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The Bear’s Den, June 8, 2020

No activities until training camp? Iowa football under fire? David Montgomery had a good 2019? Let’s talk about it.

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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?



I’ll be alright without the ‘85 Bears. There’ll be another ring, I keep telling myself.



What would 1985 Chicago Bears look like if they played in 2020? - NBC Sports Chicago - Walter Payton could transcend eras. But would the 46 defense?

Chamberlain: Why One Bears Camp QB Battle Is Not Enough - BearDigest - The one certainty in an NFL season seems to be teams need more than one quarterback.

James Daniels Amid Center of Controversy With Iowa - BearDigest - Bears guard/center James Daniels on Friday evening was involved in a social media explosion about his old school and the football program’s alleged mistreatment of black players.

Bears’ David Montgomery was second best pass-blocking RB in 2019 - BearsWire - Bears RB David Montgomery had a solid rookie season, and he was one of the best RBs in pass protection last year.

Blackhawks’, Bears’ broadcasters get nods as city’s best - Chicago Sun-Times - It was sad not to be able to include the late Ed Farmer and his longtime partner, Darrin Jackson, and too soon to include Bulls newcomer Adam Amin and Stacey King.

After speaking out for social justice, Bears put words into action - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have spent time in their meetings trying to find ways to channel their energy into change.

NFL and racism: Black players want bosses, peers to listen - Chicago Tribune - In the NFL, in which 58.9% of players last season were African American and 70.1% were people of color, the players’ fight to get their white bosses and peers to listen has been going on for years.


Ex-NFL WR Reche Caldwell Dead, Shot and Killed In Tampa - TMZ - Reche Caldwell - a former NFL wide receiver who played with Tom Brady — was shot and killed in Tampa on Saturday, his mother confirms to TMZ Sports.

Bengals great Ken Riley dies at 72 - ProFootballTalk - Ken Riley, a cornerback who spent his entire 15-year career with the Bengals and was a three-time All-Pro, has died at the age of 72.


Sources - NFL players not expected to return to team facilities until training camp - ESPN - NFL players are not expected to return to their team facilities until training camp, sources told ESPN. A memo Tuesday said teams must hold training camp at their main practice facilities and cannot hold joint training camp practices with other teams.

Brittany Brees: We are the problem, we are sorry - ProFootballTalk - After Drew Brees apologized multiple times last week for suggesting that NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem disrespected the country, his wife apologized as well.

Michael Irvin: Cowboys should pay Dak Prescott “back pay” for his years being underpaid - ProFootballTalk - Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin has a suggestion that Dak Prescott will love and Jerry Jones will not.

Larry Fitzgerald Jr.: This Is Not the Minneapolis of My Youth - The New York Times - The Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver writes of present-day unrest and recalls a more peaceful time in his hometown. “We are not listening to one another.”


Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Detroit Lions’ Tracy Walker reacts to Roger Goodell, remembers Ahmaud Arbery on CNN - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions safety joined Chris Cuomo Friday night.

Minnesota: Nobody cares


Roundtable: WCG’s NFC North Consensus Top 50: Nos. 20-11 - Windy City Gridiron - In our latest NFC North Top 50 article, we reveal who placed 11th through 20th on our consensus staff board.

Roundtable: WCG’s NFC North Consensus Top 50: Nos. 10-1 - Windy City Gridiron - To conclude our NFC North consensus top 50, we reveal which players ended up in the top 10, and which player ranked first overall.

Wiltfong: Watch Allen Robinson break down his own game film - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears wide out Allen Robinson was a guest on Alex Rollins’ YouTube channel to break down some of his own game film. It’s an incredible peek inside the mind of an NFL wide receiver.

Wiltfong: Foles’ odds on being named the starter continue to grow - Windy City Gridiron - The gap continues to widen from odds-makers in regards to who will start at quarterback for the Bears in 2020.

Salo: Watch the Chicago Bears Dismantle the New England Patriots this Afternoon on NBC - Windy City Gridiron - The ‘85 Bears we’re on network television Sunday. ADM Jack’s note: This is my first contribution to WCG other than Bear’s Dens, so please let me know what you think!


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