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Bears Banter Ep. 111: JT O'Sullivan breaks down Justin Fields!

January 19, 2022 02:10 - 49 minutes

Former NFL QB and the man behind "The QB School" on YouTube, JT O'Sullivan joins Bears Banter to talk about Justin Fields rookie season. We ask JT about how Fields was handled in training camp and the start of the year, how awful the game plan was around Fields in September, what growth he saw in Fields this year, where he still needs to improve, how much of a hindrance Matt Nagy's system was this year, and if his projection for Fields has changed after his rookie year! Plus, we ask JT about ...

Bear & Balanced: What the Hell happened on Monday?

January 11, 2022 11:00 - 51 minutes

Jeff and Lester did recap that Bears vs Vikings game a little but, but they spent plenty of time getting in to the George McCaskey/Ted Phillips press conference, the head coach and general manager changes, and of course they weaved it all into their picks in their weekly categories of... Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Banter Ep. 110: George screws up another year end press conference

January 11, 2022 02:13 - 22 minutes

Chicago Bears fans deserve better. George McCaskey doesn't get it and doesn't look like he's ever going to get it. It was a rough press conference to listen to today and McCaskey lectured the fan base, didn't show any growth as an owner in terms of learning from past mistakes, and genuinely gave the fan base little hope that they would get this hire correct. A broken clock is right twice a day, and that's the only hope Bears fans have at this point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit pod...

Bears Over Beers Redux: Brad Spielberger on Bears' GM candidates

January 10, 2022 22:00 - 40 minutes

Note: This interview ran in mid-December last year before the first Vikings game. We are replaying it now to help get up to speed on candidates for GM. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bearly a Podcast: Matt Nagy & Ryan Pace Fired

January 10, 2022 16:01 - 19 minutes

Robert Schmitz and Jeff Berckes jump on the WCG Podcast Channel to discuss this morning's huge Chicago Bears news of them firing general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears @ Vikings (with Aaron Leming!)

January 10, 2022 00:12 - 51 minutes

The Chicago Bears' 2021 season is over, ending on an emphatic 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. What went well? What went poorly? What's next for the Bears? I bring on WCG's own Aaron Leming to talk through it all on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

TFC: Bears vs Vikings who's in & who's out

January 08, 2022 04:00 - 8 minutes

In the final regular season T Formation Conversation Lester goes over who's in and who's out for both the Bears and the Vikings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E25: Season Finale & 2022 Offseason Preview

January 07, 2022 01:00 - 59 minutes

NOTE: This was recorded on Wednesday night before the Justin Fields news hit. It appears likely that Fields will not play against the Vikings due to COVID. JB and EJ finish up their 3rd season of the podcast by quickly previewing the Vikings game and then discussing the difficult off season that lies before the Bears. There are a TON of roster holes to fill and not a whole lot of spackle. Join the guys as they crack a couple of tasty beverages one last time this season. Learn more about your ...

Bears Banter Ep. 109- Lester Wiltfong joins!

January 05, 2022 22:40 - 1 hour

There's just one game to go (is that a good thing or a bad thing?) in this Chicago Bears season! As we wind down the season, we crank it up with Lester Wiltfong, the chief editor of Windy City Gridiron! Lester joins to give his thoughts on If Matt Nagy's job can be saved with a three-game winning streak, the future of Ryan Pace, if he's still a Justin Fields believer, and what he thinks about the future of the offensive line. It's a great podcast, check it out! Learn more about your ad choice...

Bear & Balanced: Robert Quinn leads an inspired Bears D

January 04, 2022 04:00 - 43 minutes

Jeff and Lester get another Bears win to discuss, and this week it was the defense that took center stage. Tune in for some talk about Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson, Angelo Blackson, and more. Plus check out their picks in their weekly categories of... Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears vs Giants (with Jeremy Layton!)

