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The Bear’s Den, February 13, 2021

New defensive coordinator Sean Desai is set to meet with the media Monday for his introductory video press conference. The Houston Texans made a player available to the Bears! No, not that one.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Olin Kreutz Talks O-line - Chicago Bears All Acces‪s - Former Bears offensive lineman Olin Kreutz and former quarterback and SiriusXM Radio’s Jim Miller join hosts Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer on the Chicago Bears All Access Podcast. Jack’s Note: Joniak mentions that new defensive coordinator Sean Desai is scheduled to meet with the media for his introductory video press conference on Monday.

Hammond: Bears free agent, draft options at safety - Daily Herald - If Eddie Jackson plays up to his Pro Bowl standards set in 2018 and 2019, it would solve a lot of problems for the Bears.

Hughes: Hiring Mike Pettine Another Step in Matt Nagy’s Development as a Head Coach - Da Bears Blog - Matt Nagy’s offense has had zero success against the Green Bay Packers. A lot of that blame falls upon the quarterback position, but not all of it.

La Canfora: Ranking 13 NFL players' 2021 franchise tag chances by tiers, from sure things to playing a hunch - CBS - Here's a look at who's getting the most franchise tag buzz, including Dak Prescott, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Allen Robinson.

Morrissey: Expect the worst when it comes to Bears’ pursuit of new quarterback - Chicago Sun-Times - You can’t be disappointed if you think it will be business as usual for the team, which hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger haven’t met yet to discuss his future - Behind the Steel Curtain - The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger have yet to sit down and iron out details for his plans this season, and maybe beyond.

Texans CEO “expect[s] Deshaun Watson to remain a Texan - ProFootballTalk - J.J. Watt asked for his release and the Texans granted the request, but CEO Cal McNair said the team isn’t ready to move on without quarterback Deshaun Watson.

J.J. Watt, Houston Texans mutually agree to part ways after 10 seasons - NFL.com - The J.J. Watt era in Houston is over. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year and the Texans mutually agreed to part ways on Friday.

Houston Texans give J.J. Watt chance to win elsewhere - ESPN - When you think of the Houston Texans, you think of J.J. Watt. But after 10 seasons, the Texans released Watt at his request.

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith, family unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint in California - NFL.com - Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was unharmed after he and his family were robbed at gunpoint in California earlier this week.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Matt Prater can only be bested by a field goal-kicking robot - Pride Of Detroit - It has already been seven years since Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater set the NFL record for longest field goal in league history. That 64-yard boot has yet to be bested since that game in Denver.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong Jr: Chicago Bears 2021 Roster Turnover Series - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2021 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

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