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Chicago Bears podcast featuring Chicago Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell.

Bear Download — A Chicago Bears podcast Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs

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    • 4.2, 234 Ratings

Chicago Bears podcast featuring Chicago Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell.

    What did we learn from Bears coaches? And how can the offense improve rapidly?

    What did we learn from Bears coaches? And how can the offense improve rapidly?

    Although the Bears halted their offseason program weeks ago, there’s still plenty for Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs to discuss. They sift through what they learned from Bears coaches, especially the ones hired fairly recently. You’ll have to excuse the coaches if they’ve been a bit vague — there’s only so much they can learn via Zoom call. Dan and Brad — and Bears fans, no doubt — can’t wait to find out if there really is an open competition at quarterback or if Mitch Trubisky has had his shot. And can modest improvements by each unit on the offense lead to a rapid ascension overall? (Dan says yes). Next they dip into Brad’s mailbag, centering on running backs (with a little kicker talk thrown in). Finally, they touch on the origins of Dan’s desk-slamming bit before crowning … sports! Just for attempting to return to competition, really. That said, safety is still paramount, and it remains to be seen what the NFL does when it is truly challenged by the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Inside the Bears' emotional team meeting

    Inside the Bears' emotional team meeting

    Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs are joined by colleague Colleen Kane to discuss and process the emotional and personal talks with Bears players Danny Trevathan, Allen Robinson and Akiem Hicks and coach Matt Nagy this week. And later, after the 1st week of OTAs, breaking down what Nagy had to say about the QB competition — once they are allowed back on the field — and what the Bears still need to improve upon.

    • 59 min
    Which Bears QB has the edge? And what’s with all the Ryan Pace do-overs?

    Which Bears QB has the edge? And what’s with all the Ryan Pace do-overs?

    Dan Wiederer doesn’t have Brad Biggs with him on this edition of Bear Download, so he’s brought reinforcements: Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago and Dionne Miler of ABC-7. First, Dan and Jeff discuss who has the edge in the team’s quarterback battle — if there’s an edge to be had. Next, they get into the difficulties the NFL faces in returning to the field in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including whether players can breathe through masks suitable for Cobra Commander (“G.I. Joe” reference!). Dionne jumps on with Dan from there, and they tackle Ryan Pace’s string of draft do-overs and whether Matt Nagy — or any coach, for that matter — can be effective through Zoom. Finally, while trying not to wake Dan’s daughter during nap time, they crown none other than Michael Jordan. The joyride of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” has come to an end, and it makes Dan and Dionne wistful for the energy a winner brings to Chicago — especially on the gridiron.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Breaking down the 2020 Bears schedule

    Breaking down the 2020 Bears schedule

    Schedule alert! Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs can’t just sit around and NOT discuss how it all lines up for the Bears in 2020 — even if there’s a possibility it gets thrown into upheaval by the coronavirus pandemic. For now, the duo breaks down the schedule from (seemingly soft) start to (brutal-on-paper) finish. Dan and Brad lay out the games they’re most looking forward to, which stretch will test the Bears most, which opponent might throw the team for a loop and which road trips hold the most potential for excitement. Stick around for adventures in Jacksonville — Brad’s recall ability will astound you!

    • 31 min
    Evaluating the 2020 Bears roster by position group

    Evaluating the 2020 Bears roster by position group

    With Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs’ boat party on hold (they want to get out of the house, too!) and no Bears minicamp in sight, they forge ahead with another shelter-in-place edition of the Bear Download podcast. First up: discussing whether the team got better at each offensive position group — your poll answers included! Dan and Brad then transition to That’s Just Stupid, in which they hopefully put to rest the discussion of whether the Bears should have picked up quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option. Then it’s on to evaluations of the defense and special teams — with very little kicker talk, we promise — before crowning the NFL for moving forward with its schedule release. Speaking of which, will the Rams’ new stadium be ready to host the Bears and other opponents, and will reporters even be allowed to attend road games for the teams they cover? Stay tuned in the weeks ahead.

    • 49 min
    Breaking down the Bears' 2020 draft class and more Mitch Trubisky talk

    Breaking down the Bears' 2020 draft class and more Mitch Trubisky talk

    The 2020 NFL draft is in the books, which means Dan Wiederer can stop running all over his house while the Bears make their picks, and Brad Biggs is free of a certain analyst who makes him scratch his head. GM Ryan Pace emerged with seven selections, and Dan and Brad dive into analysis on the latest Bear Download podcast. Much of the spotlight shines on the Bears’ second-round picks, tight end Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson — two positions that desperately needed upgrades. As for whether Pace did enough at wide receiver, that’s debatable. In That’s Just Stupid, Dan and Brad tackle the Packers’ decision to draft QB Jordan Love in the first round. For the record, they think it’s a smart move; they’re just not sure why so few see the potential upside. Also, it appears Brad likes saying “Gutekunst,” the last name of Green Bay’s general manager. The duo closes by assessing Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option (seems the Bears’ mind is made up, yes?) and by crowning the NFL for putting on a glitch-free draft. 

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

PR Al ,

American racism

Dan and Colleen did a good job of discussing the Pears players reactions to the killing of George Floyd in the June 2020 podcast

Ditka and Italian Beef ,

Good stuff

My 2nd favorite Bears podcast. I listen to just about every episode. Biggs is my favorite Bears writer, but I do miss the on air chemistry between Dan and Rich on the Podcast.

MaybNexYr Bear fan 77 ,

Thank you

Bears talk really helps. Thank you!
Good stuff.

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