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The Bear’s Den: January 21, 2020

There’s some really good analysis in today’s Den, and a few takes that are dumber than a sack of hammers.

Wait, is that a color photo of Ditka playing? Nope, this time it’s Ryan Wetnight wearing Ditka’s #89... before it was retired, of course. Wetnight played for 7 seasons in Chicago during the 1990’s.
Ryan Wetnight #89...




Bears a Disappointing 23rd in Rick Gosselin Special Teams Rankings - - The Bears made a complete turnaround in a few key areas of special teams last season. It didn’t allow them to achieve a successful special teams season statistically. Ken’s Note: Seriously? It sure beats Double Doink, bubba!

Bears Show an Interest in Green Bay Quarterback - - The Bears haven’t been able to come up with their own Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre, but they have an opportunity to get a quarterback who grew up in Green Bay following those two.

Free agent TE Eric Ebron continues to show interest in Bears - Bears Wire - Is former Colts TE Eric Ebron be interested in signing with the Bears in free agency? He’s dropping hints that might be the case.

Kyle Long defends his QB: ‘Bears have won with Mitchell Trubisky’ - Bears Wire - For all the flack QB Mitchell Trubisky has received, many have wondered if the Bears can win with him. RG Kyle Long has his answer.

4 pending free agents the Bears need to re-sign - Bears Wire - The Bears can’t re-sign every free agent, but there are some players they need to make it a priority to keep in Chicago.

Should Bears pursue Philip Rivers in free agency? - Bears Wire - Philip Rivers is set to be a top free agent QB. With the Bears in the market for a veteran QB this offseason, should they pursue Rivers?

Devin Hester could be the next Bears Hall of Famer - - Dan Pompei, the Chicago representative on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee, thinks that Devin Hester has a strong case for enshrinement but explains why there may be some hesitancy among voters.

5@5: What Did Championship Sunday Teach Bears? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Ranking the most painful moments for Bears’ fans during the 2020 Championship weekend - NBC Sports Chicago - It was a bad weekend for the Bears and they weren’t even playing. Ken’s Note: This article is a COMPLETE load of crapola. Packers lose, Bears fans rejoice. Period. Any day the Pack is absolutely humiliated on National TV is a GOOD day for Bears fans. A darned good day.

The Bears now have the dubious honor of motivating 49ers’ RB Raheem Mostert’s 4-TD day - NBC Sports Chicago - The running back made a brief appearance with the Bears in 2016.

Akiem Hicks was at the NFC Championship game thinking what every Bears’ fan was thinking - NBC Sports Chicago - He’s not wrong!


Tom Brady ‘open-minded’ about where he could play - - In a recent Westwood One interview, Tom Brady talked further about the 2020 offseason and stated he was “open-minded about the process.”

Winners and losers from the AFC and NFC championship games - Chicago Tribune - Joe Buck on having a famous dad, Bears fans’ rooting interest and Ryan Tannehill’s nose are among the NFL conference championships’ winners and losers.


Helmet Tip on the following tweet to Madmatinc

Report: Browns could hire George Paton as GM this week - Daily Norseman - He had an interview on Saturday

Another Packers season ends losing to the better team, and that’s exactly the problem - Acme Packing Company - We often hear that the Packers have underachieved under Aaron Rodgers, but the truth is they’ve consistently lost in the playoffs to teams that have simply been more talented, better coached, or both. That has to change for the outcomes to change.

Packers Snap Counts, NFC Championship: Green Bay couldn’t stop the run, even in base - Acme Packing Company - The Packers had no answers for the 49ers’ ground game despite putting their big lineup on the field regularly.

Bryan Bulaga knows he may have played his final game for Packers – ProFootballTalk - It crossed Bryan Bulaga's mind pregame, but even more after the 49ers built a 27-0 lead. The veteran right tackle may well have played his final game in a Packers uniform. Bulaga, 30, is scheduled to become a free agent in March after completing a five-year, $33.

49ers run over Packers -- and into Super Bowl -- with superb plan - - Michael Silver reports from Santa Clara, where the San Francisco 49ers obliterated the Green Bay Packers with an unstoppable game plan that punched their ticket to Super Bowl LIV.

There Is No Defense For That Performance - The Head Cheese - The defense had no answers for what Kyle Shanahan was dialing up, appearing to have learned nothing from the first matchup nor last week’s evisceration of the Vikings. Bad angles, missed tackles and a complete befuddlement of what they were facing. It wasn’t a good look for Pettine and his staff and it will be interesting to see the fall out.

Detroit Tigers have drafted more Super Bowl starting QBs than the Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Not a nice fact to point out, Twitter.

2020 Detroit Lions positional breakdown: It’s time to draft an early-round WR - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit has no WRs signed beyond 2020. It’s time to start looking at the draft class.

Super Bowl LIV and the importance of having an elite tight end - Pride Of Detroit - You almost have to have en elite tight end to win the Super Bowl, the Lions could have that guy on the roster.


Infante: Ranking all 119 players at the 2020 Senior Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - With the premier collegiate all-star game just around the corner, let’s rank every single player participating at this year’s Senior Bowl.

Sunderbruch: Young Guns, Part 2 - The Good, the Bad, and the Minshew - Windy City Gridiron - When the old guard retires, which passers are going to be leading the NFL? Well, the AFC championship game was a pretty good preview of years to come.


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