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Monday, July 22, 2019

Podcast: Alex flies solo to talk White Sox, Cubs, pre-training camp Bears, and Bulls

Alex takes the wheel solo this week while Shawn is on vacation.  He talks all the latest on the Cubs and White Sox as well as dabbles in pre-training camp Bears, and Bulls.  All of this and more on the latest Swerski Sports

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Podcast: Cubs and White Sox pre-MLB trade deadline and the Blackhawks latest moves

The Swerski crew talk buyers/sellers at the MLB trade deadline and Cubs/White Sox post all-star break.  Plus we talk the Blackhawks moves and what the latest trade means.  All of this and more on the the latest episode.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Podcast: Cubs are kryptonight to Giolito, Bulls signings, White Sox and more!

The Swerski crew talks the Bulls moves in free agency, Blackhawks new goalie, Luis Robert, Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jimenez and the White Sox, and do the Cubs fire Joe?

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Podcast: Blackhawks bring back Shaw, Cubs and White Sox baseball, and Bulls sign Young

The crew talks the Bulls signing of Thaddeus Young, the Blackhawks Andrew Shaw trade, and this week in Cubs and White Sox baseball.  All of this and more on this episode.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Podcast: Cubs-Sox Crosstown Classic, Bulls draft, Blackhawks draft

The crew talks Cubs-White Sox series, the Bulls picks in the NBA draft, and the Blackhawks picks in the NHL draft.  All of this and more on this episode.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Podcast: White Sox and Cubs talk, Bears kickers, and Blackhawks trade

Alex and Shawn talk White Sox talk, this week in Cubs, the Bears kicking competition, and the Blackhawks trade.  All of this and more on the latest show!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Podcast: Cubs rolling, Giolito for Cy Young, and Craig Kimbrel

The Swerski boys talk about the Cubs big week (including the sweep of the Cardinals), we talk Ricky Renteria and Lucas Giolito, and we might talk about the Cubs big acquisition.  All of this and more on the latest show!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Podcast: Cubs continue struggling, Lucas Giolito keeps rolling

The Swerski crew is still fired up about the Cubs slump, but talk about the amazing run Lucas Giolito is on.  We may also talk about our QB, Mitch "the assassin" Trubisky

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Podcast: Cubs and White Sox are in a funk and paying tribute to Bill Buckner

The Swerski crew gets fired up about the rut both the Cubs and White Sox are in.  We also pay tribute to the late Bill Buckner.  All of this and more on this episode of Swerski Sports

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Podcast: Cubs-White Sox Brawliversary, Sadness of the NBA Lottery, and early Bears roster

Alex and Shawn talk Cubs, White Sox, the sadness of the NBA Draft Lottery, pre-camp Bears roster, and the anniversary of Barrett punching AJ.  All of this and more on this episode of Swerski Sports

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Podcast: Cubs Cruising, White Sox turning a corner

Alex and Shawn take a deep dive into this week in Cubs and White Sox baseball.  We also profess our love for Ja Morant.  All of this and more on this episode of Swerski Sports

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Podcast: Big Dave joins us to talk Bulls and Avengers Endgame

Big Dave from Bulls Outsiders and Bawl Sports joins the Swerski crew to talk Avengers Endgame (SPOILERS!!!) and Bulls basketball.  We also talk this week in Cubs baseball.  All of this and more on this episode of Swerski Sports

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Podcast: Breaking down the Bears draft class and this week in Cubs and White Sox baseball

BEARS DRAFT IS HERE!!!  We talk all of the picks picks and those that they've brought in on a tryout/undrafted free-agent basis.  We also talk this week in Cubs and White Sox baseball.  All of this and more on this episode of Swerski Sports

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Podcast: Bears schedule, Tim Anderson's suspension, and Cubs talk

The gang talks Avengers: Endgame, Tim Anderson's ejection and suspension, where the Cubs stand after 20 games, and the Bears schedule and draft needs.  All of this and more on this episode of Swerski Sports

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Podcast: Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox, and Tiger...oh my!