January 03, 2022 04:57 - 38 minutes

The Chicago Bears WIN, moving to 6-10 on the year after a one-sided New York Giant beat-down! What went well? What went poorly? I brought on NYPost's Jeremy Layton to talk through it all with me on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

T Formation Conversation: Bears vs Giants preview

January 01, 2022 14:00 - 9 minutes

In this week's T Formation Conversation Lester runs through the latest injury lists for both the Bears and the Giants, he has some thoughts on Chicago's personnel usage, and he wishes everyone a Happy New Year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E24: Giants, Coaches, and Pizza Toppings Draft

December 31, 2021 15:00 - 1 hour

As this Bears season winds down, JB and EJ welcome Lester Wiltfong back to the show to talk about the Giants game (briefly), head coaching candidates that are interesting for the soon-to-be-open job, and participate in a pizza toppings draft. If there's one thing more controversial than your favorite head coach candidate, it's probably what to put on a pizza! Let's dig in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear & Balanced: Hot, cold & just right for the Bears

December 28, 2021 05:02 - 44 minutes

Jeff and Lester finally get another Bears win to talk about in their latest podcast, and while there was no Justin Fields to breakdown, they had plenty of thoughts on Robert Quinn, Larry Borom, Nick Foles, Roquan Smith, and so much more. So tune in to find out their picks in their weekly categories of... Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions to Bears @ Seahawks (with Michael Schmitz!)

December 27, 2021 01:28 - 54 minutes

The Chicago Bears won a football game! They beat the Seattle Seahawks in a THRILLING 25-24 victory as Nick Foles converted a major 2-point try to win! To celebrate, I brought on my brother (Michael Schmitz) to walk through the ups, the downs, and the....strange about this game on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

T Formation Conversation: Nick Foles starting!

December 25, 2021 02:49 - 6 minutes

In this short and sweet Christmas edition of T Formation Conversation, Lester hits on the big QB news for the Bears, Nick Foles is starting, goes over his quick thoughts on Germain Ifedi starting, and touches on the injury report for both the Bears and Seahawks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E23: Seahawks Preview with Brandan Shulze

December 24, 2021 01:00 - 1 hour

Just how close were the Bears to acquiring Russell Wilson last off season before the draft? We may never know, but Brandan Schulze of Field Gulls was not a fan of the idea at all. Brandan joins JB and EJ to talk all things Bears - Seahawks including Wilson and Pete Carroll's future in Seattle, defensive playmakers, where has DK Metcalf disappeared to, and why are the Seahawks still trying to make Rashad Penny a thing. All that and more over some tasty beverages so pull up a chair and join us ...

Bears Banter Ep. 108- Randy Merkin joins!

December 22, 2021 21:00 - 1 hour

Well, it's Groundhog Day... again. The Chicago Bears can't get out of their own way in yet another loss, this time at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. We talk about that game and the continued improved play of Justin Fields. Plus, we are joined by Randy Merkin, long-time exec at ESPN 1000 in Chicago who comes on to talk Bears and talk about his new book, Behind the Glass- Stories from a Sports Radio producer, it's a book loaded with stories about celebrities and sports icons and Randy disc...

FROM THE SB NATION NFL SHOW: Who is the right coach for Justin Fields growth?

December 22, 2021 18:00 - 13 minutes

CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE SB NATION NFL SHOW: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Subscribe on Spotify The SB Nation NFL Show brings together the greatest fan-alysts from across SB Nation's NFL team communities in one place for the first time ever. Expect deep analysis, irreverent jokes, and plenty of bickering between rivals. It's a show for NFL fans, by NFL fans.   Monday - Monday Football Monday (RJ Ochoa, Pete Sweeney) Tuesday - Off Day Debrief (Brandon Lee Gowton, Rob "Stats" Guerrera) Wednesday...

Bear & Balanced: How you feeling about the 4-10 Bears?

December 22, 2021 04:55 - 55 minutes

Jeff and Lester both came away from the Bears 10th loss feeling pretty good about a few players.. They talk Justin Fields, Thomas Graham Jr., Teven Jenkins, Roquan Smith, Akiem Hicks, Robert Quinn, and so much more. So tune in to find out their picks in their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears vs Vikings (with Bill Zimmerman!)

