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Open competition at quarterback? Sigh. Been there, done that. Ended badly. Lots.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Roster Moves: Bears sign OLBs Mingo, Irving - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday officially announced the signings of outside linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Isaiah Irving to one-year contracts.

Joniak: Memories Of Bears’ Win At Cardinals In ‘06 - 670 The Score - Over each of the next seven Sundays, 670 The Score will air the rebroadcast of memorable Bears wins. This Sunday at noon, you will hear the Bears’ come-from-behind 24-23 win against the Cardinals on Oct. 16, 2006 — known by some as the “Miracle in the Desert.” Ahead of each, Jeff Joniak will share

Robert Quinn Landed With Bears After ‘Coin Flip’ Decision - 670 The Score - Standout pass rusher Robert Quinn’s decision in free agency came down to a coin flip. Just not quite literally.

Ryan Pace: Robert Quinn Makes Bears ‘More Dangerous’ - 670 The Score - The thought process behind the Bears’ signing of edge rusher Robert Quinn to a five-year, $70-million deal in free agency was simple in general manager Ryan Pace’s mind.

Nick Foles Cherishes Opportunity With Bears - 670 The Score - After the Bears and Jaguars reached an agreement on March 18 to send veteran quarterback Nick Foles to Chicago, there was a key component that had be addressed before the deal could be finalized. The Bears weren’t willing to acquire the 31-year-old Foles without a restructuring of his existing

Bears Aim To ‘Maximize’ Jimmy Graham - 670 The Score - A five-time Pro Bowler, 33-year-old tight end Jimmy Graham has seen a drop in his production during recent years, but the Bears believe in his fit within their scheme.

The Bears want you to know that Robert Quinn definitely didn't flip a coin to decide free agency - NBC Sports Chicago - The team says no, if you were wondering.

The Bears' starters will go back to playing preseason games in 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - The great Preseason Experiment of 2019 is over.

Upgrading the pass rush was necessary for the Bears, even if it was a knock on Leonard Floyd - NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace spoke fondly of Floyd during Friday's press conference.

Catching up with Allen Robinson about QB competitions, CBA complaints, and COVID-19 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' star receiver went into detail about a handful of topics, including his major issues with the CBA.

Matt Nagy: It's an Open Competition for Bears at QB - SI.com - When the Chicago Bears do finally get on the practice field, Mitchell Trubisky will be the quarterback taking snaps with the first team.

Brian Urlacher Not Sold on Big Contract for Robert Quinn - SI.com - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Nick Foles, Mitchell Trubisky will square off to be Bears' starting QB - ESPN - Bears coach Matt Nagy envisions Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles splitting reps in training camp and both playing in preseason games as Chicago tries to decide who will start at quarterback.

Robert Quinn joins Bears defense poised to thrive in 2020 - Chicago Bears- ESPN - With a proven complement to Khalil Mack, the Bears bolstered a defense that still can be considered championship-caliber.

Quick Hits: Bears adapting to different world - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace vows that the Bears will be ready for the draft however it’s held. Coach Matt Nagy discusses the need to adapt and be tech-savvy. And why only certain players are permitted in Halas Hall.

Bears to hold 'open competition' for QB job - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy revealed on a conference call Friday that the Bears will conduct an

Bears will have 'open competition' at quarterback - NFL.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirmed the team will be holding an open competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles to be Chicago's starting quarterback.

Bears G.M.: Trading for Nick Foles creates "open competition" - ProFootballTalk - Bears General Manager Ryan Pace — for some reason — started the offseason by insisting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was their starter. Now that they’ve traded for Nick Foles, the company line has changed.

Nick Foles back in his comfort zone with Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - "...Ultimately it was time to make a change. Now I have an opportunity ... to be with a coach that was there for me from the beginning, like Doug Pederson was. I got Matt Nagy."

Nick Foles is better man in Bears QB competition - Chicago Sun-Times - The hope is that the duel with incumbent Mitch Trubisky is actually a coronation for Foles.