Alex and I pass out grades for the 2018-2019 Chicago Blackhawks players and talk a bit about the upcoming draft.  We also break down this week in Cubs and White Sox baseball.  And maybe talk a little Tiger and Star Wars.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Podcast: Can anyone pitch for the Cubs and White Sox

Alex and I vent our frustration with the Cubs pitching while we watch the Cubs/Brewers game.  We also talk the light at the end of the tunnel for the White Sox.  All of this and more on this episode.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Podcast: MLB season hasn't started well for Cubs or Sox and What are the Bears roster holes

Alex and I really hammer the Cubs pitching after 3 games with the Rangers.  We talk some bright spots with the White Sox.  And we dig deep into the roster holes for the Bears.  All of this and more on this episode.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bears glaring holes going into the NFL Draft

After winning the division and making the playoffs last year with one of the hottest teams in the NFL, the Bears entered the off-season with very few glaring holes in the roster.  2 of the most obvious were addressed quite early on by the signings of HaHa Clinton-Dix and Buster Skrine to replace Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos.

So after about a month into the NFL free agency period, where are the Bears still lacking?  All starter and pseudo starter (ie nickel corner) spots are currently claimed.  However, scanning through the depth chart, there are two spots that, to me, stick out like a sore thumb as positions where GM Ryan Pace will need to address before the opening of training camp. 

The first is depth at edge rusher.  Risk of injury aside, the starter spots are locked here with All-World talent Khalil Mack and former first-rounder Leonard Floyd.  In 2018, Leonard Floyd led the position with playing 75% of the snaps, followed closely with Mack taking 72% of the snaps.  Once the new league year started, two players accounting for over 1/3 of the defensive snaps were no longer under contract with the Bears: Aaron Lynch (33%) and Sam Acho (3%), leaving the only depth as Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving. 

I was certain that the Bears would strike at the rare surplus of of edge rushers that made their way to the market in free-agency.  They had their choice of Trey Flowers, Preston Smith, Za'Darius Smith, Ziggy Ansah, Dante Fowler, Brandon Graham, Markus Golden, Nick Perry, Terrell Suggs, Clay Matthews, etc to fill the void in edge snaps.  But the days went by and more and more players signed contracts with other teams, but the Bears have not moved at the position.

Are the Bears confident that Irving and Fitts can fill the void?  Will they look to re-sign Lynch (who remains a free agent)? Or a raw talent that hasn't reached potential like Kony Ealy or Shane Ray?  Or maybe a former double-digit sack artist that might benefit from situational rushing like Connor Barwin?  Or do they utilize some of their limited draft capital to fill the void.

The concern with drafting a player is that edge rusher is typically a position where have to draft early on.  If you look at the top-10 players in sacks each year for the past decade, 39% are former very high picks in the first round, 60% are first rounders, 10% fall into 2nd/3rd/and 4th rounders, 3% are 5th rounders, 2% are 6th rounders (although one was a highly rated player that fell due to character concerns), and 5% were undrafted.  With the Bears not having a 1st or 2nd round pick, the remaining talent is likely slim pickings when the they are on the clock. 

The other glaring position of need is running back.  With the recent trade of Jordan Howard, the Bears roster is left with Tarik Cohen, Taquan Mizzell, former undrafted rookie Ryan Nall, and newly acquired Mike Davis.  Honestly, Mizzell isn't a qualified NFL running back.  Nall can catch the ball, but is ultimately a between-the-tackles RB.  Cohen is fantastic, but doesn't possess the frame to be a featured back.  And Mike Davis fits what Matt Nagy is trying to do, but he's a third back, not a feature.  Ultimately, this means RB is a position of high priority.

