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On the one hand, some Bears front office moves have been head scratchers... on the other hand, until recently, the Bulls...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

We start the transition over from “in the pocket” week to “that song’s an earworm” week today with a tune that’s both “in the pocket” and a total earworm...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Column: Germain Ifedi eyes starting job with Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - A Seahawks first-round draft pick in 2016, Germain Ifedi hit the free-agent market last month with 60 career starts, a proven track record for durability and experience at tackle and guard. The Bears signed him to a one-year deal worth the minimum of $1,047,500.

Chicago Bears NFL draft Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - In a special all-draft Bears mailbag, Brad Biggs answers reader questions about the likelihood of trading down, the emphasis on "safe" picks during the coronavirus shutdown and whether an offensive tackle or a safety could be a Round 2 target.

There Are Several Ways Bears Can Maximize Cordarrelle Patterson’s Impact On Offense - Chicago Audible Blog - In Cordarrelle Patterson’s first season with Chicago, he wasn’t utilized to his full capability. Here is how the Bears can use him more effectively in 2020.

Bears Uniforms Worn Out Says Web Clothes Critic - SI.com - Tadd Haislop from the Sporting News thinks the Bears are boring. Ken’s Note: It’s OK, Tadd, the two of us who’ve actually heard of you before think your work is boring, so... there’s that...

The Draft Pick Who Makes the Most Sudden Chicago Bears Impact - SI.com - Every NFL player needs an adjustment period coming out of college because of the talent jump and playing style change.

Foles Restructure Puts Bears Back in Free Agent Market - SI.com - It’s not much, but the Bears have between $10.5 million and $11 million of salary cap space available now after the cap-friendly contract restructuring for Nick Foles. Ken’s Note: Or, I don’t know, they could pay their upcoming draft class with $6M of it and have $5M left over to cover the season. Because we aren’t the Rams, we actually do pay our players.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy: Mitchell Trubisky excited to compete for starting quarterback job - ChicagoBears.com - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy: Mitchell Trubisky excited to compete for starting quarterback job. Ken’s Note; This is as stupid as asking a guy who’s about to get a root canal if he’s excited about getting it done when the guy is paid to answer the question “yes”.

Which 2020 Draft-Eligible Safeties Would Fit Alongside Eddie Jackson? - Bleacher Nation - Ryan Pace has found some decent safeties in the mid-to-late rounds. Does he have another target in mind in 2020?

1st-and-10: Don’t count Mitch Trubisky out yet - Chicago Sun-Times - Nick Foles might be the favorite to win the “open competition” for the Bears’ starting quarterback job, but it’s folly to argue that Trubisky has no chance — or no right — to win it.

POLISH SAUSAGE

XFL lays off all employees, suspends operations - ProFootballTalk - When the XFL announced that its 2020 season had ended, the league said it would return in 2021. That no longer appears to be the case.

Yes, Tua Tagovailoa's virtual Pro Day workout violated Tennessee stay at home order - ProFootballTalk - Tua Tagovailoa‘s virtual Pro Day workouts has generated plenty of buzz. But most in the media have overlooked one undeniable fact regarding the session, which occurred at the D1 Training facility, reportedly in Nashville: It violated the current Tennessee “stay at home” order.

Todd Gurley on Rams: All fun and games, but I do need my money - ProFootballTalk - Running back Todd Gurley held his first conference call with Falcons media on Friday and there was conversation about what led him to sign with Atlanta, but there was also some discussion of his former team.

Competition committee examining clock manipulation - NFL.com - Titans coach Mike Vrabel is not the first to use clock manipulation to his advantage but his use of the tactic during the playoffs has led to the rule being vetted by the NFL's competition committee.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings Going Back to the Future on Defense? - Daily Norseman - Potential new wrinkles on defense from the Vikings past

NFL Draft: Vegas odds shift suggest most believe Detroit Lions will trade down - Pride Of Detroit - There appears to be growing belief the Lions won’t be picking at 3.

Friday NFL Draft Thoughts: A few linebackers could interest Green Bay on days two and three - Acme Packing Company - A pair of linebackers, both inside and on the edge, could interest the Packers as the draft progresses.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Jack M Silverstein named a finalist for a 2019 Peter Lisagor Award - Windy City Gridiron - Help us congratulate Jack for this prestigious honor.

Zimmerman’s Bears Banter Podcast: Diving into Mitchell Trubisky vs Nick Foles Competition - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest Bears Banter Podcast, ECD and Bill Zimmerman discuss it all!

Wiltfong: Early point spreads for the Bears’ 2020 games - Windy City Gridiron - Yes it’s early, and yes these will obviously change, but it’s neat to see how the oddsmakers view the Bears right now.

Wilftong: The Bears #LightItBlue to support COVID-19 frontliners - Windy City Gridiron - Last night several cities across the United States shined a blue light on themselves in appreciation for the millions of essential workers that are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic as...

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