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The Under Center: Chicago Bears Podcast breaks down everything surrounding the Chicago Bears and the NFL, with informative and entertaining discussions from Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro. New episodes release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the season. BEAR DOWN!

Under Center: Chicago Bears Podcast NBC Sports Chicago

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    • 4.3 • 661 Ratings

The Under Center: Chicago Bears Podcast breaks down everything surrounding the Chicago Bears and the NFL, with informative and entertaining discussions from Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro. New episodes release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the season. BEAR DOWN!

    Can Caleb Williams, Bears live up to expectations with Mark Potash

    Can Caleb Williams, Bears live up to expectations with Mark Potash

    In the latest Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro are joined by Mark Potash from the Chicago Sun-Times to discuss the growing excitement and optimism around the Bears’ upcoming season. The palpable enthusiasm is reminiscent of the Lovie Smith era (1:32). Mark identifies Shane Waldron’s offense as the biggest reason the Bears might not meet expectations (2:08). They delve into fair expectations for Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze, and how quickly we'll know if Caleb is the real deal (5:39). Mark draws comparisons between the 2024 Texans and this year’s Bears, highlighting why it's fair and relevant comparison (6:50). They explore why Bears players are embracing the pressure and address how Caleb Williams has quickly removed doubts about his off-field persona early on (14:57). The discussion also covers key players and position groups deserving attention from media and fans (17:51), what head coach Matt Eberflus needs to do to validate GM Ryan Poles' decision to keep him (22:14).

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    • 31 min
    Debating Bears' major offseason upgrades and key player moves

    Debating Bears' major offseason upgrades and key player moves

    Join Kenneth Davis and Alex Shapiro on the latest Under Center Podcast as they dive into the Chicago Bears' most impactful offseason moves. They discuss DeAndre Carter joining the Bears as a WR and return specialist, bringing competition for Velus Jones (2:10). The signing of TE Marcedes Lewis and its significance is explored (5:52), followed by a comprehensive look at the top upgrades the Bears made, including D'Andre Swift and Keenan Allen (10:53). They analyze the replacement of Robert Tonyan with Gerald Everett (23:26) and Shane Waldron’s strategy to maximize Ryan Poles’ upgrades (27:11). The episode also covers Kevin Byard over Eddie Jackson (31:45), the punter change from Trenton Gill to Tory Taylor (37:04), and the Bears' bold attempt to trade up for Rome Odunze but the Atlanta Falcons passing (40:28).

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    • 47 min
    Caleb Williams' potential, Bears roster rankings with PFF's Sam Monson

    Caleb Williams' potential, Bears roster rankings with PFF's Sam Monson

    In this episode of the Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock are joined by Sam Monson, lead NFL analyst for Pro Football Focus, for an in-depth discussion on the Chicago Bears. Sam reveals how PFF conducts its rankings (0:25) and compares the Bears’ roster to the Packers and Lions (2:39). Sam discusses how the Bears' supporting cast could impact Caleb Williams in Year 1 (6:51), suggesting he could break every Bears single-season QB record this fall (8:15). Sam highlights his biggest concerns about the Bears’ defense (15:41), evaluates their offensive line (19:24) and offers his take on what's a realistic way to judge Caleb Williams during his rookie season (22:45). Don’t miss this comprehensive breakdown of the Bears’ roster!

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    • 29 min
    Caleb Williams' touch, quick learning shine at Bears mandatory minicamp

    Caleb Williams' touch, quick learning shine at Bears mandatory minicamp

    On the latest Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock break down Caleb Williams' growth during Bears mandatory minicamp, with one skill in particular standing out to media and Bears veterans (1:30). Ken and Josh later discuss how Caleb and the wide receiver trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze are developing their chemistry (6:00) and how the Bears' infrastructure is helping Williams develop (12:00). Later in the podcast, Josh breaks down how well the defense has fared in practice (23:00) and what the next step is for Montez Sweat this season (27:57). They finish by discussing the future for Teven Jenkins and Nate Davis. Don't miss this all the insights and break down!

