The Chicago Bears released a list of dates that are of high importance for the 2020 offseason, but I’m not sure any are more important than these two:
- Tuesday, February 25
- Tuesday, April 21
Those are the dates on which we’ll hear from the most important members of the Bears. Well, at least the ones who aren’t in uniforms on Sunday.
General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy are scheduled to speak to the media on Feb. 25, which happens to be at the outset of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Pace is also scheduled to speak again on April 21, days before the NFL Draft kicks off in Las Vegas (April 23). The Bears won’t have a first-round pick, so don’t expect to hear from Pace until April 24 after the team makes its second-round selections.
Most importantly, Pace and Nagy have dates in which they are going to speak publicly. This is good news. Because while Combine Week is an important time for the Bears’ brass for the obvious scouting reasons, it’s also important to hear from the powers that be for the first time since the vast changes in the coaching department.
Nagy and Pace speaking at the Combine will mark the first time either has spoke publicly since firing Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich, Offensive Line Coach Harry Hiestand, Tight Ends Coach Kevin Gilbride, and Special Teams Assistant Brock Olivo. Remember, the Bears didn’t announce their firings until *AFTER* their season-ending press conference in December, which was a coward’s way out of addressing something that needed clarity.
Don’t get me wrong. It will be nice to hear from Pace and Nagy regarding the hirings of OC Bill Lazor, QBs Coach John DeFilippo, and OL Coach Juan Castillo. But it will also be good to hear from the guys in charge explain why changes were made in the first place. Better late than never, am I right?
- Tuesday, April 7: The Ed Block Courage Award will be presented.
- Tuesday, April 21: The Brian Piccolo Awards to be presented at Halas Hall.
- May 8-10: Bears to host their annual rookie minicamp.
- Saturday, May 16: Bears Care Gala to be hosted at Soldier Field.
- May 27-29: Round 1 of OTAs
- June 2-4: Round 2 of OTAs
- June 8-11: Round 3 of OTAs
- June 16-18: Mandatory full-squad minicamp
No announcement regarding a training camp schedule or when Halas Hall will be open for public practices, so we’ll continue to patiently wait it out until those dates and times are announced.