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Was Matt Nagy’s playcalling the biggest part of the Bears offensive woes in 2019? Was it more the OL stuggles?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Bombastic week continues...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Incumbency could give Mitch Trubisky the edge - Chicago Sun-Times - A shortened NFL preseason schedule will impact the Bears’ QB derby between Trubisky and Nick Foles — but it’s the offense that needs the work as much as the quarterback.

NFL training camp: COVID-19 protocols and testing - Chicago Tribune - What’s the latest on the possibility of NFL training camps opening on time? Our updates on the new developments of football’s restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Bears training camp preview: Who’s going to be the Bears’ WR2? - NBC Sports Chicago - There’s still plenty of time for Miller to reach his potential. But the clock’s ticking.

ESPN thinks Bears’ immediate future is more bleak than all but one NFL team - NBC Sports Chicago - Why does this keep happening??

Why There’s Nothing Wrong with Matt Nagy’s Play Calling - SI.com - One of the great questions about the Bears heading into the 2020 season won’t be solved at training camp or in preseason. Ken’s Note: And in the comments heads wills start exploding in 3, 2, 1....

Chicago Bears among top 5 defensive quartets in NFL - Bears Wire - Ranking the top defensive quartets in the league, it’s not a matter of if the Bears are on the list, it’s only a matter of where.

This week in Chicago Bears history: July 20-26 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, we provide a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the day that Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton was born.

In Need Of A Deal, NFL Faces Crucial Days Ahead - 670 The Score - The ugliness between Major League Baseball and its players’ union at the bargaining became public viewing for America earlier this spring and summer. To this point, the NFL has avoided that fate. But the NFL is now in a similar place to where MLB was as it attempts to iron out a deal with its

Bears, NFL players to be tested daily for COVID-19 - Chicago Sun-Times - After two weeks, the league will scale back testing only if the overall positive rate is below 5 percent. Otherwise, daily testing will continue at any point that the rate is above 5 percent.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL has offered NFLPA zero preseason games in 2020 - NFL.com - The NFL has offered the NFL Players Association no preseason games ahead of the 2020 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday afternoon.

Reports: League agrees to no preseason games - ProFootballTalk - The NFLPA wanted no preseason games. The NFL wanted two.

NFL, NFLPA agree to daily COVID-19 testing - ProFootballTalk - Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL has agreed to conduct daily COVID-19 testing.

No fans for Jets or Giants games this year - ProFootballTalk - According to Steve Politi of NJ.com, the Governor made the decision in conjunction with the teams involved. Ken's Note: This decision won't affect the Bears, since Chicago hosts the Giants this year. Hopefully. If things go well. Perhaps.

Report: Monday "maybe too soon" for NFL, NFLPA deal on health, safety issues - ProFootballTalk - The NFL and NFL Players Association have been talking about a number outstanding issues that include testing frequency, opt-out procedures, the number of preseason games, revenue losses and the overall structure of training camp.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFC North training camp preview: Packers aim to repeat; Vikings reload - Can the Packers repeat last year’s success despite entering with a familiar unanswered question? How will an infusion of young talent affect the Vikings? Grant Gordon examines all four NFC North teams ahead of training camp, identifying position battles,

Ranking the Detroit Lions’ 2020 roster: 90-81 - Pride Of Detroit - Our ranking of the Detroit Lions’ 90-man roster begins with the bottom 10.

Struggles in zone coverage make Kevin King’s long-term fit with the Packers a question - Acme Packing Company - Why Green Bay should friend zone Kevin King.

Packers rookies will not report for camp as scheduled on Tuesday, per report - Acme Packing Company - Packers rookies had been scheduled to report on July

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: How Bears’ personnel groupings could change from 2019 to 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears worked hard to overhaul their offense this offseason, and their changes could reflect a shift in personnel philosophy going forward.

Wiltfong: What to do with Adam Shaheen? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re running through a few 2020 Chicago Bears Training Camp preview round table questions with some of our staffers and today we ask their thoughts on Adam Shaheen.

Berckes: Vote on you Favorite Championship Belt Poster - Quarterfinals - Windy City Gridiron - It’s a tournament of champions! Vote now on your favorite from the series!

Wiltfong: The NFL offers no preseason games to the NFLPA - Windy City Gridiron - Here are the latest changes that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing to the NFL.

Wiltfong’s 10 Most Important Bears of 2020: #6 Robert Quinn is the key to the rule of 3 - Windy City Gridiron - For the 12th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. New edge rusher Robert Quinn checks in at number 6.

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