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Chicago Bears Podcast: Bears Banter


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    Bear With Me: An Insider's Take on Training Camp (with Zack Pearson!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 77:17

    Chicago Bears' training camp is now in full swing, and with a preseason win under the squad's belt some very clear narratives are starting to form around players like Cole Kmet, Jaquan Brisker, and more -- are the positive reports we're hearing "For Real"? I bring on BearReport's Zack Pearson to gain an insider's perspective on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Bears v Chiefs preseason breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 43:28

    JB and Lester discuss the Bears' win against the Chiefs, and there was a lot to unpack after that game. Tune in for some talk about Justin Fields, Braxton Jones, Jaquan Brisker, Matt Eberflus, and more. Plus check out their picks in their weekly categories of... Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The Fields Report The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Instant Reactions from Preseason Week 1 (with Sam Householder!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 50:52

    The Chicago Bears are officially back in action, and they have a win to show for it! Who played well in the Bears' 19-14 comeback thriller against the Chiefs? Who played poorly? I bring on Sam Householder to discuss on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Breaking down the 13th practice with Brenda Weber

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 37:54

    JB & Lester were joined by Brenda Weber, who you may have heard on JB's Hopium Den this summer, to share her thoughts about what she saw at Bears training camp on August 11. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Making Monsters: Clay Harbor breaks down Chicago's offense

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 67:42

    In a brand new Making Monsters, our show focusing on the younger Chicago Bears' players, hosts Taylor Doll and Dylan Ryan are joined by 9-year NFL veteran Clay Harbor to break down what he's seen at Chicago Bears' training camp. The former tight end gives his thoughts on Chicago's offensive skill players right here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Banter Ep. 119: Roquan wants out and Dan Meehan joins!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 72:11

    Windy City Gridiron's Dan Meehan joins the podcast as there is a lot to discuss just a couple weeks into camp. Roquan Smith demands a trade, Teven Jenkins is back practicing (sort of), wide receivers are dropping like flies, Eddie Jackson's inconsistencies and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 10: Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 53:47

    The tables have been turned! Host Jeff Berckes turns over hosting duties to his wife, Leslie as she takes Jeff and his mom Julie through the Hopium Den experience. Thank you to all who have joined us throughout the Hopium Den series and enjoy the finale of learning more about the Berckes family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Friday Camp Report with Brendan Sugrue

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 43:59

    JB & Lester are joined by Brendan Sugrue of the Bears Wire to hear about Friday's Chicago Bears camp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Making Monsters: Fixing the Grizzlies (OL Talk!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 68:48

    This episode of Making Monsters takes a closer look at the Bears' first contract offensive linemen and their battles during Training Camp. Taylor Doll and Dylan Ryan answer some questions about what the line may look like, and also address the questions surrounding Teven Jenkins. Southern Utah offensive line coach Aaron Fernandez joins them to talk about Braxton Jones, and Scott Wright, the Oklahoma State beat writer for Oklahoman.com (via USA Today), shares his experiences about Teven Jenkins at OSU. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 9: The HOFer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 40:27

    Wednesday kicks off the Hall of Fame festivities in Canton, Ohio and Terence Young will be there as an honored guest. The Bears fan sat down with me recently to talk about his life as a Bears fan and all about the Hall of Fans experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    T Formation Conversation: Bears Camp Report

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 48:55

    Lester Wiltfong grabs Shawn Sierra of SportsZone Chicago to talk about what he saw at Chicago Bears camp today. The pads were on and the players were hitting! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Saturday Bears camp recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 48:40

    JB & Lester are back with a new Bear & Balanced to discuss everything they saw on the field at Halas Hall today, including the Trench Tribute, the Justin Fields Report, offensive and defensive players of the day, plus they share the interesting story on their run in with Chicago Bears security. 

