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The Bear’s Den, May 18, 2021

We are now 220 days away from Christmas. In case you were wondering.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears' Matt Nagy says Andy Dalton starts, media don't believe it - RSN - Matt Nagy insists Andy Dalton will start Week 1 against the Rams, but not everyone is buying that story.

Bears fans, Jalen Ramsey start trash talk over Darnell Mooney play - RSN - Week 1 of the NFL season is still four months away, but the Rams' top cornerback is already mixing it up online.

Emotional fundraiser held to support Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael at Wrigley Field - ChicagoBears.com - Hugs, laughter and tears were in abundance Monday night as friends and former Super Bowl teammates gathered for a fundraiser to support beloved Bears all-time great Steve McMichael.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai praised for preparation, intelligence by team's position coaches - ChicagoBears.com - In recent Zoom calls with the media, first-year Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai was described by the position coaches who work under him as organized, prepared, intelligent and energetic.

Chicago Bears announce Bob Moynihan of Harlem High School as High School Coach of the Year - ChciagoBears.com - The Bears announced Tuesday that head coach Bob Moynihan of Harlem High School in Machesney Park has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Year.

Wood: A Closer Look at Justin Fields’ College Production - Da Bears Blog - Today, I want to take a closer look at Justin Fields’ advanced statistics in college to see what they can tell us about his playing style, comparable quarterbacks, and forecast to the NFL.

Rapoport ponders Fields' chances of starting in Week 1 - 670 The Score - It’s arguably the biggest question in Chicago sports these days and in the coming months. Will rookie quarterback Justin Fields start for the Bears against the Rams in their season opener on Sept. 12?

Did Jalen Ramsey take a shot at Darnell Mooney on Instagram? - 670 The Score - Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey got the attention of Bears Twitter on Tuesday, when he seemingly took a shot at Chicago receiver Darnell Mooney with an Instagram post.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Eagles, like Colts, will have no mandatory minicamp - ProFootballTalk - The Eagles, like the Colts, have canceled the mandatory veteran minicamp after meetings between coaches and players.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFC North Rundown: A renewed sense of energy is rising in Lions’ coaches and players - Acme Packing Company - From podcasts to rookie minicamps, the Lions’ newest members seem ready to make the team competitive again.

Packers sign QB Kurt Benkert after rookie minicamp tryout - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay is now up to four quarterbacks on the roster, enough to feasibly run spring practices.

Chicago Bears: Vegas odds for 2021 schedule - Chicago Tribune - The odds are stacked against the Chicago Bears once again in 2021. At least, that is the position they find themselves in right now with Las Vegas oddsmakers.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Film study - Breaking down Teven Jenkins’ lone 2020 start at left tackle - Windy City Gridiron - Teven Jenkins played one game at left tackle in 2020 before moving to the right side due to injuries. Let’s break down how the Bears’ second-round pick fared.

Obringer: Chicago Bears QB Team Debuts (1996-2020) - Windy City Gridiron
We rank the debut of each Chicago Bears QB from the last 25 years right here.

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