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The Bear’s Den, June 19, 2020

It’s the Juneteenth Den for 2020, we have defensive coaches interviews and a whole lot more.

Khalil Mack at the Bears 2019 training camp in Bourbonnais. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
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QBs, coronavirus, and cornerbacks: 5 Bears takeaways after talking to assistants - NBC Sports Chicago - Plus some scary news for NFC North offensive lines.

How Khalil Mack's brother, Ledarius, can make Bears' 53-man roster - NBC Sports Chicago - Ledarius Mack, like all undrafted free agents, faces a difficult path to a roster spot in Chicago. But are you actually going to count out a member of the Mack family when it comes to football?

Race To QB1: Mitchell On The Rise, Foles Endorsed – On Tap Sports Net - Catching everyone up on the battle to be the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears.

How Chuck Pagano Aligns Bears Defensive Stars Better - - Chuck Pagano called July 20 the date the NFL has told the Bears they can return to work at Halas Hall and in the meantime he has much to contemplate.

How Bears Coaches Plan to Replace Nick Kwiatkoski - - When the Bears quietly walked away from the table in free agency without replacing Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, it said something.

5 highlights from Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano's media session - - Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano discussed the addition of free-agent outside linebacker Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks' return from injury and more Thursday during a video call with the media.

Bears See Khalil Mack 'With Something To Prove' - 670 The Score - Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is never one to do much talking. This offseason, his actions have spoken louder than words.

Eyes Opened, Pagano Changes Stance On Protests - 670 The Score - After the Bears held discussions recently about police brutality and racial injustice, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano admits his view on peaceful protests has changed.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano confident Robert Quinn will find a home in 3-4 defense - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ defensive coordinator recalled a similar situation with the Colts in 2011, when Robert Mathis adjusted to a 3-4 outside linebacker and eventually thrived, with 19.5 sacks in 2013.

Bears coaches: Khalil Mack has ‘something to prove’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coaches know that Khalil Mack has been working out. They’ve seen him. Their star outside linebacker attended offseason video meetings from the weight room in his basement.

Bears ‘extremely hopeful, confident’ to have fans at Soldier Field for 2020 season - Chicago Sun-Times - President and CEO Ted Phillips says the team has contingency plans but still is planning to have fans at Soldier Field this season as of now.

Chicago Bears’ Chuck Pagano: ‘Eyes are opened up’ about social justice - Chicago Sun-Times - Former cornerback Antonio Cromartie told Bleacher Report last fall that Pagano told the Colts not to kneel during the national anthem in 2016, the year Colin Kaepernick began protesting racial injustice and police brutality.

Anthony Fauci says NFL should play in ‘bubble’ like NBA, other leagues - Chicago Sun-Times - A second wave of the coronavirus outbreak would endanger the football season under the league’s current plans.

Countdown to Camp 2020: Chicago Bears Cornerback Preview - Chicago Audible Podcast - The Chicago Audible continues its annual countdown to Chicago Bears training camp with an in-depth look at (and preview of) the team's cornerbacks.

NFL's coronavirus plan promises to get ugly, but hopefully not dangerous - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL has a loose plan for playing a season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It's probably going to get ugly -- but hopefully not dangerous.

Bears blown away with Khalil Mack's offseason, see him emerging as team leader - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' star edge rusher is apparently 'approaching the offseason with something to prove.'

Bears' Chuck Pagano says team is 'still working with' July 20 return date - NBC Sports Chicago - If everything goes to plan, there may be Bears football in just over a month.


Deebo Samuel broke his foot - ProFootballTalk - 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has been working out with teammates like Jimmy Garoppolo in Nashville recently, but it looks like he won’t be able to join the team on the field when they get to training camp.

Jamal Adams asks Jets to trade him - ProFootballTalk - Jamal Adams and the Jets appear to be headed for a divorce.


Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares


Wiltfong: Bears special team and defensive coaches met the media today - Windy City Gridiron - After their offensive coaching staff met the media yesterday via a video press conference, the Chicago Bears made their special teams and defensive assistants available today, and it was just as...

What is your favorite football video game of all time? - Windy City Gridiron - Take a trip down memory lane with some of our writers as we remember our favorite football video games of all time.


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