Bear Download — A Chicago Bears podcast

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

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Chicago Bears podcast featuring Chicago Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell.
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2019-03-19 06:00
last episode published
2019-03-18 19:09
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Analyzing the Bears in free agency and the signing of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the Bears' start to free agency, starting with the Bears-Packers swap of safeties Adrian Amos and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2:31 mark). They discuss the role of sports media in the wake of Bradley University's restric...

A look at the Bears' needs heading into free agency

With the NFL's new league year upon us, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer preview free agency with a detailed examination of the Bears' needs and options (3:25 mark), look at how the Bears might upgrade the offense despite having all 11 starters under con...

An interview with Bears coach Matt Nagy

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and are joined by a special guest: Bears coach Matt Nagy (3:05 mark). Nagy weighs in on a range of topics, including his first season, how he develops his leadership methods...

Catching up on a busy Bears offseason

Rich and Dan are at Tribune headquarters to catch up on a busy Bears offseason. Dan reports back from the Pro Bowl, where he covered a much more relaxed Mitch Trubisky and his six teammates (3:10), including a self-deprecating Tarik Cohen. Rich shares ...

The Kareem Hunt debate and what Cody Parkey's future looks like

Rich and Dan break down the news conference held by Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy by discussing what was said about running back Kareem Hunt and what those comments indicate about a potential union (3:11 mark). They detail Nagy an...

The Bears' offseason so far: Vic Fangio leaves and Cody Parkey talks

Rich and Dan host the first 2019 offseason episode, bystanders in the postseason after the Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles. They bid farewell to Vic Fangio and wonder how the 60-year-old longtime coordinator will fair in the head coaching job he co...

Heartbreaking 16-15 playoff loss ends the Bears' season

Rich and Dan are in a dark suite on the Soldier Field press level to recap the Bears' heartbreaking 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles. They begin by discussing Cody Parkey’s season-ending missed 43-yard field goal and the team's disastrous kicking situa...

Bears open postseason with showdown against defending champion Eagles

In the long-awaited inaugural playoff edition of Bear Download, Rich and Dan preview the Bears’ wild-card game against the Eagles. They unpack Dan’s story on Khalil Mack’s incredible first four months with the team (2:20) — including his evasiveness of...

The 12-4 Bears (12-4!) end the Vikings' season with a Week 17 win

Rich and Dan are in the U.S. Bank Stadium press box after the 12-4 Bears ended the Vikings' season with a 24-10 win: They examine the Bears' urgency and killer instinct (3:06 mark) in a game they didn’t have to win, as well as players’ ability to focus...

Bears head to Minnesota with playoffs on their minds

Rich and Dan are still spreading holiday cheer as they preview the Bears’ regular-season finale against the Vikings. They assess the NFC playoff landscape (3:36), then Rich wonders why more people aren’t talking about Vikings safety Harrison Smith’s il...

The Bears' playoff picture after the Week 16 win

Rich and birthday boy Dan are in the Levi's Stadium press box to recap the Bears' 14-9 victory over the 49ers. They assess the playoff picture following most of the Week 16 results (2:10 mark), examine quarterback Mitch Trubisky's effective, accurate d...

Bears head west to face 49ers with playoff seeding in mind

Rich and Dan examine the Bears’ worst-to-first turnaround in the afterglow of their NFC North championship and preview Sunday’s game against the 49ers. They discuss GM Ryan Pace’s role in the division title (3:25), including how his best traits have ai...

Bears vanquish rival Packers to clinch NFC North

Rich and Dan come to you from Soldier Field after the Bears clinched the NFC North with a 24-17 win over the Packers. They share their thoughts on the Bears’ worst-to-first ascension (2:10), praise the defense (5:19) and wonder why Packers quarterback ...

Bears host the Packers with a chance to clinch the NFC North

Rich and Dan preview the game against the Packers in which the Bears could clinch the NFC North division title. They look at the NFC playoff picture and ponder potential matchups (2:30 mark). They dissect quarterback Mitch Trubisky's performance agains...

Week 14: Bears beat Rams 15-6 as defense locks it down

Rich Campbell flies solo from the Soldier Field press box as he breaks down the Bears' 15-6 defensive lockdown of the Rams on Sunday night. He surveys the NFC playoff landscape after just about everything went right for the Bears (2:20 mark): Cornerbac...

How will the Bears prepare for Aaron Donald and the Rams?

Rich and Dan preview Sunday night's matchup between the Bears and the NFC-leading Rams. They dissect how the Bears can prevent Aaron Donald from wrecking the game (2:36 mark), the need to defend against running back Todd Gurley (10:42) and examine quar...

Sloppy play dooms Bears in loss to Giants

After a wacky game that ended with the Bears losing to the Giants, 30-27, in overtime, Rich and Dan are in the MetLife Stadium press box to discuss whether to cling to the Bears’ resolve in overcoming a 10-point deficit in the final 2 minutes of regula...

