The Under Center Podcast features Bears and NFL discussion from Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown, Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, JJ Stankevitz, John Mullin and others.
Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, and Alex Shapiro break down the possibility of the Bears moving to Arlington Heights as the rumors change to reality. Is it just a negotiation ploy or are the Bears prepared to leave Chicago? Later in the podcast, the crew discusses the comments made by Justin Fields as he spoke to the media about how he's adjusting to the NFL and the help he's receiving from his coaches, AND his fellow QBs in Andy Dalton and Nick Foles.(4:10) - Bears start the process of changing venues. It's REAL now!(13:40) - How will the Bears finance a new "Bears Town"?(21:10) - Bears add more depth in recent signings(24:20) - Breaking down Justin Fields comments on how things are going and his relationship with Andy Dalton(38:45) - Matt Nagy responds to a question about the 17th game. How will the added game impact the NFL?(51:30) - PODCAST REVIEW OF THE DAY!
The Under Center crew of Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, Alex Shapiro, and Tony Gill discuss the sights and sounds from camp, who performed well, Allen Robinsons showing up on the Franchise Tag, Matt Nagy's comments on Chris Collinsworth's podcast on the chance that Justin Fields starts week one, Eddie Goldman missing the start of camp and what could be going on, and another edition of the Podcast Review of the Day.Make sure to subscribe to the NBC Sports Chicago YouTube page by clicking HERE for more Under Center content and more!(7:30) - Eddie Goldman is out at the start of camp, how concerning is it?(17:10) - Matt Nagy publicly sets his QB depth chart by stating that Andy Dalton is the starter and Justin Fields is the number 2(34:50) - Should the Bears be working on an extension right now for Allen Robinson?(47:00) - Will Danny Trevathan be ready to play at the beginning of the season and can Sean Desi return the Bears to 2018 dominance?(58:24) - Podcast Review of the Day
The Under Center mailbag returns and it's time to discuss the pieces around the quarterback. Ken Davis and Eric Strobel answer questions about the status and future of Cole Kmet, what Darnell Mooney's stats might look like with a full season of Justin Fields, which new wide receiver will be the most productive, whether Danny Trevathan is the only option at middle linebacker, and also reveal the Podcast Review of the Day.(1:37) - Do the Bears need to add to the tight end room?(12:10) - Will Aaron Rodgers really retire if he's not traded?(21:30) - Why couldn't Justin Fields beat out Jake Fromm while he was at Georgia?(38:42) - Even if Justin Fields is ready, should the Bears still wait to start him?(51:44) - The Podcast Review of the Day!
Week 2 of OTAs has wrapped up and more players discuss the team and most importantly what they think about new QB Justin Fields. Matt Nagy, new running back Damian Williams, tight end Cole Kmet, and wide receiver Darnell Mooney, and more discuss the new roster and Justin Fields. Ken Davis and Eric Strobel breakdown the sights and sounds of OTAs and a new segment to Under Center, "Podcast review of the day!"(4:30) - Nick Foles no show and are the Bears going the Patrick Mahomes route with bringing up Justin Fields?(12:10) - What can Fields learn from Andy Dalton?(16:40) - Darnell Mooney raves about Justin Fields(23:25) - Running back Damian Williams discuss skipping the season last year(30:30) - New Segment Alert! "Podcast review of the day"
Ken Davis and Eric Strobel break down how Julio Jones asking for a trade helped the Bears end up getting star rookie quarterback Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft. The crew also has a fun discussion about tipping before answering your questions, including weighing the benefits and risk of starting Justin Fields right away, what the Bears could do with Nick Foles, and more.(1:00) - The art of "tipping"(9:00) - Did the Bears benefit from Julio Jones asking for a trade from Atlanta?(27:50) - Mailbag questions segment(31:50) - How many reps will Justin Fields get in preseason and will he have a shot to be the week 1 starter?(45:30) - How should we analyze Teven Jenkins at left tackle when he's a natural right tackle?
Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, and Alex Shapiro discuss the news and details of the Bears voluntary OTAs. The crew reacts to Matt Nagy, Andy Dalton, and other players discussing the upcoming season, how the roster is shaping up, and the expectations for themselves this season.(1:25) - Biggest takeaways from the OTA press conferences(9:20) - Will Matt Nagy be comfortable to start 2 rookie offensive tackles?(18:00) - Are Bears players getting vaccinated?(24:00) - Andy Dalton says he knew the Bears could draft a rookie quarterback, should he be worried?(33:00) - David Montgomery is sounding like he wants to dominate the NFL, will Matt Nagy run the ball?
It has been in the news for years and recently resurfaced that the Bears are possibly looking for a new stadium, and it could be in Arlington Heights. What is going on right now? Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, and Tony Gill debate the pros and cons for leaving their current home -- historic Soldier Field -- and what the chances are that the team actually would make this move at some point. Later in the pod, the crew discusses the rumors that the McCaskey family is considering selling the team. Crazy week for the Bears.(1:30) - Pros and cons of the Bears moving to Arlington Heights(10:20) - Will Chicago taxpayers be willing to help pay for a new stadium in the city?(21:30) - Other NFL teams that play outside of the city they represent (Cowboys, 49ers, etc.)(32:40) - Could the narrative about the "Bears only play defense" change in a new stadium?(41:20) - Are the McCaskey's actually looking to sell the Bears?
NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms wasn't the highest on Justin Fields coming into the draft and he's kept the same energy after the Bears moved up to take their franchise QB by ranking Fields as the 39th-best QB in the NFL heading into the 2021 season. Simms joins the Under Center crew of Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, and Alex Shapiro to discuss why he's lower than most on Fields, what he wants to see the Ohio State product improve mechanically, and how he expects the Bears to handle their new quarterback this season.(3:00) - Why is Justin Fields the 39th-best quarterback in the NFL?(10:00) - Fields has said he's patterning his game after Russell Wilson; does he have the potential to be that good?(15:45) - What are the differences between college and the NFL that Fields will have to get used to?(25:00) - Does Ryan Pace have more time to fix the Bears after drafting Fields?(30:20) - Will Aaron Rodgers be a Green Bay Packer this year?
There has been so much hype about the Bears’ offense that the defense is going a little overlooked, but the Under Center crew has you covered. Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, and Alex Shapiro go position-by-position and give a thorough breakdown and discussion centered on the 2021 Bears defense. The crew debates whether Robert Quinn will finally produce in a Bears uniform, which position group is the strongest, what Ryan Pace will do at cornerback, whether new defensive coordinator Sean Desai can unlock Eddie Jackson, and a lot more.(6:30) - Defensive line: Are the Bears better off keeping Akiem Hicks over Kyle Fuller and what will Eddie Goldman look like when he returns?(17:00) - Linebackers/edge rushers: Is Roquan Smith ready to be the quarterback of the defense and will Robert Quinn literally do ANYTHING as a Bear?(37:36) - Cornerbacks: Is this the weakest position group on the defense and, if it is, how can Ryan Pace address it in the offseason?(44:40) - Will Eddie Jackson's former position coach and new defensive coordinator Sean Desai unlock him this year and help get him back in a position to be an All-Pro?
The NFL released the 2021 season schedule last week and while we’ve gone over the potential wins and losses, there are some hidden potholes in the Bears’ slate that might put them at a disadvantage. Ken Davis, Alex Shapiro, and Eric Strobel discuss some of those scheduling snags based on the research of NBC Sports Edge’s Warren Sharp before diving into the back-and-forth between the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey and Bears fans with just under four months to go until the Bears open their season in Los Angeles as a 7-point underdog. (2:55) - Why the previous year’s opponent winning percentages aren’t a good way to look at the upcoming season’s strength of schedule (4:25) - How the Bears are at a massive rest & preparation disadvantage against their 2021 opponents(12:25) - What can the coaching staff do to overcome those scheduling disadvantages?(19:25) - Great teams overcome attrition, and some NFL teams that have very early & late bye weeks will have to do just that(24:55) - Jalen Ramsey and Bears fans are already beefing with months to go before the season opener in Los Angeles (30:10) - The Bears are 7-point underdogs in Week 1 against the Rams - is that a fair line?
