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The Bear’s Den, May 5, 2020

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The NFL loses one of it’s great coaches, plus all the Chicago Bears news of the day

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace offers more insight on Chicago Bears’ 2020 draft picks - ChicagoBears.com - Appearing on the Bears Draft 2020 show over the weekend on Fox32 Chicago, general manager Ryan Pace discussed what appealed most to the Bears about the seven players they drafted.

Bears training camp still expected to begin in late July - SI.com - The NFL is expected to begin training camps on time in late July and in person.

Why Another QB for Camp Roster Couldn’t Hurt Bears - SI.com - The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Broc Rutter from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. and gave him a signing bonus.

NFL will abandon plans to play international games during 2020 season - NBC Sports Chicago - The league announced their first change to the 2020 season on Monday morning.

NFL oddsmakers say Nick Foles will be Chicago Bears Week 1 starting QB - NBC Sports Chicago - According to oddsmakers, the Bears QB competition isn’t as close as the Bears say.

Rozner: It’s not over yet for Trubisky in Chicago - Daily Herald - No, the Bears have not given up on Mitch Trubisky.

Mitch Trubisky’s career with Bears hits new low with decline of 5th-year option - NBC Sports Chicago - The immediate future of Trubisky – and the Bears – took a dramatic turn over the weekend.

Roster Move: Bears sign Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to 1-year deal - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday signed speedy free-agent receiver and return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. to a one-year contract. Ginn has played 13 NFL seasons for the Dolphins, 49ers, Panthers, Cardinals and Saints.

Was declining Mitch Trubisky’s option right for the Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash answer the Bears’ most pressing question of the week.

RIP DON SHULA

Don Shula dies at age 90: Iconic coach left indelible mark on NFL - NFL.com - In the wake of Don Shula’s passing, Judy Battista examines the extraordinary career of the NFL’s winningest coach. What was his most difficult loss? And how do you put 347 victories in proper perspective?

NFL community reacts to Don Shula’s passing - NFL.com - Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula passed away Monday morning at the age of 90. Here’s reaction from around the league to the loss of the legendary Dolphins and Colts coach.

Csonka: Don Shula reason ‘72 Dolphins went unbeaten - NFL.com - In 100 years of the NFL, only one team has gone undefeated through an entire season. HOF fullback Larry Csonka shared stories from the 1972 Dolphins and Don Shula following the coach’s passing.

Don Shula, legendary Miami Dolphins coach, dies at age 90 - NBC - Don Shula, the legendary NFL coach who won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins and took the Baltimore Colts to another, died Monday at age 90.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL cancels international games for 2020 season - NFL.com - The NFL announced Monday that its five scheduled international games for 2020 — four in London and one in Mexico City — will instead be played stateside due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions avoid London game, NFL to cancel International Series in 2020 - Pride Of Detroit - It looks like the Lions will stick in the states in 2020.

Breaking Down Ezra Cleveland - Daily Norseman - An athletic tackle/guard prospect who needs to get stronger

Aaron Rodgers remained the league’s least interception-prone starting QB in 2019 - Acme Packing Company - Rodgers’ avoidance of turnovers continues to amaze, even as his luck regressed back to normal from 2018 to 2019. Ken's Note: That's because he lead the league in throwing passes at the bench. His risk-averse play hurt "those people" the last two seasons.

Cheese Curds, 5/4: Packers will be back in the running to host the 2024 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - With 2022 going back to Las Vegas, Green Bay has its sights set now on 2024. Ken's Note: By then, they might even be able to get a Taco Bell or an Arby's, which would double the restaurant options in town and be the best eats in the area.

Would an owner have prevented the Packers from drafting Jordan Love? - ProFootballTalk - Green Bay’s stunning decision to trade up four spots to take a first-round flier on quarterback Jordan Love raises many questions. Here’s one that Simms and I discussed on Monday’s PFTOT: Would a traditional owner have allowed G.M. Brian Gutekunst to make the move?

Kenny Golladay named a top-10 WR in NFL - Pride Of Detroit - Do you agree? Does that mean he’ll get a top-10 contract?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Chicago Bears History by the Decade: The Roaring 20s - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the first episode of our limited podcast series hosted by Jeff Berckes, Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade!

Who will be the next player the Bears release? - Windy City Gridiron - We continue our latest offseason WCG round table by asking our team who the Bears should release next.

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