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  • If the Bears were sold, who would you like to see buy them?
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Photo by Lambert/Getty Images A recent hacking of the Chicago Bears Twitter account that indicated the team was being sold to a Saudi Arabian official got me thinking about if the Bears would ever be sold. I don’t see that ever happening, but what if the franchise were to go on the market? With a current valuation of near $3.5 billion according to Forbes magazine, it would surely shatter the record for the most ever paid for a professional sports team, and this little Forbes snippet took me by surprise. It’s the worst-kept secret in the NFL that the Chicago Bears have had an offer on the table from someone willing to pay $4 billion. I must be out of touch with the billionaire’s club, as I never heard about that secret, but who could it be? The current Chicago sports landscape features the Ricketts family owning the Chicago Cubs, the Wirtz family owning the Chicago Blackhawks, with the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owned by the Reinsdorf family. Some of the richest people in Illinois are Ken Griffin, Sam Zell, and Thomas Pritzker, but the NFL and the Bears are a global brand that would attract potential buyers from everywhere. With only one Super Bowl title to their name, the Halas family hasn’t had the same success as other long time family ownership groups, and a lot of Bears’ fans would welcome new ownership. Would you like to see the Bears sold, and if so, to whom?

  • The Bear’s Den: January 27, 2020
    by Ken Mitchell on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Pro Bowl & Senior Bowls are both in the books, but the loss of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant puts casts a pall over the weekend THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS 5 standouts from the 2020 Senior Bowl that should be on Bears’ radar - BearsWire - There were several prospects that flashed throughout Senior Bowl week, and some that should be of interest to the Bears. Ken’s Note: Warning, it’s one of those damned annoying slideshows that BW loves so much. Special teams stars see Devin Hester as Hall of Famer - - The Bears’ Cordarrelle Patterson and the Patriots’ Matthew Slater, the two players who were voted to the Pro Bowl for their prowess on special teams this season, both believe that Devin Hester is a slam-dunk Hall of Famer. Wood: What Changed in the Passing Game: Volume III - Da Bears Blog - Today I want to look back at two areas of concern I noted for Trubisky last off-season: deep passes and performance against good defenses. Bears’ offseason offensive fixes could start with Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper - ESPN - Chicago needs help to upgrade its offense. Pass-catchers and interior offensive linemen would help. Chicago Bears’ Twitter account hacked: False tweet announced new ownership - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are not, in fact, being sold to a Saudi Arabia government official. Eddy Pineiro Has Kicking Job but Bears Keep Looking - - General manager Ryan Pace seemed to put the infamous Chicago Bears kicking controversy to bed after the season, and after Eddy Pineiro got hot at season’s end. Would Eric Berry be an upgrade at safety for Bears? Allen Robinson thinks so - NBC Sports Chicago - Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson suggested Eric Berry would be an upgrade over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Twitter. John DeFilippo Wins Praise from Kirk Cousins at Pro Bowl - - You didn’t need to see Kirk Cousins’ impressive display at the passing skills competition for the Pro Bowl this week to know the impact new Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo had on his career. Struggles of Charles Leno Jr. Make Tackle a Bears Need - - Not many Bears rile up fans on social media or sports talk radio like left tackle Charles Leno Jr. Bears Twitter account was hacked, tried to trade away Khalil Mack - - The Chicago Bears’ Twitter account was temporarily hacked Sunday morning, and they tried to trade away one of their All-Pro defenders. RIP KOBE BRYANT Ken’s Note: Normally we stick to football here in the Den, but the loss of a sports icon like Kobe Bryant in a tragic accident transcends all sports talk. Please keep any talk about this terrible crash respectful. Thank you. What I’ll remember most about Kobe Bryant - Silver Screen and Roll - A goodbye to Kobe Bryant, Lakers legend, Los Angeles icon, and openly imperfect person. What Kobe Bryant meant to me - Silver Screen and Roll - This isn’t something I ever wanted to write. NBA community mourns death of Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna - Silver Screen and Roll - Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41 today in a helicopter crash with his daughter and several others, and the NBA community was collectively heartbroken. Bears players react to death of Kobe Bryant - BearsWire - Bears players mourning the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Los Angeles. Love from former teammates, players pours in as LeBron James passes Kobe - ProBasketballTalk - NBC Sports - After LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list, love poured in for The King from all corners of the NBA world. Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash - Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have died in a helicopter crash in California, sources confirmed to ESPN. The NBA world mourns the death of Kobe Bryant - ESPN - The NBA and sports worlds shared their condolences after the death of the Lakers legend at age 41. Calabasas helicopter crash: Nine killed including Kobe Bryant & his dauther - CNN - Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, sources confirm to CNN. Kobe Bryant, Lakers legend and NBA great, dies at 41 in helicopter crash - - One of the greatest players in NBA history, Bryant was one of five aboard the helicopter Kobe Bryant death: Tom Brady, Mark Cuban, more from the sports world react to Lakers legend's passing - - Bryant, 41, retired from basketball after the 2016 season, his 20th in the NBA -- all spent with the Lakers Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas - NBC Sports - Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California, killing him and four others on Sunday morning. He was 41 years old. PRO BOWL & SENIOR BOWL The Chicago Audible’s Report From the Senior Bowl - - Listen as The Chicago Audible’s Nicholas Moreano shares his report from the Senior Bowl. Trial run of possible onside kick replacement ends in Kirk Cousins interception – ProFootballTalk - With the success rates of onside kicks plummeting, the NFL debuted a trial run of a possible alternative in the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon. Instead of an onside kick, an offense would have the chance to convert a fourth-and-15 from their own 25-yard line in an attempt to keep possession. What we learned from the 2020 Pro Bowl - - The AFC defeated the NFC, 38-33, in the 2020 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Here's what we learned from the annual all-star showcase. AFC beats NFC in Pro Bowl, 38-33 - Chicago Tribune - The AFC ended up beating the NFC 38-33 for a fourth consecutive victory in Orlando. And as news broke of Kobe Bryant's death, players and fans paid tribute to the NBA star. Russell Wilson asks Drew Brees to start in his place in the Pro Bowl – ProFootballTalk - Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today. Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl. It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision – ProFootballTalk - For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire. On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear. “I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of Anthony Gordon Stole the Show at the Senior Bowl – Should Bears Be Interested? - Bleacher Nation - I found myself obsessed with the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. And based on Twitter reactions, I wasn’t the only one. So while I realize the Bears have other KNOW THINE ENEMY 2020 Detroit Lions positional breakdown: What the hell are they doing at guard? - Pride Of Detroit - What exactly is the plan here? Is there one? Former Lions GM Martin Mayhew regrets not drafting Aaron Donald - Pride Of Detroit - The former Lions GM reflected on his time in Detroit in a recent interview with the Free Press. Vikings Off Season Plan v2.0 - Daily Norseman - Now that the Super Bowl match-up and the top 30 draft positions are set we can really dive into the possibilities for 2020. Obviously, there has been some coaching changes which I am not qualified... Packers should find plenty of good WR values late in first round of 2020 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay should have a variety of “explosive offensive players” that could fall to pick 30. IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON Wiltfong: Who you got, Reid and the Chiefs or Shanahan and the 49ers? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Snyder & Berckes' Bears Over Beers: 2020 Senior Bowl Recap - Windy City Gridiron - Season 2 of Bears Over Beers launches with a round-up of EJ’s trip to his first Senior Bowl week in Mobile, AL. Infante: 2020 Senior Bowl winners and losers from this year’s game - Windy City Gridiron - The premier collegiate all-star game is in the books. Wiltfong: Which Senior Bowl player do you want on the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Open thread plus opinions. 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  • Pro Bowl Open Thread
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on January 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The 2020 NFL Pro Bowl will get underway at 2 p.m. CT live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, and to watch it you can tune in on either ABC, ESPN, or Disney XD. The Chicago Bears had 4 players elected to play for the NFC, but Khalil Mack bowed out with an undisclosed injury, that was probably more just him not wanting to play than an actual injury, but feel free to let your inner conspiracy theorist run wild. You can still see Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller patrolling the secondary and Cordarrelle Patterson doing his thing on special teams. For those of you that like to wager on occasion, the AFC is a 1.5 point favorite with an over/under set at 50.5 points. This is your open thread to discuss all the exciting NFL action, but keep in mind it is rated WCG-MA, so you may see a naughty word dropped in the comment section below from time to time.