The 2021 Bears rookie class momentum continues as the rooks report to minicamp and start getting their first reps in the NFL and they did not disappoint. Ken Davis, Adam Hoge, and Eric Strobel break down the first week of minicamp and go through how each rookie looks. Justin MF'n Fields already looks good in the too early reviews to the Under Center team and more importantly, to Matt Nagy opening the discussion on could Fields really be the week one starter? The crew discusses how new offensive linemen look in Teven Jenkins and they get into should veteran players show up to OTAs despite given the chance to opt-out.(3:30) - Seeing Justin Fields and Teven Jenkins for the first time in Bears gear(14:00) - How will the dynamic between the presumed starter Andy Dalton and the rookie star Justin Fields go in camp?(20:15) - What are the odds the Justin Fields will be the week one starter?(26:50) - How will veterans react to OTAs and how will Eddie Goldman be embraced if he chooses not to participate?(37:00) - What should the Bears do with wide receiver Anthony Miller?(45:30) - What Chicago food spots should the rookies make sure to go to?
The hype train for the Bears is still moving as the NFL releases the 2021-2022 NFL schedule. The Bears may have the third-hardest slate in the NFL, but do not be weary my friends, the Under Center crew is here to talk you through it. Ken Davis, Alex Shapiro, and Tony Gill break down the schedule, discuss whether the Bears will have a winning record if playoffs are on the table, and the biggest question of them all, when will new rookie quarterback Justin Fields get his first start in the NFL. All that and plenty more on the Under Center podcast. (1:40) - Is the Bears schedule as tough as originally thought? (10:30) - Can the Bears get to above .500 with this schedule? (21:30) - When will Justin Fields start? (28:40) - If Andy Dalton gets hurt early on will the next QB be Justin Fields or Nick Foles? (31:50) - The top 5 most interesting games on the Bears schedule
You saw the headline and immediately made a face. I saw it through the screen. But it isn't out of the question that Ryan Pace could have just drafted multiple Hall of Famers. Ken Davis and Eric Strobel are joined by NBCS Bears draft enthusiast Glynn Morgan as they dive deep into the 2021 draft class and the potential that this could very well be one of the franchise's best drafts ever if things go well. Ryan Pace also joins the podcast at the end and you don't want to miss it.(2:50) - Instant reactions to the moment Justin Fields was drafted and what it meant for Bears fans(13:00) - Did anybody envision the Bears drafting this well going into the draft?(23:50) - Could this be the Bears' greatest modern-era draft class ever?(37:20) - Did Ryan Pace change his career arc with this draft?(40:15) - Justin Fields or Russell Wilson: in hindsight, who do you want as a Bear right now?(54:08) - Fake Ryan Pace joins the podcast
The Under Center crew is back to 2 episodes a week until next offseason and we have a great episode lined up for you today. Ken Davis, Alex Shapiro, and Eric Strobel break down the move by the Bears to cut Charles Leno Jr., seemingly to make room for incoming rookie Teven Jenkins to start at left tackle but is he ready to be one of the most important players on the team protecting the blind side of the Bears' future quarterback? The guys also discuss the disgruntled Aaron Rodgers and his attempt to be traded and if he is no longer a Packer would the Bears finally have the best quarterback in the division?(2:00) - The Bears cut Charles Leno Jr., should the Bears have kept him for depth at the position?(10:00) - Is Teven Jenkins ready to be an NFL starting left tackle?(20:00) - Are Bears fans too hyped for this draft class?(25:50) - Aaron Rodgers is ready to leave Green Bay(35:20) - Which teams would be a fit for Aaron Rodgers(47:00) - Will the Bears finally have the best QB in the NFC North
The draft has come to its conclusion and Bears GM Ryan Pace has been met with applause from fans, media, and players alike. Did he do well enough to get him and his coach Matt Nagy off the hot seat though? Host Ken Davis is joined by Tony Gill, Michael Allardyce, and Alex Shapiro breakdown the draft, and the players Ryan Pace added to the Bears and discuss has the offensive line issue been fixed, how exciting it is to be a Bears fan right now, and if the Seattle Seahawks called to trade for Justin Fields, would you listen?*Check out the live podcasts if you prefer to watch, by clicking:HERE for YouTubeHERE for FacebookHERE for TwitterBe sure to like, subscribe, and follow so you never miss an opportunity to join the live shows and the Under Center fam.