    Bear & Balanced: Recapping Friday's Camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 34:26

    Jeff and Lester spent all Friday morning at Halas Hall taking in Chicago Bears training camp, and here are all their thoughts on what they saw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Training Camp's Burning Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 34:41

    The Chicago Bears are back in action as they've taken the field for the beginning of Training Camp! And while of course we'd love for Camp to give us "all the answers" about the upcoming season, what questions do we need answers to? I grab Khari Thompson of the Patriots Beat to discuss on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    T Formation Conversation: Training Camp Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 34:18

    In our latest T Formation Conversation Lester brings on JB, his Bear & Balanced co-host, who was at training camp today watching the Chicago Bears practice. Lester & JB break down a lot of what he saw today at Halas Hall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Making Monsters: Out of Hibernation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 53:01

    Check out the debut episode of Making Monsters! A brand new show on the WCG Podcast Channel from Taylor Doll and Dylan Ryan which will focus on the Chicago Bears that are early in their careers. Check out who Taylor and Dylan spotlight this week as the Bears get training camp started! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dominate Your Fantasy Football Draft: RB Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 71:57

    Who says RBs don't matter? They certainly do in fantasy football. The ever-changing RB landscape is the most important part of prepping for your draft and Erik Smith of the QB List is here to tackle the top 30 guys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 8: How do we talk about this team?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 58:49

    As we draw closer to the 2022 season, JB brings in familiar voices to talk about how to talk about the 2022 Chicago Bears, given everything we've learned on the Bears Hopium Den. Tune in to hear EJ Snyder, Patti Curl, and Lester A Wiltfong Jr. discuss why they're Bears fans and how they plan to talk about this team in transition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Banter Ep. 118: Training Camp Preview with Robert Schmitz (Defense) Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 72:00

    Bill Zimmerman and Robert Schmitz are back for part 2 of the training camp preview. They've already broken down the offense, and now they go position group by position group on the defense. They look at the improved secondary, the linebacker group that lives and dies with Roquan Smith and try to answer the questions about the guys up front and if they are strong enough to keep this defense humming. It's a great episode, check it out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Getting ready for Bears camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 49:07

    Jeff and Lester are joined this week by the newest member of the WCG Podcasting family, Taylor Doll, to talk about her soon to debut show, Making Monsters, but also to discuss some of the key stories surrounding the Chicago Bears as they report to training camp this week. They hit on an abridged version of their usual categories, so tune in for the Trench Tribute, the Fields Report, and The 3 Bears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dominate Your Fantasy Football Draft: TE Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 77:34

    Every draft you must ask yourself a question - will I use a premium pick on the tight end position or wait until late to take a chance at a flier? JB and Erik Smith of the QB List are here to help you think through the tight end position in your upcoming fantasy drafts so that you can dominate your league. From Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews to Evan Engram and David Njoku, the guys will rank the board and give you an idea of when you should pounce on the position (hint: it may be earlier than you think). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 7: Is Justin Fields THE Guy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 45:44

    Will Justin Fields be the guy? It's the most important question for the Chicago Bears for 2022 and beyond. It's hard to quantify just how much that question means to this franchise, this city, this fan base. Host Jeff Berckes welcomes back the Hopium Den participants one more time for a big roundtable-style discussion on the biggest Bears question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Banter Ep. 117: Training Camp Preview with Robert Schmitz Part I (Offense)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 107:35

    Football season is in the air? Can you smell it? Training camp is less than two weeks away. We know now, baring a late August signing, what the Bears team is going to look like in 2022. Robert Schmitz and Bill Zimmerman take a detailed look at the offense going position group by position group. How good can these groups be? How bad can they be? They take a best case/worst case look at each group and try to figure what fans should expect this year. There is so much packed into this episode, check it out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dominate Your Fantasy Football Draft: Quarterback Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 81:10

    Do you prefer to walk into your fantasy football draft without a plan and take players that you think you might remember were kind of good a few years ago or do you want to dominate your league and impress your friends? Do you want to put in the hundreds of hours of research required to build a board or would you like to just listen to an expert build theirs? That's what I thought! Jeff welcomes the Editor of the QB List, Erik Smith, for a special fantasy football draft prep series to help you dominate your league. The first episode breaks down the QBs - from Allen to Zach Wilson and everyone in between. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 6: Poles & Eberflus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 49:00

    Through the magic of podcast editing, JB is joined by all 12 participants from Episodes 1-5 of the Bears Hopium Den to talk about one question - "what do you think of new GM Ryan Poles and HC Matt Eberflus?" A fun conversation with the Hopium Den veterans that offers plenty of nuance to the new crew in Halas Hall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 5: Superfans

