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An Open Bears Den, May 16, 2020

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It’s a weekend Den that features Aaron Rodgers shooting his mouth off, a lot. Let’s open it up so you can express your “love” for AR and the Packers.

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OPEN DEN: Remember, the rules about no-politics, no attacking other Den readers and no gender-based insults (including but not limited to spelling a certain quarterback who we all know and hate’s name wrong). It is, however, OK to have a potty mouth today!

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

WEEKEND!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Crucial questions in Bears’ offseason: Who’s under most pressure in 2020? - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times beat writer Jason Lieser answers seven important questions heading into the season.

Moreano: X, Y But What About Z? What Will the Bears Do With the Third Receiver Position? - Chicago Audible Blog - The Bears have several options that can play the “Z” receiver in Matt Nagy’s offense. How will the team decide who plays? Check out the article to find out.

Kyle Orton Was Brian Urlacher’s Favorite Bears Quarterback – On Tap Sports Net - Brian Urlacher was the face of the Chicago Bears franchise from 2000-2012. There was a short period of time after Urlacher’s release that included some tension between him and the organization, but that was mainly due to Phil Emery’s negligence. Since then, Ryan Pace has made Halas Hall more welcoming for former players like Brian Urlacher. You may even see his billboards littered throughout the highways. He is tackling baldness every single day.

Chicago Bears finalize dates, times for 2020 preseason games - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have announced the dates and times of their four preseason games. The slate begins with three straight Saturday contests, including a pair of home matchups that both kick off at noon (CT).

Holmes: In Defense Of Jay Cutler - 670 The Score - In the aftermath of former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and reality television star Kristin Cavallari filing for divorce, leaks have followed from those close to Cavallari characterizing Cutler as a “lazy” individual, citing that trait as contributing to the demise of his marriage.

Bears’ Nagy ‘Proud’ Of How Trubisky Has Handled Offseason - 670 The Score - In football, coaches often implement a 24-hour rule with their teams. Whether you’ve a won or lost, the idea is to use one day to move on. Bears coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky used the 24-hour rule when it came to the team’s decision to decline Trubisky’s fifth-year option.

Nagy On Lightfoot’s Criticism: Everyone Has An Opinion - 670 The Score - Criticism came from many angles toward coach Matt Nagy and the Bears after their disappointing 2019 season that started with Super Bowl aspirations ended at 8-8 and with the team watching the playoffs from home.

Bears’ Preseason Schedule Set - 670 The Score - The Bears’ preseason schedule has been set with dates and times, and they open by hosting the Browns on Aug. 15 at noon.

Matt Nagy: We aren’t having a QB competition on Zoom - ProFootballTalk - Nick Foles‘ arrival in a trade set the table for a quarterback competition in Chicago, but there won’t be a virtual component of it.

Ranking the top 5 running backs in the NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - Ranking the hardest position to rank. Ken’s Note: Well, at least this is how a Detroit fan sees it. Your mileage may or may not vary.

Matt Nagy embraces offseason ‘silver linings,’ wrestles with ‘unknown’ - Chicago Sun-Times - There remains the existential question about the season ahead —one that’s familiar to businesses across the country.

New Bears QB Nick Foles already has playbook down in race for starting job - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday there’s no disadvantage for Foles as he battles Mitch Trubisky because he has effectively learned the offense remotely over the last two months.

Bears’ preseason times, dates set - Chicago Sun-Times - They’ll play their first three games on Saturdays — the two Soldier Field games will be at noon — and their fourth on a Thursday. All four will air on Fox-32.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Team facilities can reopen Tuesday but remain closed to coaching staffs - ProFootballTalk - The NFL will allow teams that are allowed to under state and local regulations to reopen their team facilities beginning Tuesday, but only for certain personnel.

DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar remain at large - ProFootballTalk - More than a day after arrest warrants were issued for Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar (pictured), both men remain at large.

Owners to vote on resolution to incentivize minority HC, GM hires - NFL.com - The NFL will present a pair of resolutions to increase coaching and GM opportunities for minorities this coming Tuesday during the owners' virtual meeting, Jim Trotter reports.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Aaron Rodgers balances diplomacy, candor in discussing Jordan Love pick - ProFootballTalk - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spoken to the media for the first time since the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in round one. And Rodgers balanced diplomacy and candor in addressing the situation.

Aaron Rodgers’ relationship with Brett Favre not what it once was - ProFootballTalk - Brett Favre was 35 when the Packers drafted 21-year-old Aaron Rodgers with a first-round draft choice in 2005.

Aaron Rodgers likes this Packers team, likes Packers’ chances - ProFootballTalk - The Packers faced 18-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV this time last year. They finished 13-3 and lost to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Detroit Lions 2020 preseason schedule - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ 2020 preseason opponents and dates.

The NFL listed their Top 25 defensive touchdowns of 2019 and still missed a couple - Daily Norseman - Pretty strange, actually

Matt LaFleur and Packers’ coaches embrace teaching opportunities during lockdown - Acme Packing Company - The Green Bay staff has gotten creative with how they are instructing their players on the team’s schemes, and by the head coach’s account, all parties are taking to the new system well.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski's A new friend: Chicago Bears’ Badara Traore knows how to chase a dream - Windy City Gridiron - Few athletes have been through hurdles like Traore.

Wiltfong: Bears 2020 preseason dates and times finalized - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL has finalized the dates and times for their preseason slate of games, and as of right now, here are when the Chicago Bears will be suiting up.

THE RULES

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