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The Bear’s Den, April 6, 2020

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It’s a new week here in the Den as we prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft in whatever form it takes.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Metal Guitar Gods week is transitioning into Rock Pocket week... where all of the songs have a deep pocket groove... the kind of groove for which you dim the lights, sit back, relax and flow... bonus, our first couple of tunes this week are also by guitar gods... a nice segue, don’t ya think?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Bears quarterback Nick Foles putting his faith in coach Matt Nagy - Chicago Sun-Times - ”Being able to play for a head coach who’s also calling the plays, that’s huge for me,” Foles said.

Bears hope Robert Quinn makes their vaunted defense ‘more dangerous’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Robert Quinn’s free-agent choice was down to two teams: the Bears and the Falcons.

Bears defend signing ‘very motivated’ TE Jimmy Graham - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy said “there’s a lot more than just looking at numbers” — Graham’s 38 catches for 447 yards last year were the lowest figures in both categories since his rookie year.

Open competition might be what Mitch Trubisky needs to salvage Bears’ career - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky hasn’t participated in a true quarterback competition in his college or pro career, so the Bears need to at least give him a shot against Nick Foles.

Defensive Line Depth Always Critical to Bears in NFL Draft - 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.

Chalk Talk: What position will Ifedi play? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses which position free-agent signee Germain Ifedi will play on the offensive line, if the Bears focused on acquiring players this offseason they were already familiar with and a field goal that could have changed history.

Bears see Robert Quinn as proven player at key position - ChicagoBears.com - During a conference call with the media, general manager Ryan Pace explained why the Bears pursued edge rusher Robert Quinn in free agency and what the two-time Pro Bowler brings to the defense.

Nick Foles excited about chance to battle for Chicago Bears starting quarterback job - ChicagoBears.com - The highs and lows that Nick Foles has experienced throughout his NFL career have given him a great appreciation for the opportunity he has to compete for the Bears’ starting quarterback position.

Draft analysis: Bears must select a QB to try to escape purgatory - Chicago Sun-Times - General manager Ryan Pace simply must take a swing in the draft to fix the most important position in sports.

Nick Foles out to win Chicago Bears’ quarterback competition - Chicago Tribune - The bosses at Halas Hall have declared “an open competition” at quarterback. With that, the driven side of Bears newcomer Nick Foles will come out quickly as he tries to prove he can be a successful full-time starter in the NFL.

Chicago Bears: Nick Foles, Mitch Trubisky in QB competition - Chicago Tribune - Nick Foles has several seasons of experience with tricky quarterback situations, and he’ll bring that to the Bears’ open competition with Mitch Trubisky.

Two Bears on 7 Biggest Draft Mistakes of the Past 5 Years List - Bleacher Report - In most cases, draft mistakes more negatively alter the course of an NFL franchise than any other mistake. Mishaps in free agency happen all the time, and teams don't have a problem getting out of them...

POLISH SAUSAGE

David Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins still haven't passed physicals - ProFootballTalk - The biggest trade of the 2020 offseason still isn’t finalized, nearly three weeks after the deal was preliminary done.

PFT Sunday mailbag - ProFootballTalk - Last Sunday, we trotted out on an experimental basis a Sunday mailbag. Making it easier to handle was the fact that there wasn’t much mail in it.

2020 NFL Draft: What SHOULD the Bengals do with the No. 1 pick? - NFL.com - The Cincinnati Bengals hold the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and it's widely expected that they'll select a quarterback. But what SHOULD they do with the pick? NFL Network analysts debate!

RIP

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84 - ProFootballTalk - Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died Sunday afternoon. He was 84.

Tom Dempsey dies after COVID-19 battle - ProFootballTalk - Only four days ago came word that Tom Dempsey had recovered from COVID-19. The good news was short lived.

Former Oilers head coach Ed Biles dies at 88 - ProFootballTalk - Former Oilers head coach Ed Biles has died at the age of 88.

Illinois great and Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies - Chicago Tribune - Bobby Mitchell, a speedy two-sport star at Illinois who went on to star for the Browns and Washington in the late 1950s and ‘60s, has died. The Hall of Famer was the Washington’s first black player and also was known for his social activism. Jim Brown once said Mitchell “had to suffer for being black more than any person I know that played football at the time I played. With that kind of ability, if he were white, everybody on this earth would know who he was.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong & WCG Public: You guys voted every pick, so here’s your Chicago Bears 7-round mock draft! - Windy City Gridiron - The 2020 WCG Chicago Bears Live Mock Draft is over!

Infante's 2020 NFL draft: Possible top prospects who could fall to Bears in second round - Windy City Gridiron - Even though the Bears don’t have a first-round pick, there’s a good chance that a first-round value could be available at either of their second-round picks.

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