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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. 179: Bears seem to close door on Cody Parkey, but not Kareem Hunt

JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis digest Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace’s end-of-season press conference at Halas Hall, including the pair leaving the door open for signing Kareem Hunt, Nagy’s criticism of Cody Parkey, the hiring of Chuck Pagano and more. 0:30: Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy leave the door open for signing Kareem Hunt 8:15: Nagy was not happy with Cody Parkey’s “TODAY” show appearance. Is he done in Chicago? 16:00: What should we expect from Chuck Pagano as he takes over...


Ep. 178: Wrapping up the Bears’ season after locker cleanout

JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis report from Halas Hall after Bears players cleaned out their lockers on a somber Monday following their season-ending loss to the Eagles. Where do the Bears go from here? And how important will growth from Mitch Trubisky be in 2019? 0:50: An update on Trey Burton 3:30: The Bears did not save their best game for the playoffs 6:00: The honeymoon is over, so now what? 10:30: Hear from Allen Robinson about why he’s confident in the Bears’...


Ep. 177: And just like that, the season is over

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and host Laurence Holmes were in disbelief as Cody Parkey’s field goal hit off the uprights and the crossbar, ending the Bears season early. The guys break down what the team is feeling after a heartbreaking loss in the Wild Card round, whether or not Cody Parkey will still be on the Bears next season, and look ahead to the expectations for the team next season. 0:30 – What is the feeling in the Bears locker room after the loss? 4:45 – Can you believe...


Ep. 176: A Philly Special with Dave Zangaro

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro joins JJ Stankevitz to get a full scouting report on the Eagles, and what Bears fans should expect on Sunday from a team that seems to be peaking at the right time. 0:50: Is Nick Foles going to do it again? 2:40: How much does Foles elevate the play of everyone around him? 4:45: What to expect from an improving Eagles O-line against the Bears’ front seven 6:30: We know Golden Tate and Alshon Jeffery well here, how strong is the Eagles’ group of...


Ep. 175: Breaking down Bears-Eagles

JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis preview Sunday’s Bears-Eagles playoff tilt, complete with these questions: Will the moment be too big for Mitch Trubisky? And can the Bears’ defense counter Nick Foles’ pixie dust? 0:45: Is Mitch Trubisky ready for the playoff spotlight? 5:00: A blueprint for success for Trubisky against the Eagles’ defense 7:30: How big an impact can Jordan Howard make? 10:15: The biggest player vs. player matchup of the Bears’ offense vs. Philly’s...


Ep. 174: It’s official: Bears vs Eagles in the playoffs

The Bears finish the season 12-4 and now they know who they will face in the playoffs. Laurence Holmes, Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown break down the win over the Minnesota Vikings and when they really knew this Bears team was a legit contender. The guys also debate what the most intriguing part of the matchup is as the Bears will have to face the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs. Plus, Lance shares a story about how the Bears...


Ep. 173: Joint podcast with Eagles Insider Reuben Frank

On this special edition of Under Center, J.J. Stankevitz welcomes in Reuben Frank from NBC Sports Philadelphia. How are the Bears approaching their game at the Vikings? How aggressive will Matt Nagy be with his starters and playcalling? Would the Bears rather play the Vikings or the Eagles in the playoffs? Reuben explains why the Redskins game isn't a guaranteed win for the Eagles. Also, if the Eagles did sneak into the playoffs, how dangerous a team are they? 1:00 - How Philadelphia fans...


Ep. 172: How much should the Bears rest players against Minnesota?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin discuss what Matt Nagy’s rest strategy could look like this week against Minnesota (1:10), and if it’s better to face the Vikings for the second time in a week than a red-hot Philadelphia Eagles team (7:35). Plus, JJ and Moon debate whether or not it’s fair to still feel like 2019 is going to be the year this team really becomes a Super Bowl contender (12:10). Finally, Minnesota's really a 6.5-point favorite this Sunday (19:35)?


Ep. 171: Bears win ugly and improve to 11-4

Once again, the Bears won ugly and improved to 11-4 following their win against the San Francisco 49ers. Laurence Holmes chats with Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown about the mixed bag for the Bears offense, as well as their concern level following the sloppy performance. Plus, the guys weigh in on the fight that broke out after a late hit to Mitchell Trubisky and who is the team they LEAST wish to play in the first round of the playoffs.


Ep. 170: The Bears aren’t taking their foot off the gas

JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis look at why the Bears’ culture won’t let them ease up after winning the NFC North, plus the guys look back at the 2017 draft day trade with the 49ers that got the Bears Mitch Trubisky. Also, Bay Area News Group columnist Dieter Kurtenbach joins the pod to talk about how Oakland is handling the Khalil Mack trade now that the Bears are good, and why San Francisco still has something to play for this weekend. 0:55: Moon’s covered playoff teams...


Ep. 169: The Bears are NFC North Champions!

