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Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns from the AFC Team makes a catch over Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears from the NFC Team during the NFL Pro Bowl Game at Camping World Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Orlando
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

The key to fixing Bears offense? It’s all in the details for Matt Nagy - Bears Wire - The Bears will be looking to redeem themselves following an abysmal outing on offense last season, and Matt Nagy brought in reinforcements.

ESPN believes Bears had the second worst offseason - Bears Wire - The Bears didn’t make any waves this offseason, but they did upgrade at several positions. Still, they ranked among the worst offseasons.

Chicago Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet proving to be quick study - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy is impressed with how quickly Bears top draft pick Cole Kmet, a tight end from Notre Dame, is learning the offense during the team’s virtual offseason program.

This week in Chicago Bears history: May 18-24 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, we take look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the day outside linebacker Robert Quinn was born.

Mitch Trubisky Will Get the First Crack at QB1, But Nick Foles Is “Here to Win the Job” - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles will be challenged and pushed unlike they have never been before.

Wood: Is Producing Explosive Plays More Important Than Avoiding Negative Ones? - Da Bears Blog - I did some work last off-season examining how important explosive plays are to an offense’s production, and found that there is a strong relationship between the number of explosive plays (runs of 15+ yards, passes of 20+ yards) and overall offensive performance (measured in either points/game or DVOA rank). I have updated that information to now include 2018 and 2019 data and still found a strong relationship, as you can see in the graphs below.

Ranking NFL teams with the worst offseasons - Barnwell on the Texans, Patriots, Packers, more - ESPN - The Texans made baffling trades. The Patriots let the GOAT walk. The Rams are rebuilding on the fly.

Bears’ Matt Nagy: ‘We Need To Be Better In The Run Game’ - 670 The Score - In two seasons under coach Matt Nagy, the Bears have struggled to estalish a running game. It has been a source of frustration and a deterrent for the offense, which averaged just 4.7 yards per play and 3.7 yards per rush in 2019.

How Bears draft pick Kindle Vildor drew eyes off the Tigers game - Chicago Sun-Times - With a pick against a Clemson team that would go undefeated and win the national championship, Kindle Vildor announced himself to NFL scouts.

Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles mentally prepare for Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy acknowledged on a video call with reporters that it’s pretty difficult to hold the quarterback competition between Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky virtually.

How Michael Jordan, Walter Payton forged a unique bond - NBC Sports Chicago - A look into the friendship of two Chicago sports icons.

Mike Ditka's Gold Coast restaurant closes due to coronavirus impact - NBC Sports Chicago - The restaurant announced they'd be closing after over 20 years of business.

Only one team had a worse 2020 offseason than the Bears, per a new ESPN ranking - NBC Sports Chicago - They're also the dubious owners of "the worst contract in free agency."

Why Bears tight end Cole Kmet could break the rookie mold in 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - There aren’t a lot of tight ends who put up big numbers as rookies, but it's not unreasonable to think Bears rookie Cole Kmet will have an impact as a receiver and blocker in 2020.

Bears 2020 schedule: Can Los Angeles Rams regain contender status? - NBC Sports Chicago - Will this be the same marquee matchup that it has been for the past two seasons?

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL teams permitted to open facilities May 19—under heavy restrictions - Pride Of Detroit - But don’t expect the Lions to go back to work right away.

Coaches likely won’t return until all facilities open - ProFootballTalk - The NFL will allow some teams to reopen as of Tuesday, even if all can’t. The league will balance that inherent disparity by prohibiting coaches from showing up.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Who will be the Chicago Bears starting QB? - Pride Of Detroit - The Bears have an important QB battle at hand. Who will win it?

An abnormal 2020 offseason may impact the leaps of several second-year Packers - Acme Packing Company - The grow-from-within staple of the Green Bay franchise will be affected to some extent by COVID-19, but hopefully the damage can be minimized for a number of notable players.

Matthew Stafford was top 5 in nearly every QBR stat in 2019 - Pride Of Detroit - Just your annual reminder that Matthew Stafford is an elite quarterback.

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

1410Museum: Bear Coaching experience by Quarterback - Windy City Gridiron - This Fanpost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.

Berckes' Chicago Bears History by the Decade: Fantastic 40s - Windy City Gridiron - Episode Three of our limited podcast series Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the - Decade, hot off the press!

THE RULES

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