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The Bear’s Den: February 14, 2020

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Cody Whitehair #65 of the Chicago Bears in action during the game against the New York Giants at Soldier Field on November 24, 2019 in Chicago Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 19-14.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE TJGOBIG SPECIAL

Let’s end this week of horrible 80’s videos on a colorful note...

And then our good friend EJ Snyder shared this gem with me so that I can pass it along to you. To quote EJ, “Beware, some things cannot be unseen...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Don’t dismiss edge rusher as Bears’ top priority in 2020 NFL draft - NBC Sports Chicago - While most of the attention will be on the Bears offense this offseason, it’s the defense that could be the early focus of the 2020 NFL draft.

Five 2020 offseason moves for NFC teams - Bill Barnwell predicts trades, free agency, cuts - ESPN - Bears to pick up Trubisky’s fifth year? The Vikings are in a salary-cap crunch, and they could solve it by paying their quarterback. Let’s make offseason moves for the NFC North.

Three Bears among top-ranked fantasy players for 2020v - Bears Wire - The Bears offense was terrible in 2019. And yet, Allen Robinson was among 3 players that landed on ESPN’s list of top 100 fantasy players.

6 amazing Bears stats that may surprise you - ChicagoBears.com - Did you know that Steve McMichael recorded 35.5 more career sacks than a Hall of Fame teammate? Senior writer Larry Mayer digs up six Bears stats that may surprise even the most knowledgeable fans.

Approaching the Quarterback Position for 2020 Volume II: Beyond the Numbers - Da Bears Blog - Many will argue, especially in the coming weeks, that signing an available free agent QB to compete with Trubisky is a futile exercise. “He’s not an upgrade,” they’ll argue, citing the statistics above. But one thing fans must be reminded of is that Trubisky’s issues went far beyond the statistics. Trubisky’s issues began well before the football was snapped.

2020 NFL Draft Chicago Bears Scouting Report: QB Jake Fromm - Bear Report - We break down Jake Fromm’s stock going into the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and where he could land in the draft.

ESPN predicts Bears to land interior offensive lineman - Bear Report - Could the Chicago Bears be a suitor for guard Quinton Spain? One ESPN writer thinks it could happen with a slew of other moves.

Bears Offseason Outlook: Secondary - 670 The Score - As they assess their secondary outlook moving forward in the offseason, the Bears have a void to fill at safety and perhaps another at cornerback.

Bears’ Cody Whitehair buys teammate Leonard Floyd’s home - Chicago Tribune - Cody Whitehair and Leonard Floyd aren’t the only Bears to keep it in the family; Mitch Trubisky and Juaquin Iglesias also bought homes from teammates.

What Went Wrong: Against Saints, Matt Nagy suffers his first blowout loss as the Bears’ coach - NBC Sports Chicago - It was ugly from start to finish.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Bucs remain undecided about whether to keep Jameis Winston – ProFootballTalk - Jameis Winston recently underwent LASIK surgery to improve his eyesight. The Buccaneers, though, still don’t have a clear vision about whether Winston is their quarterback of the future.

NFC cut candidates: David Johnson, Everson Griffen to market? - NFL.com - Which NFC players will be released this offseason? Gregg Rosenthal spotlights the most - likely candidates for the chopping block, as well as some potential surprise cuts.

Michigan State rallies to hire Colorado coach Mel Tucker - Fox News - Michigan State hired Colorado's Mel Tucker as its new football coach Wednesday, rallying to land a veteran leader with ties to the school who decided to leave the Buffaloes after a single season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

PFF gives Detroit Lions best chance to go ‘worst to first’ - Pride Of Detroit - Another outlet believes the Lions can make a quick turnaround. Is this the year they’re finally right?

NFC South offseason preview: Quarterback issues all around - Pride Of Detroit - All four teams could sneak into the playoff race.

Lions GM Bob Quinn shoots down Matthew Stafford trade rumors - Pride Of Detroit - A local report suggested the Lions are talking about moving Stafford, but Bob Quinn vehemently refuted it.

Packers 2019 Acquisitions: Savage and Amos rule the Secondary - Acme Packing Company - The first rounder and the wily veteran lead the way on an improving pass defense.

Where did report of Matthew Stafford trade talks come from? – ProFootballTalk - Bernie Smilovitz of WDIV-TV in Detroit rocked the football-following world with his report that the Lions have been engaged in trade talks involving quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Lions, Matthew Stafford likely became pawns in the looming quarterback chaos – ProFootballTalk - Chaos is coming when it comes to NFL quarterbacks. In some ways, chaos already has begun. The out-of-the-Honolulu-Blue report from WDIV-TV in Detroit that the Lions are engaged in trade talks regarding quarterback Matthew Stafford likely comes from the pre-pre-pre-free agency efforts of agents wh...

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The QB Index ranks Mitchell Trubisky tied for 30th - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s take a peek at where NFL.com ranked the Bears QB, and also where they ranked some potential 2020 replacements to take the reigns in Chicago.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: The tackles aren’t going anywhere - 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.

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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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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