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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2019-09-13 12:03
last episode published
2019-09-13 02:41
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8.45 days
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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...

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...