December 21, 2021 06:54 - 1 hour

The Chicago Bears fell to 4-10 on Monday Night Football at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings, but that can't be the whole story right? I bring on Bears Banter's Bill Zimmerman to talk through the game's ups and downs on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

WCG Exclusive: Ted Phillips has got to go says Patrick Mannelly

December 19, 2021 15:00 - 27 minutes

Bears legend Patrick Mannelly talks with WCG Historian Jack M Silverstein about the The Patrick Mannelly Award, Devin Hester's chances for the Hall Of Fame, Ted Phillips' time coming to an end, and so much more. Give our exclusive interview a listen here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

TFC: Bears vs Vikings preview

December 18, 2021 22:29 - 13 minutes

Lester takes a look at not only the final injury lists for the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings in advance of their game on Monday Night Football, but he recaps the current roster situation for the Bears while the team in in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E22: Potential GM Candidates with Brad Spielberger

December 17, 2021 01:00 - 1 hour

Ryan Pace's tenure as General Manager of the Chicago Bears may end at the end of this season. If the Bears do move on from Ryan Pace, who could replace him? JB and EJ bring back Brad Spielberger for his third Bears Over Beers appearance to discuss a number of intriguing candidates including Rick Smith, Ed Dodds, Will McClay, John Spytek, Champ Kelly, and many more. So grab a beverage and join us as we start to look to the future of the Chicago Bears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit po...

Bears Banter Ep. 107: Robert Schmitz joins!

December 16, 2021 03:24 - 1 hour

The Chicago Bears were once 3-2 and now they sit at 4-9 after a rough second half performance and loss to the Green Bay Packers. There certainly isn't much to talk about in terms of what's happening on the field this season, so we bring on Robert Schmitz to talk about what will be on the field in future seasons. What has Robert seen with Justin Fields? What other pieces on this roster are building blocks? What does the future hold for Ryan Pace? Who should the Bears bring in at GM or head coa...

Bear & Balanced: Bears vs Packers recap

December 14, 2021 03:57 - 57 minutes

Jeff and Lester have a lot of thoughts about that Bears vs Packers game. They talk personal usage, record setters, special teams, Matt Nagy, Justin Fields, Allen Robinson, and so much more as they roll through their picks in their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears @ Packers (with Khari Thompson!)

December 13, 2021 06:57 - 1 hour

The Chicago Bears fell once again to the Green Bay Packers, bringing their record to 4-9 and likely eliminating them from the playoffs. But which Bears, if any, played well during the game? Which played poorly? How are the Bears failing to manage Justin Fields? I bring on Boston.com's Khari Thompson to talk through it all on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

TFC: Bears vs Packers an end of an era?

December 11, 2021 03:30 - 14 minutes

EDIT: Akiem Hicks downgraded to OUT. Get the latest at Windy City Gridiron. In Lester's latest T Formation Conversation he goes over the latest rumor about the Bears looking for a new general manager, the possibility Matt Nagy be out on Monday morning, and then he dives into the final injury report before the Bears head to Lambeau to face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E21: Packers preview or "Thank you sir, may I have another"

December 10, 2021 11:00 - 53 minutes

JB and EJ take a look at the Bears Packers game... because they have to. However, they spend half the show working through a cheese draft, which is a type of Wisconsin preview. Folks, it's Week 14, the Bears are out of it, and cheese is delicious. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Banter Ep. 106: Brad Biggs joins!

December 09, 2021 18:24 - 48 minutes

It's Packers week and Justin Fields is back! But the Bears stink and Matt Nagy is a dead man walking and there's nothing but sadness around the Chicago Bears, so great timing to face Aaron Rodgers! Brad Biggs joins and we talk basically nothing about Packers week! Why? Because we focus on Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace and their futures with this organization. We also discuss the future of the McCaskeys, could they sell the team in the future? It's the topics that Bears fans want answers to and we a...

