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The Bear’s Den, June 26, 2020

Bears coaches meet with the press, answer questions, as the league still looks for a July camp start

Some of your hardworking Windy City Gridiron staff watching Bears practice last year at Bourbonnais. Front Row, Left To Right Ken Mitchell, Patti Curl; Back Row Left To Right John “Moon” Mullen (who isn’t a WCG staffer but we let him sit with the cool kids), Jeff Berckes, EJ Snyder, Lester A. Wiltfong Jr., Robert Schmitz.


Welcome to 90’s Pop & Rock Week here in the Den, as we feature some of the greatest acts of the 1990’s... and some of the most annoying 90’s acts as well. This week, expect a two-for, first the “good” and then the “not so good”...

The Good

The Not So Good



Chicago Bears WRs coach predicts big things for Riley Ridley - Chicago Sun-Times - It was surprising to hear receivers coach Mike Furrey plant his flag about probably the sixth or seventh player in his position group.

Bears coaches, Khalil Mack highlight podcast - Chicago Tribune - From getting to know the new Bears coaches and their expectations — not to mention questions surrounding linebacker Khalil Mack and quarterback Mitch Trubisky — there’s plenty to discuss on this edition of the Bear Download podcast.

Jay Cutler’s ongoing chicken murder mystery takes a new, devious twist - NBC Sports Chicago - Jay Cutler, the former Bears QB turned sleuth, has cleared Thelma The Cat of any wrongdoing ... for now.

Why Bears get ‘hate’ and ‘disrespect’ from national NFL media - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears aren’t talked about glowingly on a national level, if they’re even talked about at all. But there’s a good reason for all that “disrespect.”

Why Bears believe Ted Ginn can push Allen Robinson to even bigger 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears don’t need Ted Ginn to get the ball a lot for him to make an impact in 2020, specifically on Allen Robinson.

Race To QB1: Lazor, Flip Chime In – On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator and quarterback coach give an inside look of the upcoming QB battle.

Familiar Guiding Hands Can Point Nick Foles to Success - Some NFL quarterbacks walk onto a field and produce. Most need assistance. Nick Foles can thrive with someone familiar pointing him in the proper direction.

Bears represented at QB Coaching Summit - - Bears running backs coach Charles London and assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly participated in the third annual Quarterback Coaching Summit Monday and Tuesday.


Report: NFL Planning For On-Time Start To Training Camp - 670 The Score - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed the league’s 32 teams on conference call Thursday that training camp is expected to start on time, NFL Media reported.

NFL’s plans for 2020 must allow players, coaches to opt out - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL and NFL Players Association work toward an agreement (hopefully) that will allow the 2020 season to be played, an important consideration cannot be forgotten: Any players or coaches who decide that they are not comfortable participating in the season as structured must be given a chance to opt out, without penalty.


New Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp promises to be more available to media - Pride Of Detroit - The new Lions owner appears open to be more transparent than her predecessors.

CBS Sports names Eric Kendricks second-best linebacker in the NFL - Daily Norseman - And it’s about damn well time

Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud was reliable and productive in Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - A reader suggestion gives us a great opportunity to reflect on Jan Stenerud’s brief but excellent run in Green Bay.

NFL source ‘very certain’ 2020 season will be played - Pride Of Detroit - One source within the NFL is certain there will be football played this year.


Wiltfong: Bears roster ranked 21st in the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - ESPN and PFF is ranking the rosters in the NFL based on "grades" so let’s see just how below average their defense is...

Do you think the NFL will play a full regular season schedule in 2020? - Windy City Gridiron - The staff at WCG has been talking about some COVID-19 related topics in regards to the NFL, so we wanted to share some of what we think with you guys in this next series of round table questions.


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