Back at it again! Ryan Pace improves the offensive line by trading up to take offensive tackle from Oklahoma State University Tevan Jenkins and universal praise from Bears fans. Host Ken Davis is joined by Alex Brown, Adam Hoge, Eric Strobel, and Alex Shapiro as they react to the day 2 moves of Ryan Pace. The crew discusses Jenkins and what he will bring to the Bears, the salary cap implications for the Bears, and what other positions they need to address before the draft ends.
Bears fans it's time to rejoice! Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy got their guy and Ohio State's Justin Fields is the new future of the Chicago Bears. To recap the night's action and react to comments made by GM Ryan Pace and Justin Fields, host Ken Davis is joined by former Bear Alex Brown and NBCS Chicago Bears insider Adam Hoge. The crew discusses what does this mean for the Bears, the plan the Bears should have in place for Fields, is Andy Dalton still the starter, is Ryan Pace still on the hot seat, and more.
Your Chicago Bears trade with the New York Giants for the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and select quarterback Justin Fields out of Ohio State University. The Under Center crew of Ken Davis, Eric Strobel, and Tony Gill react to the Bears trade and selection as a new era of Bears football begins.
The NFL Draft is just a day away and to get you ready, the entire Under Center podcast team covers every scenario and angle that you, the Bears fan, needs to be locked into for Thursday night. Ken Davis, Adam Hoge, Alex Shapiro, and Eric Strobel break down positional needs, possible trade-up scenarios, possible trade-down chances, QB rankings, best players available, and everything else you're going to want to know before the 2021 NFL Draft. INDULGE!(2:00) - Hoge’s official QB rankings; why is Trey Lance ranked above Justin Fields?(8:50) - What is the Bears’ plan for QB? If things get crazy in the draft and a top-5 QB is falling, will the Bears be rushing to the phones?(13:00) - If the Bears trade back from 20, would they reach for a QB?(24:00) - Realistically, who is the best fit for the Bears at QB?(30:00) - With the Bears' next pick in the draft, should they address cornerback?(37:15) - If the Bears stay at 20, what would be the pick?
It's here Bears fans, DRAFT WEEK! We have an excellent week of pods planned for you and to start off the coverage, the Under Center pod has 2 great guests. First is Chris Simms of Pro Football Talk as he breaks down the quarterback class of 2021 and if the Bears should trade up. Later in the pod, NBCS Chicago NFL and NFL draft enthusiast Glynn Morgan joins the podcast to preview his upcoming mock draft for NBCS how he sees the draft going before the Bears select at 20. Get ready Bear fans, we got you covered all week.(1:40) - Chris Simms on what does it take to really breakdown QB draft prospects(6:30) - Simms 2021 QB prospect rankings, why is Kellen Mond ranked ahead of Justin Fields?(14:30) - Is this draft and offseason the last chance Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy have to improve before being fired?(16:40) - Draft enthusiast Glynn Morgan of NBCS Chicago breaks down the draft and what he predicts will happen(29:00) - Ranking the QBs in the draft(40:20) - Options for the Bears if they choose to trade down(45:20) - If the Bears have the opportunity to trade up, who are they trying to get?
Bear with us (lol), if the Bears stay at 20 they could very well still get an instant impact player. Ken Davis and Eric Strobel are joined by John Daigle, draft, fantasy, and betting NFL expert from NBC Sports Edge to discuss how the draft is seemingly shaping out according to sources and mock drafts, where the Bears could have the opportunity to take a top tier talent even at 20. Also in the podcast, they break down why Justin Fields is falling down draft boards and why Mac Jones is climbing those boards, and some inside fantasy football advice that you're not going to want to miss.(3:30) - Is the expectation around the league is for the Bears to stay at 20, or are they trying to move up?(6:45) - Would it be surprising if the Bears went defense at 20?(14:00) - Should the Bears look to a WR with the 20th pick?(22:40) - Why is Justin Fields falling down draft boards?(30:40) - The Atlanta Falcons are looking to move from the 4th pick, should the Bears inquire?(42:45) - What are the Bears looking to do with Allen Robinson?
