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Chicago Tribune

Kyle Long's return to health as important as any addition to Bears offense

The Bears offense, that complex machine coach Matt Nagy is constructing over the next seven weeks, slowly began to chug in the rain at Friday’s first training camp practice and continued to gain steam Saturday. There’s a handful of shiny new parts that somehow must fit together and function. There’s...

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Matt Nagy says Bears await word from NFL, NFLPA before determining national anthem policy

Matt Nagy said he believes the dialogue between the NFL and NFL Players Association regarding the national anthem policy is healthy, and the Bears coach will await further word from the league and association before making any determinations about how his team will handle the issue moving forward....

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: Live streaming updates 7/21 - Open Thread

The Chicago Bears practiced yesterday in the rain, and head coach Matt Nagy said that there was no way they were going indoors unless the lightening horn went off. Yesterday’s practice was open only to the media, but today is open to the public. If you guys are there be sure to tag our Twitter (@WCGridiron) if you share pictures, videos, or any general observations, and we’ll retweet the best ones! Our very own Robert Zeglinski will be out in Bourbonnais for every training camp practice, so make sure you stop by for a fist bump or high five. In case you missed it, here are a few...

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Chicago Bears 2018 Position Battles: The offensive line needs continuity

Next up in our 11-part position by position look at the Chicago Bears’ training camp battles is the offensive line. I think the offensive line of the Chicago Bears is a low-key strength of the team. The projected starting five could be really good, but they need to stay healthy. Behind the top six there are a few unknowns and that’s where things could get scary. The most exciting thing about the o-line is the addition of offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. He’s a teacher that will get the best out of his players. Roster Locks The top six of Bobby Massie (RT), Kyle Long (RG), Cody...

Chicago Tribune

Bears betting a more grueling training camp will pay off during the season

Matt Nagy has been described as an offensive wiz, the kind of forward (passing) thinking coach who can lead the Bears back to relevancy. Imaginations have run wild this offseason with folks wondering where Nagy — with quarterback Mitch Trubisky — can lead the Bears now that the offensive skill...

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Chicago Bears 2018 Position Battles: Expect big things from the running backs

Up next in our 11-part position by position look at the Chicago Bears’ training camp battles are the running backs. Most of the buzz surrounding the Chicago Bears this offseason had to do with their redone passing attack. Two wide outs and a tight end were added in free agency. The NFL Draft saw saw them trade up for a receiver, and and take another on day three. The new head coach and offensive coaching staff are all going to do wonders for second year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Everything was done with Trubisky in mind, and rightfully so, but there’s still no better way to...

Chicago Tribune

Matt Nagy's commitment 'to callous' the Bears is promising for a team in need of physical and mental toughness

Callous means being hardened and thickened, a word Merriam-Webster recommends using as an adjective. For emphasis, Matt Nagy made it a verb. Football coaches will understand as English teachers cringe. “We have to callous our team a little bit,’’ the Bears coach said Thursday as his team reported...

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2018 Chicago Bears offseason review and training camp primer

Let’s review all that unfolded from January 1, 2018 to now in what has been a whirlwind offseason for the Chicago Bears. The offseason ended today as the Chicago Bears veterans reported for training camp and general manager Ryan Pace and first-year head coach Matt Nagy meet the media. It has been a long journey from when the season ended on New Years Eve 2017 in Minnesota and today, July 19, 2018. There was a coaching search, the draft, free agency and more. It was a lot and with the new season coming, it seems like a good time to quickly look back, hit the highlights and remember all...

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It was mostly good news from Bears’ camp, but Roquan Smith still not signed

Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy, Mitchell Trubisky, Kyle Fuller, Allen Robinson and Akiem Hicks all met the media today from Bourbonnais. It was the expected amount of pre-training camp optimism and excitement from the Chicago Bears at their press conferences earlier today, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good to hear. When a franchise undergoes such a massive overhaul, and the general consensus by the national media is positive, it tends to spike our usual dose offseason Kool-Aid. Earlier today the Bears trotted out three dynamic duos in head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace, corner...

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NFC North Fantasy Preview: Chicago Bears players to avoid in early rounds

The Bears have a new head coach, new offense, and new weapons to go along with it. Whose fantasy value might be hurt from all the options on offense? Before training camp gets underway, I wanted to go through the NFC North and look at players whom you might want to keep an eye on to see where their fantasy football value is trending. We’ve already looked at the Detroit Lions that you can check out here: Avoid these Detroit Lions players in your early drafts Detroit Lions players you should consider drafting These players can either be trending towards fantasy relevance or complete...