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 58:24

    We all have our moments of superfandom, but these two live it every day. On this week's episode, JB is joined by Greg Braggs Jr. and Kris Armstrong to chat about all things Bears football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 4: Bears Twitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 49:58

    As we move along in the Bears Hopium Den series, we take a look at the social media site Twitter and how Bears fans use and interact in the "Bears Twitter" community. JB is joined by Quinten (@ButkusStats) and Brenda (@BrendaJWebber) to talk about Bears Twitter along with all the things that makes them tick as Bears fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 3: International Fans of Mystery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 73:22

    It's a big world out there and as it turns out, there are Bears fans everywhere! Jeff is joined by Heidi from Mexico, Ciaran from Ireland, and Andrew from Australia to talk about the Bears and how they became fans of the Navy & Orange. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Bears OTA & Minicamp wrap up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 47:26

    Jeff and Lester recap some of the storylines that have been surrounding the Chicago Bears during their offseason workout program (OTAs and minicamps) that so many Bears; fans have been talking about, and they did so with their usual 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

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 2: Women in Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 40:52

    Episode 2 from the Bears Hopium Den is with Taylor Doll and Stacey The Bat Flip Expert to help give the perspective of female Bears fans in the sports media realm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Bears Hopium Den Episode 1: The Hype & The Gripe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 62:22

    In this new limited series, host Jeff Berckes interviews different groups of Chicago Bears fans to take the temperature of the fanbase and understand what makes them tick. Episode 1 features three fans in the Windy City Gridiron sphere of influence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Examining the legacy of 3 former Bears

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 55:11

    On the latest Bear & Balanced podcast JB & Lester try to frame where former Chicago Bears' Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack, and Allen Robinson all land in the history of the franchise, and they use the Windy City Gridiron Top 100 Bears Player list they helped compile for the 100th anniversary of the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    T Formation Conversation: Justin Fields' mechanics, offensive scheme, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 55:40

    On Lester's latest T Formation Conversation he's joined by a longtime personal friend Dave Scarbro, who has coached for over 20 years in the high school and youth levels, to gain some insight on quarterback mechanics, the Chicago Bears' new offensive scheme, and a whole bunch more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    T Formation Conversation: Breaking down the Bears' UDFAs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 51:10

    This episode of T Formation Conversation is all about the underdogs, as host Lester Wiltfong brings on the Lead Draft Analyst from Windy City Gridiron, Jacob Infante, to break down all 17 of the Bears undrafted free agents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Cold takes on the 2022 Draft Class (with Brandon Robinson!)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 76:25

    With Rookie Minicamp behind us, what do cooler heads think about the Chicago Bears' 2022 draft class now that they've had a week to think about it? I grab Brandon Robinson to discuss exactly that on this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced: Focus on Doug Kramer & Jaquan Brisker

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 58:19

    JB & Lester welcome a couple of guests to talk Chicago Bears football. Drew Pastorek from The Champaign Room, SB Nation's site that covers the Illinois Fighting Illini, talks about Doug Kramer and his potential to make the team. After the break, Clay Sauertieg from Black Shoe Diaries, the SB Nation site that covers the Penn State Nittany Lions, joins us to give us the inside scoop on Chicago's second round draft pick Jaquan Brisker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Over Beers S4E2: Ryan Poles Lays the Foundation

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 78:15

    The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books and while it didn't go the way that many people thought it might for the Bears, JB & EJ break down how Ryan Poles did a nice job laying the foundation for future success for the team. The guys dig into all the picks like Jaquan Brisker, Kyler Gordon, and Velus Jones Jr., while also diving deep into the late round selections and UDFA pickups. EJ, as always, brings his deep knowledge of the draft to talk all things prospects and even gives a preview into what the 2023 draft might hold. All that and more over a couple of tasty beverages so pour yourself a cold one and join us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Banter Ep. 116- EJ Snyder reviews the draft!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 74:01

