Coaches and players continue to rave about the QB and the general vibe around the team.
That’s not new this time of year.
What is new is that the play on the field backs it up. More times than not, that hasn’t been the case in my 13 years covering this team.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) June 1, 2023
Another week in the books! Another round of links from around the world of the Chicago Bears.
- Interior demolition has begun at Arlington Park, and the process of moving the Bears to the suburbs continues. And for those of you who think this is going to be simply brilliant, Taylor Swift played in the suburbs of NYC this past weekend and the traffic halted everything in the area.
- Former Bears linebackers coach Bill McGovern has passed.
- Max Strus is in the NBA Finals. He’s also a lifelong Bears fan with serious opinions.
- The Bears are coming to Fortnite. (I don’t know what Fortnite is, but I’m sure some of you do.)
- ACTUAL BEAR NEWS: A bear in Connecticut stole 60 cupcakes at a bakery.
- Early word from the practice field? Roschon Johnson has a chance to be the starting running back for the 2023 Chicago Bears. (This is the kind of thing that always happens in the short camps, but the team is seriously impressed with the versatility Johnson brings to the position.)
- From A to Z Sports: “Chase has improved tremendously, just from the end of last year to now,” Fields said. “That’s one thing I’m truly proud to say, just seeing his work ethic, his attitude change, you can just see he’s taken another step. Definitely excited for that.” Claypool has taken so much criticism from Twitter experts. There’s no player I’ll be rooting harder for in 2023.
- When there’s nothing to write about this time of year, folks starting writing about NEXT year. And the topic du jour is whether the Bears will pick up their quarterback’s fifth-year option. Does this require an article? No. If Fields is good in 2023, they will. If Fields is not good in 2023, they likely will not.
A final note:
A few weeks back, the Tribune’s Rick Pearson “won the Chicago Headline Club’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award along with three other veteran journalists who have covered Chicago for decades.” Rick is a terrific guy, a brilliant journalist, and a good friend. Since first meeting him with Reverend Dave at the Billy Goat over a decade ago, getting together with Rick at the Goat has been the only “must do” thing on every one of my trips to Chicago. He IS Chicago to me, and I want to congratulate him on this much-deserved honor.