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The Bear’s Den: January 23, 2020

All NFL scouting eyes are on this week’s Senior Bowl, as several potential Bears draft picks compete & interview

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Walter Payton (34) leaves the field with QB Jim McMahon (9) after the Bears beat Tampa Bay at Soldier Field on Sept. 8, 1985 in the season opener.
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Senior Bowl Players Bears Fans Should Watch: Defense - Chicago Audible Blog - With such a great opportunity to watch some draft prospects on the field, here are the defensive players Bears Fans should pay attention to.

Bears Season in Review: Offensive line - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears’ offensive line was a big letdown in 2019, but don’t expect big changes for the 2020 season.

Von Miller offers a pass rusher’s opinion of Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - Broncos star pass rusher Von Miller said Bears QB Mitch Trubisky isn’t as bad as you think.

Pro Bowl is nice, but Eddie Jackson aiming higher - - Eddie Jackson greatly appreciates being voted to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season. But the Bears safety would prefer to be playing in the other “bowl” game a week from Sunday in Miami Gardens.

Cordarrelle Patterson latest in line of great Bears returners - - Cordarrelle Patterson, who’s making the third Pro Bowl appearance of his career this week in Orlando, is the latest in an impressive lineage of great Bears return specialists.

Chalk Talk: Should Jay Hilgenberg be in HOF? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether former Bears center Jay Hilgenberg deserves to be elected to the Hall of Fame, if a player who retires is factored into the compensatory draft pick formula and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s work with qu

Free Agent Safety Squeeze Points Bears Toward Draft - - HaHa Clinton Dix replacement?

Potential Bears QB Draft Target Jalen Hurts Has Received Some Mixed Reviews - Bleacher Nation - Jalen Hurts has received plenty of praise from high places this winter. For example, Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor lauded Hurts for the success he’s had along

Bears QB’s one of NFL’s most underperforming units of 2019: 10 big problem areas - - Looking across the NFL, which teams had a position group that couldn’t get out of its own way? Cynthia Frelund identifies 10 specific units that significantly underperformed in 2019.

2020 NFL Draft: Utah State QB Jordan Love aspires to be Patrick Mahomes 2.0 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears should keep a close eye on Love. While some analysts see him as a mid-first-rounder, others believe he could be available when their selections come up in Round 2.

Who will Chicago Bears sign as Mitch Trubisky’s backup? - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace expressed confidence in quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but he also left open the possibility of adding a backup quarterback capable of stepping in and winning games.

Zeglinski: The same, tired lessons of January – The Rock River Times - The NFL runs on a quite different path in direct juxtaposition to human existence.


Team chairman Steve Tisch: Eli Manning “will always be a giant among Giants” – ProFootballTalk - An earlier report beat the team to their own news, but the Giants confirmed Eli Manning has decided to retire. Manning will hold a news conference Friday, but the Giants showered the quarterback with praise Wednesday.

Eli Manning will hold Friday retirement press conference – ProFootballTalk - Eli Manning’s NFL career appears to have reached the end. ESPN reports that the Giants quarterback will hold a news conference Friday to announce his retirement. It is not a surprise as signs have pointed toward Manning calling it quits.

Dolphins GM ‘fully expects’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back - - Just when it seemed that 37-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was on his way out, Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has indicated that this may not be the case.


Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins to participate in Pro Bowl Skills Showdown - Daily Norseman - A bit of fun for two of the Vikings’ stars

Mike Pettine will remain the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator, per report - Acme Packing Company - Concerns about Pettine’s job being in jeopardy were short-lived. Ken's Note: Outstanding news for Bears fans!

49ers created offseason plan for Packers by exposing Green Bay’s weaknesses - Acme Packing Company - The lights shined too brightly on the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. The pressure and the outstanding coaching of the 49ers showed precisely where Green Bay must improve to compete.

The Detroit Lions’ ‘shorthanded’ coaching staff at the Senior Bowl is no big deal - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions may not have made all their coaching hires, but that shouldn’t bother you.

Senior Bowl Day 1 observation recaps: Arise, Javon Kinlaw - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the biggest notes from Tuesday’s set of practices.

Matt Patricia explains hiring of DC Cory Undlin, ST coordinator Brayden Coombs - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s why the Lions made their two coordinator hires this year.

Detroit Lions haven’t made decision on who’s calling defensive plays - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions defensive coordinator spoke about his philosophy, but wouldn’t say if he’s calling plays yet.


Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Bears get a tight end and pass rusher - Windy City Gridiron - In this recent mock draft from Bobby Sylvester of the Fantasy Pros, he has the Chicago Bears addressing two need positions with their two second round picks. With the 43rd overall pick, the one the...

Wiltfong: NFL Insider predicts Andy Dalton to the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - ... but considering the source, we can probably cross Dalton off the Bears’ list of options. Ken's Note: LaCanfora Alert!


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