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The Bear’s Den, June 2, 2020

Welcome to the second day of OTA’s at Halas Hall, as your Chicago Bears work together to... wait. What? They’re not... Oh. Ummmm. Nevermind.

NFL: MAY 23 Bears OTA
Chicago Bears center Cody Whitehair (65) speaks to the media after the Bears OTA session on May 23, 2018 at Halas Hall
Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


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?



This is part of our week long Xmaslovechild & Ken personal favorites (that aren’t mainstream, at least not in 2020) week. First his, then mine.



Wood: Nick Foles Will Be the Starting Quarterback - Da Bears Blog - For the Bears, there is no more important issue looming than which man will be under center receive the shotgun snap when the Bears take the field against Detroit in Week One. Today I want to dig into the stats to see what we can learn about Foles vs. Trubisky, as well as what to expect from whoever wins that derby compared to other QBs around the NFL.

Peyton Manning: Next Bears’ Quarterbacks Coach? – On Tap Sports Net - Perhaps not. Still...

NFC North Teams Flawed Enough for Bears to Win It - - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Bears Haven’t Given Up on Idea of Practicing with Broncos - - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Chicago Bears S Eddie Jackson ranked NFL’s fifth-best in coverage via Next Gen Stats - - Utilizing Next Gen Stats for the 2019 season,’s Nick Shook has ranked Bears safety Eddie Jackson as the league’s fifth-best player in pass coverage.

This week in Chicago Bears history: June 1-7 - - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, take a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the day running back David Montgomery was born.

Kevin White’s tragic time with Bears is why he’s not done with football yet - NBC Sports Chicago - Kevin White battled back from three serious injuries only to never get the one thing he wanted out of his time with the Bears.

Chicago Bears’ biggest questions during what would normally be OTAs - Chicago Sun-Times - The quarterback battle between Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky is on hold until training camp, and the team’s prized free-agent acquisitions won’t get a chance to acclimate beyond videoconferences. But here’s what’s worth asking as they prepare for the 2020 season.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy excited about Cole Kmet - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears began virtual organized team activities Monday, bringing together rookies and veterans alike for video calls.

Brad Biggs: 10 things to watch for at Chicago Bears OTAs - Chicago Tribune - Organized team activities are underway for the Chicago Bears and the rest of the NFL — except this year, they're virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health, Pressure and Opportunity: Three Keys for a Successful 2020 Chicago Bears Defense - Chicago Audible Blog - As long as the Bears' defense remains healthy, causes pressure and creates takeaways, the unit will take a step forward and have success this season.

2020 Bears Roster Review: Breaking down the Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles battle - NBC Sports Chicago - Taking a deep dive into all the dynamics of the Trubisky-Foles competition.

Peyton Manning reveals what he told Trubisky and Foles about 2020 offseason - NBC Sports Chicago - A new name from the list appeared on Monday morning.


XFL moves toward an August auction - ProFootballTalk - On August 3, the XFL will have a new owner.


Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Ranking the top 5 defensive tackles in the NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - Who are the best interior defenders in the division? Ken’s Note: Like the proverbial stopped clock, POD is bound to be right sooner or later if just by luck. This time? The got it right.

How much time does Matthew Stafford have left? - Pride Of Detroit - It’s a tough subject to broad, but one the Lions will have to consider life after Stafford sooner rather than later.

The top 10 NFL quarterbacks heading into 2020 - Pride Of Detroit - We count down the top 10 current quarterbacks in the NFL.


Wiltfong: Bears shut out in the 2020 All-Under-25 Team - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace hasn’t had many home runs in the NFL Draft, which is a big reason the Chicago Bears were shut out of’s 2020 All-Under-25 Team. Pace has found several contributors in the draft,...

Wiltfong: How has Nick Foles fared in versions of this West Coast Offense? - Windy City Gridiron - We take a statistical look at Nick Foles during his four years working in some variation of the Andy Reid West Coast Offense.

Berckes' Chicago Bears History by the Decade: George Halas’ Victory Lap in 1960s - Windy City Gridiron - Episode 5 of our limited podcast series Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade available now!


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