Bear & Balanced: O-line, D-Mo, tight ends, and more!

December 07, 2021 04:00 - 38 minutes

Jeff and Lester may not have had much fun watching the Bears lose to the Cardinals, but they had a good time recording their latest show! They go over some of the bad but also some of the good, and check out their picks in their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears vs Cardinals (with Danny Meehan!)

December 06, 2021 00:13 - 1 hour

The Chicago Bears fell once again to the Arizona Cardinals, bringing their record to 4-8. What does this loss mean for the team? Were there any positives? What does it mean for Matt Nagy? Robert brings on his Rule of 3 co-host Danny Meehan to discuss on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

TFC: Bears vs Cardinals injury report and Chicago in the hunt!

December 04, 2021 04:49 - 15 minutes

In Lester's latest T Formation Conversation he runs through the Bears remaining schedule, talks about them being "in the hunt," and hits on the final injury report for the Chicago vs Arizona game this Sunday. If either the Bears or Cardinals make any changes to their report we'll update things over at Windy City Gridiron. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E20: Cardinals Preview with Revenge of the Birds Contributor Blake Allen Murphy

December 02, 2021 23:17 - 1 hour

The guys are joined by Blake Allen Murphy, podcaster and contributor at Revenge of the Birds, to talk all things Cardinals to prep for Sunday’s game. The crew talks Kyler Murray’s growth, Kliff Kingsbury’s new fiery side, an underrated defense, and of course, we relive the 2006 comeback and the Denny Green meltdown. All that and more over some tasty beers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Banter Ep. 105: Laurence Holmes joins!

December 01, 2021 10:00 - 1 hour

The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, but that was pretty much the last thing on everyone's mind last week after a wild week at Halas Hall. The Patch told us that Matt Nagy was going to be fired on Friday but he wasn't. How much was true? Is it true that George McCaskey told Matt Nagy he had to start Justin Fields? The answer is shocking! We get into all of it with The Score's Laurence Holmes. Plus, we also discuss the future of Ryan Pace and Laurence provides a few head c...

Bear & Balanced: Bears break the losing streak!

November 30, 2021 05:46 - 45 minutes

Jeff and Lester get to talk about the Bears breaking their losing streak on Thanksgiving in Motown, so what were some of the positives and negatives they saw from the Lions game? Also find out who/what they picked for their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Bears-Lions Instant Thanksgiving Reactions

November 25, 2021 21:37 - 16 minutes

The Chicago Bears snapped a 5-game losing streak with a Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions! What does this mean for the team? Better yet, what does it mean for Matt Nagy? I talk through it all on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

T Formation Conversation: CHI v DET Thanksgiving Injury Preview

November 25, 2021 01:22 - 9 minutes

Lester shares a few thoughts on the Matt Nagy, George McCaskey, locker room drama surrounding the Bears before diving into Thanksgiving's injury list for Chicago vs Detroit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E19: Lions Preview & Giving Thanks

November 24, 2021 12:08 - 1 hour

Yep - the Chicago Bears are about to go through an interesting stretch. They're going to be on the TV for Thanksgiving against the Lions on Thursday and this game might be more difficult for the Bears than you might otherwise think. Plus, the guys talk about their favorite Thanksgiving foods, memories, and traditions before giving a heartfelt thank you to all of you. Thanks to everyone who has tuned in and supported us over the years and from our families to yours, enjoy your holiday. Learn m...

Bearly a Podcast: Report surfaces that Matt Nagy will be fired on Friday

November 23, 2021 18:59 - 22 minutes

A report has surfaced from Mark Konkol of The Patch that Matt Nagy will be fired on Friday. Robert Schmitz and Bill Zimmerman discuss it's report and its validity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Banter Ep. 104: Patrick Meagher joins!

