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  • The Bear’s Den, July 11, 2020
    by Ken Mitchell on July 11, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The night skyline of the city of Chicago is reflected in the Cloud Gate called the bean, it is not a giant bean, although they call it, given its similar shape. Located in the center of the Millennium Park in Chicago, it is a work by renowned artist Anish Kapoor. | Photo by Joaquin Gomez Sastre/NurPhoto via Getty Images The league and players continue to negotiate about COVID related changes, and Washington is closer to a new team name THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Nick Foles among top QBs to change teams - NFL.com - After an offseason of quarterback musical chairs, Gil Brandt ranks the top 10 QBs who changed teams in 2020. Will Tom Brady thrive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Is Cam Newton going to revive his career as Brady’s replacement with the New England Patriots Chicago Bears seek edge from Matt Nagy’s virtual offseason - Chicago Sun-Times - Maybe teams that are already well-oiled machines — the Chiefs, Saints and Ravens — can get away with a cursory offseason program. But the Bears needed to get everything they could out of it. Countdown to Camp 2020: Chicago Bears Offensive Line Preview - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys provide an in-depth preview of the Chicago Bears offensive line heading into 2020’s training camp. Allen Robinson fires back at LaDainian Tomlinson over consistency comments - NBC Sports Chicago - July in the NFL sure is something. Chicago Bears entrusting new offensive line coach Juan Castillo to help unit revert to 2018 season form - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have entrusted new offensive line coach Juan Castillo, a veteran of 24 NFL seasons, with helping a unit that regressed in 2019 to revert to its stellar 2018 form this season. Quick Hits: Chicago Bears QBs coach John DeFilippo wants players to display passion, energy, swagger - ChicagoBears.com - New quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo urges players he works with to display passion, energy and swagger. Guard Germain Ifedi is not apprehensive about reporting to training camp. And kicker Eddy Piñeiro is excited to build on a successful first season. VISITOR FROM OUTER SPACE A celestial visitor. A comet has been appearing in the morning skies this month. This photograph was taken at 4:16 AM on Friday, July 10 on the western bank of Lake Edina in Knox County, Missouri by Denmaster Ken.Comet NEOWISE, a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020 by the NEOWISE space telescope. If it’s up in your area, it can be seen with the naked eye in dark areas that have clear views of the northeastern horizon. It is better viewed with binoculars or a spotting scope. As the comet travels through space, if it does not decrease in intensity it may be viewable next week in the northwestern sky near the horizon just after sunset. POLISH SAUSAGE Report: New Washington name coming "as soon as possible" - ProFootballTalk - One week after Washington announced that it will conduct a “thorough review” of its name, it’s become thoroughly understood that the name will go. Native American groups ask NFL to stop using all names, images, and logos - ProFootballTalk - Pressure from sponsors sparked the Washington NFL franchise to move toward changing its name. Pressure from Native American leaders and groups is now being applied directly to the NFL. NFL, NFLPA still have major issues to negotiate - ProFootballTalk - The NFL and NFL Players Association have approached the negotiations on the 2020 season like negotiations on a broader labor deal: Start with the easy issues, and then move to the difficult ones. Mahomes trusts NFL, NFLPA to find a good plan to get back to work - ProFootballTalk - The best player in the NFL believes the 2020 season can be played safely. WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION Do you want to do more officially sanctioned WCG Madden stuff? Or just enjoy the game?WCG now has an official Madden Discord server! Feel free to offer suggestions, updates, or anything to help the internet’s best Bears community have the best Madden community as well! Invite link is here. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON Berckes & Whiskey Ranger: Who was the Bears best player every year of their existence? - Windy City Gridiron - Our Championship Belt Series is over, so let’s check the final tally. THE RULES Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc. Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; EJ also co-hosts The Bootleg Football Podcast with Brett Kollmann; R. 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  • Bears’ fans, who is your favorite player from each NFC North rival?
