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Mocking the draft, Bears-style

With the 2019 NFL Draft nearly here, adding my two cents with this fun, but worthless activity.

Round 3, #87 overall….Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M.  Sternberger fits the prototype of the “move TE” in that he’s slightly undersized and more of a receiver than an inline blocker. He displays advanced route running skills, dependable hands, and is smooth in/out of his breaks.  A&M’s MVP in 2018 after posting 48 receptions, 832 yards, and 10 touchdowns.  A top notch athlete, Sternberger boasts untapped potential for a team that can add bulk to his lean frame through its strength and conditioning program. READ MORE

Bears officially unveil free agent quartet

Unlike 2018, when the Chicago Bears stormed out of the gates with free agent acquisitions, the Bears took their time this year and selectively added pieces to what they hope will be a Super Bowl contender.

Chicago officially announced the additions of free agent running back Mike Davis, slot corner/nickle back Buster Skrine, wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

With limited salary cap space and fewer needs than in the past, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace sought depth and protection against the loss of Adrian Amos and potentially, Bryce Callahan.  Whether Pace’s moves to date keep Chicago ahead of the pack in the ultra-competitive NFC North won’t be known until leather meets toe in the fall. READ MORE

Bears tab Pagano as new defensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears named former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as their new defensive coordinator Friday night. Pagano replaces the departed Vic Fangio, who left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos earlier in the week.

Pagano sat out coaching last season, serving instead as a NFL consultant. Pagano, 58, recently spent six seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-17, compiling a record of 53-43 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. He led the Colts to three straight playoff appearances from 2012-14, including AFC South Division titles in 2013 and 2014, and an appearance in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.

Pagano is known as an aggressive, attacking coordinator who believes in bringing pressure packages.  He won the job over current Chicago secondary coach Ed Donatell.

Reflections of Bears amazing season and heartbreaking ending

Emptying the Chicago Bears notebook before going into a short-term hibernation

-Walking out of Soldier Field Sunday evening was a surreal feeling. The sudden impact of a fun and exhilarating Bears season gone bad when Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt clanked off the upright and crossbar left Bears fans stunned and lamenting what might have been. The small details that shaped a 12-4 division title may have been overlooked—having only 10 defenders on the field prior to Philadelphia ‘s go ahead score in the third quarter, 12 players on the field during the Eagles penultimate drive with the game winning score.

-Mind-boggling statistic: in NFL playoff history, home teams winning the turnover battle by a margin of 2  or more are 112-4. The Bears had two interceptions of Nick Foles and did not turn the ball over.