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The Soldier Field playing surface is awful

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JC Tretter, who is the president of the NFLPA, has some thoughts about Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears practice participation update for August 7

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The Chicago Bears canceled the public portion of today's training camp practice due to inclement weather, but they did hold a 90-minute practice inside Halas Hall with no pads. Here's a list of the Bears that did not practice. Note that Teven Jenkins did participate for a second consecutive day, and left tackle Braxton Jones was back (in full) after missing some time yesterday.

Vikings Hired Kwesi

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Looks like Vikings acted quickly with Poles here in Chicago.

Bears’ GM candidate Ryan Poles already in Chicago for Tuesday’s meeting

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Ryan Poles is already in town, and if the Bears have their way he might not leave without accepting their offer for general manager.

More Evidence that Nagy Was a Bad Playcaller

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After looking at every play in the NFL this season for timeouts taken outside of the final 4 minutes of a half, 538 concluded that no team took less advantage of each of those individual timeouts than the Chicago Bears. There are some admitted caveats here. This analysis compares the WPA and EPA of the new play to the WPA/EPA of an average play in the given scenario, rather than what would have happened with the broken play. Also, it sets the value of a timeout fairly high and is based on analysis performed several years ago. With that being said, I'm less interested in the absolute values produced here, and more interested in how Nagy compared to his peers in both the number of wasted timeouts, and how well the team performed coming out of those timeouts.

The Bears lowballed Coach Olin Kreutz

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The Chicago Bears never fail to disappoint and this clip from Olin Kreutz's guest spot on The Score from earlier today is a must listen.

The numbers on Justin Fields tell a story

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Stats are one thing, but what does the film tell you?

Masoli started nine games during the regular season, while Evans started six.

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CFL Grey Cup is back in Hamilton! The Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Tim Hortons Field on Sunday, December 12, 2021. 108th Grey Cup will feature a rematch of the 2019 event between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which was won 33-23 by the Blue Bombers.

Are the Bears allergic to play action passes?

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Those play action numbers are awful, and for those wondering, Justin Fields had 103 total pass plays called (attempts + sacks + times scrambled) and Mac Jones had 94. Play action is successful at a high rate even if the running game is stagnant, but the Chicago Bears have been running so well this season, which makes their avoidance of this basic play ridiculous.