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The Bear’s Den, July 18, 2018

Bears training camp opens this week, as Chicago prepares for the Hall Of Fame which is just two weeks away Did you know that Jay Cutler played drums for Cheap Trick? True story, here’s proof: BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY Jahns: 'He's a trip' - Inside look at why Bears have special coach in Vic Fangio - Chicago Sun-Times - There is a lot to Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. That was clear during an interview with the Sun-Times. Potash's Bears position breakdown: The outside linebackers - Chicago Sun-Times - No doubt Floyd has the...

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Chicago Bears 2018 Position Battles: How many TEs will they open the season with?

Our 11-part position by position look at the Chicago Bears’ training camp battles moves to the tight ends. The tight end position seems about as clear cut as the quarterback spot for the Chicago Bears. The top three are no-brainers, but after that it all depends on how many they keep at the position. In looking back at what the Kansas City Chiefs did the last two seasons, they kept three last year, but four the year before. Chicago head coach Matt Nagy may decide between a fourth tight end or a fullback, in which case the position battle among a few players will be intriguing. Roster...

Chicago Tribune

Bears training camp key questions: Bears writers fill in the blanks

It was apparent throughout the spring during the Bears offseason program. Yes, new coach Matt Nagy enjoyed the details of installing his offense and building his team, but inside he longed for summer. Finally, on Thursday, Nagy will arrive at that desired proving ground -- training camp, his first...

Da Windy City

Chicago Bears Training Camp Profile: Tarik Cohen

In today’s training camp profile, we focus on Tarik Cohen who should make a jump under new head coach Matt Nagy. If I had to describe Tarik Cohen’s rookie season, I would say it was a mixed bag. Early on the Chicago Bears’ rookie separated himself from the rest of the running backs on the […] Chicago Bears Training Camp Profile: Tarik Cohen - Da Windy City - Da Windy City - A Chicago Sports Site - Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Fighting Illini & More

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10 Most Important Bears of 2018: No. 2 - Matt Nagy brings the offense into the 21st century

For the 10th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season, and at number two we’re finally moving to the coaching side of the equation. When was the last time the Chicago Bears had an innovator calling plays on the offensive side of the ball? The last two years Dowell Loggains was the offensive coordinator, but he was handicapped by head coach John Fox’s conservative game plans. The offense was a bit more wide open under Loggains in 2016, but nothing he did was really innovative. Adam Gase was John Fox’s first...

Bear Goggles On

Mitch Trubisky Confident in Jordan Howard in the Passing Game

The Chicago Bears’ young QB has all the confidence in Jordan Howard’s ability to catch passes. The Chicago Bears fan base has plenty to be excited about coming into this season. With a developing young quarterback in Mitch Trubisky and a new head coach in Matt Nagy, the Bears may have an offense that resembles […] Mitch Trubisky Confident in Jordan Howard in the Passing Game - Bear Goggles On - Bear Goggles On - A Chicago Bears Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Chiefs’ third preseason game will be aired on NFL Network

Andy Reid usually treats the third preseason game as the Chiefs’ final dress rehearsal for the regular season NFL Network plans to carry 15 preseason games next month, the league announced on Thursday afternoon. That block will include the Kansas City Chiefs’ third preseason game against the Bears in Chicago at Noon on August 25. This will be the Chiefs’ only nationally televised game of the preseason. This is somewhat interesting because in the past, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has used the third preseason game as a final dress rehearsal for the regular season. I thus anticipate...

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Can the Bears Be Relevant?

The Bears have been out of the playoff discussion for far too long, and they have been struggling to show real progress. Here are simple expectations for the least the should be able to accomplish in the coming season. Training camp hasn’t even started, but after years of waiting for the Bears to finally turn the corner, fans have hope that this season might be different. A new coach, a promising young quarterback, and a (generally) renewed roster all give fans reason to be optimistic. Ultimately, the Bears should be judged by whether or not they win games, and Ryan Pace’s ability as a...

Chicago Tribune

Can new coach Harry Hiestand lift Bears offensive line to the top of its game?

As the Bears prepare to report July 19 for training camp at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, the Tribune is taking a look at each position group. Today: offensive linemen. Currently on roster: 16. Projected on final roster: 8-9. Roster locks: Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair, Bobby Massie, Charles Leno,...

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Bears tied for fifth-worst 2018 playoff odds

There’s not much betting belief in Matt Nagy’s Bears breaking a seven-year playoff drought. Hiring a new head coach means a fresh wave of optimism and energy surrounding an NFL team. It’s rare the man in charge has anything less than a rosy outlook portrayed before games have been played. This is something Matt Nagy has become used to with the Bears prior to his first regular season at Halas Hall. The hype at times can be overwhelming and a little out of bounds. There’s plenty of reason to believe Nagy’s Bears are ready to turn a corner and become a viable contender again. Most...

