Who Needs Sleep When You Have Bears Playoff Hype Videos? And Other Bullets

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Who Needs Sleep When You Have Bears Playoff Hype Videos? And Other Bullets

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Sleep is a crutch. The Chicago Bears are in the playoffs and the hype videos will put you in a good place before kickoff.

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I’m ready to run through a wall. But first, today’s Bullets.

  • We’re not even a calendar year removed from Philadelphia knocking off New England in the Super Bowl, so it’s safe to say the Eagles have a decided edge in playoff experience over the Bears. But it’s not like the Bears don’t have any of it. Khalil Mack (2016 Raiders), Danny Trevethan (2012-13, 2015 Broncos) Trey Burton (2017 Eagles), Taylor Gabriel (2016-17 Falcons), and Akiem Hicks (2013 Saints, 2015 Patriots) have all logged meaningful postseason snaps during their careers. It’s not much, but it’s not nothing either.
  • At least the Bears have a group of coaches who know what the moment is like. In addition to Head Coach Matt Nagy (as an OC and QBs Coach) and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio, Chicago’s coaching staff features nine assistants who have coached in playoff games. So if the players are looking for guidance, most (if not all) can look toward their position coach to push them in the right direction.
  • The common threads between the Bears and Eagles make this matchup seem like it was destined to happen at some point. We just didn’t know it would be so soon. No one knew that Doug Pederson talking about a Carson Wentz like future for Mitch Trubisky back in November 2017 or seeing the similarities in his past and Matt Nagy’s future in February would have brought us to a game that would only have been possible had the Nagy’s Bears beaten the Vikings. I guess that phone call paid off.
  • While analyzing Nagy’s coaching style back in February, we came to the conclusion Nagy was more like Pederson and less like his predecessor in Chicago, John Fox. So … yay! That turned out to be accurate this year.
  • Time flies:

  • It’s wild to think of Sherrick McManis as the longest tenured Bears player, but here we are. Between Kevin Fishbain’s detailed dive over at The Athletic and Simon Kaufman’s piece at the Bears’ official site, following the timeline of how the Bears were built is one heck of a journey. One that McManis has seen play out over the years.
  • This tweet aged well:

  • The upgrades GM Ryan Pace has provided to the team on the field are what put the Bears in this position in the first place. But hey, what about improvements to the field? Reader Jacob sent us this link via Twitter by Patrick M. O’Connell of the Chicago Tribune, highlighting the switch to New Jersey sod has literally made Soldier Field a better place to play. It’s a change that has been in the making for some time, but complaints in 2014 really pushed it into action. But complaints have been on the decline since management turned to Tuckahoe Turf Frams in Hammonton, N.J., which “specializes in providing grass for professional sports teams.”
  • Back to the future:

  • Eddie Goldman could have played in any era of Bears defense. He is big and strong, can pressure the pocket from the middle, and is an impact run defender. Goldman is celebrating a birthday today, and I think I have an idea of what can be gifted to him on this special day:

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  • Da Coach is feeling better after a heart attack hospitalized him late in 2018. TMZ caught up with Mike Ditka, who is all-in on the Bears and will be watching the playoffs from home:

  • This city is pumped up about the Bears:

  • That’s curious:

  • You want updated Super Bowl odds? Well, I thought you’d never ask:


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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.