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on July 11, 2020 at 12:01 am

    It’s rivalry week at SB Nation, so let us know your all-time favorite player from the Bears’ division rivals! Since I got this Rivalry Week article idea from Christopher Gates of The Daily Norseman, I figure I’d start off with his team as I run down my favorite players from the Chicago Bears’ NFC North rivals. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Carter, WR I was a big Michigan Wolverine fan in my youth, and Carter was one of the greatest wide outs to ever play for the maize and blue, plus 11 year old me thought it was cool that he wore the number 1. My football fanaticism was just starting to grow back then and when he decided to spurn the NFL and go play in the USFL I liked him even more. I followed his career from the Michigan Panthers to the Oakland Invaders and I remember being pissed off when he ended up with the rival Vikings, but I still kept tabs on him. Honorable Mention Vikings: Herschel Walker, Randall Cunningham, and Randall McDaniel Detroit Lions - Billy Sims, RB Before Barry Sanders was terrorizing defenses in the number 20 of the Honolulu blue, it was Sims running wild for the Lions in that particular jersey. I’ll never forget seeing him leap to avoid a tackle, land on the tackler with his foot, push off and then with his other foot hit another would-be tackler. That play is the first play in this video here if you want to check it out. Sims was an Oklahoma Sooner legend and his first three years in the NFL were all Pro Bowl seasons. Honorable Mention Lions: Barry Sanders and Herman Moore Green Bay Packers - Jim McMahon, QB One of the first things I learned about the Chicago Bears was that as a fan it was my responsibility to despise the Packers. I was a teenager during the Ditka vs Gregg coaching match-ups and those two teams had a real hatred for each other, which drove my distaste for them as well. After leaving the Bears, McMahon bounced around the NFL for the second half of his career, and while he did have more statistical success his one year with the rival Vikings, he rocked a Bears jersey while a member of the Packers. Jim McMahon showed up to the @WhiteHouse as a member of the Packers wearing his Bears jersey. #ChicagoHistory pic.twitter.com/tOlomY7fli— Chicago History ™️ (@Chicago_History) July 22, 2016 Since I’m old enough to remember when the Bears played in the NFC Central, I’ll add one more divisional rival to my list... Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Alstott, RB I loved the rugged running style that Alstott had, plus he was from nearby Joliet, Illinois so he was easy too root for. Technically speaking, he was only a Chicago division rival from his rookie year of 1996 until the 2001 season, as the NFL realigned in 2002 into four divisions in each conference with four teams apiece. Which makes this a good time to remind Bears fans that the Bucs (1999) won Chicago’s division more recently than the Lions (1993) have. Honorable Mention Buccaneers: Lee Roy Selmon Who are some of your favorite division rival players of the Bears?

  • Updated: The NFL has several COVID-19 changes in place for 2020
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on July 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images The Chicago Bears still haven’t announced plans for fans during games at Soldier Field this season, but the Baltimore Ravens announced on July 8 that they’ll cap attendance at 14,000 for all their games at M&T Bank Stadium. The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs had previously announced that they’ll also be limiting tickets, but they haven’t given a specific number yet. Earlier today the Jaguars announced that they’ll only fill approximately 25% of stadium seats in 2020. At some point the NFL could mandate an attendance restriction, or they could leave it up to each individual franchise, but either way stadiums will be relatively empty in 2020. The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport are reporting on several other changes that will take place this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. No fans allowed at training camps. Teams can have up to two fan events at stadiums this preseason with strict protocols if allowed. Training camp schedules won’t be official until a decision is made on number of preseason games. On-field fan seating at games is prohibited. Both teams must travel to the stadium on buses. Everyone on the sideline/bench area will be required to wear a mask except coaches and players. Any fans allowed in the stadium will need to wear a face covering Anyone with bench access will be screened before entering the stadium. Anyone who records a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees or may have been exposed “shall not be permitted to enter the Stadium on game day.” Postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other is all that will be allowed. No more jersey exchanges between players. Media not allowed in the locker rooms. Editor’s note: The COVID-19 pandemic is a subject that requires sensitivity and care. Many families and people have already been impacted by this crisis as it unfolds. This is a reminder to please express yourself respectfully while also exercising common courtesy in interactions with one another in the comments. All WCG commentary guidelines remain in effect and apply especially. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

  • Who was the Bears best player every year of their existence?