Bears surpassing expectations heading into game vs. Giants

Rich and Dan are back from the long weekend to examine why the Bears have already surpassed Vegas' projected season win total — and their preseason record predictions (2:50 mark). They survey the NFC playoff landscape and assess the Bears' path to Janu...

Bears win 3rd NFC North game in 12 days

Rich and Dan take time between Thanksgiving meals to break down the Bears' 23-16 win over the Lions. From the Ford Field press box, they assess the Bears' outlook after their 3rd NFC North win in 12 days and 5th straight win overall (1:29 mark), dissec...

Bears make statement with impressive win vs. Vikings

Dan returns to the show as he and Rich recap the Bears' 25-20 win over the Vikings. They share lasting impressions from an invigorating night at Soldier Field (1:05 mark), discuss Akiem Hicks' domination (5:30) and dissect all three takeaways by the de...

Bears-Vikings in prime time — but not in a helicopter

Rich Campbell and Colleen Kane are in the Halas Hall basement to preview Sunday night's Bears-Vikings game for first place in the NFC North. They start by assessing what the returns of Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson mean Lions (2:51 mark), Colleen expo...

Bears beat Lions to end 10-game (!) NFC North losing streak

Rich is flying solo after the Bears beat the Lions 34-22 to end their 10-game NFC North losing streak: Breaking down quarterback Mitch Trubisky's fantastic game (2:13 mark) with the help of coach Matt Nagy, receiver Allen Robinson's return goes under t...

Midseason report and previewing Bears-Lions

Rich gets a surprise visit from Dan to assess the Bears at midseason and preview Sunday’s home game against the Lions. They issue their midseason progress report — the Bears are in first for once! — on Mitch Trubisky (5:22 mark), including the need for...

Takeaways galore and a breezy win for the Bears in Week 9

Rich and Brad break down the Bears' 41-9 blowout of the Bills from the New Era Field press box: Kyle Fuller's interception and assists on two others (4:01 mark), Roquan Smith’s 13 tackles (7:40) and another quality run-stopping performance by the front...

The brutality of football and previewing Bears-Bills

Rich and Dan preview the Bears' road game Sunday against the Bills. But first they take a deep dive into the brutality of football and what drives players in light of Kyle Long's latest injury and the anniversary of Zach Miller's catastrophic knee inju...

Nothing flashy, just a workmanlike Bears win over Jets

Rich and Dan huddle at Soldier Field after the Bears' 24-10 over the Jets: They break down how the defense fared without Khalil Mack (2:40 mark), how it bottled up the Jets running game (10:00), then dissect the offense's performance (12:45), including...

Previewing Bears-Jets and what to do with Khalil Mack

Rich and Dan gather around Dan's dining room table to debate whether the Bears should sit an injured Khalil Mack against the Jets (2:50 mark), analyze the team's struggles in the run game (9:48), discuss Jets running back Isaiah Crowell's endorsement (...

Week 7: Bears lose in all 3 phases to Patriots

Rich and Dan break down the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots in Week 7 from the Soldier Field press level: A big-picture perspective (3:30 mark), an examination of where things went wrong in each phase — special teams (4:45), offense (9:03) and defens...

Bears welcome Tom Brady and the Patriots to town

Rich and Dan preview Sunday's Bears game against Tom Brady and the Patriots at Soldier Field and discuss what the matchup means in terms of measuring the team's progress (2:56 mark), look at how Mitch Trubisky and the offense line up against the Patrio...

Bears' Week 6 loss: All 3 phases fail in clutch

Rich and Dan break down the Bears' overtime loss in Miami from Hard Rock Stadium. They address Jordan Howard and Mitch Trubisky's (lack of) ball security (6:00), take the Bears defense to task (10:25), why they settled for a 53-yard-field goal (16:00),...

Bears back from bye week to face Dolphins

Rich and Dan are back from the bye week to preview Sunday's Bears game vs. the Dolphins: They revel in covering a team playing meaningful games (2:57 mark), survey the NFC North landscape (4:02), discuss Jordan Howard's diminished outlook (9:52), Tarik...

Bears' Week 4 win: Trubisky rises to high bar set by defense

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer huddle in the Soldier Field press box to break down the Bears’ 48-10 blowout of the Buccaneers. They examine the best game of Mitch Trubisky’s career by dissecting each of his six touchdown passes (3:14). They share their...

Mitch Trubisky's struggles and previewing Bears-Buccaneers

Rich and Dan are in the Halas Hall basement to discuss the 2-1 Bears (1:07 mark), analyze Mitch Trubisky's cluttered mind (3:37), examine Matt Nagy's suggestion of scaling back the game plan (8:08), disagree on how the defense's success affects fans' p...

