THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL
BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
DiCaro: Lester Wiltfong Jr. interview (Hour 1) - Julie DiCaro Show - Omny.fm - In the first hour, Julie DiCaro was joined by Lester Wiltfong Jr. of Windy City Gridiron to discuss the latest Bears storylines, including the recent additions to coach Matt Nagy’s offensive staff.
PFF: Bears’ biggest need is finding QB to replace Mitchell Trubisky - Bears Wire - There’s no doubt that the Bears need to address the quarterback position this offseason through free agency and/or the NFL Draft. Ken’s Note: PFF is down on Trubisky? Who knew?
Kyle Long says stepping away was ‘easiest decision I’ve ever made’ - Bears Wire - Bears OL Kyle Long said stepping back from the NFL was the easiest decision he’s ever made as he didn’t recognize the player on film.
Could the Bears play another international game in 2020? - Bears Wire - Although it’s rare for an NFL team to play an international game in consecutive years, there’s a possibility the Bears could in 2020.
Should the Bears re-sign ILB Danny Trevathan? - Bears Wire - While extending Danny Trevathan looked to be an easy decision early on for the Bears, Nick Kwiatkoski’s performance changed things.
Covert was part of Bears’ remarkable 1983 draft - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears left tackle Jimbo Covert, who on Wednesday was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was part of a 1983 draft class that produced seven starters on the 1985 Super Bowl XX championship team.
Nagy announces additions to coaching staff - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy on Thursday announced the additions of Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator and John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach, as well as the promotion of Dave Ragone from quarterbacks coach to pass game coordinator.
Getting to Know New Bears Quarterbacks Coach John DeFilippo - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears ended the 2019 season firing a handful of assistant coaches, and have since filled those vacancies with new coaches who will bring new voices
Chicago Bears podcast: Coaching staff changes - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the Bears' newsy offseason week, starting with Matt Nagy’s changes to his offensive coaching staff.
Bears’ training camp move a ‘devastating’ blow to Bourbonnais - Chicago Tribune - The Bears decision to move training camp to Lake Forest is a "devastating" blow to the economy and image of Bourbonnais, the team's summer home for the past 18 seasons.
How Bears Stack Up Against NFC North Champ Packers - SI.com - They don’t.
How Packers Taking Adrian Amos Really Affected Bears - SI.com - Adrian Amos made Green Bay’s defense better.
DeFilippo's Past Says Bears Made Wise QB Coaching Hire - SI.com - Check out his career.
The One Draft Pick Who Could Rescue Bears Offense - SI.com - Or so SI.com claims, anyway...
Bears Hire Bill Lazor & John DeFilippo, Move Training Camp, And Our Annual Awards Show - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys discuss the two new hires on offense, the relocation of Bears Camp, and more including their annual awards.
Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason - NBC Sports Chicago - The 2020 NFL offseason is upon us, and with it comes the hope for a better tomorrow for all but one team across the league. First up is free agency, which kicks off on March 16, when teams can begin negotiating with contract terms with free agents. Signings become official on March 18.
Matt Nagy listed among coaches on the hot seat in 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy has gone from Coach of the Year to appearing on a list of coaches on the hot seat entering next season.
Bears would do well to follow the Titans model - Bears WIre - If the Bears want to ensure a return to the playoffs, they should look no further than the Titans, who did the right thing at the QB spot.
Chiefs installed as slim favorite in Super Bowl LIV – ProFootballTalk - The 49ers dominated on Sunday night. Las Vegas thinks that won’t be the case in Miami two weeks from now. The Chiefs have been installed as the early favorite for Super Bowl LIV, with the line starting at minus-1 and already moving to minus-1.5.
Philip Rivers and family leave San Diego, move to Florida – ProFootballTalk - Soon-to-be free agent quarterback Philip Rivers often talks about the importance of spending time with his wife and nine children. When the Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, Rivers and his family stayed put, and he made the long commute to the team facility each day because he thought it...
Signs point clearly to Eli Manning walking away from the NFL – ProFootballTalk - The Giants have no place for him as a starter, and he’s not interested in being a backup. Unless he’s interested in changing teams (and unless a team is interested in signing him to be its starter), Eli Manning’s playing career undoubtedly is over.
Ryan Tannehill earns millions in incentives after career year - NFL.com - Ryan Tannehill’s season in Tennessee has paid off big for the Titans and it’s also paid off for the quarterback, who’s hauling in some nice incentives along with his success.
Lessons the Bears can learn from the NFL’s final 4 teams - Chicago Sun-Times - For the 12th time in 13 years, the Bears are spending championship weekend on the couch. Here’s what they can learn from the four teams — the AFC’s Titans and Chiefs and the NFC’s 49ers and Packers — set to play for Super Bowl berths Sunday:
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Should the Lions select Isaiah Simmons with the third overall pick? - Pride Of Detroit - It’s hard to draft a player that isn’t eligible (yet), but what if he declares?
2020 Detroit Lions positional breakdown: Is the tight end problem fixed yet? - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have a big choice to make at tight end, but it has nothing to do with personnel.
Thaddeus Moss declares for 2020 NFL Draft - Daily Norseman - You may have heard of his father
Aaron Rodgers: “This window is open for us” – ProFootballTalk - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is far closer to the end of his career than the beginning of it, and he seemed to be keenly aware of his football mortality last weekend, when the Packers advanced to what became his fourth career NFC Championship.
49ers mash Packers on the ground, win NFC Championship Game rematch 37-20 - Acme Packing Company - Kyle Shanahan said this game would be different than the Week 12 throttling of the Packers. Davante Adams said he liked the Packers plan to attack the 49ers defense. They were both wrong, but this was even worse for Green Bay in an embarrassing end to an encouraging season.
49ers trounce Packers en route to Super Bowl LIV - NFL.com - The San Francisco 49ers ran out to a 27-point halftime lead and left the Green Bay Packers behind for a resounding 37-20 NFC Championship Game win on Sunday en route to Super Bowl LIV. Ken’s Note: The words “trounce Packers” were born to be together.
Jimmy Garoppolo throws only eight passes vs. Packers - NFL.com - Kyle Shanahan’s rushing attack so overwhelmed in a 37-20 bulldozing of the Packers in the NFC Championship Game that Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t need to do much pigskin tossing.
IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Wiltfong & Snyder's Scouting the Senior Bowl: Who would fit in with the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Lester is joined by our lead draft analyst, EJ Snyder, to discuss some potential Bears draft picks that will be playing in the Senior Bowl.
Wiltfong: Bears announce coaching changes and promotions - Windy City Gridiron - Yesterday Chicago Bears head coach Mat Nagy officially announced several new changes and promotions to his coaching staff.
Wiltfong & Zimmerman: Riley Ridley on his rookie year & Jimbo Covert on his call to the Hall - Windy City Gridiron - In Bill Zimmerman’s latest must listen Bears Banter Podcast, he’s joined by both Riley Ridley and Jimbo Covert!
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