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Bears Nation Podcast
71 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Training Camp Day 6 Recap: Defense stays sharp, offense has bright spots
Kevin Lapka is joined by Kellyn Gerenstein to discuss everything he witnessed at Bears training camp day 6. Kellyn has a surprise unit he believes will dominate this year and likes what he sees from the WR's and DB's. A full exclusive podcast from Halas Hall and its implications for the 2022 season all right here on today's episode.
52 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Training Camp Week 1 reaction | Roquan Smith holds out | Bears make multiple OL signings
Jake Hasan and Kevin Lapka dissect the first few days of Chicago Bears training camp including the absence of Teven Jenkins and other storylines surrounding Halas Hall. They also discuss the status of Roquan Smith's hold out and consider the potential of the team if the offensive line is a competent unit. Fun games and an apology from Jake Hasan closes the show. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube and all of our social channels to get access to all of our content.
57 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Evaluating N'Keal Harry Trade | Training Camp Preview: WR's | This Year's "Training Camp hero"
The Bears got a new weapon for Justin Fields and we detail exactly what to expect from him and why you maybe shouldn't be so upset that they made this trade. That segues us into a full conversation on the entire WR room and how we believe the depth chart will play out at that position during training camp. Plus, the biggest news around the NFL can't be ignored, we have some fun discussing Zach Wilson's situation and decided who's the better MVP bet, Fields or Z. Wilson. To close the show, we declare this year's "training camp hero." Who will be the next Tanner Gentry or Daniel Braverman?
62 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Minicamp Recap | Risers & Fallers | Bears Quotes "Something" or "Nothing" | Fact or Cap
Jake and Kevin return to recap Bears minicamp. We detail which players's stock is rising and who is falling faster than the crypto market. Minicamp also brings with it tons of quotes that cause a stir on the internet, we read the most significant quotes and declare whether they are "something" or "nothing." The show is closed with a rapid fire "fact or cap" game.
33 minutes | Jun 4, 2022
Byron Pringle Breakdown (VISUALS AVAILABLE ON OUR YOUTUBE)
Kevin Lapka is joined by NFL analyst and draft scout Kellyn Gerenstein to break down Bears WR2 Byron Pringle. The episode was recorded with video aspect, so for full context of the breakdown, visit our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQb20Jh2cdK_w-tMt21H5wA?app=desktop
54 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
NFC North Position Groups Rankings (Time codes by position in description)
Jake and Kevin are back after a little hiatus to debate how the Bears roster stacks up against the rest of the NFC North. We dissect the following position groups at these time codes: QB: (1:03) RB: (6:20) WR: (10:00) TE: (15:35) OL: (21:10) S: (26:55) CB: (32:50) LB: (38:20) PASS RUSH: (42:10) K: (45:48)
48 minutes | May 4, 2022
Bears Draft Recap & Analysis | How they're building exactly the team they want (and need)
The Bears draft class is complete so Jake and Kevin are back to break it all down! How do we feel about the Bears going defense with the first two picks then WR in the third? We answer that question and also detail how the Bears are building the right team for the future through these picks. In this episode we highlight 2nd round picks Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker, 3rd round pick Velus Jones Jr., and 5th round pick Dominique Robinson,
27 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
CHAOS in 1st round affects the Bears| What do they do now?
Kevin Lapka is joined by Kellyn Gerenstein, member of Sports Illustrated's The Draft Bible, to discuss how the 1st round affects how the Bears approach their two second round picks. Absolute chaos ensued in round one with multiple trades. Could the Bears be the next?
27 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
FINAL Mock Drafts Revealed | Who has the better draft?
The draft is HERE and we are getting you primed with final mock drafts from both Kevin and Jake. The Bears don't currently hold a first round pick and hold just 6 picks overall, but both mocks have the Bears trading to acquire more picks. Just because the Bears don't have a first round pick doesn't mean the first round doesn't matter. We breakdown why you should keep an eye on what happens on Thursday despite not having a pick.
41 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Bears Mock Draft Simulation ALL ROUNDS | Dream draft?
In our favorite episode of the year, we do a full 7 round mock draft choosing which players the Bears will pick INCLUDING trades. In our mock, we got two WR, one of which might be the most underrated in the draft. We also got two CB including one MAJOR steal and we sured up the IOL with some big bodies inside. Plus, we made a trade. To find out who we acquired and if we should be in the war room at Halas Hall, be sure to listen to all 40 minutes of this fun episode.
