JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan wonder if John Fox had a point about the Bears having the worst offseason in the NFL (1:00), then offer up some prop bets for the Bears in 2019 involving Eloy Jimenez's home runs and Khalil Mack's sacks (5:00), undrafted free agent rookies making the roster (10:00), when/if the Bears will cut a kicker during the season (12:45), running back production (16:30) and how many games Adam Shaheen will play (25:50).
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Under Center Podcast
Former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is starting his first (overdue) season as an NFL head coach.
It's his first time running the show, making the rules, etc. One particularly important rule that Fangio has emphasized to start the year? Music has no place on the football field!
Fangio won't be playing music during practice because, as noted Grump Bill Belichick can attest to, if you're having fun, you're not getting better. Here's his rationalization:
"There's no music in games. And when it comes to the point where we need to simulate crowd noise in practice, which we will do, it will be noise. It won't be music," said Fangio, via NFL Network's James Palmer. "Noise, by definition, sounds annoying. Music sounds nice."
He's not wrong - music DOES sound nice. That's about where he stops making much sense, though.
Vic Fangio: still kinda grumpy!
The thing about the Chicago Bears franchise is that, unlike a lot of other NFL teams that are forced to manufacture prestige into their history, the Bears let their past speak for itself. George Halas founded the league, Walter Payton revolutionized it, and the '85 defense terrorized it. Walking through Halas Hall is as immersive a dive into the sport's history as any team can offer.
Part of that history, forever enshrined within the sturdy, wind-whipped walls of Soldier Field, includes our story's hero, Mark Sanchez. After 8 NFL seasons that felt more like 12 NFL seasons, Mark has retired:
The same Mark Sanchez that was going to save the Jets? Yes, that Mark Sanchez. The butt fumble guy. He did, if you try hard enough to remember, play for the Bears at one point. Here he is giving Mitch Trubisky a pep talk that Mitch is totally digging and definitely listening to:
Here he is giving Mitch some profound wisdom that would actually be pretty good advice were it not such a painfully-thin reflection on his own experience:
“He’s not married, he doesn’t have any kids. You don’t need a five-bedroom place to look after for all your buddies to live in,” Sanchez said. “If you want another responsibility, get a dog or something.”
And now his watch has ended.