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Former Bears’ Great Dan Hampton Takes a Shot at Former Coach John Fox

The Bears’ defensive line roundtable was the most passionate of Saturday’s events, with all five participants firing up the crowd at the Bears 100 Weekend Celebration, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton wound up having the last word before the roundtable ran out of time.

When someone mentioned new head coach Matt Nagy, Hampton took a shot at the man he replaced.

“Thank God John Fox’s ass is out of town,” he said. “Thank God.” Fox, who led both the Panthers and Broncos to the Super Bowl, went 14-34 in three seasons before the Bears fired him after the 2017 season.

Bears TE Burton Won’t Practice Until Training Camp Following Surgery

Bears coach Matt Nagy said that tight end Trey Burton had sports hernia surgery this offseason and isn’t expected to practice until training camp at the earliest, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bears hope the surgery corrects the groin discomfort that surprisingly sidelined Burton for their playoff loss to the Eagles on Jan. 6.

Nagy told reporters about the surgery Wednesday when he was asked about Burton, who watched practice from the sideline.

“When the season was over, we just thought, OK, let’s pull back a little bit and let’s let him get a little bit of rest, come back and see where it’s at,” Nagy said.

“We did that, and he wasn’t feeling real comfortable with it. So … a couple months ago, he ended up getting sports hernia surgery. No need for us to keep dragging this out. Let’s get the thing right, and we feel like we’ve done that.”

Check out the Complete 2019 Chicago Bears Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Bears fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Bears slate!

Sept. 5 Green Bay Packers (Thu) 8:20
Sept. 15 at Denver Broncos 4:25
Sept. 23 at Washington Redskins (Mon) 8:15
Sept. 29 Minnesota Vikings 4:25
Oct. 6 at Oakland Raiders (London) 1:00
Bye
Oct. 20 New Orleans Saints 4:25
Oct. 27 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00
Nov. 3 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00
Nov. 10 Detroit Lions 1:00
Nov. 17 at Los Angeles Rams* 8:20
Nov. 24 New York Giants 1:00
Nov. 28 at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30
Dec. 5 Dallas Cowboys (Thu) 8:20
Dec. 15 at Green Bay Packers 1:00
Dec. 22 Kansas City Chiefs* 8:20
Dec. 29 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00

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Can Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Add a Big Piece to the Bears Defensive Backfield in 2019?

The Chicago Bears added a young stallion to their defensive backfield this offseason, as the team inked former Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

The deal to get Dix over to the Bears this offseason was a 1-year, $3.5 million dollar deal, not breaking the bank but good enough for him to make the move.

If you use a Pointsbet promo code this season, the addition of Dix to the backfield has the Bears still as the favorite in the NFC North, and for good reason for what Clinton-Dix can add to this roster.

“We went back and looked at the totality of his work, all the way back from our college evaluations to his first couple of years in the league,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

“He’s a young player. And just coming into our defense and his state of mind right now, we had a lot of very honest conversations with him. He was very honest and up front too.

“But what jumped out was how bad he wanted to be here. He’s kind of coming in with a chip on his shoulder, and you can’t ask for any more than that.”

There are challenges to Dix’s game as Pace pointed out, but the upside and what he can bring to the Bears defensive backfield is something that is exciting to the team.

Bears coach Matt Nagy spent plenty of time watching film on Dix before they signed him, and he took is aware of what Clinton-Dix can and can’t do.

“This past year, he’ll be the first to tell you he didn’t play as well as he probably would have wanted to play,” Nagy said.

“We just felt like here’s a great opportunity for him coming to this defense and this city and this organization.”

Clinton-Dix is very durable, as he has appeared in all 80 games the last five seasons and in that time has 14 interceptions and also has forced four fumbles in that same time frame

As far as what the Bears backfield on defense will look like, Clinton-Dix will join Eddie Jackson, and the two should make an interesting duo as they look to stop the best passing games in the league.

Jackson the last few seasons has done a nice job, putting up 124 tackles, 21 pass deflections, eight interceptions and three forced fumbles.

There’s no doubt that the Bears feel they can get value out of the Clinton-Dix signing, now with a chip on his shoulder, there’s excitement building as to what he can bring in 2019.

The Bears Will Have an Interesting Backfield Come the 2019 Season

The Chicago Bears pulled off a deal last week with a trade of running back Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles, moving him to the City of Brotherly Love in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick

Conditions in the trade could flex that selection to a 2020 fifth-round pick. With the deal to trade Howard, New York sports betting still has the Bears as the current 2019 favorites to win the NFC North.

The team could have kept Howard, who is slated to make just $2 million this upcoming season, but instead felt that a backfield that would feature Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis would be good enough for the defending NFC North Champions.

Howard had been rumored as trade bait since before the last season, and with Cohen coming on in a huge way in 2018, the writing was on the wall.

This past season Howard had 935 rushing yards and 3.7 yards per carry. Once the Bears inked Davis, it was pretty much a done deal that Howard would be gone.

Howard did play well in the final five games, going off for 399 yards on 88 carries, but again getting Davis was enough for the team to feel they could make a trade with Howard.

The Bears like the running style of Davis, who is very much a power back, and in Matt Nagy’s power running offense, that’s the type of player they would like to have.

“I thought he had really good vision,” Nagy said of Davis and his running style.

“He was a guy that can make you miss between the tackles. He has that in him. We liked that. We thought that would be a good addition to our side of the ball on offense. We’re intrigued to get him in and start learning who he is as a person. From all the research we did on him, we thought it was a great fit.”

