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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2019-11-20 14:50
last episode published
2019-11-19 21:32
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8.0 days
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Do Mitch Trubisky's performances and injury signal a change for the Bears?

Mitch Trubisky's premature exit from the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams has had 36 hours to marinate, and Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are here to break it all down. They share how they experienced Matt Nagy's decision to pull Trubisky, first from the ...

Why did the Bears draft Mitch Trubisky? A behind-the-scenes look at the 2017 NFL draft.

Rich and Dan discuss their 10-chapter examination of why the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson (which can be found at In a supplement to the online project, the guys provide important contex...

Highlighting the good and the bad from the Bears' 20-13 win over the Lions

Bears win! Well, yes, they did end their four-game losing streak with a 20-13 victory over the shorthanded Lions. But Rich and Dan break it all down and let some air out of the balloon — not that much was in there to start. On the bright side, quarter...

Previewing Bears-Lions while discussing whether to bench QB Mitch Trubisky

Rich and Dan break down the matchup against the Lions as the Bears hope to end their four-game losing streak Sunday. Leading off: To bench or not to bench? Quarterback Mitch Trubisky, that is. Would starting backup Chase Daniel help them in the long ru...

Breaking down the Bears' season-crushing loss to the Eagles

Each week, the Bears find a new way to underscore their ineptitude. This time it was a 22-14 loss to the Eagles, highlighted by an atrocious offensive performance in the first half. Rich and Dan break it all down from the Lincoln Financial Field press...

Previewing the Bears' matchup against the improving Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

The Bears have lost three straight for the first time in Matt Nagy's tenure, and his critics are out in full force. That includes Rich — who dressed as an NFL equipment manager for Halloween — and Dan as they preview the Bears' game at Philadelphia on ...

Breaking down the Bears' gut-wrenching loss to the Chargers on the Bear Download podcast

The Bears’ hope (hype?) doesn’t feel real anymore as they have gone 0-for-October. Rich and Dan break down the team’s third straight defeat, a gut-wrenching 17-16 loss to the Chargers, from Soldier Field. They start with the end, discussing coach Matt...

Previewing the Bears' matchup against the struggling Chargers at Soldier Field

The Bears are preparing to host the Chargers, hoping to snap their two-game losing streak, and Rich and Dan go into therapy mode: They put the team on the proverbial couch and examine its collective psyche. That includes coach Matt Nagy — who’s asking ...

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 iss...

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 e...

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 w...

The Bears defense finally hits a wall: Breaking down the loss to the Raiders

The Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday in London featured the worst half they've played in coach Matt Nagy's 22-game tenure. Rich and Dan — one of whom is in his pajamas — convene to break it down just before heading back to the States. They di...

Cheerio! Setting the stage for Bears-Raiders in London

Cheerio! The Bears are in London — and so are Rich and Dan for the first international episode of Bear Download. In this preview of Sunday's game against the Raiders, Rich and Dan share details of the first 24 hours of their London experience, hack Bri...

The Bears' Week 4 win was an impressive flex. Up next: London.

The Bears' 16-6 win over the Vikings was an impressive top-to-bottom flex by a dominant defense and a handful of backups on both sides of the ball. So how does the Bears' 3-game winning streak coexist with all the questions that surfaced in the victory...

A big NFC North game awaits the 2-1 Bears at Soldier Field

Rich And Dan preview the Bears' pivotal NFC North matchup before Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings at Soldier Field. They start by sharing the audience's best 3-word reviews of Monday’s win over the Redskins. Then, they introduce a new game to the podcast ...

1-1 Bears hit the road for Monday Night Football

Rich and Dan are at Halas Hall on Friday afternoon as the Bears prepare for Monday night’s road game against the Redskins. First, Dan's attempt to sing one of Cher's greatest hits nearly ruins an otherwise insightful segment about the offense’s opportu...

Week 2: Bears win in dramatic fashion in Denver

Rich and Dan, from the 25-yard line at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, recap those 9 crazy seconds that was the ending of the Bears' Week 2 win over the Broncos. Plus: Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard field goal, your 3-word reviews and an overall critic o...

Previewing the Bears' matchup against Vic Fangio's Broncos

It won’t be long before the Bears take on Denver to try and put their Week 1 loss behind them. But before that happens, Rich and Dan dissect what went wrong against the Packers (3:05) and how the Bears — coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitch Trubisky i...

Breaking down the Bears' struggles in the 10-3 loss to the Packers

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the Bears' 10-3 loss to the Packers in the NFL season opener, focusing on how Mitch Trubisky and the offense struggled and where the unit can go from here (2:46 mark). They discuss the team's sloppiness to star...