November 23, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour

It's a short week (is that a good thing or a bad thing?) before the Bears take on the Detroit Lions and we're joined by Patrick Meagher, NFL expert for Draft Kings and VSIN and a huge Lions fan. Patrick and I get into Justin Fields and how he's viewed by the fan base, the excitement level around him and what's next for Nagy and Pace. Plus, we talk about the Detroit Lions and if there's any hope for this franchise. It's a great conversation, don't miss it! Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...

Bear & Balanced: The good, the bad, and the Nagy

November 23, 2021 03:30 - 46 minutes

Jeff and Lester have a jampacked episode this week talking about the Bears and Ravens game, the performances of Robert Quinn, Andy Dalton, Roquan Smith, Justin Fields, Matt Nagy and so much more. Also find out who/what they picked for their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears vs Ravens (with EJ Snyder!)

November 22, 2021 01:47 - 1 hour

The Chicago Bears lost their 5th straight game as they fell 16-13 against the Baltimore Ravens, but it can't be all bad right? I brought on WCG/Bootleg Football Podcast's own EJ Snyder to help me walk through the game on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

T Formation Conversation: Bears vs Ravens Injury Report

November 20, 2021 05:32 - 16 minutes

Both the Bears and Ravens are dealing with a bunch of injuries and Lester goes over all the latest right here in his quick T Formation Conversation. Check out windycitygridiron.com for all the latest injury updates from Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bearly a Podcast: Khalil Mack out for Season

November 19, 2021 18:15 - 15 minutes

Robert Schmitz and Jeff Berckes discuss the impacts of the breaking news of Khalil Mack landing on season-ending IR. What does this mean for the Bears defense and what Sean Desai can do to try to make up for his absence? What does this mean for Mack's future with the team? What about Mack's Chicago bears legacy? The guys discuss all of that and more on our quick-hitting Bearly a Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bears Over Beers S3E18 Ravens Preview with Lindsey OK

November 19, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour

The guys are joined by Lindsey OK to talk Lamar Jackson dealing with the blitz, Greg Roman's prospects as the next Chicago Bears head coach, the running back room in Baltimore, the development of Rashod Bateman, and more. After the football talk, Lindsey reveals her rivalry rankings, her preference for an alternate name if the Ravens went away, and talk about The Wire. After the break, the guys talk about Justin Fields's development, Teven Jenkins potential return to the roster from injury, a...

Bears Banter Ep. 103: Patrick Mannelly joins!

November 18, 2021 21:36 - 52 minutes

Bears Banter is all fire coming off the bye week with former Chicago Bear Patrick Mannelly! It's a great discussion with Patrick talking about where Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace are after 9 games and if he thinks they can return in 2022! Plus, did Cairo Santos have any shot hitting that field goal at the end of the Pittsburgh game? Patrick also assesses the Bears offense and special teams and shares some great memories about the Super Bowl and Devin Hester! Check it out! Learn more about your ad c...

Bears Banter Ep. 102: Adam Jahns joins!

November 11, 2021 20:12 - 55 minutes

The Chicago Bears may have lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers but Justin Fields has arrived! The Athletic's Adam Jahns joins the podcast to discuss what he saw from Fields on Monday Night Football and how excited Bears fans should be about their quarterback. Plus, Jahnsy discusses the recent struggles of the Bears defense, the upward trajectory of Cole Kmet, the horrendous officiating on Monday and of course, we discuss the job security of both Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy! It's a loaded episode so c...

Bear & Balanced: Talking Fields, Roquan, Borom, the refs and so much more

November 10, 2021 11:30 - 46 minutes

Jeff and Lester take a (mostly) level-headed look at the Bears vs Steelers game in their latest podcast. Also find out what they had for their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Bears @ Steelers (with Rishab Sikri!)

November 09, 2021 08:12 - 1 hour

Justin Fields shined in a magical Monday Night game against the Steelers but was ultimately unable to stop the Bears from falling to 3-6. What went well? What went poorly? I brought on DaWindyCityProductions' Rishab Sikri to talk through the game on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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