  • Who you got, Reid and the Chiefs or Shanahan and the 49ers?
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on January 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The Super Bowl will feature two head coaches that are schooled in time tested and classic NFL offenses. Kyle Shanahan, the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, runs a version of his dad’s (Mike Shanahan’s) offense. His offense is built around the zone blocking scheme, with plenty of bootlegs and play action passes, but if the running game is clicking he’s content to ground and pound all day. There’s a common misconception that Shanahan’s O is derived from the West Coast Offense, but that isn’t true. “I don’t run the f***ing West Coast Offense,” Shanahan told the Press Democrat last year. The Kansas City Chiefs are coached by Andy Reid and he does run a version of the West Coast Offense. Reid received his first NFL coaching gig under the Packers Mike Holmgren, who worked directly with Bill Walsh, the father of the West Coast Offense, in San Francisco. Reid’s version has evolved from Walsh’s and even Holmgren’s scheme, to bring in some college concepts, but at the heart of it is still short passes being used at times in place of the run. The trigger man for Reid’s O, Patrick Mahomes, gives him more options as a play caller to push the ball downfield. This week’s FanPulse asked two questions; Which team will win the Super Bowl? And... Which coach would you rather have leading your team in the Super Bowl? Both results were skewing K.C.’s way. What are your answers to the FanPulse questions this week? - - - Bears’ fans, if you aren’t a part of WCG’s FanPulse, join now!

  • Bears Over Beers: 2020 Senior Bowl Recap
    by EJ Snyder on January 26, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Season 2 of Bears Over Beers launches with a round-up of EJ’s trip to his first Senior Bowl week in Mobile, AL. The 2020 Senior Bowl college all-star game is in the books. The North team lead by Lion’s coach Matt Patricia dominated the South team coached by the Bengals Zac Taylor with a final score of 34-17. But the biggest winners were college seniors (and graduated juniors) who were invited for the week of practices and events in Mobile, AL and got to show the decision-makers in the NFL what they can really do against other top competition. The Senior Bowl is the kickoff event that drives the entire NFL Draft process into full swing. The Senior Bowl staff knows the football public’s hunger for news about their favorite players that they watched in college or the pro teams they root for who are looking to improve through this year’s draft. It’s in their best interest to maximize the visibility of the entire and week and as such they have opened up the event in recent years to “new” media sources. As a result of that newfound openness The Senior Bowl invited interested analysts from the SB Nation draft community to attend. EJ Snyder was quick to answer the call and headed to Mobile for his very first live Senior Bowl week experience. Jeff and EJ kickoff Season 2 by quickly covering the Bears team needs, sharing some fun backgrounds stories about the event and then getting down to the important stuff: highlighting some of the players (at the Bears positions of need) that had solid performances in front of the NFL scouts in attendance. So listen along for EJ’s brushes with pro draft analysts, NFL coaches, scouts, and even an NFL Hall-of-Famer! Chip in to the comments section below with your thoughts on who had a great Senior Bowl week and who you might like to see on the Bears next fall.

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