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The Bears’ Run Defense is a Brick Wall and Other Bullets

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Once in a while, I struggle to fill in this spot of the Bullets. There’s a bit of pressure to put something engaging and intriguing here, so it’s mildly annoying when you can’t — especially when you like the content that follows. I’ll do better tomorrow.

  • There are 50 days until Bears kick off their 100th season with a Thursday night showdown against the Packers. And here I am wondering why Chuck Harris gets to wear the prestigious No. 50 once worn by this guy:

  • Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for Chuck Harris to make all of the tackles, come up with all of the interceptions, and make all the plays this summer. But giving an undrafted rookie the number of a Hall of Fame linebacker is a pretty big deal. I get that the Bears have so many retired numbers that they have no choice but to give out numbers that would otherwise be out of the rotation, but come on. Something has to give, folks.
  • Moving on from one great defender to a unit of stud defensive players, Pro Football Focus showers the Bears with a ton of praise:

  • Michael Renner runs through and ranks each of the NFL’s 32 run defenses, placing the Bears as his top bunch. Akiem Hicks was the main man up front on a line that Renner points out has several “elite” run-stuffing defenders. Hicks earned a 13.3 run-stop percentage that ranked as the second best among interior defenders in the NFL last season. The Hicks signing (and eventual extension) continue to be great values of the Ryan Pace era.
  • Some more love from PFF:


  • Taylor Gabriel is keeping all the receipts:

  • I’m open to all sorts of kickers getting their shot with the Bears this summer, so yours truly definitely appreciates when someone unearths an off-the-radar kicking talent in hopes of being helpful:

  • Perhaps Miguel Recinos is a guy who can be on someone’s radar in the not-too-distant future. The Iowa product was honorable mention All-Big Ten, Academic All-Big Ten in each of his final three seasons with the Hawkeyes, and made all 47 of his PATs. Recinos probably kicked in some less-than-welcoming wether conditions at Iowa, so maybe there’s something there? Add him to our list of guys we’ll keep tabs on throughout the summer.
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  • The voice of Bears football shares some thoughts:

  • Nothing like needing out on some Bears numbers to help get you geared for the season to come:

  • Bring home a win, Coach Nagy:

  • Impressive! Most impressive:

  • BOOM!

  • While I understand that the Bears’ search for a new kicker would reach far and wide, I didn’t think The Boss would go this far to help recruit for the cause:

  • *Rage intensifies*

  • Nothing like negotiating a CBA over some Chicago style pie:

  • Walk-off dingers are fun, but there isn’t a home run ball valuable enough to make me push through some kids to get:

  • Damn, Daniel:

Author: Luis Medina

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