The 2021 NFL draft begins Thursday, April 29th and the Bears will be selecting 20th overall, but what direction should they go in? Should they try to boost the defense again or do they need to go playmaker on offense? The Under Center crew of Ken Davis, Alex Shapiro, and Eric Strobel discuss the various mock drafts that have the Bears taking a cornerback with the 20th pick and why they absolutely hate that idea. The crew also discusses the possibility that the Bears would move up in the draft to take a top-tier playmaker.(5:40) - Bears official website dropped a mock draft selection. The panel of writers wanted a defensive back at 20, why?(15:30) - Should the Bears use the 20th pick to take a wide receiver?(27:20) - How do picks 1-19 impact the Bears and could they possibly move up?(37:00) - A list of scenarios that could have the Bears moving up to take a quarterback(46:50) - If the Bears do take a 1st-round QB, would he have to be an instant starter or does he sit?
The Bears went after Kenny Golladay in free agency so they're at least interested in adding to their wide receiver room. Could they do that in the upcoming draft? Adam Hoge interviews a couple of top wide receiver prospects, Rondale Moore of Purdue and Amari Rodgers of Clemson. Could either be a target for the Bears? Host Ken Davis and Adam Hoge also discuss the Bears' need for another playmaker alongside Allen Robinson. Plus, with the draft seeming to be quarterback heavy at the top, could the Bears possibly move up to take the top pass catcher in the draft?(0:40) - Clemson WR Amari Rodgers on the difficulties of showing what you can do during the pandemic(5:00) - Rodgers on what it was like playing with Trevor Lawrence(7:00) - Rodgers discusses his contact with the Bears(10:48) - Purdue WR Rondale Morre on being an instant impact player(16:30) - Moore discusses his injury and how his last season played out at Purdue(22:52) - Ken Davis and Adam Hoge break down the two wide receivers, are the Bears looking to draft one, and can they move up to take one of the top pass catchers in the draft
From Mike Glennon, to Mitch Trubisky, to Nick Foles, to Andy Dalton. Host Ken Davis, NBCS Chicago Bears insider Adam Hoge, and Bears contributor for NBCS Chicago Alex Shapiro share their thoughts on Ryan Pace's explanation for why he landed on Dalton with his fourth swing at QB1. Plus, what are the situations in which Dalton truly is the team's QB1, and situations in which he's not. Oh, and Matt Nagy formally announced he (drum roll please), is calling plays again. Are you ready for some football Bears fans!*You can watch the Under Center Podcast on YouTube if you CLICK HERE. Be sure to comment your thoughts, subscribe to the channel, and give the video a thumbs up.(1:10) - Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy believe that new QB1, Andrew Gregory Dalton fits the system and scheme(11:20) - Did the Bears do the absolute best they could have done to get a new quarterback?(18:14) - Matt Nagy makes it official that he will be calling the plays for the Bears offense this year(32:00) - How much leeway should Bears fans give Matt Nagy?(36:40) - What is Pace's plan for the draft and is he making moves based on an extension that he received without the media and public knowing?(46:20) - No seriously, did the McCaskey's give Pace and Natt secret extensions?
We all know the biggest concern for the Bears is QB and seemingly (as we wait for Russell Wilson), the way to get that QB is through the draft, but because other NFL teams are haters, some teams have already made trades to move up in the draft to take QBs. Will the Bears be able to get a good one before they are all gone? Ken Davis and Eric Strobel discuss the movement in the draft and the QBs that could be left on the board. The crew also discusses the proposed ESPN trade between the Seattle Seahawks and the Bears for Russell Wilson, the new bears running back Damien Williams, and the picture of Andy Dalton that went viral in a bad way.*You can watch this episode on YouTube just CLICK HERE. Make sure you give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel so you don't miss out on Under Center podcasts or great other NBCS Chicago content.(2:00) - 49ers, Dolphins, and Eagles make big trades that shake up the draft(15:00) - Did the Bears lose out because of the trades(20:00) - With Ryan Pace not getting a quarterback this offseason, is he secretly signed to more years than we thought?(23:45) - Should the Bears be interested in Deshaun Watson?(28:40) - Former Kansas City Chief Damien Williams signs with the Bears(35:35) - Bears social media photoshops a Bears jersey on Andy Dalton that incites reactions from fans(37:30) - Is there still hope that the Bears can get Russell Wilson?