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McCown already "in charge"

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McCown already "in charge"

Josh McCown has only been running the Chicago offense officially for about a week now, with his first couple of weeks with the Bears spent watching Caleb Hanie take the reps with the No. 1 offense.

But he was running the offense well before the announced decision this week on him succeeding Hanie.

Kahlil Bell, running with that No. 1 unit and expected since Wednesday to start with Marion Barber not practicing with a calf injury, was impressed even before McCown was installed at the starter for Green Bay.

He was only here for a week or two, but he was coming up and coaching me up on some things that I had done a pass route or something like that, Bell said. He was coaching me up two weeks after not even being in this offense for a while. Im sure he remembers most of it with his days with coach Martz back in the day.

Hes going to be on his stuff this week, study, know his assignments, his reads and stuff.

Knox is teammates Christmas gift
One of the worst annoyances now for wide receiver Johnny Knox is watching some TV in his hospital room, perhaps a little NFL programming, and all of a sudden, up will pop a replay of the hit that sent him into back surgery.

But he is expected to be out of the hospital and home for Christmas, and what teammates are seeing is the one of the bright spots of their own holiday times.

Hes started to get back to himself, cracking jokes, laughing and stuff, said Devin Hester. When you see that from someone like Johnny, the situation hes in, it makes you happy.

Chris Conte manages a smile despite the cast on his lower right leg and the crutches he needs for getting around, the result of a ligament injury suffered in the Seattle game.

Ill be back, make a full recovery and be back for next year, Conte said. Im not too worried about it.

There was some worry at the moment the injury happened. Contes foot got caught awkwardly in the ground and a lineman fell on it. Im lucky I didnt break my leg, Conte said. It looks really bad on film.

Bears Season in Review: Adam Shaheen

Bears Season in Review: Adam Shaheen

The Chicago Bears 2019 season was a lesson in disappointment in almost every way possible, from the quarterback to the offensive line and even the vaunted pass rush. But no position underwhelmed more than tight end, and Adam Shaheen was a big reason why.

The former second-round pick of the 2017 NFL draft failed to make any impact whatsoever. And that's not hyperbole. He appeared in just eight games, registering nine catches for 74 yards and zero touchdowns. Believe it or not, his stat line was an improvement over 2018 when he had just five catches for 48 yards in six games.

Shaheen's career narrative has been defined by injury, and it continued last season. He was placed on injured reserve in late-November with an apparent foot injury, marking the second-straight season that his year came to an early end.

It's been a remarkably disappointing career for Shaheen so far, who was viewed as a Rob Gronkowski-lite coming out of Ashland University. His jump from the small-school ranks to the NFL was expected to include a steep learning curve, but after three forgettable seasons, it's safe to say Shaheen's failed in almost every way possible.

The Bears are expected to bring Shaheen back for 2020 and he'll likely be in a training-camp battle for a roster spot. Chicago is going to add more talent to the position via either free agency or the NFL Draft and it wouldn't be a surprise if Shaheen begins the offseason schedule last on the depth chart.

It's been an unfortunate outcome for a draft pick that seemed so promising in 2017. Instead of growing into a fixture in the Bears' lineup, Shaheen will be left to fight for his NFL future this summer.

Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.

“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’

“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”

DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.

DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.

Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.

But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.

Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.