    Ryan Poles first draft as General Manager of the Chicago Bears is in the books. EJ Snyder, WCG's draft guru joins us to breakdown the prospects that Poles has brought to Chicago and we also discuss if Poles has done enough to support Justin Fields in year two. This is a REALLY good conversation and EJ is the best in the business. Check out a great podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LunchPail DraftCast Draft Special: Trenton Gill, Punter, NCST

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 4:47

    Danny once again welcomes back Montel Hardy! They breakdown punter, Trenton Gill, as it completely FOR THE BRAND! They give insights to the Bears' punter of the future and what his selection signals! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LunchPail DraftCast Draft Special: Elijah Hicks, Safety, Cal

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 5:09

    Danny welcomes on longtime friend Montel (@MontelNFL) to break down a new safety selection from the Cal Golden Bears Program, Elijah Hicks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    T Formation Conversation: Ja'Tyre Carter Instant Draft Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 9:11

    Lester Wiltfong grabs Danny Meehan to take a closer look at new Bears draft pick Ja'Tyre Carter, OL, from Southern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LunchPail DraftCast Draft Special: Doug Kramer, Center

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 4:51

    Danny is flying solo on this instant reaction to Illinois Center, Doug Kramer, while also relaying thoughts from Jacob while he travels the nethers of BUFU, America! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear & Balanced Draft Special: Trestan Ebner

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 9:14

    The Bears add a running back to their draft class with Trestan Ebner out of Baylor. Join Jeff and Lester as they chat with Jacob Infante about the newest Chicago Bears player, what he brings in the return game, and how he might fit in the Luke Getsy offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Banter Draft Special- Braxton Jones Profile with Jacob Infante

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 12:28

    With the 168th selection (fifth round) of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Braxton Jones, Tackle, Southern Utah. After several trade downs, with their 4th pick in this draft, Ryan Poles selects the Big Sky product to bolster his offensive line depth. What do we know about Jones as a prospect? A lot more after listening to Jacob Infante! Check out Jacob's profile- will he stay at tackle? How athletic is Jones? Is he a project or could he potentially contribute this year? Jacob answers all of it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LunchPail DraftCast: Instant Reaction, Zachary Thomas IOL

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 10:36

    Danny and Jacob instantly react to the Bears selection of Offensive lineman Zachary Thomas, from San Diego St. University. Another athletic player was selected by Poles & Co in his first draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Over Beers Draft Special: Dominique Robinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 13:16

    Big time athletic traits on the newest Chicago Bears draft pick, Dominique Robinson, defensive linemen from Miami of Ohio. Tune in to hear a quick breakdown of the newest Bear, what his fit will be along the Bears defensive line and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bears Banter Ep. 115: Ryan Poles blows the second day of the draft!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 19:44

    Day 2 of the NFL Draft is in the books and the Bears have 3 new players on their roster. Unfortunately, the picks show that Ryan Poles may not know what he's doing. Ryan Poles- you had one job- help Justin Fields! You didn't do it! We go all in against Ryan Poles decisions on Friday night. It's an angry episode, check it out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Instant Reactions to Velus Jones Jr. @ #71 (with Jacob Infante!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 23:13

    The Chicago Bears selected Velus Jones Jr. with the 71st overall pick of the draft -- what kind of player is he? Does he solve the Bears' need at WR? How do we survive the wait until pick 148 ? Jacob and Robert team up to analyze on this instant reactions episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Instant Reactions to Jaquan Brisker @ #48 (with Jacob Infante!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 16:41

    The Chicago Bears selected Jaquan Brisker with the 48th overall pick of the draft -- what kind of player is he? Did Safety make sense here? What does Justin Fields do? Jacob and Robert team up to analyze on this instant reactions episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Instant Reactions to Kyler Gordon @ 39 (with Jacob Infante!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 10:09

    The Chicago Bears selected Kyler Gordon with the 39th overall pick of the draft -- what kind of player is he? Did Corner make sense here? What do they do at 39? Jacob and Robert team up to analyze on this instant reactions episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bear With Me: Instant reactions to Draft Day 1 (with Jacob Infante!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 39:44

    Day 1 of the 2022 NFL draft is in the books! What happened? What should the Bears do tomorrow? I bring on Jacob Infante to answer all this and more in this episode of Bear With Me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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