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Pace doubles down on Trubisky... if you happen to believe any words coming out of an NFL GM’s mouth in February

NFL Combine - Day 4
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina gets ready to pass during day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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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” song today was actually a huge hit, but I’m in the mood so here it drops...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Here’s how Ryan Pace views the Bears’ linebacker situation heading into the combine - NBC Sports Chicago - Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis are all free agents.

Will the Bears line up Cordarrelle Patterson at running back more in 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - After last season’s failures, Pace and Nagy might get more creative with the reciever.

Matt Nagy Promises He’ll Adapt to Available Talent - SI.com - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy took plenty of heat for refusing to utilize more I-formation running plays when they worked last year.

Bears Taking the Slow Approach with Mitchell Trubisky - SI.com - Two months since the end of the NFL season for the Chicago Bears did nothing to diminish the confidence Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy have in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Report Puts Bears in Denver Holding Joint Practices with Broncos - SI.com - The last Bears trip to the Mile High City went pretty well and the Bears are apparently looking for a return.

How the Bears Could Trade Up into Round 1 for a QB - SI.com - Jordan Love on Monday at the NFL combine came out the big winner in measurements, if there is such a thing.

Bears Aim To Reset Offense In Search Of Identity - 670 The Score - When Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy began to reassess their team’s disappointing 2019 season, they shared a goal of unbiased evaluation.

Matt Nagy still calling plays and other news from his presser - Windy City Gridiron - Matt Nagy met the media today from the NFL Combine and we have the highlights from that right here.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy believes in his offensive staff - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy has been open-minded as a new set of Bears assistant coaches has reviewed the team's 2019 offensive struggles and made suggestions for repairs. “I’m doing a lot of listening,” Nagy said. "I think there are a lot of great ideas."

Column: Chicago Bears remain in limbo at quarterback - Chicago Tribune - Just as he did at the end of the 2019 season, general manager Ryan Pace declined to say what the Bears will do with the fifth-year option in Mitch Trubisky’s contract for 2021, or what the team's quarterback situation will be in 2020.

Chicago Bears have plenty of roster considerations - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have talked about an extension for wide receiver Allen Robinson, and they're looking for replacements for cornerback Prince Amukamara and receiver Taylor Gabriel.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy discusses 2019 on podcast - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy joins the "Bear Download" podcast as Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs hit the road for the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Highlights: Chicago Bears' Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy at combine - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy spoke with the media Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Ryan Pace: Mitch Trubisky is the Chicago Bears' quarterback - Chicago Tribune - Ryan Pace said the Bears remain committed to Mitch Trubisky as their starter but still won’t commit to the fifth-year option that would tie the quarterback through 2021.

How Matt Nagy's 'urgency' could foreshadow a Bears quarterback change - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy talked about needing to find an offensive identity quicker than normal in 2020. Could that mean benching Mitch Trubisky early in the season if that identity doesn't exist?

Why Bears' Ryan Pace still backs Mitch Trubisky ahead of free agency, NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago
- Ryan Pace doubled down on Mitch Trubisky as his starting quarterback on Tuesday. But did he mean what he said?

Bears and Ryan Pace praise "underrated" (and highly paid) Leonard Floyd - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears seem to be sticking by former top-10 draft pick Leonard Floyd.

Heading into Year 3, Matt Nagy is still searching for the Bears' identity - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears head coach Matt Nagy says he's willing to adapt... to an extent.

Bears’ Matt Nagy ‘rejuvenated’ heading into 2020 season with new coaching staff - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy revamped his offensive staff, but the biggest question he faces is whether he is capable of evolving as a head coach.

Bears GM Ryan Pace doubles down on Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - More than anything, Pace’s belief in Trubisky seems rooted in his desperation to make his gamble in the 2017 draft pay off.

Bears’ endorsement of Mitch Trubisky comes with a caveat: it’s lying season - Chicago Sun-Times - Free agency begins three weeks from Wednesday, and Bears general manager Ryan Pace has never seen any benefit in tipping his hand. Believe anything he says publicly at your own peril.

5 things Bears GM Ryan Pace has said - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace and Bears coach Matt Nagy have spent time this offseason trying to find ways to get special-teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson more involved on offense. That includes using him at running back more often

Bears GM Ryan Pace stays committed to QB Mitch Trubisky as 2020 starter - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace left slightly more wiggle room than he did at the end of last season, but he’s still banking on Trubisky.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Replay review for pass interference currently lacks the votes to survive - ProFootballTalk - Replay review for pass interference needs 24 votes to survive. Which likely means it’s not surviving.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions GM Bob Quinn assured Matthew Stafford ‘we’re not trading you’ - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions GM made sure to reach out to his QB to confirm his commitment.

Rick Spielman shoots down dumb Stefon Diggs trade rumors - Daily Norseman - Presumably because they are, in fact, dumb

NFL Combine 2020: RB, OL, ST measurements & weigh-in results - Acme Packing Company - The running backs run the gamut from small and nimble to big and lumbering to everything in between.

Matt LaFleur discusses QB evaluations, plans for 2020, and Packers’ young playmakers - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ head coach addressed a number of topics on Tuesday from the Combine.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears won’t commit to Trubisky’s 5th year option and other news from Pace’s presser - Windy City Gridiron
- Bears GM Ryan Pace met the media today and we have some highlights from his presser.

IOftenPanic's 2020 NFL Draft: Positional Tiers (pre-Combine) and Meeting Tracker - Windy City Gridiron - This Fanpost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.Updated lists prior to the Scouting Combine.

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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