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NBC Sports Chicago annouces multi-platform coverage of 2019 NFL season

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago annouces multi-platform coverage of 2019 NFL season

Chicago, IL (August 29, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE home of the #AuthenticFan – has announced its multi-platform coverage lineup for the upcoming Chicago Bears/NFL 100th anniversary season featuring the return of Football Aftershow following every Bears game with host Laurence Holmes and Bears legends Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte and Olin Kreutz, along with Primetime Preview airing prior to every Bears primetime game, expanded 24/7 digital coverage via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, season-long social media coverage, new episodes of the “Under Center” podcast and much more. (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.) Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s line-up of Bears and additional pro football-related programming/coverage for the upcoming season:

 

GAME DAY PROGRAMMING…

FOOTBALL AFTERSHOW presented by Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 281 – Immediately following NBC Sports’ highly-anticipated “NFL Kickoff” season-opening battle featuring the Chicago Bears hosting the arch-rival Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 5, NBC Sports Chicago will deliver the season debut of its popular Bears game day wrap-up program entitled Football Aftershow presented by Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 281 (10:30 PM CT, time approx.).  The 90-minute show, which will immediately follow EVERY Bears game this season, is hosted by veteran Chicago sports media personality/WSCR AM 670 “The Score” host Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) and features a panel of Bears/NFL experts including former Bears linebacker/seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs), former Bears defensive end standout Alex Brown (@alexbrown96), former Bears running back/two-time Pro Bowler Matt Forte (@MattForte22), along with the network’s newest edition to its Bears game day coverage team, six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz (@olin_kreutz).  In addition to the spirited banter from the stars of the show, Football Aftershow also showcases post-game press conferences with coaches and players from both teams, plus NBC Sports Chicago’s Bears digital reporter/producer JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also provide immediate post-game commentary and player interviews.  NOTES: Football Aftershow will also stream live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app; re-airs of Football Aftershow can also be seen on NBC Sports Chicago regularly throughout the season on Sunday nights and Monday afternoons. 

 

PRIMETIME PRESHOW presented by the University of Illinois System – Prior to NBC Sports’ “NFL Kickoff” Bears-Packers game coverage on Thu, Sept. 5 and - prior to every Bears primetime game this season - fans will be provided with the very latest game night team/player news, match-up breakdowns, game predictions and more on the Primetime Preshow presented by the University of Illinois System.  For the home/season opener on Sept. 5, Primetime Preshow will take place LIVE in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park at the “2019 NFL Kickoff Experience” celebration beginning at 6:00 PM.  NOTE: A special edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado will also take place at the “2019 NFL Kickoff Experience” in Grant Park on Sept. 5 beginning at 5:00 PM featuring host David Kaplan (@thekapman); Primetime Preshow will also stream live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app. 

 

WEEKLY BEARS/NFL PROGRAMMING…

THE DAVE WANNSTEDT SHOW presented by Ankin Law – Debuting Monday, September 9 at 6:30 PM and regularly airing every Monday at 6:30 PM throughout the Bears/NFL season (with occasional airings at 5:30 PM on nights of pro game conflicts), viewers can look forward to The Dave Wannstedt Show presented by Ankin Law featuring the always-entertaining former Bears head coach/NFL expert.  Each week, Wannstedt will take a deep dive discussing the previous day’s game delivering his X’s and O’s thoughts on what the Bears did right or wrong in that contest, plus “Coach Wanny” will also provide his keen insight on what the Bears need to specifically prepare for in advance of their next game. NOTE: The Dave Wannstedt Show will also re-air on Monday nights at 11:00 PM.

 

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY – Now in its third decade on television, Pro Football Weekly is a half-hour program hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s Pat Boyle (@BoyleNBCS) and features an expert panel led by Bears legend/Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, NFL expert/former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt and PFW founder Hub Arkush.  The program’s in-depth preview analysis and unique format make the show a preferred vehicle for football fans desiring the most thorough coverage of the NFL.  This hard-hitting program features the latest NFL news reports, opinions and insider information, along with game-by-game predictions.  Pro Football Weekly makes its regular season premiere on Friday, August 30 at 5:00 PM with weekly debuts airing on Friday afternoons at 5:00 PM and at varied times depending on the network’s live pro event schedule, while replays can be seen Saturday afternoons/evenings at varied times, along with every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.

 

ADDITIONAL WEEKDAY PROGRAMMING… 

SPORTSTALK LIVE presented by The Chevy Silverado – NBC Sports Chicago sets the table with lively sports talk every Monday through Friday night at 6:00 PM on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado. Throughout the 2019 NFL season, SportsTalk Live host David Kaplan and his array of NFL experts and special guests will breakdown the games and preview the match-ups that lie ahead for the Bears and other key games from around the NFL.  In addition, SportsTalk Live will also feature numerous additional guests from the world of football all season long, including appearances from players, coaches, celebrities and many more.

 

THE DAILY LINE – Weekdays on NBC Sports Chicago from 2:00-6:00 PM, fans can get their latest betting tips, fantasy stats and sports entertainment info LIVE on The Daily Line, NBC Sports Radio’s weekday afternoon drive show hosted by Michael Jenkins, Tim Murray and Sara Perlman, which features special NBC Sports Regional Networks guests from coast-to-coast and unique content specific to casual and avid sports fans, fantasy players, and sports bettors.

