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The Bear’s Den: February 12, 2020

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The Bears are fishing around for some answers in the draft and free agency... see what I did there with the picture? Bears? Fishing? I crack myself up sometimes.

Brown Bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, floating and fishing for salmon in the river, Alaska
Ursus arctos horribilis, floating and fishing for salmon in the river
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THE DAILY SPONGIE TJGOBIG SPECIAL

This one’s not quite as bad as yesterday’s... but that just shows us how bad yesterday’s was... How can a great, iconic rock band absolutely destroy a video (and not in a good way?). First, put on a pink cathouse robe with lime green gloves, then add fake tears, fake rain and more hairspray than is quite right even for the 80’s and you come up with a very, very bad video for a decent song...

OK, now here’s a two-for... 80’s hair music, fake rain, but actually a good video and a good song... Kiss, you should have done it the way Dokken did... entirely too much hairspray? Check. Bad 80’s dancing? Check. Horrible 80’s production value? You betcha. But at least they figured out how to make it work... and I ask you, who wouldn’t want to be playing those drums in all that fake rain?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Mitch Trubisky ranks among worst starting quarterbacks of 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - The offseason of Mitch Trubisky’s nightmares continued with NFL.com’s latest QB index.

Could Matt Nagy Be Jameis Winston’s Ticket to Success? - SI.com - The availability of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston seems possible now when it didn’t only a few days ago. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported earlier this week the Bucs interest in Philip Rivers “is legitimate” after the announcement by the Los Angeles Chargers they had parted ways with the veteran quarterback.

Why Signing Case Keenum Makes Good Sense for Bears - SI.com - Case Keenum generally inspires little Bears fan excitement in this current buildup to March free agency, largely due to the way he struggled the last two seasons with two different teams.

Safety Options Available for Bears Even in Down Market - SI.com - The retirement of Eric Weddle is going to be felt by more than the Rams.

Hoge and Jahns: Is Philip Rivers A Fit For The Bears? | WGN Radio - 720 AM - Quarterback Philip Rivers has played for one organization for his entire 16-year career. Yesterday, he and the Chargers announced they would not be reuniting for a 17th season. Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns discuss whether the Bears should be interested in the potential Hall of Fame quarterback. The guys also talk about the debut of the XFL Reboot..

Bears tied for 13th toughest schedule in 2020 - ChicagoBears.com - Based on the 2019 records of their opponents, the Bears are tied for the NFL’s 13th most difficult 2020 schedule. The 16 teams they’ll face combined to post a .508 winning percentage (129-125-2) this past season.

2020 Bears Offseason Outlook: Fixing a Broken Offensive Line Should Be the Priority - Bleacher Nation - Line play took a step back in 2019, but one hole in the lineup stands out above the rest.

Bears Offseason Outlook: Outside Linebacker - 670 The Score - The Bears need more production from their pass rushers in 2020 — notably outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Who will hand Philip Rivers a starting job for 2020? – ProFootballTalk - Soon-to-be-former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers plans to play up to two more years. Before he can play two more years, he needs to play one more year. Before he can play one more year, he needs to find someone who will give him a job.

Does Dak Prescott think he’s worth $40 million per year? – ProFootballTalk - In September, Dak Prescott reportedly turned down a contract that would have paid him roughly $33 million annually. The Cowboys quarterback wanted more. How much more? Russell Wilson’s $35 million per year average set the bar last April, and Patrick Mahomes soon will reset it.

QB Index: Ranking every quarterback to start a game in 2019 - NFL.com - To put a bow on 2019, the QB Index ranked all 57 quarterbacks who started a game. Who joined Lamar Jackson up top? And where do Dak Prescott and Gardner Minshew fit?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFL offseason calendar: Important dates, deadlines for the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The most important dates on the Lions’ offseason calendar, all in one place.

2020 Detroit Lions free agent profiles: Should J.D. McKissic be offered an RFA tender? - Pride Of Detroit - McKissic quietly had a solid year. Should the Lions keep him around again?

Packers 2020 Free Agents: Kyler Fackrell seems destined to depart Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - Given recent investments on the edge, the Packers look unlikely to retain their one free agent pass-rusher.

To avoid regression, Packers offseason must center around adding talent, depth - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay won some close games, succeeded with turnovers, and stayed healthy in 2019. In order to stave off the inevitable turn of luck, Brian Gutekunst has some work to do.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: Is a change at center on the horizon? - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2020 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

Wiltfong & Zimmerman: Will the real Chicago Bears please stand up - Windy City Gridiron - Bill Zimmerman was a guest on The Under Center Podcast from NBC Sports and you can check that out right here.

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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