2:15 PM EDT, Wed August 15, 2018
15 mins ago
Jordan Howard and Eddie Jackson named to ESPN’s “perfect 53-man roster”

Jordan Howard and Eddie Jackson named to ESPN’s “perfect 53-man roster”

Both Howard and Jackson are great values at the price of their contracts, and it seems as though ESPN has taken notice of that. Superteams are the norm in basketball nowadays. With the Golden State Warriors seemingly filled to the brim with All-Stars and several other teams with stars aplenty, the overall parity in the league is essentially nonexistent. This isn’t the case in football, though, as a much larger roster typically prevents superstars from being able to take pay cuts and join up with other stars. However, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell decided to build the “perfect 53-man roster”...
2 hours ago
Chicago Bears: What to watch for against the Denver Broncos

Chicago Bears: What to watch for against the Denver Broncos

After a shakey outing from the starters last week, can Bears fans expect a bounceback this Saturday? The Chicago Bears broke training camp in Bourbonnais last Sunday afternoon before heading to Denver for a pair of joint practices against the Broncos just ahead of Saturday night’s matchup. Over the next two games, plenty of players will not only win roster spots, but starting jobs. Which means that some of these closely monitored battles of the past few weeks will find a resolution. Saturday’s matchup will be a much better test for the team’s brand new offense. This is a game that we...
5 hours ago
Bears vs Broncos joint practice open thread

Bears vs Broncos joint practice open thread

The Chicago Bears are in the Mile High City for the remainder of the week as they prepare for preseason game number “two” with the Denver Broncos. They’ll practice with the Broncos today and tomorrow, but only today’s practice is open to the public. If any Bears’ fans made the trip to Englewood, Colorado for practice make sure you tag us (@WCGridiron) in your Twitter pictures that you share and we’ll retweet the best ones. Practice is scheduled to go from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m (Central time). Bears head coach Matt Nagy and Denver head coach Vance Joseph have already discussed ...
13 hours ago
The Bear’s Den, August 15, 2018

The Bear’s Den, August 15, 2018

Roquan Smith joins the Bears for practice, heads with team to Denver, could potentially play Saturday. BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY Kane: Roquan Smith doesn't regret his contract holdout 'That's just the business side of things' - Chicago Tribune - Roquan Smith practiced in a Bears uniform on Tuesday at Halas Hall, marking the official end to the first-round pick’s 29-day contract holdout. Kane: Bears look to break up ‘monotony’ of preseason with joint practices with Broncos - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie Roquan Smith didn’t make it to...
18 hours ago
Get to know Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy

Get to know Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy

The NFL released an interesting Q&A with Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy. Every year the National Football League puts out a Kickoff Guide for the upcoming season, and part of that guide is an introduction to each new head coach. The Chicago Bears are entering the Matt Nagy era, so they had a page dedicated to the 40-year old first time head coach. I’ve long been a fan of the Andy Reid offensive system, and Nagy is a direct descendant of that coaching tree. All ten seasons on Nagy’s coaching resume was spent working for Reid. First in Philadelphia from 2008 to 2012, then in Kansas...
20 hours ago
How balanced will the Bears offense be in 2018?

How balanced will the Bears offense be in 2018?

There’s been a lot of talk of a pass heavy offense, but will that really be the case? Although it has become less of a talking point in recent years, offensive balance was once a constant chatter point on this site. It all started in the Mike Martz era when the playcaller was asking Jay Cutler to drop back 30-35 times a game (or more). When Marc Trestman came in, he also skewed a little too pass heavy, at times getting near 50 attempts in a game. That became much less of a talking point when the ultra conservative, ultra old school John Fox came in and went back to the old school...
22 hours ago
Fantasy Files - Quarterback Rankings: From Rodgers to Bortles

Fantasy Files - Quarterback Rankings: From Rodgers to Bortles

Positional Rankings – Quarterback We’ve got 4 articles planned to lay out positional rankings. These are my opinions and how I stack my board. I will be wrong about a lot of this stuff – that’s just how these things work out – but hopefully this gives us a launching point for a conversation. My rankings will consider a 0.5 PPR format for position players and a turnover tax of -3, because that’s the format I prefer. If you want to deep dive and missed them the first time out, check out my divisional previews: AFC South, AFC East, AFC West, AFC North, NFC North, NFC East, NFC...
23 hours ago
Mr. Pace and friends: Roquan Smith is back with the Bears, so what happens next?

Mr. Pace and friends: Roquan Smith is back with the Bears, so what happens next?

