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The Bear’s Den: January 24, 2020

Three Bears are getting ready for the Pro Bowl, while scouts and coaches eyes are locked on this week’s Senior Bowl

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Wood: What Changed in the Passing Game: Volume I - Da Bears Blog - It stands to reason that if the offense was mainly responsible for the Bears’ 2019 regression, and the running game didn’t change all that much, most of the regression came from the passing game. And a quick look at the stats backs that up. In 2018, the Bears were 9th in completion percentage, 18th in yards/attempt, 14th in passer rating, and 10th in sack percentage. In 2019, those ranks fell to 14th, 32nd, 24th, and 23rd.

Wood: What Changed in the Passing Game: Volume II - Da Bears Blog - Yesterday, it was discovered that the pass blocking and drops by pass catchers went from really good to about average.

PFF Pegs Jameis Winston as the One Free Agent for the Bears This Offseason … I Don’t See It - Bleacher Nation - Between free agents, possible trade targets, and draft-eligible prospects, there is no shortage of avenues down which the Chicago Bears can travel to round out. Ken’s Note: I’d say PFF is dumber than a sack of hammers, but in all honesty I don’t want to insult the intelligence of hammers.

Jordan Love is Winning Early at the Senior Bowl - Bleacher Nation - It’s early in the process, but Utah State quarterback Jordan Love is making his presence known at the Senior Bowl. So much so, we can’t help but pay closer

Six QBs Land on Daniel Jeremiah’s Top-50 Big Board, Which Seems Good for the Bears - Bleacher Nation - Daniel Jeremiah is one of the leading voices in NFL Draft coverage. So when the NFL Network guru chimes in with his most recent list of prospect rankings, you

Football remains a family affair for Fullers - - Football and family have always been intertwined in Kyle Fuller’s life, and that will continue to be the case over the next couple weeks at the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.

Woolford, Peppers elected to NC Sports HOF - - Former Bears cornerback Donnell Woolford and defensive end Julius Peppers have been elected to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and will be inducted as part of the Class of 2020 on May 1.

2020 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears look for tight end in class with no obvious stars - Chicago Sun-Times - This could be the first draft since 2016 without a first-round tight end. That’s not such a bad thing for the Bears, who don’t pick until No. 43.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag includes questions about Matt Nagy's new offensive coaching staff, the 49ers' powerful run game, training-camp competition for Mitch Trubisky and which team might appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks."

Lake Forest area hoping for increased tourism with Bears’ training camp move to Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears’ announcement to host training camp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest definitely will bring more tourists to the city, officials say.

Chicago Bears’ three Pro Bowl participants had loftier goals - Chicago Sun-Times - Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller and Cordarrelle Patterson had Super Bowl expectations for the team — and Pro Bowl expectations for themselves. They were proven half-right.

The Chicago Audible's Report From the Senior Bowl - The Chicago Audible - Listen as The Chicago Audible's Nicholas Moreano shares his report from the Senior Bowl.

Where does Ryan Pace have the Bears after half a decade at the helm? - NBC Sports Chicago - There's a lot of good, and a lot of bad. But does one outweigh the other?

Bears showing strong interest in Dayton TE Adam Trautman - NBC Sports Chicago - Dayton TE Adam Trautman made a strong impression on Bears scouts at the 2020 Senior Bowl.

The Toughest Call for Bears is an Either-Or Situation -
- The most difficult decision facing the Bears before the March 18 free agency period is deciding between signing backup linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski or signing starter Danny Trevathan.

The A.J. Green Bears Talked to Isn't Andy Dalton's Receiver - - The Bears held an interview with A.J. Green and this shouldn't be used as more proof they're planning to bring in Andy Dalton at quarterback, although that could certainly happen.

Ryan Pace and Bears' Raheem Mostert Blame Game - - Throwing blame at Ryan Pace for Raheem Mostert getting away from the Bears seems a little like looking with a microscope for things to blame on the Bears' general manager.

Quick Hits: NFL star discusses Patterson, Payton - - Eight-time Pro Bowler Matthew Slater of the Patriots sees former teammate Cordarrelle Patterson as a great return specialist and gunner. Slater also reflects on his Hall of Fame father blocking for Walter Payton in college. This and more from the Pro Bowl


Jimmy Garoppolo on critics: “I hear all the stuff” – ProFootballTalk - 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has become a pin cushion of sorts this season, with criticism regarding his play being accentuated by a seemingly conscious decision by coach Kyle Shanahan to skew the offensive attack heavily toward the run, after several ill-advised near-miss throws in the divisio...

Drew Brees will “take a deep breath” before making 2020 decision – ProFootballTalk - Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t ready to talk about his plans for the 2020 season right after the Saints’ playoff loss to the Vikings earlier this month and he’s not saying when he’ll be ready to cross that bridge.

QB Index: Brady to Chargers? Landing spots for top free agents - - Will Dak Prescott stay in Dallas? Might Tom Brady head west? Where could Philip Rivers end up? See logical landing spots for the top eight free-agent quarterbacks.


Darius Slay honors memory of Marvin Jones’ son with Pro Bowl cleats - Pride Of Detroit - Classy move from Darius Slay.

Senior Bowl Day 3 practices live updates, open thread - Pride Of Detroit - Live updates from Mobile as the final day of practices from Senior Bowl 2020 kick off.

Bob Quinn, Detroit Lions taking their time with personnel decisions - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions aren’t rushing into any decisions with their personnel.

Detroit Lions 2020 free agent profile: Should A’Shawn Robinson be re-signed? - Pride Of Detroit - Robinson hasn’t had a great Lions career, but Detroit may be desperate this offseason.

Report: Gary Kubiak to be named Offensive Coordinator - Daily Norseman - He will slide over from his assistant head coach position

Packers sign entire practice squad to futures contracts for 2020 - Acme Packing Company - Ten more players will be back in Green Bay for the upcoming offseason.


Infante: 2020 Senior Bowl - Recapping Day 3 of practices - Windy City Gridiron - Practices were moved indoors for Thursday’s action, which saw some players continue to boost their stock.

Zeglinski: A late-round quarterback won’t elevate the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Mine for championship gold later in the draft and you’ll find pyrite.

Schmitz & Snyder's BWM: Should the Chicago Bears draft a guard in the 2nd round? - Windy City Gridiron - On this episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. brings on WCG’s own Senior Bowl live correspondent EJ Snyder to talk through the Bears draft needs, standout prospects, and everything in between. Check it out!


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