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Windy City Gridiron 2 hours ago

The Bear's Den, June 28, 2016

Surprise! Last year the Chicago Bears surprised people in good ways (for Chicago) and bad ways. The national media isn't very impressed by the Bears, so let's examine some GOOD (for Chicago) surprises the Bears may have in store for the league in 2016... BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! Submit questions for Windy City Gridiron Mailbox Q&A #1 - Windy City Gridiron - Join in on this new article series here on Windy City Gridiron, our editorial staff answer your Chicago Bears questions. BEARRRSSSS Mayer's Chalk Talk: How many holdovers on Bears roster? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior...
Windy City Gridiron 7 hours ago

How many Pro Bowl players will the Chicago Bears have in 2016?

The NFL Pro Bowl isn't what it used to be. I know that sentence sounds like I'm a get-off-my-lawn old timer, but it's true. The Pro Bowl roster usually ends up with 2nd, 3rd or 4th alternates because of player injury or more often than not, player disinterest. Plus now with the game falling between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl, there's usually a whole slew of players that have better things to do than prepare for a meaningless all star game. But even though the Pro Bowl game is often ridiculed by fans, the game isn't going anywhere. Even though ratings are down,...
Windy City Gridiron 8 hours ago

Submit questions for Windy City Gridiron Mailbox Q&A #1

Join in on this new article series here on Windy City Gridiron, our editorial staff answer your Chicago Bears questions. We are starting a new off-season feature here at Windy City Gridiron, our very own Weekly Reader Q&A. Every week, we will ask you folks to submit your questions to our staff. We can't guarantee any particular staff member is available at any specific time, so please address the questions to the entire staff. Please note, if there are a ton of questions we may have to pick and choose, and what we choose will be based more upon our areas of expertise and experience, so if...
Windy City Gridiron 14 hours ago

Peyton Manning snubs John Fox, roots for Lions

Peyton Manning is undoubtedly one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. If you want to throw in the “regular season” caveat so be it. But for all intents and purposes Manning is likely the most recognizable figures of the modern NFL due to his off-field endorsements and activities making him a person that would be noticed by everyone from grandmothers to little children that have never watched a down of football. So now that Manning has gotten to ride off in to the sunset with a Super Bowl ring, the NFL world isn’t going to hear as much about Manning as they have over the past...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 25, 2016

Pernell McPhee is a Grown-Ass Man

SB Nation is full of some really quality content across their 300 plus sites. I have a few bookmarked that I hit every single day, and I visit others all the time. We tap into their experts when we need NFL Draft info, when we want to know more about the newest Chicago Bears' rookies. We frequently feature their stuff on our daily Bears' Den and we seek them out when we went the skinny on the Bears next opponent. The other NFL team sites also hit us up for some game preview stuff and to have us guest on their podcasts from time to time. We're all just one great big happy SB Nation...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 25, 2016

The Weekend Bears Den & Open Thread, June 25-26, 2016

The weekend is here, and with it comes a rare "Open Thread Den". The countdown is on until training camp, and as someone recently mentioned, we have entered the "season of lists". This is an Open Thread, so please remember to thread responsibly. Discussion topic suggestion: Assume you are single and available. You meet the most gorgeous member of whatever sex you're attracted to you've ever seen and (s)he is really into you. At the end of your first date just before the big kiss (s)he reveals that (s)he is the biggest Packers fan on the planet, and (s)he totally crushes on Aaron Rodgers...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 24, 2016

The Chicago Bears became the Chicago Bears 94 years ago

Ninety four years ago, on June 24th, 1922, the Chicago Staleys changed their name to the Chicago Bears. The franchise was founded in 1919 and dubbed the Decatur Staleys, but they only competed against local teams. It wasn’t until the following year, 1920, that the A. E. Staley food starch company hired George Halas to run the football team. The team stayed the Decatur Staleys, but they began competing in the brand new American Professional Football Association (APFA). They went 10-1-2, finishing in 2nd place in the 14 team league to the 8-0-3 Akron Pros. The next season, 1921, “Papa...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 24, 2016

The Bear's Den, June 24, 2016

Jay Cutler remains a big topic of discussion or debate this off season... will he take a step forward or will he regress? This and all the offseason Chicago Bears new you need to know... BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS NFL Network's Carr says Jay Cutler ranked among three most overrated QBs - 247sports - NFL Network's Carr is no fan of Jay Cutler, and has ranked among three most overrated QBs Hangst: Four major NFL storylines to watch during the summer quiet period - TheComeback.com - While we're in a quiet period of the NFL offseason, following OTAs and minicamps,...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 23, 2016

Who will be the Chicago Bears' defensive triplets at the end of the 2016 season?

When the Dallas Cowboys popularized the term triplets back during their great championship run in the 1990s, the threesome that received the moniker were a quarterback, a running back and a wide receiver. In a recent ESPN article, which we spotlighted right here, Bill Barnwell updated the triplet thought process to include any three offensive players. He had the threesome of Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White ranked as the 22nd set of offensive triplets in the NFL today. We asked you guy to give us your best bet on which three Bears would be Chicago's top triple threat on O at the...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 22, 2016

Who will be the Chicago Bears' offensive triplets at the end of the 2016 season?

