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The Bear’s Den: February 13, 2020

It’s the offseason and what do we do during the offseason? We peer out at the world from The Bear’s Den...

Black bear “Honey” from Malta in Osnabrück Zoo
Yeah, it’s the offseason... we know how you feel, black bear.
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Approaching the Quarterback Position for 2020 Volume I: The Possible Approaches - Da Bears Blog - Truth is, the Bears do not have a lot of approach options at quarterback for 2020 because there are only three ways to attain a player in the league. Sign. Trade. Draft. And two aren’t very good for this coming season. Let’s take them in reverse order.

What’s the fit? Breaking down Marcus Mariota and the Bears - 247Sports - We break down the fit for the Chicago Bears with quarterback Marcus Mariota and the chances he lands in the Windy City this offseason.

2020 NFL Offseason: Fixing the Tight End Problem For the Bears - 247Sports - We break down how the Chicago Bears can fix the tight end position in this key 2020 offseason for the franchise.

Does Bears Offense Need to Bring in a Real Fullback? - - Matt Nagy’s offense operates out of the shotgun and only occasionally would have need to line up an extra blocker in the backfield, but a fullback could make their running game function better in specific situations

Bears’ 2019 rookie class ranked 3rd-best in NFC North - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need bigger returns from this year’s rookie class than they received from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Chicago Bears free agent focus: Teddy Bridgewater - Yahoo Sports - New Orleans Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater could be the ideal free-agent target for the Bears this offseason.

Kyle Long: Mitchell Trubisky Can Succeed With Support - 670 The Score - As a player last season, guard Kyle Long believed the Bears’ offensive struggles were a collective issue and not due to any single individual. That’s why he still believes in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after an inconsistent year — assuming Trusbisky receives the right support.

Bears Offseason Outlook: Inside Linebacker - 670 The Score - The Bears have a pair of decisions looming at inside linebacker this offseason. They appear set to pick between the respective price tags of free agents-to-be Nick Kwiatkoski and Danny Trevathan as they weigh who will line up to Roquan Smith in 2020.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions. In this week's mailbag: Considering a trade for Khalil Mack, how to fix the offense (hint: it starts with the quarterback) and big storylines to watch this offseason.

Zeglinski: Usher in a new guard - Interior OL a Bears’ soft spot – The Rock River Times - Offensive line construction, like offensive line play, is simple.

Here's how the Bears could end up with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston - NBC Sports Chicago - Jameis Winston to the Bears? Here's how it could happen.

Chicago Bears Free-Agent Focus: Austin Hooper - NBC Sports Chicago - Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper should be a priority target for Bears GM Ryan Pace in free agency.

Why Mitch Trubisky Will Bounce Back in 2020 – On Tap Sports Net - Some love to hate Mitchell Trubisky and some still think there is potential for the kid. Much of his future depends on the improvements he makes this offseason and Matt Nagy’s ability to recover from a rough year of play-calling.

Deal or No Deal: Bears "Listening" to Khalil Mack Trade Offers – On Tap Sports Net - We’ll be taking all of this with a grain of salt, but let’s explore this claim through a hypothetical lens.

Matt Nagy Needs to Adjust to his Personnel for the Bears' Offense to Click – On Tap Sports Net - Matt Nagy hasn’t adjusted his running scheme to play into his personnel’s strengths, and that needs to change in 2020 for the Bears to find success.

Reasons Why Khalil Mack's Sack Total Could Explode - - It's probably a tossup for Khalil Mack which he dislikes more: Being triple-team blocked or talking to reporters each Friday in front of his locker.

Who are best Bears never to make Pro Bowl? - - We want to know who you think are the best players in Bears history who never made a Pro Bowl. Rank our list of 10 players and we’ll reveal those results—along with senior writer Larry Mayer’s rankings—next week.

Chalk Talk: How often has Nagy reached playoffs? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how many times Matt Nagy has made the playoffs as an NFL coach, players who remain with the Bears who were acquired before Ryan Pace became general manager and former Bears playing in the XFL.


Bengals willing to work with Andy Dalton on trade - - The Bengals will work with veteran QB Andy Dalton to attempt to facilitate a trade, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Bengals are expected to use their No. 1 pick on a QB.

Jameis Winston undergoes LASIK eye surgery - - Jameis Winston fixed a problem that might’ve been the reason for his 30 interceptions last season. The quarterback underwent LASIK eye surgery, Ian Rapoport confirmed.

Devonta Freeman’s future with Falcons in doubt - - Devonta Freeman’s time in Atlanta could be coming to an end. The Falcons are considering parting ways with the running back, Ian Rapoport reported.

Bucky Brooks’ top 5 2020 NFL Draft prospects by position 1.0 - - Bucky Brooks reveals his initial rankings of the top five 2020 NFL Draft prospects by position, providing a glimpse into what NFL teams are discussing leading up to the combine later this month.


Trading Stefon Diggs would be idiotic and we’re all dumber for knowing this opinion exists - Daily Norseman - Quit swimming in the deep end of the stupid pool. Ken’s Note: In honor of my good friend Ted from Daily Norseman, I present the Billy Madison clip... because Norse fans talking about trading Diggs is really just that dumb.

2020 Detroit Lions free agent profiles: Did Oday Aboushi do enough to stick around? - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have a lot of difficult decisions to make at the guard position.

2020 NFL Combine preview: Quarterbacks the Detroit Lions should watch - Pride Of Detroit - The Detroit Lions have many needs, and while it’s questionable QB is among them, they’ll be watching them closely nonetheless. panel ranks Matthew Stafford as 8th-best QB in 2019 - Pride Of Detroit - But should he be even higher?

Packers Free Agents: Blake Martinez, B.J. Goodson likely on their way out - Acme Packing Company - A team is going to pay Martinez a lot of money. It just won’t be the Green Bay Packers

Ty Summers, B.J. Goodson fail to make an impact at inside linebacker for the Packers - Acme Packing Company - In a sign the Packers were counting on Oren Burks to develop, a seventh round pick and a trade for a veteran didn’t add much value to the position.


Andy Dalton trade rumors: Bengals willing to work out a trade Dalton - Cincy Jungle - Cincinnati’s partnership with Dalton will end on a positive note.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: A starting guard is needed - 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.


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