Smith’s preseason standoff with the Bears will soon be a distant memory. Everything should be back on track at Halas Hall. Forget Roquan Smith missing almost every practice in the month since Bears rookies reported to training camp in Bourbonnais. Forget Smith’s two missed preseason games, one which of being an extra in the Hall of Fame Game. Forget the subtle public relations battle held in the media between Smith and the Bears. And forget the hair-pulling and ludicrous trade scenarios rooted out of frustration over the course of the last four weeks. None of that matters now. And it...
Aug 14, 2018
Roquan Smith meets the media

Roquan Smith meets the media

Now that Roquan Smith has signed his contract, the Chicago Bears are making him available to the media. Now that first round draft pick Roquan Smith has signed his contract with the Chicago Bears, there’s only one bit of business left before all our focus can finally turn to the on-field action. Roquan’s side of the story. The Chicago Bears are having Smith meet the media today about noon, immediately following practice at Halas Hall. We’re not sure how much he’ll get into the specific language that caused the holdout, but the media will no doubt press the subject. There were...
Aug 14, 2018
In detail: Roquan Smith and the Bears get their desired contract compromise

In detail: Roquan Smith and the Bears get their desired contract compromise

The fine print of the Bears’ and Smith’s standoff has been revealed. A solid victory for both sides. According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the Chicago Bears and Roquan Smith did actually come to a compromise in their contract standoff that saw Smith miss all of this year’s training camp. Smith did get some monetary protection of guaranteed money against most incidents that could take place on a football field and while in uniform. There are also protections against things that could happen while he’s playing. Here’s the gist, and when Smith could have his guarantees...
Aug 14, 2018
The Bear’s Den, August 14, 2018

The Bear’s Den, August 14, 2018

Roquan Smith is signed and in the fold as the Bears trundle off to Denver to practice then play the Broncos. BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY Knoblauch: Roquan Smith agrees to $18.4M rookie deal with Bears - NFL.com - The long wait is over for Roquan Smith and the Chicago Bears. The rookie linebacker agreed to terms on his four-year contract with the team on Monday, Ian Rapoport reports. Cox: Will Roquan Smith be ready to start for the Chicago Bears by Week 1? - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith ended his holdout, but now the...
Aug 13, 2018
Bears sign Roquan Smith

Bears sign Roquan Smith

After much consternation and hair-pulling, finally a deal is done. Finally, there is peace. The Chicago Bears have finally signed their 2018 NFL Draft first round pick Roquan Smith to a four-year, $18 million dollar deal reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and rookie pay scale, Smith’s deal is $18 million slotted and has $11 million in bonuses included. Smith will join the Bears promptly as they head to Denver for joint practices with the Broncos this week. It’s doubtful Smith will see much of any time against Denver in the ensuing...
Aug 13, 2018
Poll of the Day: Will Roquan Smith suit up week one for the Bears?

Poll of the Day: Will Roquan Smith suit up week one for the Bears?

There are 27 days before the Chicago Bears open up the season against the Green Bay Packers, so there is still time to get the Georgia rookie up to speed. The Chicago Bears finished their training camp portion of the offseason yesterday, but they aren't due back at Halas Hall until next week. First, they’ll spend some quality time in Denver practicing with the Broncos in advance of Saturday’s preseason game. Matching up with another team will prove invaluable to these young Bears as they work towards preparing for their season opener in Green Bay against the Packers. They’ll open up...
Aug 13, 2018
Chicago Bears: Predicting the 53-man roster

Chicago Bears: Predicting the 53-man roster

A look at who has the inside track to a roster spot heading into the third preseason game. The Chicago Bears are quickly approaching the halfway point of their preseason activities. They are also in the midst of two key games that start Saturday night, which will go a long way in deciding the rest of the team’s final roster. Each preseason game that passes, gives the Bears more tools to evaluate to make the right decisions. With that in mind, these projections may be a slight overreaction to what happens on a week-to-week basis. Even so, they are fun to do. Without further interruption,...
Aug 13, 2018
Bears’ fans, join Windy City Gridiron FanPulse

Bears’ fans, join Windy City Gridiron FanPulse

We want to hear from you. Yes, you! We are considered the voice of the fan here at Windy City Gridiron and we talk every day about how the Chicago Bears are doing--whether they’ll win their upcoming game or how Bears’ fans feel about that awful call from the referees. Now we’re starting a new polling project that will pull together the insights of the most *plugged-in* Bears’ fans. If that describes you, then SIGN UP HERE to join me and other *knowledgeable* fans (including some other WCG contributors) on our new project called SB Nation FanPulse. If you sign up, you’ll be among a...