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he Under Center Podcast features Bears and NFL discussion from Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown, Jim Miller, Lance Briggs, Dave Wannstedt, JJ Stankevitz, Mark Schanowski and others.

he Under Center Podcast features Bears and NFL discussion from Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown, Jim Miller, Lance Briggs, Dave Wannstedt, JJ Stankevitz, Mark Schanowski and others.
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he Under Center Podcast features Bears and NFL discussion from Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown, Jim Miller, Lance Briggs, Dave Wannstedt, JJ Stankevitz, Mark Schanowski and others.




EP. 151: What will we learn about the Bears against the Patriots?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look at how Bill Belichick and New England will attack Matt Nagy and the Bears on Sunday, and if Mitch Trubisky can get to the point where he can reliably lead a late-game scoring drive like Tom Brady is so good at doing.


Ep. 150: What went wrong with the Bears defense in Miami?

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to discuss the ramifications of the Bears overtime loss to the Dolphins. What went wrong with the Bears defense against Brock Osweiler? What did they think of Mitchell Trubisky’s game? Plus, they look ahead to a crucial Week 7 matchup with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.


Ep. 149: Is Miami a tipping point game for the Bears?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look ahead to Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and how big a “test” it’ll be for Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy and the Bears. Plus, can Khalil Mack keep up his monstrous pace, and why do players trust Nagy so much?


Ep. 148: David Kaplan sits down with Matt Nagy

Our own David Kaplan sat down with Bears coach Matt Nagy for Inside Look, with the full interview airing on NBC Sports Chicago in November. The full interview will air in November, but in this pod special we took some of Nagy’s best bites – about the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Khalil Mack trade and Bears fans – to preview “Inside Look: Matt Nagy.”


Ep. 147: Is the off week coming at the right time for the Bears?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look at whether the Bears’ off week – it’s not the bye week – is coming at the right time for a team that seemingly has some momentum after Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay. Plus, JJ and Moon take your questions and look at if the NFC North looks more winnable now than it did a month ago.


Ep. 146: Bears beat the heck outta the Bucs

Mitchell Trubisky throws for 6 TD – 5 in the first half, and the Bears crush the Bucs 48-10 to head into the bye week at 3-1 and in first place. The Football Aftershow team of Laurence Holmes, Matt Forte, Lance Briggs & Alex Brown discuss what is fair to expect from Mitchell Trubisky moving forward, how Khalil Mack continues play like he’ll eventually be heading to Canton, and the state of the 2018 Bears heading into the Bye week.


Ep. 145: Is this the week for the Bears' offense to cover for the defense?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin wonder if Tampa Bay’s high-powered offense is good enough to give the Bears’ elite defense problems, and if that means Mitch Trubisky and the offense will have to cover for Vic Fangio’s group on Sunday.


Ep. 144: Bears in 1st place after ugly win

It wasn’t pretty, but the Bears are in 1st place in the NFC North after a 16-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Forte, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Laurence Holmes discuss the good side of things as Khalil Mack and the Bears defense get it done once again – but and the bad, as Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense continue to sputter. Plus, will the Bears see Famous Jameis or Fitz-Magic next week against the Buccaneers? Forte provides some inside info on his former teammate, Ryan...


Ep. 143: How long will Mitch Trubisky be a work in progress?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin wonder how long the Bears will have to deal with growing pains from their starting quarterback, and also look at how this team can still win games even with uneven quarterback play. Plus: Just how bad are the Arizona Cardinals? (Really bad.)


Ep. 142: Bears win home opener vs. Seahawks

On this edition of the Under Center podcast, Laurence Holmes, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, and Matt Forte react to the Bears' 24-17 win over the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The group discusses the dominant defensive effort by Khalil Mack and the front seven. Plus, the progression of Mitch Trubisky and the impact Allen Robinson is having on the second year QB.


Ep. 141: What do the Bears need to prove against Seattle?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look ahead to what areas of concern the Bears need to address leading up to Monday’s game against the Seahawks. Plus, why JJ wants to see Mitch Trubisky throw an interception against Seattle.


Ep. 140: Was it a Bears collapse or a Packers comeback?

The Bears blew a 20-point lead in a loss to the Packers. Laurence Holmes, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Matt Forte break down the 24-23 loss to the Packers. They discuss what went wrong in the second half, what needs to get better and what this game means going forward.


Ep. 139: How big an impact will Khalil Mack make in Green Bay?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin wonder how much Khalil Mack will play against the Packers and offer their predictions for Sunday night’s huge tilt in Green Bay. Plus, JJ sits down with Bears right tackle Bobby Massie to hear a player’s point of view on just how big a move adding Mack was for this team.


Ep. 138: With Khalil Mack, the Bears are in win-now mode

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin react to Khalil Mack’s introduction at Halas Hall on Sunday and wonder if the Bears can actually make a playoff run in 2018.


Ep. 137: Reacting to the Khalil Mack trade

JJ Stankevitz and NBC Sports Bay Area Raiders Insider Scott Bair break down their views of Saturday’s blockbuster trade that will send a “Hall of Fame talent” in Khalil Mack to the Bears, and look at how it came together and how it will impact both teams.


Ep. 136: Should the preseason be shorter?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin wonder if Matt Nagy’s decision to bench his starters over the weekend is a sign the preseason really doesn’t matter and should be shortened. Plus, how ready is Mitch Trubisky for the regular season, and who’s in and who’s out on the 53-man roster?


Ep. 135: Could the Bears trade for Khalil Mack?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin hit some updates on Roquan Smith and Aaron Lynch before getting to the question seemingly on everyone’s mind: Could the Bears actually trade for Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack? Plus, JJ & Moon discuss what they’re looking forward to watching in Saturday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Ep. 134: Takeaways from the Bears’ joint practice in Denver

JJ Stankevitz and The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain break down the Bears’ joint practice with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, including how Roquan Smith looked, some encouraging signs for the offense and an enjoyable sequence of pass-rushing drills involving Von Miller.


Training Camp Daily: How big a deal is Roquan Smith's 3-week holdout?

Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly joins JJ Stankevitz to look at what Roquan Smith is missing by continuing his holdout, plus the early impressions of Matt Nagy and his offense in training camp.


Training Camp Daily: Ian Rapoport on why Bears fans shouldn't fret about the Roquan Smith stalemate

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport joins JJ Stankevitz to break down why the standoff between Roquan Smith’s representatives and the Bears is continuing. Plus, why those around the league are fascinated to see what Matt Nagy can do with Mitch Trubisky and the offense.