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Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky feels he’s ‘built’ for offense Chicago is installing

The Chicago Bears this offseason has undergone many changes to the coaching staff that saw them bring in a new head coach with Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich that has brought aboard a new offensive scheme. This has led to second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky learning yet another playbook in any many offseason that […] The post Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky feels he’s ‘built’ for offense Chicago is installing appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Bears 2018 training camp preview: A lofty bet on Trey Burton’s upside

Burton and Adam Shaheen have the talent. Both must seamlessly step into their responsibilities with the Bears. As the saying goes, the Bears’ offense attempts to play chess, while the rest of the NFL picks up the board and bashes them over the head with it. Notoriously a team slow to get with the times under former head coach John Fox, the Bears targeted their three primary tight ends in Zach Miller, Dion Sims, and Adam Shaheen a total of 78 times last season. The Chiefs’ Travis Kelce (123 targets), Giants’ Evan Engram (115 targets), Titans’ Delanie Walker (111 targets), Colts’...

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Why can’t Matt Nagy’s Bears be different for once?

Optimism has surrounded previous Bears coaches and it amounted to nothing. Why can’t Nagy be different? It’s never healthy to dwell on past failures. To revel in sustained doldrums because of what you’re used to. The Bears haven’t been to the postseason since 2010 and will start the 2018 season with their fourth head coach during that time frame in Matt Nagy. They’ve continually sold optimism with fresh faces at every turn, most notably with Marc Trestman and John Fox, and been burned quite badly on both occasions. But they are never firmly and totally defined by our past and...

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Projecting the Bears’ 2018 offensive numbers

The Bears should take a major offensive jump in 2018. But how big should we expect? The numbers may surprise. The 2018 off-season brought an entirely new look to a previously stagnant Bears’ offense. Young pieces such as Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen and Adam Shaheen have gained another year of experience, which should only help in the near future. On top of that, you have personnel additions in Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. Chicago’s entire offensive staff - outside of the return of quarterback’s coach Dave Raggone - has changed. Headlining this...

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Bears’ roster ranked 22nd in the NFL

First the good news. From top to bottom, the Chicago Bears have their most talented roster in years. The Ryan Pace rebuild will finally start to bear some fruit in 2018 with some solid youngsters developing, and some free agents primed to become playmakers for new head coach Matt Nagy. But the bad news is that these Bears may still be fourth best team in the NFC North. It’s important to keep that in perspective because the playoffs are still a long shot, but team wide improvement is very likely. The problem the Bears are going to run into are the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and...

Bear Goggles On

Twenty Questions Heading into Training Camp: 1. Will Jordan Howard’s role be reduced?

Our first of twenty questions: Will Jordan Howard’s role be reduced? There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the Chicago Bears this season for their fans, especially the addition of Matt Nagy as the team’s new head coach. Fans grew frustrated over the last few seasons seeing John Fox’s offense stall out consistently running […] Twenty Questions Heading into Training Camp: 1. Will Jordan Howard’s role be reduced? - Bear Goggles On - Bear Goggles On - A Chicago Bears Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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How high can the Bears fly with the new-look Jets?

A lame duck coach with a highly drafted quarterback. Sound familiar? Breaking down how the Bears and Jets compare with a matchup looming on the latest WCG Radio. Mitchell Trubisky meet Sam Darnold. Sam Darnold meet Mitchell Trubisky. The next wave of young gun NFL quarterbacks has been in full swing over the past two years. Given their athletic ability and prowess, Trubisky and Darnold could soon see themselves as the faces of their respective 2017 and 2018 draft classes. All the while dominating in separate conferences in the NFC and AFC. Oh, am I getting ahead of myself? Unquestionably....

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NFL.com ranks Pat Shurmur near bottom of list of league’s head coaches

And Big Blue View is insulted by some of the coaches ranked above him NFL.com has released its 2018 NFL head coach rankings, and the list isn’t kind to New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. He is 27th, behind head-coaching newbies Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions (24th), Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears (25th) and Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (26th). Here is the explanation: Shurmur's run in Cleveland didn't go as planned. Those were the Brandon Weeden/Trent Richardson Browns, if you are scoring at home, with some young Colt McCoy sprinkled in for good measure. Shurmur last...

New York Giants Report: Bring on the Bears

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning discuss cleaning up mistakes and avoiding a trap against the 2-7 Chicago Bears.

Lovie Smith Named Head Coach At Illinois

Lovie Smith has signed a 6-year, $21 million deal with the University of Illinois. Smith is a popular decision given his successful 9-year run with the Chicago Bears. Produced by Marc DiBenedetto