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The Under Center Podcast breaks down everything surrounding the Chicago Bears and the NFL, including discussion from JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, Adam Hoge, David Kaplan and former players including Alex Brown and Lance Briggs. New episodes release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The Under Center Podcast breaks down everything surrounding the Chicago Bears and the NFL, including discussion from JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, Adam Hoge, David Kaplan and former players including Alex Brown and Lance Briggs. New episodes release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Location:

New York, NY

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The Under Center Podcast breaks down everything surrounding the Chicago Bears and the NFL, including discussion from JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, Adam Hoge, David Kaplan and former players including Alex Brown and Lance Briggs. New episodes release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Language:

English


Episodes

BREAKING: Mitch Trubisky gets the start vs the Green Bay Packers

11/27/2020
In a breaking news edition of the Under Center podcast, JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis react to the announcement that Mitch Trubisky will make his return to the starting lineup vs the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night. (1:10) -The Bears make it official: Mitch Trubisky will start on Sunday (4:14) - What if Mitch Trubisky plays well on Sunday? (6:56) - Mitch Trubisky says he was caught off guard by his benching (10:46) - Does Trubisky's exit from the Bears feel similar to Kyle...

Duration:00:25:25

Mike Tirico & Chris Simms preview Bears vs Packers on Sunday Night Football

11/27/2020
After coming off the bye, the Bears look to keep their playoff hopes alive by taking on the Packers on Sunday Night Football and avoid going below .500 for the first time this season. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by NBC Sports teammates Mike Tirico, who will be broadcasting the game and Chris Simms to discuss and breakdown the NFC North matchup and get you prepared for one of the biggest games for the Bears this season. (1:30) - (Mike Tirico interview) How is it calling big games...

Duration:00:37:15

Mailbag Wednesday: Is losing to the Packers the final straw for Pace & Nagy?

11/25/2020
The Bears are preparing to play their unquestioned rival, the Green Bay Packers, on Sunday Night Football with a lot riding on the game. In the weekly mailbag segment, JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss if there would be implications for Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy if the Bears would lose to the Packers, what their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes are, and whether Colin Kaepernick could fix the Bears’ QB problems. Later in the podcast, JJ and Cam are joined by a special guest, Kathryn Tappen...

Duration:00:51:35

Who will be the Bears starter, Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky?

11/23/2020
The Bears’ bye week gave them some time to figure out the ongoing saga of who will play quarterback in Green Bay. With Nick Foles dealing with an injury, is there a chance Mitch Trubisky returns? JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss the comments made by Matt Nagy on the QB situation and where they think the Bears are leaning in terms of naming a starter. Later in the podcast, the guys explain how the Bears still control their playoff destiny. (1:20) - Mitch Trubisky was at practice, Nick...

Duration:00:33:46

Mailbag Wednesday on a Friday: What will it take to change the Bears’ culture?

11/20/2020
In the weekly mailbag episode, JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis answer Under Center listener questions about the culture of the Bears and the history of mediocrity that has plagued the organization. The guys also answer whether Allen Robinson will sign a contract with the Bears, how can they arrange their offensive line to get literally anything, and which alternate uniforms the Bears should try out. (7:15) - What will take for a culture change? (12:31) - Does the 2020 season feel like Marc...

Duration:00:53:05

Bears vs Viking postgame recap: The offense stinks

11/17/2020
The Bears lost a clunker at home to the division rival Minnesota Vikings 19-13, making it four losses in a row. Nothing on offense seemed to change after offensive coordinator Bill Lazor took over play calling duties resulting in zero touchdowns. JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, and David Kaplan recap the loss and breakdown all the various issues not only the Bears offense has but the organization as well. (1:12) - We should have seen this coming (11:40) - The Bears are stuck in...

Duration:00:59:28

Bears vs Vikings preview: Can the Bears stop the losing streak?

11/13/2020
The Bears look to end their three game losing streak on Monday night with the Vikings in town. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis break down the matchup in this week’s preview pod. The crew discusses the Vikings being the favorite despite having a worse record than the Bears, if the Bears defense can stop MVP candidate Dalvin Cook, and, for the love of all, can the offense finally do something? (1:05) - Why are the Bears an underdog to the Vikings? (7:10) - Will the Bears stop Dalvin Cook like...

Duration:00:35:22

Mailbag Wednesday: Are Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy still on the same page?

11/11/2020
Things are looking bleak for the Bears after the third straight loss. Has the struggling offense and consecutive losses put a wedge between Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy? JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis try and answer this question — among many — in the weekly mailbag episode of the Under Center podcast. The crew also wonders which Bears beat writer would win in a foot race, whether the Bears would tag Allen Robinson only to trade him, and how much blame should Matt Nagy get for not being able to...

Duration:00:53:31

Bears face-plant against Titans; are they out of answers?

11/9/2020
JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by David Kaplan to sift through the wreckage of the Bears' 24-17 loss to the Titans that was not as close as the final score indicated. The guys discuss what went wrong on offense before debating whether Matt Nagy has any answers whatsoever, and later praise Chuck Pagano's defense for letting loose and amping up the pressure against Ryan Tannehill and company. (1:30) - Bears deserved the embarrassing result they got against Tennessee; what's the path...

Duration:00:36:49

Bears dealing with COVID-19 ahead of Titans game

11/6/2020
JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis dive deep into an eventful few days for the Bears organization after the entire team and staff were sent home before practice Thursday due to a second positive COVID-19 test. Later, the guys discuss the awful luck of the injured Mitchell Trubisky and what kind of chances the team has against the Titans on Sunday. (1:30) - The entire Bears organization is in a fluid state after another positive COVID-19 test Thursday (6:00) - What would have to happen for...

