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Babich, Bradley like their role reversal

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Babich, Bradley like their role reversal

Role reversals can sometimes be awkward when the boss and staffer switch jobs. The Jacksonville Jaguars and new head coach Gus Bradley arent worried.
Bradley worked with former Bears coach Bob Babich for six years at North Dakota State. Babich was head coach, Bradley his defensive coordinator.
Now Bradley is field boss and Babich his defensive coordinator after Babichs hiring last week to replace Mel Tucker, who took the same post with the Bears.
The Jaguars defense was 30th in yards and tied for 29th in points allowed last year. Bradley, the former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, had success of his own and also wanted what Babich was part of building in Chicago.
Chicagos defense was really good this year fifth overall and just watching them on tape, I was very impressed with their style, Bradley said via Ryan OHalloran at the Florida Times-Unions Jacksonville.com. Our philosophies mesh and the terminology is very similar. Its another great addition.
Babich was elevated to Bears D-coordinator in 2007 after the exit of Ron Rivera and served in that role for three seasons.
Ive grown being around former coordinator Rod Marinelli and the rest of the Bears coaching staff, Babich said. Ive become not only a better coach but a better person so Im excited and ready to go.

Chicago native Rob Ninkovich details his snowball fights with Bill Belichick

Chicago native Rob Ninkovich details his snowball fights with Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick apparently loves a good snowball fight? 

The surprisingly-human fact about the NFL's most robotic head coach comes courtesy of Rob Ninkovich, who played in New England for eight seasons, winning two Super Bowls. On the latest episode of NBC Sports' Sports Uncovered podcast, Ninkovich lays out the time he found himself taking cover from Bill's lobs:

So I’m walking out after the game, walking to my truck. All of a sudden, a snowball comes flying in, and I’m like, ‘Who the heck is throwing snowballs?’ and it was Bill throwing snowballs at guys. It was just kind of like a fun moment where you were like, ‘He’s not so bad ... he’s not so bad’    

(So this was clearly after a win, right?) 

Ninkovich, along with others like Doug Flutie, Rodney Harrison, and Charlie Weiss, helped peel back the layers and provide a look into Bill Belichick that most people don't get to see. You can listen to the entire conversation right here, or in the embedded player below: 

Under Center Podcast: Bears haven't talked extension with Allen Robinson

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Under Center Podcast: Bears haven't talked extension with Allen Robinson

JJ Stankevitz, Laurence Holmes and Cam Ellis discuss the Bears not talking to Allen Robinson about an extension and what that could mean for him and the team. Later, the crew discusses other deals that were made around the league, the stacked free agent running back class that Tarik Cohen finds himself in, and Laurence tells the story of finding a peacock and a chicken in his backyard.

(1:55) - Will 2020 be A-Rob's last in Chicago?

(7:10) - With no preseason, which QB (Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky) will win the starting job?

(13:00) - Will the NFL even have a season this year?

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(20:00) - The 2021 running back free agent class isn't good for Tarik Cohen

(30:00) - Laurence's encounter with a peacock and chicken

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