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The Bear’s Den, June 16, 2020

Kyle Long vents on Twitter plus the other Chicago Bears news of the day

Ken Mitchell
2018 Coach of the Year Matt Nagy. Photo by Denmaster Ken

A NOTE ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF UNREST

While we have a firm, non-bending rule against discussion of politics of any kind here in the Den, right now there are many WCG family members (and that’s what you are to us, our extended and sometimes dysfunctional family members) who live in areas nearby or even in civil disruption zones.

It’s OK to talk about that here in the Den (leaving politics entirely aside...). There are things happening in society that transcend our little sandbox full of toys here at WCG. All I ask is that you keep it civil, keep politics 100 percent out of it, and respect other people’s right to their own opinion.

If in doubt, don’t say it or word it in as non-confrontational of a way as possible. If it gets out of hand, well... let’s make sure it doesn’t come to that, m’kay?

Ken

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Mahalo Iz. Lele hou ma luna o ke ao, brudda.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears TE Demetrius Harris hits the training room and the field - Bears Wire - The Bears ended their offseason program early so that players could continue to train on their own ahead of training camp, including Harris.

Kyle Long Fires Off Shots at Matt Nagy and Bears Staff - SI.com - “I have supported this staff and the roster in the media since being released. Believe in the team and the coaches. But that doesn’t mean I would want to play for them” Long said in a Tweet.

2020 Bears Roster Review: Do Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet solve the tight end issues? - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears Roster Review is a weekly conversation about the state of the 2020 Bears roster from JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis. This week: tight ends.

Former Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey was instrumental in Soldier Field renovation, building of Halas Hall - ChicagoBears.com - When Michael McCaskey fused his love of football and architecture, he helped create two state-of-the-art facilities for a Bears franchise that’s been owned and operated by his family since the inception of the NFL in 1920.

Trubisky Talks, But Now Enters Fight for His Football Life - Da Bears Blog - We hadn’t heard much from Mitch Trubisky since the conclusion of the 2019 season. Scratch that, we hadn’t heard ANYTHING from Mitch Trubisky since the conclusion of his disastrous 2019 season.

Chicago Bears podcast: Mitch Trubisky speaks! - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky has spoken. But what does it mean for the Bears and the QB competition?

‘Fired’ by Bears, former offensive lineman Kyle Long considers return to NFL - Chicago Sun-Times - While it’s still unlikely Long will play football again, he’s not 100 percent ready to close the book on. And if he does come back, it won’t be with the Bears.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Why NFL must allow Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard into supplemental draft - NBC Sports Chicago - If the NFL is serious about listening to Black voices, it needs to make Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard eligible for the supplemental draft — if he wants to go that route.

Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard demands change after Mike Gundy photo emerges - NBC Sports Chicago - Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard is the latest athlete to speak out against his university’s racial intolerance and general tone deafness.

Roger Goodell "encourages" a team to sign Colin Kaepernick - ProFootballTalk - The Commissioner is on the record regarding Colin Kaepernick.

Brandon Brooks tears Achilles tendon, will miss 2020 season - ProFootballTalk - One of the best guards in the NFL is going to miss the entire 2020 season.

49ers extend Kyle Shanahan through 2025 - ProFootballTalk - The 49ers are not getting rid of head coach Kyle Shanahan any time soon.

Report: Lamar Jackson fine after collision with jet ski - ProFootballTalk - Lamar Jackson’s beach football excursion turned out much better than it could have.

Cowboys, Texans have tested positive for COVID-19 - NFL.com - Several Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys players have recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Tarik Cohen Confident In Bears' Quarterback Battle - 670 The Score - After the Bears acquired veteran quarterback Nick Foles in a trade with the Jaguars in March, incumbent starter Mitchell Trubisky quickly embraced the idea of competition coming to Chicago. So too did Bears running back Tarik Cohen.

Berckes' Chicago Bears History by the Decade: Shuffle up and Deal 80s - Windy City Gridiron - Episodes 7 and 8 of our limited podcast series Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade features the most famous team in Bears history

What is the best sports video game of all time? - SBNation.com - From NBA Jam to Backyard Baseball, it’s time to vote on your all time favorite.

THE RULES

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Editor’s note: The COVID-19 pandemic is a subject that requires sensitivity and care. Many families and people have already been impacted by this crisis as it unfolds. This is a reminder to please express yourself respectfully while also exercising common courtesy in interactions with one another in the comments. All WCG commentary guidelines remain in effect and apply especially. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

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