The term "triplets" in football has been popular ever since the Dallas Cowboys' threesome of Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman led them to three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s. Those three were Hall of Fame players at running back, wide receiver and quarterback respectively. While not every team has a Hall of Fame triumvirate wreaking havoc on the opposition, teams are all thriving to have multiple play-makers on each side of the ball. ESPN's Bill Barnwell recently ranked the offensive triplets of every team in the NFL, but he didn't limit it to the RB/WR/QB triple...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 22, 2016

The Bear's Den, June 22, 2016

We have the latest offseason buzz out of Halas Hall & Chicago... is there any truth to the buzz that Alshon & the Bears are closing in on a long-term deal? BEAR DOWN!!!! ALSHON (Same Story, DIfferent Takes) Smith: Report says Bears, Alshon Jeffery still talking long-term deal - ProFootballTalk - When Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery signed his one-year, $14.6 million franchise tender, he was reportedly a near certainty to play this season on that contract. But that might not be so certain after all. Perez: Is a long-term deal still possible for Bears WR Alshon Jeffery? - Bears Wire - Is a...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 21, 2016

Chicago Bears still talking with Alshon Jeffery about a long term contract

A few weeks ago it came out that the Chicago Bears were content to allow franchise tagged wide out Alshon Jeffery play the 2016 season under the tag. It was reported that discussions about a long term deal would be shelved until after the season. It makes sense from a team standpoint if Jeffery is seeking elite #1 wide out money, to wait and see if he can stay healthy for the 2016 season. Let the year play out and see if Jeffery can improve on his career high 89 receptions and 1421 yards that he set in his lone Pro Bowl season of 2013. Or see if he can eclipse his career best 10 touchdowns...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 21, 2016

The Bear's Den, June 21, 2016

The summer solstice has passed, and now we start working our way through the dog days of summer towards fall... and fall means FOOTBALL! BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Patra: John Fox says keeping Jay Cutler comfortable was key - NFL.com - John Fox knows that Jay Cutler remains the key to any success the Chicago Bears have in 2016. The team spent this offseason ensuring the quarterback remained in a comfortable system. Stevens: Can Tony Moeaki make final Bears roster? - Cover32 - At the end of last week’s minicamp the Chicago Bears added veteran tight end and former Falcon Tony Moeaki to their...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 20, 2016

No News is Good News for the Chicago Bears

While we might lament the slow pace of news about the Bears, fans should hope for a quiet month. Recent history proves that it could be much worse. Here are some off-season stories that added the wrong kind of interest to the Bears' offseason... We should be at a relative lull for news regarding the Chicago Bears, and that is actually a good thing. Fans should hope it stays that way. To make my case, I went back over recent history to find a couple of offseasons when we were hearing a little too much about the Bears. Obviously, many teams have faced even bigger scandals, but just in the...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 20, 2016

You can now vote for the 3 classic Chicago Bears games to watch on YouTube

Do you guys remember back in May when we told you about the partnership between the NFL and YouTube? How part of their deal was showing three classic games from every team, in their entirety, on YouTube? Yo do? Great, please skip the next sentence and check out the games that are in play to be showcased. For those of you that don’t, then here’s the link to get you all caught up. Here are the games that are nominated. Be sure to go vote for your favorites on the Bears’ Facebook page. Chicago Bears vs San Francisco 49ers, 2001This was the first game of the Mike Brown back to back...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 20, 2016

Which Bears unit will improve most in 2016?

Last season the Bears’ offense finished 21st in yards and 23rd in points. The defense was 14th in yards allowed and 20th in points allowed. The Bears finished last place in their division with a 6-10 overall record. The team has spent this offseason continuing what the regime has termed a “quick rebuild.” The Bears have added many components, especially to Vic Fangio’s defense, while also re-tooling their offense, especially along the line. As a happy coincidence, the offense also returns last year’s first round pick, wide receiver Kevin White. The pieces then, appear to be in...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 20, 2016

The Bear's Den: June 20, 2016

It's Monday, and all off-season activities are over. Now we start the official countdown to the pre-season. Even though there's nothing "officially" happening there's still quite a bit going on in "Bears World" so check it out. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Jahns: Much expected from Ryan Pace's first draft class - Chicago Sun-Times - Expectations are sky-high for Pace’s first draft class in Year 2, sophomore slumps be damned. SportsTalk Live: Idonije talks Bears offseason moves - CSN Chicago - Former Bear Israel Idonije talks about the team's offseason moves and how he thinks the Bears will...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 18, 2016

The Weekend Bear's Den: June 18-19, 2016

Mini-camps are done, the weekend is here, and the weather in Chicago is lovely! Even better, each day brings us one closer to the pre-season, which can't get here soon enough for Bears fans. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Campbell: Uncertainties carry the Bears into summer break - Chicago Tribune - Springtime in the NFL is reserved for optimism, and the Bears' reasons for it are clear. But the questions ahead loom larger, starting with a new-look offense. Chicago Bears Twitter mailbag: Is Alshon Jeffery a goner after 2016? - Answering questions about Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver screens, how...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 17, 2016

What are the Bears’ biggest concerns heading into training camp?

The offseason activities have all ended and now we enter into the NFL dark period: The time between the end of offseason workouts and training camp. The void of these four weeks, mostly bereft of good NFL news, if any at all, is the only quiet period for the most popular sport in America. The player acquisitions are over. The draft is a distant memory. Free agency long gone. The next time we’re talking about football being played though, it will be so close to actually mattering. It will be on grass, there will be fans watching and there will be actual pads and 11-on-11 scrimmages. In the...
Windy City Gridiron Jun 17, 2016

The Bear's Den: June 17, 2016

Mini-camp madness continues as we shift into the final phase of the off-season. All the news from Halas Hall, plus tidbits from around the league is here on your All-You-Can-Eat Chicago Bears Buffet. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Mullen: Minicamp wrap, three answers to 'So, how do the Bears look?' - CSN Chicago - How exactly do the Bears look as minicamp wrapped up? Three answers to that question emerged over the past several weeks. LeGere: New-look offensive line for Chicago Bears - Daily Herald - Of the five offensive linemen who started the first three games for the Bears in 2015, only one,...

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