Sunday was a glorious day at Soldier Field as the Bears beat the rival Packers to clinch their first NFC North championship since 2010! Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join host Laurence Holmes to break down the victory and look ahead to the playoffs. How far can this Bears team go? And what is their ceiling in the long term? 0:22 – 2-for-1! Bears win NFC North and knock out the Packers 4:30 – Breakout game for Leonard Floyd? 6:15 – What worked offensively vs Green Bay? 7:05 –...


Ep. 168: Talking through the Bears’ playoff scenarios

JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis look at the best and worst-case scenarios for the Bears in the first round of the playoffs, and wonder if Mitchell Trubisky will be up to the task of putting the final nail in the Packers’ playoff coffin. 1:25: On the surface, who’s the Bears’ best and worst matchup in the wild card round? 2:45: Playoff odds time! Who has the highest chance of playing the Bears in the first round? 5:10: Ranking the quarterbacks of the Bears’ potential...


Ep. 167: The Bears knock off the kings of the NFC

Where do the Bears now stand in the conference, and are they serious Super Bowl contenders? The defense carried the team while Mitch struggled to find his rhythm. Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Matt Forte join Laurence Holmes on the podcast to figure out what’s next for this tricked out team with 9 wins. 00:00 The defense studies their opponent, and comes up big 02:00 Bears defense smothers, and made Goff look like a rookie 03:30 What went wrong with the Rams 05:30 Defense is winning...


Ep. 166: Mitch Returns! Plus, a Rams preview with J.B. Long

JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis look at what to expect from Mitchell Trubisky in the extremely high likelihood he plays Sunday night, and if it would be better for the Bears if their game against the Rams were a shootout or a defensive struggle. Plus, JJ chats with the radio voice of the Los Angeles Rams, J.B. Long, to get a sense of where Sean McVay, Jared Goff and the best team in the NFC stands heading into Sunday night. 0:15: All signs point to the return of Trubisky on Sunday, but will he...


Ep. 165: Bears come back but come up short

The Bears come back but come up short in overtime against the Giants, 30-27 in OT. Laurence Holmes, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown explain why this game felt off from the very start (3:30). Plus why you can count on the Bears bringing their A-game against the Rams (7:00) and what happened on the Odell Beckham TD pass (11:30). Plus Freezer Left! (15:00) , the issues Aaron Donald presents next sunday (19:00) and can the Bears offense with Trubisky keep up with the Rams (21:00)?


Ep. 164: Can the Bears win again with Chase Daniel?

JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis wonder if the Bears can beat the Giants without Mitchell Trubisky, and look at some encouraging trends that should help this team finish the 2018 regular season strong in the final five games. 0:30: Takeaways from Matt Nagy’s comments on Mitchell Trubisky on Wednesday 1:30: Does it matter that the Bears play the Giants and then the Rams for Trubisky’s outlook? 4:00: Is this a trap game? 7:20: A run of big tests looms for the run...


Ep. 163: Give thanks to the Bears defense for a win in Detroit

The Bears improve to 8-3 with a Thanksgiving Day win in Detroit (0:20). Laurence Holmes, Matt Forte, Alex Brown and Lance Briggs discuss the Bears big plays on defense that helped them seal a win and debate whether Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack is the better defensive player. Plus, the guys were pleasantly surprised by Chase Daniel's performance but they'd like to see more from the Bears running game (10:55).


Ep. 162: How Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder changes Bears-Lions

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look at how Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder injury could change the outlook for Thanksgiving’s date with the Lions and what Chase Daniel could bring to the table if he does play. Plus, could this be a letdown game for the Bears? 0:40: So there’s a possibility Mitch Trubisky will not play against the Lions, huh? 2:10: Matt Nagy said Trubisky’s situation is similar to the Khalil Mack/Allen Robinson one, but how similar is it really? 3:10: What should we...


Ep. 161: What is the ceiling for the bears?

Laurence Holmes, Lance Briggs, Matt Forte and Alex Brown tell us how far they think the Bears can go this season. Cody Parkey- do you trust him? Why did the Bears go for 2 early in the game? Preparing for the Lions and looking ahead. ‘SUPERBOWL…IS IT SO BIG?...I DON’T SEE ONE TEAM, MAYBE THE SAINTS, EVERY OTHER TEAM IN THE NFC WE CAN BEAT,' ALEX BROWN. SEGMENT ONE 2:30 IN - 2ND HALF, THE DEFENSE PREPARED FOR THE VIKINGS PUSH 4:30 IN – GAME PLAN CHANGES WHEN THE WEATHER DOES 6:30 IN –...


Ep. 160: With NBC Sports Soccer’s Arlo White and Roger Bennett

Two of the biggest Bears fans you’ll meet happen to be two of the most recognizable voices of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage. Arlo White, the lead play by play announcer for NBC’s Premier League coverage, grew up in Leicester and fell in love with Chicago and the Bears in the 1980s, following games on a faint armed forces radio signal. And Roger Bennett of the Men in Blazers used to call random 312 numbers from a friend’s house as a kid in Liverpool to find out what the Bears’ score...