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Briggs: Dont blow up a 'championship team'

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Briggs: Dont blow up a 'championship team'

It is not what the critics of GM Jerry Angelo or coach Lovie Smith want to hear. But it is a consistent thread among core Bears players who believed before this season that they were on the brink of at least another run to an NFC Championship game, or more:

Do not even think about blowing this team up and starting over.

This team we have is very capable, said linebacker Lance Briggs, echoing sentiments he expressed to CSNChicago.com during training camp. This is a championship team. Even though were not going to make the championship this year, well take a shot at it next year.

Every offseason is marked by changes, sometimes major, sometimes not. The plan is for major changes at wide receiver, cornerback and ideally linebacker and defensive end.

And there will be significant departures: Marion Barber, Brandon Meriweather, probably Roy Williams, and others through free agency or the usual "going in a different direction."

But the Bears were put together by Angelo and that is one change the veteran core does not want to see. It is not expected to happen and its not going to solve anything if you get rid of all the folks who put this team together, Briggs insisted.

This year was unfortunate for us all and even though we didnt get in the playoffs, we are a championship-caliber team and well get there.

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.

According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.

Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.

Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).

Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.

The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.

Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

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Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.

(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school

(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL

(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches

(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job

(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?

(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness

(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player  below:

Under Center Podcast

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