54 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Top - 5 Wide Receivers the Bears Should Draft Rankings | Draft "would you rather"
The Bears need a WR and all signs point to them taking one with one of their second round picks. Jake and Kevin go in-depth on their top-5 WR in the draft class that they'd like to see wearing a Bears uniform this upcoming season. Plus, will you be mad if the Bears neglect the offensive side of the ball and go defense with their first two picks? Then a challenging "Would You Rather" closes the show (1:30) Jake and Kevin reveal their top 5 WR prospects they want the Bears to draft (36:21) The case for the Bears taking two defensive players in the second round (44:09) "Would You Rather"
60 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Free Agency Evaluations + who will the Bears sign next | Kevin talks to Chris Olave at Ohio State Pro Day
Jake and Kevin are back to evaluate the moves the Bears have made in free agency thus far. We evaluate the approach Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus have taken to free agency and roster moves. The offseason has been underwhelming though, so do the Bears still have more pickups to make? We answer that question and provide names of players the Bears may be targeting. Later in the show (around 52:00) we discuss Kevin's conversation with Chris Olave potentially reuniting with Justin Fields in Chicago.
58 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Free Agency Wishlist | Who stays, who goes among Bears FA's
We are back! Jake and Kevin return to the mic to break down free agency. We break down the top candidates into tiers and name who we want from each tier including Ryan Jensen, Chris Godwin and Michael Gallup. The Bears have 26 remaining free agents, so we run down the complete list and play "Stay or Go" for each of the pending free agents. Remember you can join us weekly on YouTube, Twitter and Twitch to watch the show live, but if you're a pod listener we love you just as much.
60 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Initial Reaction to Introductory Poles, Eberflus Press Conference | How Soon Can Bears Compete for a SB?
Matt and Ryan, back at it again, but Jake and Kevin detail how this regime will be different from the rest. With a new philosophy and mentality behind the Chicago Bears, how soon can the Bears win a Super Bowl? We answer that, as well as the rest of your burning questions about Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles.
45 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Bears Hit Home-Run on Ryan Poles as New GM | Update on HC Search
Well Bears fans, we might have a direction to this franchise. Jake and Kevin discuss the hiring of GM Ryan Poles and what we love about the former Chiefs Director of Player Personnel. We detail how this situation is different from past GM hires and discuss whether the Bears organization is in a better place than it's been in a long time. Plus, we provide insight and thoughts on the status of the Bears Head Coach search including finalists and the odds of who will be paired with Poles to run the Bears for the foreseeable future.
72 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Jarrett Payton Breaks Down HC/GM Candidates & Most Exciting Candidate | Kevin and Jake Rank Favorite HC's
For the second time, son of Bears legend Walter Payton and current WGN Chicago Sports Media Personality Jarrett Payton joins us to talk what he is looking for in a GM/HC, what's wrong with the process and who excites him the most of all candidates. Plus, Jarrett drops nuggets on the hiring process, what's different about this year versus the past and how his dad would've been involved if he was around today. Later, Jake and Kevin rank their top 10 head coaching candidates including a SHOCKING pick from Kevin that sparks heated debate.
62 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Reaction to Nagy & Pace firing, McCaskey press conference + Best HC candidates
So we got 4 hours of happiness, then it all came crashing down again. In the first episode of Season 6, Jake and Kevin discuss how the Bears can get the hiring process right and name their favorites of the 10 head coaching candidates. They also break down the ballistic press conference with chairman George McCaskey and play the most notable clips from the day. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode in Season 6!
64 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
HEATED Harbaugh debate | How much changes if just Nagy is fired? | How the Bears can modify their brand and mentality
In one of Bears Nation Podcasts' most impassioned episodes to date, Kevin and Jake get fiery on how the Bears can create functional change at the organizational level and how much of that change involves Ryan Pace. They also address the rumors that Matt Nagy may be fired and get into a heated debate on whether Jim Harbaugh would be a good candidate to be the head coach. Stay locked in with a subscription so you can follow along as the Bears make changes at the end of the season.
51 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Predictions on Management Changes | Should Bears Have Fired Nagy? | Nick Foles Magical in Seattle
This jam-packed episode features extensive insight on Bears management, Nick Foles magic on Sunday and plenty of other tidbits. Following an upset win on Sunday the coaching/management decisions are still at the forefront of Bears nation's concerns. We give our predictions and updates on what will happen with management and the trickle effect of the Bears retaining Nagy for the final two weeks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
42 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Bears need more Jenkins type players| Thomas Graham Jr. break-out | Fields evaluation | Seahawks Preview
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR LISTENERS! We appreciate you more than you know and hope you have a great holiday season. If you've listened to this show for a while you know we've been on the Thomas Graham Jr. train since draft season so this episode was a little opportunity for us to toot our own horn on that. We also talk how passion could be more significant as X's and O's, an evaluation of Fields' performance on MNF and a small preview of the upcoming game against the Seahawks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode of Bears Nation Podcast
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