Bears' Week 3 win: A dominant defense and an uneven QB

Rich and Dan, from the press box of State Farm Stadium after the Bears' 16-14 win over the Cardinals, laud another dominant defensive performance (3:05 mark), review another uneven outing for Mitch Trubisky (22:32), read your 3-word reviews on the Week...

Singing the defense's praises and previewing Bears-Cardinals in Week 3

Rich and Dan migrate to the Halas Hall media room to sing the praises of the Bears defense in the Week 2 win against the Seahawks (2:10 mark), look at the team's defensive depth (8:57), talk about those comparisons between Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Ma...

Bears' Week 2 lookahead — with one more look back at Week 1

Rich and Dan are in the basement at Halas Hall to look back — once more, with feeling! — at the Week 1 loss (1:24 mark), hear what Mitch Trubisky had to say about a failed 3rd-and-goal and what it means for the QB's progress (6:30), try to figure out w...

How the Bears move forward from a heartbreaking Week 1 loss to the Packers

Rich and Dan examine how the Bears move forward from their heartbreaking Week 1 loss to the Packers (3:05 mark) with your 3-word reviews (8:00), and the butterfly effects of Roquan Smith's holdout and Mitch Trubisky sitting out the penultimate preseaso...

Bears at Packers: Everything you need to know for the Week 1 game

Rich and Dan, from the basement at Halas Hall, break down Khalil Mack's presence the opener vs. the Packers (1:33 mark), lament why Le'Veon Bell is ruining some fantasy football lineups (14:49), go over Dan's 3 keys for Bears-Packers (18:36) and reveal...

Special edition: Bears trade for Khalil Mack

Rich and Dan interrupt your holiday weekend to break down the Bears' trade for Khalil Mack (3:37 mark), introduce you to the newest player on defense (17:49), explain why Dan is hiring a trainer for a shirtless appearance (30:11), look at the view of t...

Bears beat Chiefs — and rest everyone

Rich and Dan — right after the Bears-Chiefs preseason game at Soldier Field — break down Matt Nagy's decision to his starters (4:15 mark), zero in on how the decision affects QB Mitch Trubisky (10:39), empty out the notebook (28:10) and crown Javon Wim...

Injuries hit the Bears on defense

Rich and Dan examine the latest injuries to hit the Bears' defense (2:04 mark) and look at what it means in the team's big picture (16:41), check back in on the NFL's new helmet rule (32:08), look ahead to Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs —...

Roquan Smith's holdout is over — was he just a pawn in all of it?

All Roquan Smith, all the time: Rich and Dan break down the end of the rookie's 29-day contract holdout (3:54 mark) and discuss what's next for the linebacker with the Bears (20:08).

Bears receivers are catching on

Rich and Dan reveal what receivers coach Mike Furrey had to say about rookie Anthony Miller and top guy Allen Robinson (5:01 mark), update Day 23 of Roquan Smith's holdout (31:34), break down Mitch Trubisky's practice progress (40:45) and crown Javon W...

Staring contest with Roquan Smith continues

Rich and Dan open with the "stalemate" surrounding Roquan Smith, who has missed 10 practices and counting (1:58 mark), break down Martellus Bennett's latest quote (21:02), what to watch for in the Bears' preseason opener vs. the Ravens in the Hall of F...

Where are you, Roquan Smith?

Rich and Dan await Roquan Smith's arrival to Bears training camp (2:52 mark), go over the new NFL rules (12:10), take a deep look at Matt Nagy's new offense (24:25) and crown the early camp stars (35:52).

Bears arrive at training camp — but not Roquan Smith

Rich and Dan settle into their accommodations in Bourbonnais and kick off Bears training camp by discussing rookie Roquan Smith's holdout (2:35 mark), examine the challenges ahead for new receiver Allen Robinson (13:16), ponder how Matt Nagy can balanc...

Q&A with Bears QB Mitch Trubisky

Rich and Dan are back (with a new intro from a familiar voice …) as Bears training camp inches closer and closer. Hear their full interview with QB Mitch Trubisky (8:04 mark) on his offseason, new head coach Matt Nagy, his favorite books to read and mu...

Next stop: Training camp

Rich and Dan wrap up the Bears' offseason program with their impressions of new coach Matt Nagy (1:22 mark), bemoan flipping the calendar too fast (19:12), set a course for training camp (23:18) and crown Bears management, re: Zach Miller (35:17).

Offensive pod-gress report

Rich and Dan are back in the Halas Hall coat closet to discuss the offense after the Bears' last OTA (2:11 mark), recap Rich's outing to Sox Park with his son (21:39), break down the receiver situation with Kevin White and Allen Robinson (27:28) and cr...

Defensive pod-gress report

Rich and Dan break down the Bears defense — a defensive pod-gress report, so to speak (1:44), set over/unders for Rich's trip to the ballpark with his son (21:07), examine the inside linebacker partnership with Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith (27:28) ...