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The Bear’s Den: February 3, 2020

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A champion is crowned in Kansas City, the NFL season is officially over... now it’s on to free agency

SiriusXM At Super Bowl LIV - Day 1
NFL running back Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears and SiriusXM host Jim Miller speak on stage during day one with SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIV on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

The anthem of Free Agency...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Jimbo Covert chooses Matt Suhey for introduction - Chicago Sun-Times - Covert, a member of the legendary ‘85 Bears, said it will feel like Walter Payton is part of it, too.

Tre Roberson’s long road to the NFL — and the Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - New Bears cornerback Tre Roberson never gave up on his dream of playing in the NFL. The former Indiana and Illinois State quarterback played the last two seasons in the CFL.

Devin Hester says fear he put in opponents is Hall-of-Fame worthy - NBC Sports Chicago - Devin Hester was his own best advocate when discussing his case for the Hall of Fame with NBC Sports Chicago.

Jameis Winston may be a more realistic option for Bears after all - NBC Sports Chicago - Jameis Winston isn’t the first quarterback mentioned as a potential fit for the Bears, but he could soon be atop their offseason wish list.

4 pending free agents in Super Bowl LIV Bears should consider signing - NBC Sports Chicago - A look at four pending free agents playing in Super Bowl LIV the Bears should consider signing.

How Bears Could Be Mimicking Wrong Super Bowl Team - SI.com - A serious look at the matchup in Sunday’s Super Bowl suggests the Chicago Bears are taking the wrong path. They’re mimicking the wrong team.

Bears’ Mike Ditka, Devin Hester, Virginia McCaskey in spotlight at Super Bowl LIV - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears were featured prominently in the buildup to the Chiefs-49ers showdown.

SUPER BOWL SAUSAGE

Jimmy Garoppolo’s Super Bowl shows 49ers don’t have a star QB - Chicago Tribune - Against a Chiefs team led Patrick Mahomes, the 49ers needed Jimmy Garoppolo to be more than an average Joe. Instead, he played the role that became all too familiar and way too comfortable.

Jimmy Garoppolo’s ‘crazy ride’ to Super Bowl LIV - Chicago Tribune - When the Super Bowl kicks off Sunday, it will be a proud moment for the coaches who helped Jimmy Garoppolo rise from youth linebacker to under-recruited high school quarterback to budding NFL star.

Andy Reid finally gets his Gatorade shower, first Super Bowl win – ProFootballTalk - The Gatorade shower -- it was orange for prop bet purposes -- came with 57 seconds left as Damien Wilson, Travis Kelce and Cam Erving dumped the bucket over Andy Reid's head. It followed a long hug that the Chiefs coach shared with his quarterback. Reid had never won a Super Bowl, of course.

Turns out Tom Brady's tweet was SB commercial tease - NFL.com - Tom Brady's Thursday tweet that caused such a stir was a teaser for a Super Bowl commercial, but one in which he said, "I'm not going anywhere."

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson named 2019 NFL MVP - NFL.com - Whether it was with his fleet feet or accurate arm, Ravens second-season sensation Lamar Jackson dazzled throughout a stellar 2019 campaign and is the 2019 MVP. Ken's Note: Easiest pick in years, there was nobody else remotely close.

Polamalu, Atwater, James lead 2020 Hall of Fame class - NFL.com - Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio this summer, as announced Saturday night at NFL Honors.

Not to depress Bears fans, but Patrick Mahomes just won a Super Bowl - Chicago Sun-Times - After a rough start, he threw two touchdown passes to help the Chiefs beat the 49ers 31-20. Oh, and he was the game’s MVP. Ken's Note: Not to depress Bears fans, but Rick Morrissey hasn't been fired from his position at the Sun Times despite being entirely incompetent.

Chiefs vs. 49ers, Super Bowl LIV final score: Patrick Mahomes leads win - Chicago Sun-Times - At the Chiefs’ low point, Patrick Mahomes woke up. Ken's Note: If being down by less than two TD's in a Super Bowl is rock bottom, I'll take rock bottom every year and take my chances.

Chiefs vs. 49ers, Super Bowl 2020: Patrick Mahomes launches dynasty - Chicago Sun-Times - Mahomes turned a 10-point deficit into an 11-point win, rocking the 49ers with his unusual-but-dominant style of play. Ken's Note: Dynasty? What are you guys ate the Sun Times huffing on tonight. They win a game and it's already a dynasty? #RecreationalWeedIsLegal #AmIRightOrAmIRight

Chiefs come back to win Super Bowl LIV 31-20 – ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs just don’t get comfortable in the playoffs until they’re down by double digits. That’s the only conclusion to draw from Super Bowl LIV. For the third time this postseason the Chiefs fell behind by at least 10 points and for the third time this postseason they won the game by double dig...

Wrigley Field visit in Patrick Mahomes’ future? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chiefs quarterback hung out with his dad when he was with the Iowa Cubs, but doesn’t think he ever made it to Wrigley Field.

What advice Tom Brady gave to Bears WR Allen Robinson - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears receiver Allen Robinson interacted with someone this week he’d always wanted to meet

Patrick Mahomes is the Super Bowl MVP – ProFootballTalk - He threw multiple interceptions for the first time since the 54-51 loss to the Rams more than a year ago. And then he went to work and earned the Super Bowl MVP trophy. Patrick Mahomes, one season after winning the NFL MVP award, gets the only MVP award that really matters. Ken’s Note: I’m a big Mahomes fan but he was just not very good... even his one big long pass to Hill to set up a TD was horribly under thrown. Damien Williams was the real MVP in my opinion.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

2020 Detroit Lions positional breakdown: Is DT the team’s biggest offseason need? - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions could see major changes at defensive tackle this offseason.

2020 NFL Draft: Complete first round order locked in - Daily Norseman - All 32 first round picks are now in place

Packers legend LeRoy Butler not part of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 class - Acme Packing Company - The Packers legend will have to wait at least one more year for the call to Canton.

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