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NBC Sports Chicago to provide extensive multi-platform coverage of Bears Training Camp 2019

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NBC Sports Chicago to provide extensive multi-platform coverage of Bears Training Camp 2019

   

Chicago, IL (July 24, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to deliver extensive multi-platform coverage of Chicago Bears Training Camp 2019 from Bourbonnais, IL beginning tomorrow (Thursday, July 25) featuring massive, in-depth digital coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (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.).  NBC Sports Chicago’s training camp coverage is presented by St. Xavier University.

 

In addition, on Monday, July 29 at 6:00 PM CT, fans can look forward to a special Bourbonnais remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan (@thekapman), a panel of Bears/NFL experts, along with additional special guest interviews. (NOTE: Live stream also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive)

 

Among the daily training camp digital offerings to be delivered via the network’s dedicated Bears section (NBCSportsChicago.com/Bears) and the “My Teams by NBC Sports” app, NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts - featuring JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) and John ‘Moon’ Mullin (@moonmullinNBCS) - will provide fans with a number highlighted segments including “Making the Cut,” which will focus on key position battles, “Long Shots,” a look at some of the under the radar players fighting for a roster spot, along with press conference highlights, interviews with Bears players and coaches and much more.

 

Additional coverage highlights…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA:
  • Live, on-site analysis segments throughout training camp featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts to be featured on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter/Periscope (@NBCSBears).
  • Twitter (@NBCSBears) coverage to also feature live tweet coverage for all key press conferences, along with players/coaches interviews, ‘question of the day,’ polls, debates, and much more.
  • Training Camp “Sights & Sounds” moments featuring photos/quick video offerings via ‘NBCSChicago’ to be provided through Instagram and Instagram Stories.
  • PODCASTS: Throughout training camp, fans can look forward to daily editions of NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Under Center PODCAST” featuring Stankevitz, Mullin, and additional 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.

 

NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago will be announcing its 2019 Bears regular season multi-platform coverage details in the coming weeks.

 

 

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.  

 

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Bears' offense ranks among the NFL's worst analytically, new study finds

Bears' offense ranks among the NFL's worst analytically, new study finds

The Bears' offense was bad last year. I know that. You know that. The Bears (hopefully?) know that. 

But *extremely 30 For 30 voice* what if I told you just how bad they really were? Would you be interested in that? You wouldn't be? Sorry, got a quota to hit. 

In a fascinating new study written by Rotoworld's Hayden Weeks, the lack of modern wrinkles in Chicago's offense are made painstakingly clear. Weeks took an analytically-slanted look at every NFL offense, and friends, it's a rough read: 

4th Down Aggressiveness: 23rd
Pass Rate on Early Downs: 9th
Pass Rate While Trailing: 13th
Play-Action Rate: 27th
Downfield Pass Rate: 16th
Middle of the Field Pass Rate: 5th
Pre-Snap Motion Percentage: 30th
Outside Run Rate: 20th
Shotgun Run Rate: 5th
Offensive Pace: 22nd

Overall, Weeks ranks the Bears as the 22nd best offense in football based on the above metrics. If there's any hope whatsoever, it comes from his short write up of Nagy's offense – but still, temper your expectations: 

If I incorporated the front office, the Bears would be much lower, but I think Nagy holds his own in terms of in-game analytics usage. He’s just been dealt a horrible hand at quarterback and with the offensive line. Nagy opted for a decent pass rate on early downs (9th) and while trailing (13th), plus uses shotgun a lot and targets the middle of the field (5th). There are a few things holding him back from jumping into Tier 3, however. The Bears weren’t aggressive enough on fourth downs (23rd) and didn't use play action (27th) or pre-snap motion (30th) nearly enough. Maybe the quarterback change sparks change.

Bears: Use play action! Just try it! I promise you'll like it. 

Did Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' mega-deal actually leave money on table?

Did Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' mega-deal actually leave money on table?

Patrick Mahomes forever altered the sports contract landscape with his landmark 10-year, $450 million extension that became official this week. It made all the sense in the world to lock up the 2018 MVP whose team could very easily be coming off back-to-back Super Bowl titles if not for a nail-biting loss to the eventual-champion Patriots in the 2019 AFC Championship game. But Brad Spielberger, who does extensive salary cap research and writing for OverTheCap.com, believes Mahomes could have massively cashed in again if he took a different approach to these negotiations

Coming in, we knew this was going to be a groundbreaking deal in some respects... I really didn’t think he was going to give up that many years of control – it’s basically a lifetime contract. Again, I know it’s maybe up to half a billion dollars, so it sounds crazy to maybe question his thinking there, but in 5, 6, 7 years down the road, he probably could have gotten another deal that would have made this one look small in comparison.

Every team in the league would love this deal… every front office in the NFL would say, the fact that they have this much time on this deal is the best part about it. Again, it’s a monstrous deal and there are outs at certain points so it’s not so strict as to say he can’t get out of it or he can’t work with it. If I’m his agent, I would push for 5 years, $200M fully guaranteed; let’s go mega-Kirk Cousins on steroids, let’s change the game, and then let’s see if we can sign a deal for $50M a year when that one runs out.

The scenario painted there is an interesting one, and might have allowed Mahomes to reset the quarterback market twice in a decade… but we’ll never know. For more from Spielberger, including how the Mahomes deal impacts the Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson negotiations and what the Bears’ offseason moves tell him about the mindset of Ryan Pace’s front office, listen to the most recent edition of the Under Center podcast here or below.