    by Jeff Berckes on July 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Our Championship Belt Series is over, so let’s check the final tally. If you haven’t read through Jeff Berckes’ fantastic Championship Belt Series to see which Chicago Bears player was the absolute best on every singe team in franchise history, then do it. Do it now. It’s a brilliant look in the history books for some and an incredible trip down memory lane for others. All five parts are linked in this story stream, and while you could simply scroll through this list to see who held the title each of the 100 years of the Bears’ existence, you’ll be missing the full experience that Jeff brings with his unique writing style, the theme songs (walk-up music) for each champ, and the bad-ass posters created by both Jeff and WhiskeyRanger. To see Jeff’s criteria for awarding the Championship belt you can start your historical journey with part-one here and now lets’s see who held the title each season... 1920 - Guy Chamberlin; Halfback, end 1921 - Gaylord “Pete” Stinchcomb; Halfback 1922 - Gaylord “Pete” Stinchcomb 1923 - George Trafton; Center 1924 - George Trafton 1925 - Red Grange; Halfback, defensive back 1926 - Paddy Driscoll; Quarterback, halfback 1927 - Paddy Driscoll 1928 - Paddy Driscoll 1929 - Paddy Driscoll 1930 - Red Grange 1931 - Red Grange 1932 - Bronko Nagurski; Fullback, linebacker, tackle 1933 - Bronko Nagurski 1934 - Bronko Nagurski 1935 - Bronko Nagurski 1936 - Bronko Nagurski 1937 - Bronko Nagurski 1938 - Dan Fortmann; Guard, linebacker 1939 - Dan Fortmann 1940 - Dan Fortmann 1941 - Sid Luckman, Quarterback, defensive back 1942 - Sid Luckman 1943 - Sid Luckman 1944 - Sid Luckman 1945 - Sid Luckman 1946 - Sid Luckman 1947 - Sid Luckman 1948 - Clyde “Bulldog” Turner; Center, linebacker 1949 - Clyde “Bulldog” Turner 1950 - Johnny Lujack; Quarterback, defensive back 1951 - Johnny Lujack 1952 - George Connor; Tackle, linebacker, defensive tackle 1953 - George Connor Photo by Bob D’Olivo/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images/Getty Images 1954 - Harlon Hill; End, defensive back 1955 - Harlon Hill 1956 - Harlon Hill 1957 - Bill George; Guard, middle guard, middle linebacker 1958 - Bill George 1959 - Bill George 1960 - Bill George 1961 - Bill George 1962 - Doug Atkins; Defensive end 1963 - Doug Atkins 1964 - Mike Ditka, Tight end 1965 - Gale Sayers; Running back 1966 - Gale Sayers 1967 - Gale Sayers 1968 - Dick Butkus; Middle linebacker 1969 - Dick Butkus 1970 - Dick Butkus 1971 - Dick Butkus 1972 - Dick Butkus 1973 - Wally Chambers; Defensive line 1974 - Wally Chambers 1975 - Wally Chambers 1976 - Walter Payton; Running back 1977 - Walter Payton 1978 - Walter Payton 1979 - Walter Payton 1980 - Walter Payton 1981 - Walter Payton 1982 - Walter Payton 1983 - Walter Payton 1984 - Walter Payton 1985 - Walter Payton 1986 - Wilbur Marshall; Outside linebacker 1987 - Mike Singletary; Middle linebacker 1988 - Mike Singletary 1989 - Mike Singletary 1990 - Mike Singletary 1991 - Mike Singletary 1992 - Mike Singletary 1993 - Richard Dent, Defensive end 1994 - Mark Carrier; Safety 1995 - Erik Kramer; Quarterback Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP via Getty Images 1996 - Curtis Conway; Wide receiver 1997 - Jim Flanigan; Defensive tackle 1998 - Glyn Milburn; Returner 1999 - Marcus Robinson; Wide receiver 2000 - Brian Urlacher; Middle linebacker 2001 - Brian Urlacher 2002 - Brian Urlacher 2003 - Brian Urlacher 2004 - Brian Urlacher 2005 - Brian Urlacher 2006 - Brian Urlacher 2007 - Devin Hester; Returner 2008 - Lance Briggs, Outside linebacker 2009 - Lance Briggs 2010 - Julius Peppers, Defensive end Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images 2011 - Charles Tillman; Cornerback 2012 - Charles Tillman 2013 - Matt Forte; Running back 2014 - Matt Forte 2015 - Kyle Long; Guard, tackle 2016 - Akiem Hicks; Defensive end 2017 - Akiem Hicks 2018 - Khalil Mack; Outside linebacker 2019 - Khalil Mack

  • The Bear’s Den, July 10, 2020