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    • 36 min
    Chris Simms has high hopes for Caleb Williams, but can he lead the Bears to success?

    Chris Simms has high hopes for Caleb Williams, but can he lead the Bears to success?

    Former NFL QB and NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms joins Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro on the Under Center Podcast to explain why he ranked Caleb Williams as the 20th-best quarterback in the NFL, the highest he has ever ranked rookie QB (1:00). What convinced Simms that Williams is the real deal (4:05)? The guys dive deep into what Williams needs to do to maximize his talent, the pitfalls to avoid, and what Bears offensive coordinator Shane Waldron can do to help him grow (6:09). What are realistic expectations for Caleb Williams? Can he lead the Bears to success? The discussion is packed with expert insights and debate. Plus, hear Simms' expectations for Rome Odunze's rookie year (26:35).

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    • 29 min
    Inside Week 2 of Bears OTAs: Caleb Williams shines, Rome Odunze flashes

    Inside Week 2 of Bears OTAs: Caleb Williams shines, Rome Odunze flashes

    Join hosts Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock on the Under Center Podcast as they break down the second week of Bears OTAs. Josh discusses Caleb Williams' standout throws (1:50) and likens him to Aaron Rodgers (4:57). They also cover D’Andre Swift’s impressive performance (6:14) and how Shane Waldron and Matt Eberflus plan to get Williams comfortable (8:08). Get insights on the running back split (10:18), special teams updates from coach Richard Hightower on punter Tory Taylor (12:32), and how the Bears are preparing rookie pass rusher Austin Booker (19:20). Tune in for all this and more!

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
661 Ratings

661 Ratings

Die Hard ChiTown ,

Potential but SLOW down and THINK

Edit 2: these guys just don’t know football...and they don’t know business or organizational development. From 2 stars to 1. TRIPLING down on my Adam comment. “Fans are not caricatures”. The way you analyze Nagy, Phillips, Pace, etc. is 100% in caricature form. Clearly they have not had success, but neither has this podcast. Seem like low self-esteem commentators who pry off of emotion rather than professionalism. Stop and ask - legitimately - what their strategy is. Are they at the position they are because they’re incompetent? Then what would you think of yourselves? Chill out, guys and think like a professional. Edit 1: Rarely learn anything new unless he is on. “Detroit is bad”, “Texans are bad”. “Bears have a bad team”. No insight or football knowledge at all. What CAN you take from the game? The NFL changes every week. Stop. Think. And add something rather than recycling last week’s podcast Original: JJ takes an objective approach and adds value to the podcast by thinking through the reality of the bear’s situation rather than simply overreacting to the emotions of the game or moment. The same cannot be said for the rest of the cast, except for when Adam joins the pod. There are glimpses of insight from Cam and others but they would benefit from s-l-o-w-i-n-g down, thinking through both sides of an opinion and delivering some actual insight. Will continue to listen, but 3 stars until the group can advance from the emotional reaction of the “drunk guy at the bar” and instead move towards professional/insightful journalism that has actually been thought through before being spewed into the mic. Cheers.

jecbears ,

Good pod but…

Good podcast I enjoyed it most times but I can’t stand one thing. Kenneth Davis question asking is just awful. He can ask one question that is 300 words probably even longer. My god even sometimes he answers the question he’s trying to get to all while skewing off numerous tangents. In the beginning of the June 10th episode is very egregious. Wish another person can ask the questions it’s so annoying. Smartest guy in the room type person I guess. Once you notice it you can’t unnotice it. Hope I don’t ruin it for some but this could be a 5 star pod.

Michigan Man2216 ,

Kenneth has to go

Argued For Fields after the could not get a ham sandwich and a bear for the overrated former Bears QB. Actually a 6th rounder and not 1 team wanted this guy.

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