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The Bear’s Den, May 9, 2020

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Assistant Denmaster Jack here! A potential answer at guard is fresh on the market, some view the Bears schedule as easy, and other news!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This one’s for those who only watch children’s films about bears.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chalk Talk: Have the Chicago Bears ever had a perfect season? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have ever had an undefeated season, if brothers Brendon and Obafemi Ayanbadejo were Bears teammates and if cornerback Jaylon Johnson is the highest drafted player from Utah in Bears history.

What you need to know about Bears’ opponents - ChicagoBears.com - Take a capsule look at the 13 teams the Bears will play during the 2020 season, including series records, the last meetings between the clubs, key personnel additions and losses and more.

Chicago Bears reporters give game-by-game predictions for the 2020 season - ChicagoBears.com - We’ve compiled game-by-game predictions that were made by 10 Chicago reporters after the schedule was released Thursday evening

Bears crack the list: Most forgiving 2020 NFL schedules- NFL.com - Chicago is set up for a solid start with games against the Lions, Giants and Falcons out of the gate. “Instead of visiting ice-cold Green Bay in Week 17, the Bears will grapple with the Packers at Soldier Field.” ADM Jack’s Note: Marc Sessler has clearly never been to Chicago in January.

Bears release 2020 schedule, but it’s anyone’s guess if it will be played - DailyHerald.com - We now have the Chicago Bears “proposed” 2020 schedule, which features 4 prime time games and closes against the Packers at Lambeau. But who knows how if it will even be played or what the games will look like.

Bears could make a move for recently-released Saints guard Larry Warford - NBC Sports Chicago - One of the best guards of 2019 is all of a sudden on the market.

Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari’s messy split has Chicago angry on Twitter - NBC Sports Chicago - Twitter has Chicago’s favorite, maybe-unmotivated, son’s back. ADM Jack’s Note: Look, you can go after Cutler’s passer rating. You can go after his TD-INT ratio. You can go after a lot of things. But people really shouldn’t be going after his work ethic. And reportedly, the “people” I’m referencing here includes his soon-to-be ex-wife...

Stankevitz: How the Bears’ quarterback competition could be impacted by ‘easy’ early games - NBC Sports Chicago - Facing the Lions and Giants to start 2020 could have a major impact on who the Bears’ QB is for the 2020 season.

Bear Down, The 2020 Schedule is Here – On Tap Sports Net - 2020 may become the ultimate “put up or shut up” season for the Bears.

Betting Edge: The Odds Are in on 2020 Bears Schedule - SI.com - The lines for every Bears game on the schedule have been issued by Betonline.ag and their record last year is reflected in the odds.

Bears looking to snap 6-year opening game losing streak - Bears Wire - Believe it or not, the Bears haven’t won a Week 1 game since the start of the Marc Trestman era in 2013.

2020 schedule: Bears face 2019 playoff team in 7 of final 9 game - Bears Wire - The first half of Chicago’s schedule is certainly favorable, but they’ll face a difficult stretch in the second half of the 2020 season.

Hughes: Thoughts on the 2020 Schedule Release - Da Bears Blog - Who knows what is to come from the NFL season? But there is a schedule now and here are my thoughts.

Pearson’s 10 observations: Bears 2020 schedule - 247sports.com - Zack Pearson breaks down 10 observations of the Chicago Bears 2020 schedule including primetime games, travel days and more.

Bears rookie film review: TE Cole Kmet vs. Georgia (2019) - 247sports.com - 247 Sports breaks down the film on tight end Cole Kmet’s best game as a member of Notre Dame when they took on Georgia back in 2019.

Dickerson: Opportunity exists for fast start for Chicago Bears - ESPN - The Bears could start fast if their offense gets on track. Matchups against four playoff teams later in the year could stop a postseason run.

Bears players are handling their orientation on Zoom - Chicago Sun-Times - Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is on his sixth NFL team, safety Tashuan Gipson his fourth. The newest Bears, though, never had an orientation like this.

Chicago Bears: W-L predictions for 2020 season - Chicago Tribune - Here’s the complete Chicago Bears 2020 schedule with a breakdown — and prediction — of each game from Tribune reporters.

Biggs: Chicago Bears interested in offensive lineman Larry Warford - Chicago Tribune - A league source said the Chicago Bears are at least considering pursuing guard Larry Warford, whom the Saints cut Friday.

Did 2020 NFL Draft push the needle anymore for Chicago Bears? - CHI CITY SPORTS - Did the Chicago Bears get better after the 2020 NFL Draft or Free Agency? We take a look.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Rosenthal: Toughest 2020 NFL schedules: Brady-less Patriots will be tested - NFL.com - The 2020 NFL schedule’s out! So, which teams face the most difficult slates?

Derrick Brown, Panthers agree on 4-year, $23.6M deal - NFL.com - The first draft pick of the Matt Rhule era has been officially signed.

Jaguars agree to terms with QB Mike Glennon - NFL.com - The Jaguars have agreed to terms with veteran signal-caller Mike Glennon, the team announced Friday.

Saints release Larry Warford - ProFootballTalk - The Saints announced on Friday that they have released Warford. The move will clear $7.75 million in cap space while leaving $5.125 million in dead money.

A.J. Green ready to work with Joe Burrow whenever that’s possible - ProFootballTalk - A.J. Green said goodbye to his longtime quarterback Andy Dalton on a FaceTime call after Dalton was released by the Bengals last week and now he’s looking forward to getting to work with the team’s new quarterback.

Ravens sign third-rounder Tyre Phillips - ProFootballTalk - The Ravens got another contract done with a 2020 draft pick on Friday.

One firm gets nearly half of the $112 million in concussion lawsuit legal fees - ProFootballTalk - The concussion class action that generated a potentially gigantic settlement also has generated a significant amount of legal fees.

Patriots sign Michael Onwenu, leaving only two draft picks unsigned - ProFootballTalk - The Patriots announced yet another signing of a draft pick.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: How the NFL’s schedule contingency plans affected the Packers for 2020 - Acme Packing Company - Details of the NFL’s goals for a flexible schedule reveal why the Packers play at home two days after a college football game at Lambeau and how a 14-game schedule could work.

Detroit: 2020 Detroit Lions schedule breakdown, predictions - Pride Of Detroit - The PODcast crew breaks down the Lions’ schedule release.

Detroit Lions 1 of 2 teams without primetime game in 2020 - Pride Of Detroit - But that may not be a bad thing...

Minnesota: Early Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection - Daily Norseman - An early look into how position battles may play out.

2020 Schedule: How The Minnesota Vikings Will Win (or Lose) Every Game - Daily Norseman - Predicting every game of the 2020 Minnesota Vikings season with semi-satirical certainty.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Akiem Hicks’ elbow is fine - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL should be very afraid...

Where do the Bears rank in positional spending? - Windy City Gridiron - Earlier today Chicago Bears Twitter was abuzz talking about positional spending throughout the league and it was sparked by former Bears great Olin Kreutz.

2020 vision: Previewing best-case and worst-case scenarios for Bears - Windy City Gridiron - With the schedule officially released, let’s take a look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the Bears in 2020.

Chicago Bears: Exclusive WCG interview with Ted Ginn Jr. - Windy City Gridiron - Ted Ginn Jr. joins Bears Banter

Why won’t Ryan Pace sign rookie quarterbacks? - Windy City Gridiron - We debunk the myth that late round and UDFA quarterbacks can’t be valuable to a franchise while looking at all of Chicago’s QB pickups since 2015.

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