The fact also the team didn’t wait long to ink Davis (they signed him on the first day of free agency), means that he was the apple of their eye when it came to players they liked on the free agent market.

The team also may use a draft choice on a running back, which is always good not only to add depth but also to build for the future.

It’s something that easily the team could do with one of their later picks.

“It’s going to be a unique year where we’re picking and it’s going to be best-player-available,” said general manager Ryan Pace.

“If it is a running back, then we’ll sort through it. And if you happen to have a lot of depth there, then that can be a good thing.”

Will a Busy Offseason for the Bears Pay Off with More Wins in 2019?

The Chicago Bears have had a solid offseason thus far, adding to their team in a variety of ways.

The team has brought back no less than seven of their own players, including Monday when the team announced they had re-signed edge rusher Aaron Lynch to a one-year deal.

When you see apps for sports betting this season make sure you take a long look at the Bears, a team that last season was able to win the NFC North with a young team that should only get better.

Back to the offseason, the team has not only added to their roster with their own players, they also have been rather aggressive in the free agent market, going after six players on the open market.

First there is Receiver/return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson, who the team got from the New England Patriots.

“If we were bringing him here just to return kicks … I mean, I’d be lying to you,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said last week at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

“He’s going to play with the offense and he’s going to have a role. From now until Week 1 we’ve got to figure out, how do we maximize what he does best? I don’t know that yet but when I see him get in here and we talk to him and see what he can do, then we as an offensive staff are going to find some good stuff for him.”

The team also added running back Mike Davis from the Seattle Seahawks, a valuable piece after the team recently dealt Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Davis finished 2018 averaging 4.6 yards per carry, a player who still looks like he can be a dominant starting running back.

Nickel back Buster Skrine come to the Bears from the New York Jets. He was a a fifth-round pick out of Chattanooga in 2011 with the Cleveland Browns.

That season he played in all 16 games and ended the year with 18 tackles, two pass deflections and one interception. He played all 16 games again for the Browns in 2012 and made six starts.

Skrine finished that season with 85 tackles and 11 pass deflections. He started 15 games in 2013 for the Browns and racked up 65 tackles, one sack, 18 pass deflections and one interception.

Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is another addition from the Washington Redskins. Clinton-Dix is likely the best signing for the team this offseason.

He has appeared in all 80 games the last five seasons and has 14 interceptions and four forced fumbles. Five of those interceptions came during the 2016 season.

He will join Eddie Jackson in the secondary after the fellow Alabama alum has started 30 games the last two seasons.

Offensive lineman Ted Larsen from the Dolphins will add solid depth to the teams’ offensive line, and finally there is wide out Marvin Hall, who will give the team some receiver depth coming over from the Atlanta Falcons.

Bears Bring Back Edge Rusher Aaron Lynch with a One-Year Deal

The Bears have brought back edge rusher Aaron Lynch to a one-year deal, a good move for a team that will look to put more pressure on the quarterback in 2019.

Last season Lynch started three games, totaling three sacks, eight quarterback hits and one interception. If you use a 888Sport coupon code for the Bears in 2019, keep an eye on Lynch, as he can certainly help this team to wins.

Like he did last year, Lynch will play behind Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd, the team’s two starters, but again, he can be a big asset from not only a depth standpoint, but also when the team needs some fresh legs on the field late in games.

“Where else would I want to be?” Lynch told ChicagoBears.com. “This is where I want to be. It’s where I see my future.”

Lynch, who had reported trips to Seattle and Indianapolis as a free agent, has started 22 games and totaled 18 sacks in his career.

Before coming to the Bears last year, Lynch spent his first four NFL seasons with the 49ers after being selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of South Florida.

Overall with the 49’ers he played in 44 games with 19 starts, registering 83 tackles, 15 sacks and 28 tackles-for-loss.

Lynch is the perfect type of player to be on the Bears roster, a player that can not only fill in when needed, but a player that knows what winning is like, something the young Bears did last season, winning the NFC North before losing a heartbreaker in the NFC Wild Card game at home to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“We get to build on last year,” Lynch said.

“We didn’t [reach the Super Bowl], so now we really want to get there. I feel like that’s a huge motivational ladder that we get to climb up this year.”

The Bears have done a very good job thus far this season bringing back their own players, as they have inked now seven players from last season that could have left the team.

So far this offseason, the team has inked right tackle Bobby Massie, tight end Ben Braunecker, punter Pat O’Donnell, quarterback Tyler Bray, safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and defensive tackle Nick Williams.

The team has also added some talent from other teams, as they have signed six free agents from other squads since the start of the new NFL season in early March.

Receiver/return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson (Patriots), running back Mike Davis (Seahawks), nickel back Buster Skrine (Jets), safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Redskins), offensive lineman Ted Larsen (Dolphins) and receiver Marvin Hall (Falcons) are all now members of the Bears.

Bears to Open Up the 2019 Season on Thursday Night September 5th Against Green Bay

The Bears will be in action earlier than a many people thought to start the 2019 season, as the club will open the season at home on Thursday, September 5th against the rival Green Bay Packers.

The league announced Monday that the defending NFC North Champs will open up at Soldier Field against their biggest rival in the 199th meeting between the two teams.

The game will be away from the norm, as usually the Super Bowl champs open up the season at home, but instead the Patriots will open the season Sunday night against a team to be announced.

The Bears and Packers have the most historic rivalry in the game, dating back to November 27, 1921 when the Bears and Packers series started with a Chicago 20-0 shutout.

Currently the Packers lead the all-time series 97-95-6.

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