Bears GM Ryan Pace sounds noncommittal about Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace is loosening up on his dogged determination to make Trubisky into a star. He’s open to Nick Foles beating him out, and it’s a refreshing change in tune.

2020 NFL Draft: Coronavirus prompts Bears to consider working from home - Chicago Sun-Times - The NFL Draft is proceeding on schedule for April 23-25, and every team in the league must adjust to the closure of their facilities.

Bears declare ‘open competition’ for starting quarterback - Chicago Sun-Times - "We’ve talked to both players," general manager Ryan Pace said in a teleconference Friday. "The way we view this is, it’s an open competition."

Brad Biggs: Nick Foles, not Mitch Trubisky, is front runner - Chicago Tribune - The Bears can say otherwise, but it's hard to buy the idea of a “competition” between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.

Why Nick Foles is the clear favorite for Bears' starting quarterback Week 1 - NBC Sports Chicago - Nick Foles isn't guaranteed to be the Bears' starter in Week 1 of this season. But there's a really good chance he will be.

Bears will have a QB competition amidst unprecedented 2020 offseason - NBC Sports Chicago - The only certainty right now is the team's quarterback uncertainty.

NFL QB value rankings: Foles seven spots higher than Trubisky - NFL.com - Considering talent, production, age and contract, which quarterback would you most want to have under your team’s control moving forward? Gregg Rosenthal provides true QB value rankings, from 1 to 35. Ken’s Note: Mitch is Number 1 on the list... if you count from the bottom, so let’s do that!

POLISH SAUSAGE

EA Sports to create virtual meetings between Roger Goodell, drafted players - ProFootballTalk - Ken’s Note: No word yet on how EA will program in the virtual audience booing Goodell’s every presence on stage, whether the jeers will be computer generated or recordings of recent drafts.

Bill O'Brien: DeAndre Hopkins trade was in best interest of our team - ProFootballTalk - Ken's Note: Everybody else - Bill, you are an idiot.

Rex Ryan apologizes for calling Amari Cooper "a turd" - ProFootballTalk - Ken's Note: Ryan wishes he hadn't gotten in trouble for saying what he did/does actually think. Ken’s Post Note Note: Rex Ryan is a turd.

NFL must make clear, strong statement regarding importance of players staying at home - ProFootballTalk - The past two days have included troubling images of high-profile NFL quarterbacks showing no regard for federal guidelines and state mandates to stay at home and to practice social distancing. On Wednesday, it was Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. On Thursday, it was Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

Chiefs, Sammy Watkins agree to new deal - ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs have a laughably small amount of salary cap space, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins has the biggest cap hit on the team. So it was widely expected that something had to give. And now it has.

Kevin Demoff acknowledges pandemic could delay SoFi Stadium completion - ProFootballTalk - Construction continues at SoFi Stadium, even as positive coronavirus cases have popped up at the site. And Rams COO Kevin Demoff continues to be optimistic that the stadium will be completed in time, even as he acknowledges the possibility that may not happen.

Eli Apple's deal with Raiders nixed; CB a free agent - NFL.com - Eli Apple is no longer heading to the Raiders. Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize a contract and the former Giants and Saints cornerback is a free agent.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares because we are still laughing our asses off about the Brett Favre night massacre replay

Detroit: Nobody cares because, again, Detroit

Minnesota: Nobody cares because, well... I don’t know, we just don’t care. We kind of like the cool lift-span bridge at Duluth and the North Shore is a nice drive... but other than that? Bah! Mall of America our collective Bear asses!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: It’s an “open competition” at QB, so may the best man win - Windy City Gridiron
- Does it matter who starts at quarterback for the Bears in 2020 as long as they are winning?

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Press Conference Friday Open Thread - Windy City Gridiron
- Several Bears are set to meet the media today and you guys can watch it and talk about it right here!

Wiltfong: Introducing NFC North Football Fights On Twitch - Pride Of Detroit
- Watch writers from all four teams battle it out for supremacy.

Wiltfong: What is the Bears top need? - Windy City Gridiron - Now that free agency has slowed to a crawl, what is the top remaining need for the Chicago Bears?

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