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Chicago Bears podcast featuring Chicago Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell.


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Dissecting the Bears' dismal offense after a 36-25 loss to the Saints
That awful sound you hear is the Bears’ season going off the rails with a 36-25 home loss to the Saints that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Rich and Dan break it all down, starting with Mitch Trubisky’s ineptitude, and they go so far as to issue their verdicts on the third-year quarterback after his latest dreadful performance. Coach Matt Nagy’s play selection and inability to elevate Trubisky go under the microscope next. Even the defense and special teams take some heat before the duo circle back to where the Bears and their underperforming quarterback go from here. Finally, Rich and Dan pass the mic to the listeners in the form of three-word reviews.
Breaking down the Bears-Saints matchup, which should include Mitch Trubisky's return
Rich and Dan literally talk into a wall — that’s actually a good thing — as they preview the Bears-Saints game from Halas Hall. They start with the week’s two big roster moves: Kyle Long and Akiem Hicks going on injured reserve. Rich and Dan covered every season Long has played, and they explore the human side of discarding a well-respected veteran as well as read between the lines on what the decision implies about his skills. Hicks, meanwhile, will continue to be a huge (literally and figuratively) smiling presence in the locker room. In That’s Just Stupid, the guys rip the league’s officiating in the wake of two penalties that marred the Packers' win over the Lions on Monday. Switching to Dan’s three keys to beating the Saints, they focus on Mitch Trubisky’s comfort level, jump-starting the running game and slowing down the Saints’ top playmakers. To wrap up, Rich makes a prediction, and he and Dan conclude with a different sort of Crown ‘Em: Picking a wild card of a player to reset the Bears’ path (looking at you, Leonard Floyd and Tarik Cohen).    
Looking at the Bears' struggles on offense
As the Bears come out of their bye week, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer look at the offense by going all the way back through the 2019 offseason and examine how the Bears assessed their offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky's evolution. They look at what coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and general manager Ryan Pace said about their vision for the offense and what their target is as they proceed from an underwhelming first five games. The discussion includes a look at Trubisky's accuracy, his command of the scheme and how the Bears plan to accelerate his development. They finish the show with a crown for Mrs. Wiederer, who is more athletic than the two of them put together.
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Mar 24th, 2016
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Oct 18th, 2019
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