 

EXPANDED DIGITAL COVERAGE… 

NBCSPORTSCHICAGO.COM/”MyTeams by NBC Sports” APP – NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated Bears section – NBCSportsChicago.com/Bears AND the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app will deliver comprehensive 24/7 Bears and NFL coverage all season long featuring original commentary, video interviews, feature reports, along with the latest Bears news and daily insight from NBC Sports Chicago’s roster of in-house Bears/NFL experts highlighting by in-depth reporting from Bears digital reporter/producer JJ Stankevitz and veteran Bears reporter John “Moon” Mullin (@moonmullinNBCS). In addition, fans can look forward to the following highlights this season:

 

  • “The Warm Up” – Fifteen minutes prior to every Bears game this season beginning in Week 2, host Laurence Holmes, along with analysts Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte, will hold a special Facebook Live segment on NBC Sports Chicago’s official Facebook page - Facebook.com/NBCSChicago - offering a game day preview featuring their expert commentary and predictions, plus - Bears fans will have also an opportunity to have their questions answered by submitting their game day inquiries via the “comments” section on the live stream.
  • “Second Half Sidecast” – At varied points during the second half of every Bears game this season, fans will also be able to interact with the Football Aftershow crew via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) as they watch and react to the on-field plays as they unfold.  In addition, the “Second Half Sidecast” will also feature more fan interaction as fans can post their thoughts and ask their questions to Briggs, Brown, and Forte.
  • Under Center PODCAST presented by the University of Illinois System: Throughout the Bears/NFL season, fans can look forward to even more entertaining and informative episodes of the popular “Under Center” PODCAST featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s roster of football experts and special guests.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Twitter – @NBCSBears is THE Twitter source for up-to-the-second Bears in-game updates, including reactions to the action via the Football Aftershow crew, along with breaking news, interactive questions, polls, and much more 24/7. 
  • In addition, a multitude of in-house “Sights & Sounds” moments, along with game day facts and metrics, and score updates will be provided throughout the season on Instagram and Instagram Live (@NBCSChicago). 

 

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears postgame coverage, local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

 

 

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Bears LB coach says Leonard Floyd is doing everything team has asked of him

Bears LB coach says Leonard Floyd is doing everything team has asked of him

Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd's success will be defined by how many sacks he records each year. Maybe it's unfair to judge Floyd based on one statistic, but considering Chicago's draft investment in him (ninth overall pick in 2016), sacks -- and a lot of them -- were the expectation.

Floyd's most productive season as a pass rusher came in his rookie year when he totaled 7.5 sacks. He's managed just 8.5, total, over the last two years (26 total games). It's been more of the same from him in 2019, as he has just three sacks entering Week 15's game against the Packers.

The Bears picked up Floyd's fifth-year option last offseason, which means his cap number will jump from just over $5 million this season to more than $13 million in 2020. It's a hefty price to pay for a player who doesn't get to the quarterback, but linebackers coach Ted Monachino said this week that no player on Chicago's roster can do what Floyd does for the defense.

“There’s only one guy in our building that can do the job that Leonard is asked to do, and that’s Leonard Floyd,” outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s playing at as high a level as I’ve ever had a ‘Sam’ [linebacker] play. I couldn’t ask any more of him.

“He wears a lot of hats throughout the game. He’s in coverage in base. He’s in coverage in sub. He’s a rusher in base. He’s a rusher in sub. He does it all for us. I do wish for him, and I think it would help all of us if he got some sacks, and we didn’t have to answer the same question once a month. But I do believe he’s playing at as high a level as any ‘Sam’ in our league.”

Monachino's assessment of Floyd's game is certainly fair, but it still doesn't change the fact that he hasn't become the kind of player the Bears were envisioning back in 2016. He was supposed to be John Fox and Vic Fangio's 'Von Miller.'

Instead, Floyd's Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grade ranks 89th among edge defenders in 2019. 

The Bears have the option of rescinding Floyd's fifth-year option this offseason, and with Chicago's tight salary-cap situation, it's a choice they may be forced to make. 

But Floyd has a chance to make a strong final impression on GM Ryan Pace over the final three games of this season, and with the Packers up next, there's a chance he'll do just that. Of his 18 career sacks, 7.5 have come against Green Bay.

"I feel great in the position I’m in," Floyd said this week. "I’m playing for a great organization. I got a lot more left in me.”

The Bears need Floyd to be their 'Von Miller' on Sunday, and for the rest of the season, to turn their near-impossible quest for the playoffs into reality.

Bears to activate Akeim Hicks off IR on Saturday

Bears to activate Akeim Hicks off IR on Saturday

The return of Akiem Hicks is upon us.

In a widely expected the move, the Bears activated Hicks off injured reserve on Saturday. Hicks is be eligible to play Sunday against the Packers.

Hicks suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 5 against the Raiders. He hit IR on Oct. 15, where players are required to spend a minimum of eight weeks before returning, per NFL rules.

The Bears defense hasn't been the same with Hicks out, and during his absence, linebackers Danny Trevathan (elbow) and Roquan Smith (torn pec) have both gone down with injuries.

Simply put, Hicks is a much-welcomed return for the Bears.

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