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Bears weighing options for how to conduct 2020 NFL draft

Bears weighing options for how to conduct 2020 NFL draft

The Bears, like the rest of the NFL, will conduct the 2020 NFL draft very differently from years past. Instead of a crowded war room at Halas Hall, general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and the rest of the team's who's who will be forced to adjust to the nation's social distancing effort to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are several options available to the Bears, ranging from a smaller group of influential voices in the war room to a virtual setting at their homes.

"They've been preparing us for all of this," Pace said via the team's website. "We have a couple options right now. The first one would be Halas with a limited number of people and using the technology in our draft room. [Another] one would be an offsite location, which we're establishing several options now. The third one would be operating from our homes remotely, which obviously there are some challenges with that. We're kind of going through each one of them. We do have some offsite locations, but we haven't pinpointed one down just yet.

"Whatever they tell us to do, we'll be ready. And we're just going to follow the experts in that area."

Nagy said the Bears will rely on their tech department to get it right.

"It's going to be certainly different for us," he said. "You've got to be tech-savvy. That's why we are relying on all those [IT] people. They've been amazing and communicating with us on how to do things. I have my office here at my house and I'm able to have four different computers rolling."

The Bears will have the first day of the draft to adjust to the new normal this April. Without a first-round pick, Chicago won't be on the clock until No. 43 overall. They have two picks in the second round but (No.s 43 and 50) but don't select again (as of now) until the fifth round.

Pace has traditionally been very active with draft-day trades, sliding up and down the draft board at equal rates. He may not have as much comfort doing that in 2020 because of the unique working conditions.

Regardless, the Bears have to get their picks right this year in what will be a critical draft class to round out a roster poised to make a run at the NFC North crown this fall. 

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Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary reportedly leaves HS coaching job

Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary reportedly leaves HS coaching job

Mike Singletary may be one of the best linebackers in NFL history, but his coaching career has not lived up to his playing days.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Singletary has stepped down from a high school coaching job in Texas after he led the team to a 1-21 record over two seasons.

According to the report, Singletary is going to focus on motivational speaking and consulting opportunities, instead of coaching football.

Singletary also coached in the Alliance of American Football for the Memphis Express in 2019, but he didn’t have much more success there. The Express went 2-6 in the lone AAF season.

As a head coach in the NFL, Singletary fared a bit better. His San Francisco 49ers went 18-22 from 2008-2010. He last coached in the NFL as defensive assistant for the Rams in 2016.

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Chicago Bears tabbed 'best value' bets for several NFL futures

Chicago Bears tabbed 'best value' bets for several NFL futures

Even though the Bears have fairly long odds to win the division, they’re being recognized as “best value” bets for several futures.

An overall regression in 2019, coupled with an upcoming quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, soured oddsmakers on the team.

As things stand on Monday morning, the Bears have the third-longest odds to win the division at +400, putting them behind the Vikings and Packers at +165 and +170, respectively.

But you can find value in picking the Bears to win the division when you look at the win total over/under futures, as well.

Right now, the Bears sit at 7.5 wins, behind the Packers at 9 wins and Vikings at 8.5. With things projected to be so tight from a win total standpoint, the Bears have been recognized as a “best value” pick to win the NFC North since their defense can steal any game on the schedule, adding a win or two and propelling them to a division crown.

Using that same logic, the Bears have also been recognized with a “best value” pick to hit the over on their 7.5 win total.

There’s no reason to think the defense will take a step back from last season-- in fact by all accounts, the squad should improve again with Robert Quinn in the fold, and Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack fully healthy again.

While things may develop a little more slowly on the offensive side due to the aforementioned QB competition, any uptick in offensive production should help the team improve on their 8-8 record from last season, making it easy to see why taking the over on 7.5 wins feels like a great value bet.

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