Chicago - While Mitch Trubisky hasn’t shown much consistency under center, GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy have consistently shown faith in him.

Bears All-Decade Team: Khalil Mack, Julius Peppers on the edge - NBC Sports Chicago - Julius Peppers, Khalil Mack lead the way for the Bears All-Decade Team edge defenders.

Timeline of key Bears events over last decade - - With the calendar flipping to 2020, here’s a look back at significant events involving the Bears over the last decade, including Brian Urlacher’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Rozner: Welcome to Year 6 of Bears rebuild - Daily Herald - As the Bears said goodbye to 2019, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy expressed complete confidence in Mitch Trubisky. And all is well at Halas Hall. Ken’s Note: Well, most “rebuilds” don’t involve a 20-12 record in the last two years of it still being considered “rebuild”, but go on and clickbait it, Barry, it’s what you do. I get being dissatisfied with this year’s outcome... we ALL are unhappy about it... but to say this has been a non-stop rebuild is just daft.

Ep. 114: Week 17 Recap - Bears @ Vikings - Bear Down Girl Podcast - A lot of news broke today, so I spend the beginning portion of the episode discussing all of the recent news. I then breakdown all that happened in the last game of the season for the Bears.

Bears All-Decade Team: Charles Tillman, Eddie Jackson highlight secondary picks - NBC Sports Chicago - Charles Tillman, Eddie Jackson highlight the Bears All-Decade Team secondary.


Conspiracy season: A big Sooners de-commit happened... is Lincoln Riley leaving? If so, where’s he going? - Blogging The Boys - Do you think it - as in IT - is happening?


Are you satisfied with the Detroit Lions’ coaching changes? - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions fired six coaches on Tuesday.

NFC Playoff Predictor: Updated - Daily Norseman - A couple weeks ago I did a piece on predicting NFC playoff success, based on a few stats that have had a strong correlation to playoff success: seeding, point differential, ANY/A, and overall team...

Kirk Cousins is back to getting no respect – ProFootballTalk - After a Week Four loss at Chicago, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had become a full-blown pincushion for criticism. He heard it, he got angry about it, and it carried him through much of the season (and it got him a call from the President).


Infante: Bears hire Juan Castillo as offensive line coach - Windy City Gridiron - Castillo brings ample experience to the Bears’ coaching staff.

Witfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2019: Week 17 vs. the Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - Lester breaks down all 4 of the sacks the Bears allowed against the Vikings.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2020 opponents - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL’s 2019 regular season completed, the 2020 opponents for the Chicago Bears have been determined. The Bears will be playing their usual six division games, as well as the AFC South, the...


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