While the middle/late round draft capital that the Bears have in the upcoming 2019 draft are not ideal for drafting a quality edge rusher, they are prime position to pick up a quality running back.  Miles Sanders (Penn State), David Montgomery (Iowa State), Bennie Snell (Kentucky), and Karan Higdon (Michigan) are some names to keep an eye on in the draft.  But there are some interesting names still available in free agency to fill the void: dual running/catching threat TJ Yeldon (25) and Spencer Ware (27) who played under Matt Nagy in KC are still available.

While the Bears are fully expected to remain a dominant team in 2019, Ryan Pace still has quite a bit of work left in front of him before the start of training camp in July.  And judging by history, Pace will not leave these positions to chance.  Look for them to be aggressive to fill the holes.
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Podcast: We talk Cubs/Sox free agency, spring training, and extensions as well as Bears talk

Alex and I talk tons of baseball (both Cubs and White Sox) and talk more about Bears free agency.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Podcast: Bears free agency, White Sox/Cubs injuries, Blackhawks and more

Alex and I break down opening week of free agency as well as guess on upcoming moves.  We discuss our Redford Jones/John Lackey buddy cop movie, Dane Dunning & Pedro Strop's injuries, Blackhawks amazing 2nd half streak, and a little Bulls head coach discussion.  All of this and more on this episode.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Podcast: Bears open free agency and expectations for the Cubs season

Alex and I talk the Bears opening moves in free agency and what to expect.  We also talk Cubs spring training and expectations for the season.  All of this and more on this episode.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Podcast: White Sox miss, Cubs and Bryant's future, Bears FA, Return of Crow

Alex and I take our second turn beating up on Kenny Williams and the White Sox, we talk a bit about how the big money contracts will impact the Cubs/Bryant relationship, we discuss Corey Crawfords return, and we break down a bit of the Bears free agency plans

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Podcast: White Sox lay an egg with Machado, Cubs spring training, Bears and Blackhawks

Alex and I lay into the White Sox front office/ownership over the Manny Machado situation, we make some Cubs season predictions, talk a few Bears news items, and break down this week in Blackhawks.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Podcast: Bears and Le'Veon Bell, Cubs TV network, and more!

Alex and I talk Bears questions (Le'Veon Bell?), the Blackhawks after the streak, the Cubs TV network.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's sports talk chicago

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Podcast: Blackhawks amazing hot streak and the Bulls disaster front office

Alex and I talk the streaking Blackhawks.  Weighing the playoffs now versus success in the future.  We also talk the Bulls trade and the trainwreck that is the Bulls front office.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Podcast: Boring Super Bowl, Cubs and Sox Cold Stove, and the Bulls trying to trade everyone

Alex and I talk the snooze fest Super Bowl, bargain basement bullpen shopping, when will Machado sign, the Blackhawks win streak not meaning much, and the dumpster fire that the Bulls are.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Podcast: Keeping warm in the frozen tundra talking Bears, White Sox, and Cubs

Alex and Shawn talk early Bears free agency and potential controversial moves, Cubs finally start their off-season signings, and White Sox fanfest comes and goes without any major announcements

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Podcast: Bears talk, Cubs Convention and off-season, and a little Blackhawks talk

Shawn is down with the black plague, but Alex steps in and brings you some great Bears talk, discusses the annual Cubs Convention and the Cubs offseason, and talks a little Blackhawks

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Podcast: Pagano to Chicago, Bulls woes, and Blackhawks trades

The Swerski crew talks Bears new Defensive Coordinator, Parkey's Today Show appearance, What the hell is going on with the Bulls, Bowman trying to fix his Blackhawks mistakes, and a little Manny Machado talk.  Oh...and Donkey Chips.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Podcast: Bears season and playoff loss: Highs, Lows, and Kicking woes

The Swerski crew talks about kicking woes, the jarring playoff loss to the Eagles and discusses the Bears season as a whole.  We also talk nachos...

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Podcast: Adios Vikings, Bring on Philly, We're talking Bears

The Swerski crew talks the Bears dominant victory over the Vikings and previews the Bears-Eagles playoff matchup.

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