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The Bear’s Den, September 8, 2020

Ryan Pace speaks, the “unofficial” depth chart contains some interesting choices plus more news of the day...

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(L-R) Mitchell Trubisky #10, Kyle Long #75 and General Manager Ryan Pace of the Chicago Bears 
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Clark: Foles should be Bears’ starting QB, not Trubisky - ESPN Video - Ryan Clark explains why Nick Foles is a better option than Mitchell Trubisky as Chicago’s starting quarterback.

Pace ‘Proud’ Trubisky Responded, Won Starting Job - 670 The Score - The Bears named Mitchell Trubisky their starting quarterback entering the regular season. General manager Ryan Pace is proud of Trubisky, who he feels responded well to an offseason of being challenged.

Cole Kmet Has Impressed Bears With Football Intelligence - 670 The Score - Bears general manager Ryan Pace has been impressed with the football intelligence of rookie tight end Cole Kmet, who’s expected to play a key role the offense this season.

Ryan Pace: Allen Robinson ‘Important’ To Bears - 670 The Score - Bears general manager Ryan Pace declined to discuss a potential contract extension for top receiver Allen Robinson but did acknowledge that he doesn’t view this week as a deadline to reach a deal.

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace senses ‘different mindset’ from QB Mitchell Trubisky heading into 2020 season - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Monday that he’s

4 non-QB things we learned from Chicago Bears general manger Ryan Pace’s media session - ChicagoBears.com - Bears GM Ryan Pace spoke to reporters Monday about more than just the quarterback competition, including why he places so much importance on acquiring top pass rushers such as Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn.

Chicago Bears release first unofficial depth chart of 2020 season, Jaylon Johnson listed as starting CB - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer provides five takeaways from the Bears’ first unofficial depth chart, including rookie second-round pick Jaylon Johnson being listed as a starter at cornerback.

2020 NFC win-total projections: 49ers on top; Bears towards the bottom - NFL.com - Analytics guru Cynthia Frelund reveals her projected win total for each NFC team. The 49ers top the board, while the Seahawks fall short of a playoff slot.

Bears GM Ryan Pace sets his team’s target: Win the Super Bowl - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s a great goal, but his formula for accomplishing it still looks like it’s to hope the offense can stitch together 17 points and see if that’s enough to win.

4 things we heard from Bears GM Ryan Pace - Chicago Sun-Times - Ryan Pace said he doesn’t see Sunday’s season opener being the deadline for the Bears to reach a contract extension with receiver Allen Robinson. His history, though, shows it’s exactly that.

Bears GM Ryan Pace affirms his belief in QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace has a lot of valid reasons to think Trubisky will be better in 2020. But, with all due respect, we’ll have to see it to believe it.

Bears release Week 1 depth chart - Chicago Sun-Times - Veteran Tashaun Gipson and rookie Jaylon Johnson are listed as the team’s starting safety and cornerback, respectively, in the first Bears depth chart of the season.

Chicago Bears: GM Ryan Pace still has 'championship expectations' - Chicago Tribune - Externally, skepticism abounds regarding the 2020 Chicago Bears. But inside Halas Hall, general manager Ryan Pace is brimming with optimism and confident in how the quarterback derby played out.

Ryan Pace: Highlights from Chicago Bears GM's news conference - Chicago Tribune - How does Ryan Pace feel about Mitch Trubisky's development? About Jimmy Graham's potential? About Allen Robinson's future in Chicago? The Bears general manager met with reporters Monday to discuss all of that and more.

Nick Foles: Was QB hurt by short Chicago Bears training camp? - Chicago Tribune - The fact Matt Nagy said last week there was no “clear-cut” winner of the Chicago Bears quarterback competition makes it easy to play the what-if game. And one of the first questions that comes to mind is what if Nick Foles had a couple more weeks of in-person preparation time?

Mitchell Trubisky 'Not Taking Opportunity For Granted' - On Tap Sports Net - The buildup is finally over. Mitchell Trubisky will go into the 2020 NFL season as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

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Oregon’s Penei Sewell opts out of college season, intends to enter 2021 NFL Draft - NFL.com - Oregon’s Penei Sewell, one of the nation’s top prospects, announced Monday that he’s opting out of the upcoming college football season and intends to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Raiders put Marcus Mariota on injured reserve, DeShone Kizer on practice squad - ProFootballTalk - Marcus Mariota, the backup quarterback who has been struggling with a strained pectoral muscle, has been placed on injured reserve. Under the NFL’s rules for the 2020 season, that means Mariota can return after three weeks.

Bill Belichick keeps heaping praise on Cam Newton - ProFootballTalk - It’s believed that former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wanted out of New England due in part to the failure of coach Bill Belichick to sufficiently praise the quarterback for his efforts.

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2020 Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky Named Starting QB Reaction Roundtable (Part 2) - Windy City Gridiron - The opinions keep coming as we discuss the Foles trade in retrospect, Trubisky’s leash, and the future of the Bears QB position.

Infante & Duerrwaechter's Bears 2020 college prospect preview: SEC - Windy City Gridiron - In the first edition of our annual college football prospect preview series, we take a look at some of the top players in the SEC.

Schmitz & Berckes - Bear With Me Podcast: So Mitchell Trubisky is the Chicago Bears’ starting Quarterback... (with Jeff Berckes!) - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. brings on Bears over Beers host Jeff Berckes to talk through the news of Mitchell Trubisky returning as the starting QB for the Chicago Bears.

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