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The Bear’s Den, April 16, 2021

“They say Jimbo is our man, if Jimmy can’t do it, I sure can...” Steve Fuller, a quarterback who would rather be a Chicago Bear than a Green Bay Packer

Recording ‘The Super Bowl Shuffle’
View of, from left, American football players, Richard Dent, Steve Fuller, William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry, and Willie Gault, all of the Chicago Bears, during the recording the ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’ at the Park West, Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1985. The song was recording in celebration of the team’s nearly loss-free season, and in the hopes of a Super Bowl victory (which did transpire)
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

A reprise... but a classic...

BEARRRSSSS

Bears players state majority of team to skip voluntary workouts - RSN - They came to the decision to “stay as safe as possible” during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

How NFL’s adjusted offseason program affects Bears, Andy Dalton - RSN - More players might choose to forgo the NFL’s voluntary offseason program than in years past due to COVID-19.

Chicago Bears Join Players Against Voluntary Work - Sports Illustrated - The NFLPA issued a statement saying the “majority” of Bears would not participate in the offseason voluntary work the NFL has scheduled for April, May and June.

‘Majority’ of Bears players won’t attend offseason program - 670 The Score - Players from the Bears on Thursday joined others throughout t - e NFL in announcing through their union that they’ll opt out of voluntary offseason workouts, citing concerns over COVID-19.

Bears' players say "majority of our locker room" will not participate in voluntary workouts - ProFootballTalk - The Bears cited ongoing concerns about COVID-19, as well as last year’s all-virtual offseason program, as reasons not to bring the team together for workouts this year.

Majority of Bears players opt out of spring practices because of coronavirus concerns - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears issued a statement through the NFLPA, following multiple other teams.

Majority of Chicago Bears won't do voluntary offseason program - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears players became the latest group to steer away from the voluntary portion of the NFL’s offseason program.

Column: Chicago Bears can't sit and wait for a quarterback in draft - Chicago Tribune - Surely, signing Andy Dalton is Part 1 of a two-part plan for the Chicago Bears, which creates intrigue as you look ahead to the NFL draft.

Ranking the top 12 QBs for the NFL Draft: Analyzing from Trevor Lawrence to Ian Book – The Athletic - The top five quarterbacks are set. Some of the ones after them offer intriguing possibilities in Round 2 and later.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Justin Fields is now the betting favorite to go third overall - ProFootballTalk - On March 29, North Dakota St. quarterback Trey Lance was the favorite to be the third overall pick in the draft. Then, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones became the favorite. Now, there’s a third favorite to go third overall.

Mac Jones: Not comparing myself to Tom Brady, but I want to emulate his competitiveness - ProFootballTalk - Alabama quarterback Mac Jones wants to make clear that he’s not comparing himself to Tom Brady. But there are some traits he thinks he and Brady have in common.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers, not Bears, Jim McMahon’s favorite NFL organization - RSN - McMahon explains why Green Bay is a first-class organization, and Chicago is bad for quarterbacks.

Jim McMahon disses Mike Ditka’s playcalling as Bears head coach - RSN - According to McMahon, there were some laughs in the Bears huddle as plays came in from the sideline.

Ex-QB Jim McMahon torches Bears: ‘Where quarterbacks go to die’ - Chicago Sun-Times - McMahon shredded the organization he helped win a championship. And, even worse, he preferred playing for the Packers.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: So.... when should the Bears draft a QB? - Windy City Gridiron - The Rule of 3 gang reviews QB options as they get set for the NFL draft!

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears players opt out of in-person OTA’s, citing COVID-19 concerns - Windy City Gridiron - When voluntary workouts resume next week, the Bears will be virtual.

Here’s our favorite choice at 20 for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - We kick off an NFL Draft related roundtable from the Windy City Gridiron staffers about the Chicago Bears. First up, the guy we want to see them take at 20.

Wiltfong: Cordarrelle Patterson signs with the Atlanta Falcons - Windy City Gridiron - Cordarrelle Patterson, who played wide receiver, running back, and was a third phase stalwart for the Chicago Bears, has signed a one-year deal for 3$ million with the Atlanta Falcons.

Wiltfong: What is the Bears’ plan at tackle? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are kind of following the path I figured they’d take at offensive tackle so far this offseason. With two veteran priced starters in a cap strapped season I knew one would be cut,...

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