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The Bear’s Den: February 1, 2020

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It’s Super Bowl Weekend for you, for me, and for the newly permanently retired Kyle Long

Chicago Bears Equipment Manager Tony Medlin leads the annual Bears Coat Drive until February 28. Coats can be left at Chicagoland Jewel-Osco locations

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

SUPER BOWL STUFF & BEARRRSSSS

Allen Robinson says he wants to play the rest of his career in Chicago -| NBC Sports Chicago - Wide receiver Allen Robinson said he wants to retire as a Bear, and it’s up to GM Ryan Pace to make sure he does.

Why Bears Must Consider Keeping 3 QBs on Roster - SI.com - The last time the Chicago Bears started a regular season with three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, they were just coming off an appearance in the NFC championship game.

The One Chicago Bear Who Most Deserves a New Deal - SI.com - While the Chicago Bears begin prioritizing how to spend their salary cap money with their own free agents or others, they also have to set aside money for players they want to keep whose contracts expire after the 2020 season.

DeFilippo Sees Chance for Mitchell Trubisky to Improve - SI.com - New Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo doesn’t view Mitchell Trubisky as some sort of rehab project.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Everything You Need To Know From Super Bowl LIV - WGN Radio - As has become an annual tradition, WGN Radio was camped out at Radio Row — this year held at the Miami Beach Convention Center — and conducted many interviews, both with current and former Bears, as well as other important figures around the NFL. Here’s what you need to know from Miami.

Ranking former Bears most deserving of HOF - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer lists the former Bears players he thinks most deserve to be considered for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Bears linebacker returns to Super Bowl - ChicagoBears.com - Rod Wilson was a Bears linebacker in 2006 when he suffered an injury in practice two days before Super Bowl XLI that prevented him from playing in the big game. Thirteen years later he has a second chance to win a championship ring in the same stadium as

Bears Coat drive continues through Feb. 28 - ChicagoBears.com - Fans can donate new and gently used coats at 188 participating Jewel-Osco locations throughout Chicagoland through Feb. 28.

49ers, Chiefs injury-free heading into Super Bowl LIV - NFL.com - All San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs players previously on the injury reports were full participants in Friday's practice. There are no game-day designations heading into Sunday.

Super Bowl LIV: With Patriots reeling, will Sunday produce the NFL’s next dynasty? - Chicago Sun-Times - As with any monster movie villain, it’s foolish to bury the Patriots before the doctor declares them dead. But their dynasty is on life support. The Bears, and 30 other teams, can see in the distance a long-awaited opening.

Super Bowl LIV: Watching Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes while pondering Bears, Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - It will be impossible to view Sunday’s game without pondering an alternate history, one with Mahomes in a Bears jersey.

‘Very Cavallari’ recap, episode 304: Jay Cutler, Zach Miller reunite - Chicago Sun-Times - Kristin Cavallari reminisces with her mother about her bad-girl past, and Jay Cutler tells a former teammate about his lazy present.

Ex-Bears Jay Cutler, Zach Miller talk retired life on 'Very Cavallari' - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears players Zach Miller and Jay Cutler talk about retired life on Thursday's episode of "Very Cavallari."

Tarik Cohen Must Be Held to Higher Expectations in 2020 - Chicago Audible Blog - With Tarik Cohen getting a pay raise for the upcoming season, the Bears' organization and its fans should expect Cohen to be more of a playmaker in 2020.

Super Bowl LIV: 54 things for Chicago fans to know - Chicago Tribune - The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will meet in the Super Bowl at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (FOX).

Under Center Podcast: Live from Radio Row in Miami for Super Bowl LIV with Jordy Nelson - NBC Sports Chicago - On the final day of Super Bowl week from Radio Row, Laurence Holmes is joined by a guy who plagued the Bears for years: Jordy Nelson

Boomer Esiason says Bears would be perfect fit for Andy Dalton - NBC Sports Chicago - Former NFL quarterback and media personality Boomer Esiason sees the Bears as a fit for Andy Dalton.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ryan Fitzpatrick to play in 2020, likely with Dolphins - NFL.com - Ryan Fitzpatrick is returning for another season. The veteran QB confirmed to Ian Rapoport he plans to play in 2020, and a reunion with the Dolphins is expected.

Tom Brady to Miami rumors keep gaining steam – ProFootballTalk - Tom Brady’s deliberate decision to send a cryptic message about his coming-or-going football future has sparked even more speculation about a situation that already was rife with it. It also has fueled rumors regarding where Brady may play, if he doesn’t play for the Patriots.

Drew Brees: If Taysom Hill taking 30 snaps helps us win, I’m all for it – ProFootballTalk - Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t decided if he’s playing or retiring in 2020, and no one knows if restricted free agent Taysom Hill will remain in New Orleans. But if Brees and Hill are both Saints this year, Brees will be happy to share the workload.

Taysom Hill: Grateful Sean Payton, Drew Brees had a vision for how to use me – ProFootballTalk - The future of the quarterback position in New Orleans has been a popular topic since their season came to an end. Drew Brees is contemplating his playing future, Teddy Bridgewater is an impending unrestricted free agent and Taysom Hill is headed for restricted free agency, so there’s a lot of bal...

Drew Brees on future: ‘I want it to be on my own terms’ - NFL.com - Drew Brees got the chance to speak for himself Friday and echoed coach Sean Payton’s sentiments, explaining the many factors that go into his decision-making process after completing his 19th season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions confirm Tyrone McKenzie is on coaching staff, but role still undefined - Pride Of Detroit - The former Patriots linebacker is officially on staff.

2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma - Acme Packing Company - Is there a chance that Murray, arguably the top off-ball linebacker in the draft, could slip to the Packers at 30?

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: Kyle Long - Retirement from Chicago Bears is permanent - Windy City Gridiron - Kyle Long tells the Bears Banter Podcast he’s not coming back.

Wiltfong: Ex-Bears players and coaches are all over the XFL, so will you watch? - Windy City Gridiron - All eight teams in the XFL have a connection to the Chicago Bears, and we spotlight them here, so will you be watching, and if so, who will you be rooting for (or against)?

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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