General Manager Jerry Angelo confirmed that the Bears are severing all ties with wide receiver Sam Hurd in the wake of information relative to alleged involvement with a sizeable drug ring.
But the head of football operations also took harsh issue with critics who quickly claimed that the Bears failed to adequately check Hurds background and character. Angelo strongly defended the work the organization does in general and did specifically with Hurd on background research, acknowledging that, no system is foolproof.
Angelo then lit into opinions that the Bears should have known about Hurds alleged drug connections.
Theres no foundation for anybody to say that, no facts, no flags that anybody can present tangibly to say otherwise, Angelo said. I want to make that perfectly clear to the public and the fans: We did our homework. We do our due diligence. We did everything you could possibly do given the information we can allocate.
The Bears have begun an in-depth review of their information-gathering, not unusual in situations like Hurd or defensive Tank Johnsons weapons case, where very large issues were undetected.
Sometimes there are glitches, Angelo said. In this case there are none. I can sit here and tell you with total transparency that we did everything we could do in terms of our research and there was nothing we found that would create a flag or alert or real concern in Sam Hurds case.
The Bears will reunite with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Denver this summer, as word broke Monday the Broncos will host Matt Nagy and Co. for joint training camp practices in advance of their preseason game in August.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs confirmed the news on Twitter.
This is the second time Denver will welcome the Bears for training camp sessions. The two teams held joint practices back in 2018.
Training camp won't be the first time the Bears will see Fangio since his departure last offseason. Chicago pulled off a last-second victory over the Broncos in Week 2 of the 2019 season when kicker Eddy Pineiro booted a 53-yard game-winner as time expired in the fourth quarter. His kick was set up by the clutch version of Mitch Trubisky, who connected on a 25-yard pass to Allen Robinson on the play before Pineiro's conversion.
Fangio left a lasting impact during his time as the Bears defensive coordinator that reached its peak in 2018 when Chicago was widely regarded as the most ferocious defense in the league. The Bears finished third in yards allowed per game and ended the season with the top run defense. Their 27 interceptions were tops in the NFL, too.
The 2020 NFL Combine will go a long way in determining the final draft grade for each of the 337 prospects participating in on-field drills. General managers and scouts want to see whether their athletic testing matches the traits noted on film. If a player runs faster than he plays, scouts will question his on-field instincts and overall football IQ. In the alternative, if he runs slower than he plays, questions about level of competition and the ability to 'win' on the NFL level will be raised.
But in order to understand whether or not a prospect is having a good performance, you first have to know what the NFL is looking for as its minimum time/result required for each position and drill.
NFL Hall-of-Fame executive Gil Brandt, one of the legendary draft minds in the sport, shared what has become the standard breakdown each team uses when assessing a player's 40 time, 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and more.
Check it out:
Keep this page bookmarked this week and refer back to this chart as your favorite Bears prospects try to run and jump their way to Chicago.
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