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The Bear’s Den, February 8, 2021

Super Bowl and Carson Wentz, those two things were the talk this weekend. We are skipping the Super Bowl here in the Den because it has been well and truly covered elsewhere.

Chicago Bears v Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in the second quarter as Nick Williams #97 of the Chicago Bears defends at Lincoln Financial Field on November 03, 2019 in Philadelphia. Wentz was 26of 39 for 239 yards and a tuddy with no picks with a passer rating of 91.7. Mitchell Trubisky was 10 of 21 for 125 yards, no tuddys or picks and a passer rating of 66.6.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears kicker Cairo Santos is the reason Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wears 15 - RSN - Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes wears 15 because of Bears kicker Cairo Santos... yes, really.

Bears great Devin Hester eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022 - RSN - Bears legend and special team GOAT Devin Hester is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022.

Bears-Carson Wentz trade rumors summed up by perfect Ryan Pace Tweet - RSN - This tweet describes a rumored Bears-Carson Wentz trade perfectly, and it’s oh so depressing.

What Chicago Bears Fans Have to Fear About a Carson Wentz Deal - Sports Illustrated - It’s not as much Carson Wentz’s skills which should scare Bears fans but the fact their team is going to make a trade at all for a quarterback, because they never seem to get one right.

Rebuilding the Chicago Bears Defense: A First Big Step - Sports Illustrated - Being No. 1 in overall defense made the Chicago Bears a division champion in 2018 and then injuries took a toll for two seasons but there are ways they can restore the high level they once had starting with one position.

Chicago Bears hire former Oregon State assistant Michael Pitre as new running backs coach - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Thursday hired Michael Pitre as their running backs coach. Pitre spent the last three seasons as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State.

Report: Bears expressing interest in Eagles’ Carson Wentz - 670 The Score - The Bears are among the teams expressing interest in Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who’s expected to be traded in the next week, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Saturday afternoon.

Could Derek Carr Be Last Best Hope for Chicago Bears? - Sports Illustrated - The problem with a possible acquisition of Derek Carr for the Chicago Bears is it hinges on Houston agreeing to deal Deshaun Watson to Las Vegas and there are several reasons to believe this wouldn't happen.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Deshaun Watson trade: Jay Cutler gives Texans QB advice to get dealt - RSN - If anyone knows how to force a trade, it’s Jay Cutler.

Peyton Manning highlights 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class - Chicago Sun-Times - He is joined by Bears rivals Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson. The full class was announced Saturday.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen tweets that he’s not going anywhere - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears fans might be riding the roller coaster of quarterback trade rumors on Twitter, but running back Tarik Cohen isn’t.

Bears rejects spark Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears chose Phil Emery over Jason Licht for their general manager job in 2012, then chose Marc Trestman over Bruce Arians for head coach in 2013. Now, Licht and Arians are one step from a Super Bowl title.

From Luckman to Trubisky: The Bears’ tortured QB history – The Athletic - Introducing our series on everyone’s favorite topic: the tortured history of Bears quarterbacks.

Bears a ‘big time team to keep an eye on’ in Carson Wentz trade talks - RSN - NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says the Chicago Bears have been in contact with the Eagles about potentially acquiring Carson Wentz.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Matthew Stafford trade talks: Lions asked for Aaron Donald, Panthers offered 8th and Bridgewater - Pride Of Detroit - Never hurts to ask.

Calvin Johnson says he’s had ‘great’ conversations with Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp - Pride Of Detroit - Finally, it appears Calvin Johnson and the Lions are nearing an amicable agreement.

How to Build a Super Bowl Winning Team - Daily Norseman - What recent history tells us is most important

What to expect from new Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry - Acme Packing Company - Joe Barry wasn’t the fans’ first choice as Packers defensive coordinator. Turns out, he wasn’t Matt LaFleur’s either. So where did he come from? And what will he bring to Green Bay? Hear from him, his former players and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

When will the Bears get back in the Super Bowl? - Windy City Gridiron - We wrap up our WCG Super Bowl roundtable with the tough question.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2021 Roster Turnover: All the specialists are free agents - 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.

Wiltfong: The latest rumors and reports surrounding the inevitable Carson Wentz trade - Windy City Gridiron - We run down the latest rumors, reports, and speculation in the Carson Wentz trade saga...

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