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The Bear’s Den, January 23, 2021

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Chicago Bears hiring safeties coach Sean Desai as new defensive coordinator – NFL.com – Sean Desai, who previously coached safeties for the squad, is being hired as the Chicago Bears’ new defensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, per sources.

Chicago Bears to promote Sean Desai to defensive coordinator role – 247Sports Bear Report – The Chicago Bears will promote safeties coach Sean Desai to defensive coordinator according to a new report.

Latest on the Bears Defensive Coordinator Search (And Our End of Season Awards) – The Chicago Audible – What are the Chicago Bears up to in their efforts to replace Chuck Pagano as they search for a new defensive coordinator.

Hoge: Why losing DL coach Jay Rodgers is a big deal for Bears, Matt Nagy – NBC Sports Chicago – Matt Nagy has at least two enormous hires to make on the defensive side of the ball.

Whether Chicago Bears Use More Shotgun Is Big 2021 Question – Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears – The Chicago Bears enjoyed more success under center than in the shotgun but it came when they were playing weaker teams, and now they have to decide whether to continue pursuing this approach or find personnel to make the shotgun style succeed.

Daniel Jeremiah 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Zach Wilson to Jets – NFL.com – Pick 20. Chicago Bears. Jalen Mayfield · OT. School: Michigan. Year: Sophomore

Former Chicago Bears kicker Roger LeClerc passes away at 84 – ChicagoBears.com – Former Bears kicker Roger LeClerc, a member of the 1963 NFL championship team, passed away Thursday at the age of 84. He spent seven seasons with the Bears from 1960-66.

The Full Deshaun Watson Take – DaBearsBlog – This is a column arguing the Bears should make sure the Houston Texans know they are serious. So what does “serious” mean?

Chicago Bears name Sean Desai new defensive coordinator – Chicago Tribune – With the Chicago Bears trying to get back to the high level of defense the team played in 2018, they turned to the one assistant who probably knows that scheme best — safeties coach Sean Desai.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes cleared to play Sunday – ESPN – Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Friday that he’s out of the concussion protocol and cleared to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.

Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley have no injury status for Sunday – ProFootballTalk – There’s good news on the injury front in Buffalo, as neither Stefon Diggs nor Cole Beasley have an injury status for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

Sarah Thomas to become first woman to officiate at Super Bowl – ESPN – Super Bowl LV will feature Sarah Thomas as the first female official to work the NFL’s title game, the league announced on Tuesday.

Texans interview Josh McCown, Jim Caldwell for vacant head-coaching job – NFL.com – Longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell had interviews Friday with the Houston Texans for the franchise’s vacant head-coaching job, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported.

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United to retire No. 44 for 2021 seasons in honor of Hank Aaron – AtlantaFalcons.com – Both franchises will retire the Hall of Famer’s jersey number for the 2021 season in honor of his memory

Top 5 free-agent quarterbacks in 2021 – 670 The Score – One offseason after Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Cam Newton changed teams, we could see even more quarterback movement ahead of the 2021 season

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Former Lions HC Matt Patricia to rejoin the Patriots – Pride Of Detroit – In the least surprising news of the offseason…

Detroit Lions sign kicker Matthew Wright to future contract – Pride Of Detroit – The Detroit Lions announced on Friday morning that they have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matthew Wright to a futures deal.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell ‘Bite a Kneecap” shirts now available – Pride Of Detroit – Dan Campbell merch is already available.

Buccaneers rule Antonio Brown out for NFC Championship Game vs. Packers – Acme Packing Company – Green Bay’s defense will have one fewer receiving threat to deal with on Sunday.

Packers list Kevin King as questionable for NFC Championship Game – Acme Packing Company – The fourth-year cornerback has missed five games due to injury this year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

2021 NFL Draft: Infante’s 10 Senior Bowl prospects Bears should target – Windy City Gridiron – The biggest college all-star game is just around the corner, and the Bears would be wise to pay attention to some of these prospects.

Bears hire safeties coach Sean Desai as defensive coordinator – Windy City Gridiron – The Bears are going internal with their defensive coordinator hire, bringing in Sean Desai as the new leader of their defense.

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