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The Bear’s Den, May 18, 2020

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Good morning, good people, let’s hit the ground running and have a productive day!

5 storylines for the Bears at the NFL scouting combine, starting with whom they might bring in at quarterback
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace
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RIP

Infante: Former Bears chairman Michael McCaskey passes away at 76 - Windy City Gridiron - The son of Virginia McCaskey was the chairman of the Bears from 1999 to 2011.

Lovie Smith thanks Michael McCaskey for opportunity to coach Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Lovie Smith is the latest to share his memories of the late Bears president.

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

How Personnel Might Alter Bears’ Defensive Scheme - SI.com - The great personnel concern about the Bears on defense and how it relates to their scheme has centered around safety.

A Changed Mitchell Trubisky in Year 4 Says Matt Nagy - SI.com - Matt Nagy sees a changed Mitchell Trubisky as he looks at him on a computer screen.

Nagy, Bears adjusting to brand new way of life - ChicagoBears.com - During the Bears’ virtual offseason program, coach Matt Nagy has introduced more individual instruction time for players as well as “coffee shop” sessions and guest speakers to break up the monotony.

Matt Nagy impressed early on with Bears rookie Cole Kmet - 247Sports.com - Former Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet has already caught the eye of head coach Matt Nagy despite not being on the field for rookie minicamp.

Picks For Pace Podcast: 2020 NFC North Draft Recap - BearReport - We recap the 2020 NFL draft for the NFC North, breaking down the picks and how we think each team did.

Nick Foles wasting no time digging into Bears playbook - BearReport - New Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles wasted no time digging into the playbook during virtual offseason activities.

USA Today’s ridiculous prediction for the Bears’ 2020 regular season record - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s fair to have some questions heading into the Bears’ 2020 season, but they can’t be this bad.

And the winner of the Bears’ QB derby will be ... - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Mark Potash sorts through some of the Bears’ biggest questions of the offseason.

Predicting the Bears’ final record — and answering other questions - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley sorts through some of the Bears’ biggest questions of the offseason:

NFL on TV a good watch if there aren’t any fans in the seats? - Chicago Sun-Times - Does one major pro sport stand to lose more than the others, in terms of the TV viewing experience, if fans are barred from attending? That’s question No. 1 in your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter.

Chicago Bears’ 2020 preseason schedule - Chicago Tribune - Should NFL teams be allowed to resume normal activities by August, the Chicago Bears are scheduled to open the preseason by hosting the Browns at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears: How Matt Nagy is teaching from afar - Chicago Tribune - With the Chicago Bears heading into OTAs and minicamp with no practices or in-person meetings allowed, coach Matt Nagy is learning to adapt on the fly as coronavirus restrictions alter the offseason.

How coronavirus uncertainty, Zoom are changing Bears’ quarterback competition - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears won’t have in-person practices until the start of training camp, whenever that is. So how is Matt Nagy adapting his quarterback competition given that uncertainty and the need for daily Zoom calls?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Brent Musburger: “Phyllis George was special” - ProFootballTalk - For those of us who first discovered the NFL in the 1970s, The NFL Today was a major part of it.

Bills DL Ed Oliver arrested on DWI, weapon charges - NFL.com - Ed Oliver was arrested Saturday night in Houston, Texas for driving under the influence and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Anthony Harris signs franchise tender - Daily Norseman - He’s officially back for 2020.

Jordan Love: I'd feel pressure to succeed "no matter where I would have landed" - ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers spoke publicly for the first time last Friday about the Packers’ decision to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round and the attention paid to his comments underscored how many eyes will be on the two players once the Packers get on the field.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: In the SB Nation 2017 re-draft the Bears take George Kittle - Windy City Gridiron - As s part of SB Nation’s "What If" week, the NFL site managers are all participating in a do-over of the 2017 draft. Hindsight is always 20/20!

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