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The Bear’s Den, April 5, 2021

The best thing about Andy Dalton? He’s not Doug Flutie.

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Washington Redskins v Chicago Bears
Quarterback Doug Flutie #2 of the Chicago Bears goes back to pass against the Washington Redskins during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 3, 1987 in Chicago,
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Bears coach Matt Nagy doesn’t offer a mea culpa for QB Mitch Trubisky but a we-a culpa - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy, hired in 2018 to mold the second-year quarterback, was asked what went wrong the last three seasons.

Bears GM Ryan Pace: Cutting Kyle Fuller was unavoidable - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ GM said he explored all options — including a trade — but the reduced cap for 2021 forced his hand. He feels fortunate to get former Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant to replace Fuller.

Column: Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace needs roster upgrades - Chicago Tribune - While the Chicago Bears have made alterations to the roster, GM Ryan Pace still views the team as halfway complete. But while there are changes at Halas Hall, it's hard to argue the team is better.

Mac Jones: Will Chicago Bears have chance to draft Alabama QB? - Chicago Tribune - Alabama's Mac Jones seems to fit the profile of what Bears coach Matt Nagy values most in quarterbacks. He has elite processing skills, sharp instincts and makes good decisions. But if the Bears are truly interested in Jones, will they have their chance to draft him later this month?

Andy Dalton: Why Ryan Pace signed QB for Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - What makes general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy believe the Chicago Bears can win more with quarterback Andy Dalton than they did with Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles? “He's one of the more complete quarterbacks that we evaluated in free agency, and we’re excited to have him.”

Why’d the Bears commit to Andy Dalton? 10 takeaways on Nick Foles, Mitch Trubisky and QBs – The Athletic - Bears decision-makers didn't say too much, but enough to know they see Dalton as the clear-cut starter entering this season.

Mac Jones film analysis: Not overly athletic, his arm's not elite, but he's an excellent pocket passer – The Athletic - Former Alabama QB Mac Jones is not a second-reaction player like Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen, but he's expected to be a first-round pick.

Salary Cap Clarity for Chicago Bears Show Need for Cash - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears obviously need more cash under the salary cap to operate and this points to one obvious and specific place they can get it.

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace Faces Different QB Draft Scenario - Sports Illustrated - The Mitchell Trubisky experience taught Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace a few things about pursuing a quarterback in the draft, and he thinks the collaborative effort now being used with this coaching staff will be of benefit as well.

Has GM Ryan Pace made the Bears better this offseason? You need a microscope to check - Chicago Sun-Times - Other than Andy Dalton at quarterback, the Bears don’t look much different than the team that went 8-8 last season. And Dalton’s last few seasons call into question whether he’s an upgrade over Mitch Trubisky.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL silent on criminal complaint against Deshaun Watson - ProFootballTalk - The controversy surrounding Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson fundamentally changed on Friday, when someone filed a criminal complaint with the Houston Police Department.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Would Aaron Rodgers retire from football to host Jeopardy? - ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers is extremely smart. Aaron Rodgers is extremely self-aware. And Aaron Rodgers is extremely strategic.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Free Agency news and rumor tracker - Windy City Gridiron - It’s happening right now!

Curl: Chicago Bears in the clouds - an indulgent, ceaselessly hopeful, 7-round Bears mock draft - Windy City Gridiron - The build-up to the draft is peak hope season in the NFL, and Patti embraces that spirit with an optimistic approach to a long-form Bears mock.

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