Duration:00:41:53

Why Alex Brown wants more from the Bears’ defense

11/4/2020
JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by former Bears defensive end and current NBC Sports Chicago Football Aftershow analyst Alex Brown to discuss whether the Bears’ defense has another level to hit, as well as the Javon Wims suspension fallout and whether Matt Nagy needs to tailor his offense a bit differently (1:36). Then, JJ and Cam explain the implications of Jason Spriggs’ positive COVID-19 test (25:25) before reaching into their listener mailbag to answer questions about the...

Duration:00:57:07

Bears vs Saints Postgame recap: What was Javon Wims doing!?

11/1/2020
The Bears lost their second game in a row on Sunday, falling 26-23 to New Orleans in OT. As the offense struggled once again, Matt Nagy's play calling is again the subject of discussion — as is the fight and subsequent ejection of wide receiver Javon Wims. JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, and David Kaplan breakdown the loss. Cam Nick Foles be the starter going forward? Can anything be done with the offense? And what in the world was Javon Wims doing!? (1:15) - What in the hell is Javon Wims...

Duration:00:47:27

Bears vs Saint preview with former Bear Devin Hester

10/30/2020
The Bears look to turn it around vs the New Orleans Saints after an ugly loss to the Rams on Monday Night Football. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis preview the matchup and discuss can the offense play good enough to keep up with Drew Brees and the Saints, and will the defense be able to slow them down. Later in the podcast, former Bears returner Devin Hester joins the podcast brought to you by our partners at PointsBet to help breakdown the matchup. (4:16) - Injury updates on players the Bears...

Duration:00:43:53

Mailbag Wednesday: Will Matt Nagy ever give up play calling?

10/28/2020
After suffering an ugly loss to the LA Rams, the weekly mailbag questions from Under Center listeners had one central theme: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE OFFENSE AND MATT NAGY? JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by NBCS Chicago teammate Adam Hoge, of the Hoge and Jahns podcast, as they answer concerns about whether Matt Nagy should give up play calling, if the Bears should go back to Mitch Trubisky, should Ryan Pace go after Saints WR Michael Thomas, and more. Make sure to follow...

Duration:00:58:55

Bears vs Rams postgame recap: From winning ugly to losing ugly

10/27/2020
After pulling out close wins in recent weeks, the Bears struggle on Monday Night Football losing to the Rams 24-10 dropping to 5-2. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss the ugly loss, the struggling offense, should Matt Nagy continue to call plays for the Bears, and are the Bears going to waste the defense again. (1:20) - Brian Griese quote's Nick Foles about Matt Nagy (8:57) - Does Nick Foles have a point if he did say that to Brian Griese? (16:40) - Why doesn't Matt Nagy's offense does...

Duration:00:46:23

Bears vs Rams preview with radio voice of the Rams J.B. Long

10/23/2020
JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by J.B. Long, the voice of the Rams, to preview a Monday Night matchup with potential playoff implications. The crew discusses each team's schedule so far, the individual matchups to look for, and what this game could mean for playoff seeding. Later in the pod, JJ and Cam dive into what fans should expect from the Bears on Monday Night and if they can keep "winning ugly". (2:00) - How are fans feeling about the Rams heading into the Bears game? (9:21)...

Duration:00:44:48

Under Center mailbag Wednesday: Should Matt Nagy give up play calling?

10/21/2020
It's mailbag time once again on the Under Center podcast, and listeners came with another great round of questions. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis debate if you’d rather have a shotgun or Akiem Hicks with you in the wilderness, whether the Bears should trade for a wide receiver or offensive linemen ASAP, and Whether Matt Nagy would ever give up play calling? And Make sure to follow @NBCSBears on Twitter so can send your questions in, become a part of the Under Center crew, and get them answered...

Duration:00:49:14

Bears vs Panthers postgame recap: The "Winning Ugly" Bears

10/18/2020
The Bears improve to 5-1 as the defense shows up big time against the Panthers in a 23-16 win. JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, and David Kaplan review the Week 6 win and discuss the Bears’ dominating defense. The three of them also discuss the "ugly" way the Bears are winning games, whether it can be sustained all season, and Matt Nagy's play calling down the stretch. (1:22) - Is this 5-1 real? (9:10) - Nick Foles speaks on "winning ugly" (15:05) - Concerns with how the Bears win games (23:50)...

Duration:00:43:17

Bears vs Panthers preview with NBC Sports' Jac Collinsworth

10/16/2020
The Bears haven't been 5-1 since 2012, and they look to do that with a win vs the Panthers. Could this be the Mike Davis revenge game? JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis breakdown how the Bears run defense will stack up against the Panthers and Davis. Later in the podcast, JJ goes 1 on 1 with NBC Sports' Jac Collinsworth to discuss former Notre Dame players Cole Kmet and Alex Bars, and Jac helps breakdown the Bears and Panthers game. (1:30) - Bears will be without offensive line coach Juan...

Duration:00:48:54

Olin Kreutz on if the Bears can fix their O-line in season

10/14/2020
The Bears are 4-1 but according to Olin Kruetz the offensive line play needs to be better. Olin joins JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis as they discuss the Bears' offensive line and the lack of production in the run game and pass protection. They also dive into can the offensive line with injuries be better in the middle of the season and what needs to be done going forward to address the issues. Later in the podcast, JJ and Cam have a deep conversation about Bears rookie tight end Cole Kmet and...

Duration:00:47:19