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ESPN ranks Robert Quinn as one of NFL's biggest offseason upgrades

ESPN ranks Robert Quinn as one of NFL's biggest offseason upgrades

The best way for the Chicago Bears to take full advantage of Khalil Mack's generational talent is by giving him a pass-rushing teammate who can take some of the pressure off of him on a down-to-down basis. The failed experiment that was Leonard Floyd simply wasn't cutting it over the first two years of Mack's tenure in Chicago, and GM Ryan Pace made adding his 'Robin' a priority this offseason.

Enter Robert Quinn and his five-year, $70 million contract. 

Quinn has enjoyed a high level of success as a sack artist in the NFL, including a remarkable 19-sack season in 2013. Injuries knocked him off course between 2015-18, but he returned to form last year with the Cowboys; he finished 2019 with 11.5 sacks.

With the quarterback conversation flooding the Bears' offseason, Quinn's addition has flown somewhat under the radar. But in ESPN's recent ranking of the biggest position upgrades, Quinn ranked 12th.

Quinn turns 30 this summer, but the veteran edge rusher is one of the league's most underrated players. In his only season with Dallas, Quinn racked up 11.5 sacks (eighth among edge rushers), 72 pass-rush wins (third) and a 21.5% pass-rush win rate (first) in 2019. He has reached 8.5 sacks all five seasons in which he played at least 600 snaps. In Chicago, Quinn replaces Floyd opposite superstar Khalil Mack. Floyd impressed with 7.0 sacks as a rookie in 2016, but his totals have progressively dipped from 4.5 in 2017 to 4.0 in 2018 to 3.0 last season. He ranked ninth among edge rushers in snaps last season but struggled to only 27 pass-rush wins (51st) and a 0.8% sack rate (19th worst). Floyd is now with the Rams

Mack, by himself, was enough to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares in the days leading up to facing the Bears. Now, with Quinn chasing them from the opposite side, there will be many sleepless nights in quarterback country this season.

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same! 

That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."

The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it  just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels. 

Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek. 

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

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USA TODAY

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.

While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926. 

The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.

Alas, there were better days ahead.

Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:

12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history