    by Ken Mitchell on July 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images More NFL & NCAAF COVID plans are slowly emerging, as all levels of football feel their way towards the 2020 season THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL Western Theme Song Week continues with yet another classic BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Bears’ offense ranks among the NFL’s worst analytically, new study finds - NBC Sports Chicago - “WE KNOW” Bears fans scream into the void. Why Tre Roberson Rates Biggest Bears Wild Card at Training Camp - SI.com - Bears cornerback Tre Roberson has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, in a manner of speaking. Bears 2020 training camp preview: Running backs - Bears Wire - We’re taking a look at Bears running backs, where the biggest question is who will backup lead back David Montgomery. Chalk Talk: Who will be the Chicago Bears’ breakout player in 2020? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses which Bears player will have a breakout 2020 season, how much of a difference a healthy Akiem Hicks will make on defense and teammates who caught Walter Payton’s TD passes. Chicago Bears upgraded tight end position in offseason by signing Jimmy Graham, drafting Notre Dame product Cole Kmet - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears entered the offseason determined to upgrade their tight end position and executed that plan by signing veteran free agent Jimmy Graham and selecting Cole Kmet with their top pick in the draft. One Player Each NFL Team Can’t Afford to Lose Next Offseason - Bears - Bleacher Report - When news of Patrick Mahomes’ contract extension first broke, it was notable for two reasons. The unprecedented dollar amount— $450 million in base value—immediately jumped ... Chicago Bears contract year preview: RB Tarik Cohen - Bear Report - Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Will he earn an extension with the franchise? 2020 Chicago Bears roster review: No. 60-51 - Bear Report - Our Chicago Bears roster countdown for 2020 continues as we move through No.’s 60-51 including a few rookies. Rank: State of the Franchise: Despite QB question, Bears should contend - NFL.com - Though the question of Mitchell Trubisky’s ability to be an effective quarterback looms, Adam Rank sees plenty of talent across the rest of Matt Nagy’s Chicago Bears roster. NFL and COVID-19: No more jersey swaps - Chicago Tribune - NFL teams will be prohibited from postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other, so players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Time for Bears linebacker Roquan Smith to Take the Next Step - Chicago Audible Blog - Roquan Smith has something to prove to himself, something to prove to his team and something to prove to the Chicago Bears faithful. POLISH SAUSAGE J.J. Watt cautions against a rush to meet a set reporting date - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL and NFL Players Association work out the various things that need to be worked out in advance of one of the strangest football seasons ever, there’s one option that merits consideration: Patience. Testing protocol is still being developed - ProFootballTalk - The NFL and NFL Players Association are reaching the various agreements that need to be reached to allow the 2020 season to proceed on a piecemeal basis. Certain key agreements still need to be finalized. J.J. Watt hopes players who opt out aren't criticized for it - ProFootballTalk - The NFL and NFL Players Association continue to discuss the parameters of the rules for opting out of the season due to the pandemic. The league wants minimal opt outs and a firm deadline for making a final decision. Players surely prefer to have the flexibility to experience training camp and a game or two before making a final decision. WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION Do you want to do more officially sanctioned WCG Madden stuff? Or just enjoy the game?WCG now has an official Madden Discord server! Feel free to offer suggestions, updates, or anything to help the internet’s best Bears community have the best Madden community as well! Invite link is here. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON Wiltfong: The NFL has several COVID-19 changes in place for 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears still haven’t announced plans for fans during games at Soldier Field this season, but the Baltimore Ravens announced yesterday that they’ll cap attendance at 14,000 for all their... Does the NFL’s schedule format help foster rivalries? - SBNation.com - Playing teams twice a year is a recipe for rivalry. THE RULES Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc. Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. 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