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The Bear’s Den, May 20, 2020

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Remember not very long ago, say 2015 & 2016 when Chicago Teams were lifting trophies? Seems like a long 4-5 years.

Oakland Raiders v Chicago Bears
2015 seems like a LONG time ago, doesn’t it?

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Matt Nagy hints at some “details that slipped” during Bears’ 2019 season - NBC Sports Chicago - The team’s using some of these remote meetings to address behind-the-scenes isssues.

Chicago Bears rookie WR Darnell Mooney driven to make immediate impact - ChicagoBears.com - Determined to contribute immediately like he did at Tulane, Bears rookie receiver Darnell Mooney has been glued to his iPad, fully immersing himself in the offensive scheme.

Chalk Talk: Will the Chicago Bears starters play in preseason games? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Bears starters will play in preseason games this year, the last time the Bears faced a division opponent in the preseason and the one game he’d most like to attend this season.

Bears QB Battle Called by Pro Football Focus for Nick Foles - SI.com - The battle is over and Pro Football Focus calls it in Nick Foles’ favor.

Quarterback Competition Thoughts: Trubisky Needs the Preseason More than Foles - Bleacher Nation - Trubisky needs the preseason to showcase his skills, talents, and everything else he can bring to the table.

Will Bears Continue to Suffer “Death By Inches”? - Da Bears Blog - When Matt Nagy says his team is going to be more detailed and disciplined, he doesn’t have to say they weren’t a year ago.

5@5: Thoughts On Proposed Rooney Rule Revisions? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

NFL’s most underappreciated players: One for each NFC team - NFL.com - Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to highlight one underappreciated player on each NFC team from 2019. Is anyone more versatile than Budda Baker? Which high-profile WRs did D.J. Moore outproduce?

Mike Ditka on his iconic Ditka’s eatery closing: ‘It’s over and it was good’ - Chicago Sun-Times - In an exclusive interview with Sneed, the legendary coach also said he can’t imagine the upcoming NFL season being played without fans and said he is OK with a slower life during COVID-19.

Bears undrafted rookie Ledarius Mack out to prove he’s more than Khalil’s brother - Chicago Sun-Times - The family connection obviously helped Ledarius land a spot with the Bears after the draft, but it’ll take more than that to keep him in the NFL. Based on his history, he’s capable of earning it.

Bears podcast discusses quarterback competition - Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer doesn’t have Brad Biggs with him on this edition of Bear Download, so he’s brought reinforcements: Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago and Dionne Miler of ABC-7. In addition to Bears talk, they can’t help but break down "The Last Dance."

Chicago Bears’ Top-10 Offseason Moves - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys countdown the 10 best moves the Chicago Bears have made in 2020.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Kristin Cavallari announces on Instagram that ‘Very Cavallari’ has ended - NBC Sports Chicago - And now our watch has ended.

NFL announces new policies regarding coaching searches, Rooney Rule - Pride Of Detroit - The NFL is making some significant changes on how coaching hires will be done in the future.

Rooney Rule likely will use draft picks as compensation, not as a reward - ProFootballTalk - The decision to table proposed Rooney Rule enhancements that would give teams draft-pick enhancement for hiring minority coaches or General Managers creates the impression that, if the proposal wasn’t tabled, it would have failed to secure the requisite 24 votes to secure passage. That’s not the case, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on a media conference call after Tuesday’s ownership videoconference.

NFL owners table resolution to reward minority hirings with draft position - ProFootballTalk - The NFL’s latest idea to incentivize hiring minority coaches and GMs does not appear to be going forward.

NFL chief MD: No timeline for when players can return - NFL.com - On the day that some NFL teams began to reopen their facilities, NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills declined to put a timeline on when players could return and football activities could resume.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Ranking the Bears tight ends individually by position - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears may have a lot of tight ends on the offseason roster, but they also have to fill the Y, the U and the H-Back among those players.

Wiltfong: Tom Waddle was the biggest underdog in Bears history - Windy City Gridiron - As a part of SB Nation’s Underdog Theme week, we look back on the biggest underdog in Chicago Bears history, good old number 87, Gregory Thomas Waddle.

THE RULES

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