Bears-Packers preview: Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky vs. Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur

The NFL regular season is here, and Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are basking in the glow of Bears-Packers. They dive into the power struggle between new Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers (4:58), including whether the quarterback really h...

A first-hand account of Andrew Luck's retirement

It's Week 0 for the Bears and final cuts are looming, which means Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are getting antsy for the regular season. Dan shares his first-hand account of Andrew Luck's retirement announcement in Indianapolis (5:01) and the guys br...

Eddy Pineiro is the Bears kicker — for now. What comes next?

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are reunited in the Halas Hall coat closet, and it feels so good. With Rich back from paternity leave, he and Dan catch up on — what else? — the kicker search now that Eddy Pineiro is the only one on the roster and have c...

Bears training camp: An evaluation of the defense, offense and kickers so far

Rich and Dan are still in Bourbonnais to discuss what they've learned watching about the Bears so far from watching practice: The defense is pretty, pretty good (3:01 mark), the offense with Mitch Trubisky is still a work in progress (15:13) and the tw...

Reporting for Bears training camp

The Bears are back — which means Rich and Dan are podcasting from Bourbonnais. They start, of course, with the kicking competition (4:02 mark) before zeroing in on quarterback Mitch Trubisky and what would constitute a successful season in the second y...

Has Mitch Trubisky progressed enough to lead the Bears to the Super Bowl?

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer wrap up the Bears offseason program as the team heads for summer break. They examine what the offense accomplished this spring behind quarterback Mitch Trubisky's progress and how Super Bowl expectations fall into Trubisk...

Recapping Bears100 and a chat with All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson

Rich and Dan recap the Bears100 convention with a loaded show, that includes a chat with All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson. But first they share their highlights of the weekend (3:13), from Devin Hester’s pulse-pounding introduction to William Perry rapping...

Tarik Cohen lends his swag to the Bear Download podcast

Tarik Cohen, the Bears' All-Pro return specialist, joins the podcast, as Rich and Dan spotlight the offense during full-squad spring practices. They chat with Cohen (2:56 mark) about his Pro Bowl experience, the Bears’ retooled backfield and his work f...

Which Bears are feeling comfortable at spring practices?

Rich and Dan host the world’s only podcast to mention Taquan Mizzell and Donald Trump within eight minutes of each other. In discussing Bears spring practices, they highlight elements they’re monitoring during the offseason. Specifically: QB Mitch Trub...

Kickers kickers kickers! The latest on the Bears' search for a new kicker.

As the dust settles on the Bears' battle royal of rookie kickers, Rich and Dan examine what progress — if any — the team has made any, toward identifying the Week 1 kicker: Details on the 8-man competition at the rookie minicamp (2:04 mark), whether th...

Bears draft recap: There's plenty for Matt Nagy to like about the new offensive weapons

Rich and Dan waste no time recapping the Bears' draft class from the Halas Hall coat closet (where else?). They dissect the trade up for Iowa State running back David Montgomery (2:28), spotlighting the traits that make him a pro-ready back and the ups...

Previewing the Bears' draft approach

Rich and Dan preview the NFL draft from the Halas Hall coat closet (without chairs this time!) after Bears GM Ryan Pace’s annual pre-draft news conference. They dig into the team's need for a running back (3:48) — despite Pace's insistence otherwise. T...

Breaking down the Bears' 2019 schedule

The Bears' 2019 schedule is out, and Rich and Dan couldn't wait to break it down — so they didn't. They begin with their overall impressions (5:31) before going month by month with a magnifying glass. They analyze a September that features two division...

A closer look at the Aaron Rodgers drama in Green Bay

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer dig into the recent Bleacher Report expose about Aaron Rodgers and the dynamics that precipitated the Packers' two-year fall from Super Bowl contention to firing coach Mike McCarthy (5:12 mark). They share their overall i...

Jordan Howard's trade from all angles

Rich and Dan are at Tribune headquarters to analyze the Bears offseason as the calendar flips to April. They break down the Jordan Howard trade from all angles, including why the Bears were willing to part with him for such low-level compensation and w...

Bitmojis, kickers and a missing Super Bowl ring: Wrapping up the NFL owners' meetings

Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer wrap up the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix: Assessing the unmistakable confidence and energy Matt Nagy is exuding (3:00 mark), moving the magnifying glass over to Nagy's confidence in quarterback Mitch Trubisky and how, ...

Virginia McCaskey talks 100 seasons of the Chicago Bears

On a special edition of the Bear Download podcast, Virginia McCaskey shares her perspective on the team’s rich history as the Bears and the NFL begin their 100th anniversary celebrations. She shares what specifically inspires her to celebrate this year...

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...