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    the Thursday before training camp starts..." The Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansThe Bear’s Den Youth Eddie Jackson Jerseys , July 18, 2019New,16commentsToday is the last Thursday before the Thursday before training camp starts... CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:The Bear’s Den, July 18, 2019TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailSox trade RHP Matt Nagy to the Cubs for a player to be named later and cashPhoto by Quinn Harris/Getty ImagesBEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSZeglinski: Matt Nagy and the burden of expectations – The Rock River Times - A good, personable Bears coach in front of a good, personable Bears team in Chicago is the equivalent of a beloved Pope making a visit across the pond. Both make numerous appearances at sporting events (and other public gatherings, of course). Both note the intangibles behind the legends in their professions. 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Most importantly, both have a similar and relatively untouchable celebrity status in the Midwest.Bears WR Cordarrelle Patterson puts Super Bowl win in the past - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears free-agent WR Cordarrell Patterson has moved on from his Super Bowl win with the PatriotsChicago Bears pass rush ranked No. 10 in NFL by Pro Football Focus - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears pass rush was ranked 10th in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, despite the presence of Khalil Mack on the edge.Chamberlain: Avoiding this one penalty explains success of Bears offensive line - Bearmaven - The Bears don’t hold, and it helped explain how inconsistent passing and running games could get to the end zone.Chamberlain: Bears need to see Adam Shaheen’s developmental period end quickly - Bearmaven - The Bears have the makings of a decent tight end group, but it hinges on Adam Shaheen’s production.Training camp position preview: Receivers - - When the Bears report to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for the start of training camp next week, they’ll do so with one of the NFL’s deepest and most talented receiving corps.Matt Nagy Threw An Absolute Rocket Strike Before the Cubs Game - Bleacher Nation - Our coach throws nothing but gas.New Bear Cordarrelle Patterson On Last Year’s Super Bowl Win: “That Don’t Mean (Bleep) To Me” - Bleacher Nation - Cordarrelle Patterson is all-in with the Bears and their championship dreams.Medina: Getting to Know the 2019 Chicago Bears - Quarterbacks - Bleacher Nation - It’s Mitch Trubisky’s world. 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Coach Sean Payton has expressed confidence that they’ll be able to return to 0-0 and climb once again.Vic Fangio: A little improvement from Von Miller goes a long way – ProFootballTalk - In his first press conference after being hired as the Broncos head coach, Vic Fangio said he thought linebacker Von Miller had room to improve and that message hasn’t changed over the last six months.Free agent Rashard Robinson suspended for 10 games - - Former 49ers and Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson has been suspended 10 games with a substance abuse violation after missing several tests, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.KNOW THINE ENEMYDaniel Jeremiah: Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is the best blocking TE I’ve ever evaluated - Pride Of Detroit - That’s some seriously high praise for the Lions’ first-round pick.An 18 game schedule is really dumb - Daily Norseman - Just another bad idea in the Roger ‘Bud Selig’ Goodell eraWill Aaron Jones break out in Matt LaFleur’s passing game? Not so fast - Acme Packing Company - Much has been made of Matt LaFleur potentially adding his running backs to the passing game in a way Mike McCarthy was reticent to employ. Would that even be a good idea?IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONSunderbruch's NFC North Roster Comparison: Linebackers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have a tradition at linebacker, and they have a pair of impact-level players trying to live up to that tradition. How does the entire corps stack up in the division?Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2019: #4 Akiem Hicks is still underrated - Windy City Gridiron - For the 11th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Next up at #4 is the engine that makes the defense go, Akiem Hicks.Wiltfong: Talking Bears, Media, and Chicago Sports with Author Paul M. Banks - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of T Formation Conversation, Lester interviews long time Chicago media member Paul M. Banks about the state of sports media today, the legacy of Jay Cutler, the Bears’ Top 100 player lists, Sharknado, Mongo and more.WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMSWindy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz NetworkTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind Youth Devin Hester Jerseys , racial insults, etc.The Bear’s Den Specific Guidelines – The Bear’s Den is a place for Chicago Bears fans to discuss Chicago Bears football, related NFL stories, and general football talk. It is NOT a place to discuss religion or politics or post political pictures or memes. Unless otherwise stated, the Den is not an open thread, and profanity (including profanity only stated in pictures) is prohibited.Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter;Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.18 Bold Chicago Bears Predictions For the 2018 Season The 2018 NFL season is right around the corner and for the majority of Bears fans, it’s never felt so good. Between the hiring of head coach Matt Nagy, their free agent additions, what appears to be an impactful draft class, and the massive addition of superstar Khalil Mack, the arrow appears to be pointing up in a big way.A new season brings optimism and high expectations, but for the first time in a long time, those expectations feel justified. It may not be time to project the Bears as a playoff team in the tough NFC North, but it’s justified to expect a major uptick in the quality of their play.Since it’s 2018, here are eighteen bold predictions for the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will break Eric Kramer’s single season passing yards mark of 3,838.Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY SportsComparing this to last year’s numbers may look lofty Devin Hester Jerseys Stitched , but keep in mind, this is still not to the level of Jared Goff’s year-two increase. Couple that with the amount of weapons Trubisky has heading into the season, and this type of jump is not out of the question.2. Linebacker Roquan Smith will win Defensive Rookie of the YearKamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportsAnother high expectation? Can’t argue that, but this type of accolade may be more realistic than some think. Obviously Smith will have to compete with the likes of Bradley Chubb, among others, but the former Georgia Bulldog is a perfect fit in Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme. The rookie is Patrick Willis-like and should rack up big numbers in this defense.It appears Smith came back just in time in order for this prediction to still hold water, even if he doesn’t start week one. It’s only a matter of time before he takes over and starts running the defense. 3. Defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris will emerge as the best five-technique not named Akiem HicksKamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportsMuch like last year, there will be a three-man rotation at the defensive end spot opposite of Hicks. Between former third-rounder Jonathan Bullard, 2018 fifth-rounder Bilal Nichols and Robertson-Harris, someone will have to emerge and “RRH” is primed to be that player. In limited snaps in 2017, he was very effective. Expect that to ramp up even more with his second year in the system as a defensive lineman. 4. The Bears will finish better than the 49ersThe constant comparison between the two teams isn’t likely to go away any time soon due to the Trubisky trade. With that being said, Mack’s addition gives the Bears a big advantage in what will likely be a close race all year between the two.Of the three teams drafting in the top three in 2017, the Bears will not only show the most promise but have the best record.5. Rookie receiver Anthony Miller will have more receiving yards than Taylor GabrielTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsProjecting this offense is just flat out fun. When looking at the pass catching situation, it’s easy to see how it could go a multitude of different ways. With that being said, Miller is a perfect fit in the slot for Nagy’s offense and likely sees more targets this year than the speedy Gabriel, who will be used as a decoy more often than some believe. 6. Tarik Cohen will at least 2,000 yards of all purpose yardsBrace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsDesite playing in a lethargic offense led by Fox and Dowell Loggains last year Youth Prince Amukamara Jerseys , Cohen still found a way to pile up over 700 yards on offense and did well in the return game.This year, expect a larger and more consistent role for the second-year stud out of North Carolina A&T. Whether that be out of the backfield, lined up in the slot, out wide, or in the return game, Cohen is going to have a monster year. From what we’ve seen and heard so far, he appears to be a perfect fit in this new-age offense.7. Kicker Cody Parkey will make at least 30 field goals and closely maintain his 86.4% career rateQuinn Harris-USA TODAY SportsThis one is without much presentation. The Bears paid big money to him at the start of free agency and he will finally stop the team’s revolving door at the kicking position since the departure of Robbie Gould.8. For the first time since 2012, the Bears will break even (3-3) in the NFC NorthMake no mistake, the NFC North will be tough again in 2018 but the Bears are primed to finally break some ground in the division. The Lions are somewhat of a Wild Card, but heading into the season, it appears the Packers are starting a slight decline. Couple that with how closely they’ve played the Vikings art home the past few years, and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to think they can do enough to split within the division.9. Safety Eddie Jackson will lead the team in interceptionsPatrick Gorski-USA TODAY SportsThe secondary seems to be somewhat of the forgotten factor on the defense this year, even after re-signing both Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara on lucrative deals. The entire secondary remains intact, but I expect Jackson to take a large step forward this year and to establish himself as the playmaker he was at Alabama.10.The Bears offense will rank top 15 in yards and pointsSome may believe this is a stretch after the Bears ranked 30th in yards (287.4 per game) and 29th in points (16.5 per game) in 2017. But when you look at the focus they’ve placed on that side of the ball, it may not be as lofty as some think. 11. Tight end Trey Burton will be top five in receiving yards for all tight ends Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsAfter signing a four-year, $32 million deal on the first day of free agency, many wondered if the Bears overpaid. As things have progressed through OTAs and mini-camp Prince Amukamara Jerseys Stitched , it has become evident that Burton’s involvement in this offense will be of high volume. For reference, rookie Evan Engram was fifth in receiving for all tight ends last year with 722 yards. So, it’s not completely unreasonable.12. The defense will have not one but two players with 10-plus sacksThis may be one of my bolder prediction on this entire list for two reasons:The Bears didn’t have one player hit the 10 sack threshold in 2017.Only three teams (Jaguars, Chargers and Panthers) reached that last year.Here’s why it happens- Mack is a stud that has had 10 or more sacks in three times in four years and Akiem Hicks will have enough around him to stay fresh enough to jump over his 8.5 total from last season. 13. Roquan Smith will lead the team in tackles as a rookieMaybe this is a given with my prediction of him winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year.It’s also likely that he could be the only linebacker on the team that plays in all 16 games when considering the injured past with both Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski.Last year, Christian Jones led the team in tackles with 90 and only started 11 of those games. This defense is designed for the off-the-ball linebackers to pile up tackles at the second level.14. Running back Jordan Howard will have 40 catches and a drop rate of less than 12%Raj Mehta-USA TODAY SportsI’ve been critical of Howard’s inability to catch the ball consistently. Yet, with the coaching around him, there is little reason as to why the third-year running back can’t set a career high in receptions and lower his career drop rate from 21.21% to under 12%.15. The NFC North will be the best division in footballThis may not be as Bears related as the other 17 topics, but the Bears will be a big reason why the NFC North will end up with a pair of playoff teams and the best record of any division.Whether that means Chicago is one of those playoff teams has yet to be determined, but their turnaround will help push the division over the top.16. The Bears will not finish in last place and win at least eight gamesTo finish off these 18 predictions, I’m going to attempt to pour some Koolaid in your cup with an optimisticprediction.Not only will they not finish in last place for the fifth straight year, but they’ll get back to at least .500 for the first time in that window as well. Hope springs eternal as week one is around the corner and I am buying what the Bears are selling this season. 17. The Bears will make the playoffsLast week, maybe this didn’t seem overly plausible, but after the addition of Khalil Mack things have changed. Expectations much change and fans should expect something close to the playoffs.Yes, it seems unlikely to go from worst to first, but Pace showed he was all-in this past weekend, and fans should adjust their expectations accordingly.18. Predicting the schedule week-by-weekWeek 1: At Green Bay Packers (L)Week 2: Vs Seattle Seahawks (W)Week 3: At Arizona Cardinals (W)Week 4: Vs Tampa Bay Bucs (W)Week 5: Bye WeekWeek 6: At Miami Dolphins (W)Week 7: Vs New England Patriots (L)Week 8: Vs New York Jets (L)Week 9: At Buffalo Bills (W)Week 10: Vs Detroit Lions (W)Week 11: Vs Minnesota Vikings (W)Week 12: At Detroit Lions (L)Week 13: At New York Giants (W)Week 14: Vs Los Angeles Rams (L)Week 15: Vs Green Bay Packers (W)Week 16: At San Francisco 49ers (W)Week 17: At Minnesota Vikings (L)Final Record: 10-6 (2rd place)Now it’s your turn. Give us your bold Bears predictions!