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The Bear’s Den: February 19, 2020

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Kyle Long protects Mitchell Trubisky all the way from right guard into the press room following Long’s retirement

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
Eddy Pineiro #15 of the Chicago Bears kicks a go-ahead field in the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m not saying “We own the Vikings” because that would sound a bit LOLionish, but they beaten us only once in the last 6 games. Nice trend.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Last week, we went with videos that were world-class awful from the 1980’s. This week we are going to give you a daily two-for-the-price-of-none. Song one is an 80’s video classic, song two is just a great song and video recorded in the 1980’s (some may have been released right at the edge of the 90’s but they were recorded in the 80’s) but you will probably only remember it if you are a fan of the band/artist involved. Be aware some of these songs have political messages, feel free to discuss the songs (but not the politics... besides, these are politics of 35-40 years ago). Enjoy!

The Classic

The “Known To Fans Of The Band/Artist”

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears podcast breaks down team’s combine approach - Chicago Tribune - The NFL combine is less than a week away and Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs break down what to expect from the event on the latest episode of the Bear Download podcast.

Chicago Bears 2020 Combine Preview: Wide Receiver - Chicago Audible Blog - Even though wide receiver is not a glaring need for the Chicago Bears, with a deep draft class, they can find tremendous value at the position.

Bears Limited in Ways to Improve Their Offensive Line - SI.com - Considering the Bears have chosen to continue with Mitchell Trubisky starting at quarterback, and the way they performed last year in wins and losses, a trend is obvious and it dictates the route they need to take in 2020.

Past Markets Suggest Bears Could Keep Nick Kwiatkoski - SI.com - There’s a good reason the Bears had talks with three inside linebackers at the Senior Bowl. They’re bracing for the fact they could lose not just free agent Danny Trevathan but also free agent Nick Kwiatkoski.

‘Madden’ simulation shows how Bears would fare with Tom Brady as QB - Bears Wire - A new “Madden NFL 20” simulation decided to put Tom Brady on every NFL team, and the results with Brady on the Bears might surprise you.

Jimbo Covert grateful to finally gain entry to Pro Football Hall of Fame - ChicagoBears.com - While it took a few days to sink in, former Bears left tackle Jimbo Covert is extremely proud and excited to be one of 10 senior-era players who will be part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

Follow up: Ranking best non-Pro Bowlers - ChicagoBears.com - See how senior writer Larry Mayer’s rankings of the best Bears players who never made a Pro Bowl as a member of the organization compare to a poll of Bears fans.

2020 Bears Offseason Outlook: The Search for Roquan Smith’s Tag Team Partner Begins - Bleacher Nation - Finding someone to play next to Roquan Smith should be a priority this offseason.

Dannehy: The Secret Needs - The Bears Blog - When the Bears used a fourth round pick on Riley Ridley it was treated as if they were adding to an embarrassment of riches. Less than a year later, it really feels like they need another player there.

Kyle Long on retiring: I wasn’t able to hold up my end - NFL.com - Kyle Long said Tuesday that he retired because his injuries prevented him from holding up his “end of the bargain as a football player.”

Greg Gabriel returns to football with XFL’s DC Defenders - Chicago Tribune - Passion for the game is the only way to explain why Greg Gabriel, the former Bears college scouting director, would leave his north suburban home to live with roommates in a five-bedroom apartment and work as personnel director of the XFL’s DC Defenders.

POLISH SAUSAGE

BREAKING: Drew Brees to play in 2020 - Canal Street Chronicles - Drew Brees takes to Instagram to tell the world he’s returning this season.

Seahawks land Greg Olsen – ProFootballTalk - Greg Olsen took some time to make up his mind about what to do after visiting Buffalo, Seattle and Washington following his release from the Panthers, but he’s come to a decision. PFT has learned, via a league source, that Olsen is signing with the Seahawks.

Panthers seem to be poised to try to trade Cam Newton – ProFootballTalk - Monday’s leak that the Panthers expect quarterback Cam Newton to pass a physical in March is less about Newton playing for the Panthers than it is about the Panthers possibly trading him to someone else.

MRI nets positive results for QB Joe Flacco (neck) - NFL.com - Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco reportedly underwent an MRI last week and saw positive results for his neck injury, but his agent said he will seek a second opinion.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Where could Darius Slay end up if traded? - Pride Of Detroit - Many are wondering where the star corner could end up if the Lions decide on a trade.

Detroit Lions film breakdown: Danny Amendola is a serviceable Lions WR3 - Pride Of Detroit - The wide receiver proved to be a great tool for the Lions offense.

Mel Kiper sends Tua Tagovailoa to Detroit in latest mock draft - Pride Of Detroit - The ESPN analyst could not resist the polarizing choice of matching a quarterback with the Lions.

Colin Cowherd suggests that the Vikings want to “move on” from Stefon Diggs - Daily Norseman - Based on his Instagram, naturally. Ken's Note: It's nice to know that Cowherd is an idiot across the board, not just when talking about Chicago sports.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: Decisions at inside linebacker are looming - 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

THE RULES

Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.

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, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, 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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