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The Bear’s Den, January 29, 2021

Bears bring in Rumph & McGovern, two veteran coaches for the 2021 defensive brain trust.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
The Bears scouted Trevis Gipson (99, tackling ole what’s-his-name) in last year’s Senior Bowl. Will they find any players they want to draft in this year’s game?
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Losing Allen Robinson Should Not Be an Option - Da Bears Blog - The Bears should not even consider a roster next season without him. And that consideration does not require paying him north of $80 million, despite the #ExtendARob movement on social media. The Bears have made many substantial, lucrative offers to Robinson and his side has rejected all of them. He wants $100 million. No one is going to pay him that.

Danny Parkins shares his open letter to Deshaun Watson - 670 The Score - While all early indications – as well as logic when assessing draft capital – suggest the Bears are on the outer fringe of the trade sweepstakes for Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream in Chicago.

Ian Rapoport sees Bears in play for Deshaun Watson – kind of - 670 The Score - NFL insider Ian Rapoport believes the Bears will be among the teams seriously pursuing a trade for Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, but he didn’t exactly proclaim that in the most inspiring tone.

Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach - 670 The Score - The Bears have hired veteran assistant Chris Rumph as their new defensive line coach, the team announced Thursday. Chicago recently lost defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, who’s expected to join the Los Angeles Chargers’ coaching staff.

Bears expected to add ILBs coach Bill McGovern - Chicago Sun-Times - He’ll replace Mark DeLeone, who is expected to join the Lions and new head coach Dan Campbell, who has a six-year contract.

Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach as DC Sean Desai fills out staff - Chicago Sun-Times - Desai is assembling his staff after the Bears cleared out or lost nearly all their defensive position coaches.

Bill McGovern: Chicago Bears hire him as inside LBs coach - Chicago Tribune - A day after Mark DeLeone became the latest Chicago Bears assistant to leave the staff, the team has replaced him, hiring veteran Bill McGovern as inside linebackers coach.

Chris Rumph the new Chicago Bears defensive line coach - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have hired former Houston Texans assistant Chris Rumph to be their new defensive line coach.

Slot Positions Must Rate High Priority for Chicago Bears - Sports Illustrated - Whether it's the slot receiver or the slot defensive back, the Chicago Bears need help in the middle of the field as their poor production on both sides of the ball there showed last year.

Chicago Bears Hire Chris Rumph as Defensive Line Coach - Sports Illustrated - Chris Rumph coached the Houston Texans outside linebackers last year and in 2021 will be the new Bears defensive line coach, replacing Jay Rodgers.

Matthew Stafford Not a Chicago Bears Fit But Some Others Are - Sports Illustrated - Some veteran quarterbacks who would be more realistic trade or free agent options for the Bears than a trade within their own division for Detroit's Matthew Stafford or paying a decade's worth of first-round draft picks for Deshaun Watson.

Chicago Bears hire Chris Rumph as new defensive line coach - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Thursday hired Chris Rumph as defensive line coach. Rumph spent the 2020 season as Houston Texans outside linebackers coach after previously working at top college programs such as Alabama and Clemson.

9 players to watch in 2021: Chicago Bears OL James Daniels' return from injury will provide huge boost - ChicagoBears.com - An abbreviated third season still showed the potential of guard James Daniels, whose return in 2021 should provide a huge boost for the Bears offense.

Deshaun Watson beyond Bears’ reach, but domino effect could help QB problem - Chicago Sun-Times - At least half the NFL will want in on Watson if he’s available, and the Bears are unlikely to compile a trade package to sway the Texans or an appealing situation for Watson.]

5 reasons why the Chicago Bears came up short in 2020 - Bears Wire - The Bears had an early wild-card exit in the playoffs following a .500 season. Here's what went wrong in 2020.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Houston Texans targeting Lovie Smith to join coaching staff - RSN - Would you wanna see Lovie back in the NFL?

Art Rooney II: We can't bring Ben Roethlisberger back at current cap hit - ProFootballTalk - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s return to the Steelers wasn’t a sure thing when the team’s season came to an end against the Browns in the Wild Card round and team president Art Rooney II said on Thursday that it remains an open question.

Ben Roethlisberger says he's ready to restructure his contract for Steelers - ProFootballTalk - Hours after Steelers President Art Rooney II said the team can’t handle Ben Roethlisberger‘s cap hit, Roethlisberger says he has no problem restructuring his contract to help the team out.

Some think David Culley is a bridge to Josh McCown - ProFootballTalk - Multiple league sources believe that the Texans will keep Culley in place for a couple of years, and that he will then “retire” and be replaced by McCown.

Andy Reid happy for David Culley but wishes Eric Bieniemy had gotten hired, too - ProFootballTalk - “I’m glad I have him [for another season], but I’m not so glad I have him,” Reid said. “I was really hoping he would have an opportunity to take one of these jobs. You guys know what I think of him. I think he’s great. I think he would be great for any number of teams that opened up and help them win football games and also develop men into men. I just think he’s a great person.”

Mike Mayock: I was disappointed in the productivity of our rookies - ProFootballTalk - The Raiders selected seven players for their 2020 draft class, the team’s first since relocating to Las Vegas. Apparently General Manager Mike Mayock wasn’t thrilled with the results of his own picks.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 'It amazes me' OC Eric Bieniemy isn't a head coach - "It amazes me, honestly," Patrick Mahomes said Thursday on the Dan Patrick Show, via the New York Post. "The first year, you kind of were like, 'All right, it's just his first cycle through.' Then last year, the interviews, you're like, 'For sure he's gonna get a job.' Then this year."

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Mark Brunell 1 of 3 candidates interviewing for Lions QB coach - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are looking to fill their all-important QB coach job.

Report: Keenan McCardell to become Vikings wide receivers coach - Daily Norseman - A new face with a familiar name

Year-End Walkthroughs: Assessing the Packers’ 2020 season - Acme Packing Company - APC writers come to grips with the end of another great year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante’s 2021 Senior Bowl: Recapping Day 3 of practice - Windy City Gridiron - Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante shares his thoughts from the third day of practices at the 2021 Senior Bowl.

Wiltfong: Report - Bears have hired Bill McGovern as inside linebackers coach - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are adding a veteran coach to their defensive coaching ranks.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears All-Time RAS Offense - Windy City Gridiron - We’re looking at some of the greatest athletes to be drafted by the Bears in the last 34 years!

Wiltfong: Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s defensive coaching staff has a new hire!

Schmitz: Talking through Senior Bowl Day 2 (with Jacob Infante!) - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. catches up with Jacob Infante’s observations from Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice.

Chicago Bears’ ideal off-season roundtable: Scheming away - Windy City Gridiron - With the band back together, another foundational spring awaits the Bears. But the WCG staff has differing definitions of ideals and success.

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