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The Under Center: Chicago Bears Podcast breaks down everything surrounding the Chicago Bears and the NFL, with informative and entertaining discussions from Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro. New episodes release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the season. BEAR DOWN!

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In the latest Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro are joined by Mark Potash from the Chicago Sun-Times to discuss the growing excitement and optimism around the Bears’ upcoming season. The palpable enthusiasm is reminiscent of the Lovie Smith era (1:32). Mark identifies Shane Waldron’s offense as the biggest reason the Bears might not meet expectations (2:08). They delve into fair expectations for Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze, and how quickly we'll know if Caleb is the real deal (5:39). Mark draws comparisons between the 2024 Texans and this year’s Bears, highlighting why it's fair and relevant comparison (6:50). They explore why Bears players are embracing the pressure and address how Caleb Williams has quickly removed doubts about his off-field persona early on (14:57). The discussion also covers key players and position groups deserving attention from media and fans (17:51), what head coach Matt Eberflus needs to do to validate GM Ryan Poles' decision to keep him (22:14).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join Kenneth Davis and Alex Shapiro on the latest Under Center Podcast as they dive into the Chicago Bears' most impactful offseason moves. They discuss DeAndre Carter joining the Bears as a WR and return specialist, bringing competition for Velus Jones (2:10). The signing of TE Marcedes Lewis and its significance is explored (5:52), followed by a comprehensive look at the top upgrades the Bears made, including D'Andre Swift and Keenan Allen (10:53). They analyze the replacement of Robert Tonyan with Gerald Everett (23:26) and Shane Waldron’s strategy to maximize Ryan Poles’ upgrades (27:11). The episode also covers Kevin Byard over Eddie Jackson (31:45), the punter change from Trenton Gill to Tory Taylor (37:04), and the Bears' bold attempt to trade up for Rome Odunze but the Atlanta Falcons passing (40:28).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this episode of the Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock are joined by Sam Monson, lead NFL analyst for Pro Football Focus, for an in-depth discussion on the Chicago Bears. Sam reveals how PFF conducts its rankings (0:25) and compares the Bears’ roster to the Packers and Lions (2:39). Sam discusses how the Bears' supporting cast could impact Caleb Williams in Year 1 (6:51), suggesting he could break every Bears single-season QB record this fall (8:15). Sam highlights his biggest concerns about the Bears’ defense (15:41), evaluates their offensive line (19:24) and offers his take on what's a realistic way to judge Caleb Williams during his rookie season (22:45). Don’t miss this comprehensive breakdown of the Bears’ roster!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On the latest Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock break down Caleb Williams' growth during Bears mandatory minicamp, with one skill in particular standing out to media and Bears veterans (1:30). Ken and Josh later discuss how Caleb and the wide receiver trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze are developing their chemistry (6:00) and how the Bears' infrastructure is helping Williams develop (12:00). Later in the podcast, Josh breaks down how well the defense has fared in practice (23:00) and what the next step is for Montez Sweat this season (27:57). They finish by discussing the future for Teven Jenkins and Nate Davis. Don't miss this all the insights and break down!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Former NFL QB and NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms joins Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro on the Under Center Podcast to explain why he ranked Caleb Williams as the 20th-best quarterback in the NFL, the highest he has ever ranked rookie QB (1:00). What convinced Simms that Williams is the real deal (4:05)? The guys dive deep into what Williams needs to do to maximize his talent, the pitfalls to avoid, and what Bears offensive coordinator Shane Waldron can do to help him grow (6:09). What are realistic expectations for Caleb Williams? Can he lead the Bears to success? The discussion is packed with expert insights and debate. Plus, hear Simms' expectations for Rome Odunze's rookie year (26:35).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join hosts Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock on the Under Center Podcast as they break down the second week of Bears OTAs. Josh discusses Caleb Williams' standout throws (1:50) and likens him to Aaron Rodgers (4:57). They also cover D’Andre Swift’s impressive performance (6:14) and how Shane Waldron and Matt Eberflus plan to get Williams comfortable (8:08). Get insights on the running back split (10:18), special teams updates from coach Richard Hightower on punter Tory Taylor (12:32), and how the Bears are preparing rookie pass rusher Austin Booker (19:20). Tune in for all this and more!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join hosts Kenneth Davis and Alex Shapiro on the Under Center Podcast with special guest Annie Agar, Stadium NFL correspondent and NFL influencer. Annie shares her experience being contacted by the Bears for their schedule release (1:00) and her behind-the-scenes moments with Spice Adams and DJ Moore (1:51). She reveals the funniest NFL players she's met (3:47), and discusses the Bears' impressive offseason transformation (6:00). Annie provides insights on Caleb Williams and his potential in the NFL (8:39) and ranks NFC North QB situations. She also breaks down the Packers' improved defense and their expectations for the season (16:30). Tune in for Annie's thoughts on Jordan Love's future (19:30) and funny NFL storylines to watch (20:39).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join hosts Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock on the Under Center Podcast as they dive deep into the heart of Chicago Bears' OTAs. From the rough and tumble of the "bumpy" offense (0:43) to Caleb Williams' baptism by fire under center (3:00), they leave no stone unturned. Kenneth and Josh explore the defense's pivotal role in Caleb's growth (3:57), uncover the debate between early struggles (12:22) and Coach Eberflus' optimistic progress reports (14:09). Plus, discover standout players (20:52), offensive line insights (23:37), and reactions to Justin Fields' comments about his departure (26:30).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Get an exclusive peek inside rookie minicamp and the NFL offseason program with special guest Clay Harbor, former NFL tight end, on the Under Center Podcast! Host Kenneth Davis and Alex Shapiro dive deep into the rookie experience, from the nerves of minicamp to the grind of OTAs (1:38). Clay shares insider stories, including when he knew he belonged in the NFL (8:50) and why Nick Foles was one of his favorite quarterbacks to work with(14:35). Plus, Clay reveals what he thinks makes a winning position group and explains why he's so high on Cole Kmet (21:50). Don't miss this epic episode packed with NFL secrets, player reactions, and more!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On this episode of the Under Center podcast, Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro get you prepped with everything you need to know as the Bears begin OTAs (1:20). Then, they break down the Bears' 2024 schedule. They start by highlighting key games to watch this season. How important is the Week 2 game vs. the Texans? What's the significance of Caleb Williams facing Jayden Daniels? (11:53). The trio then discuss the Bears' back-loaded schedule and why the NFL waited until Week 11 for them to have an NFC game. They debate whether or not the late division slate is a positive or negative, and discuss the importance of getting early wins with the tough finishing stretch (16:40). Will the Bears win their division or make the playoffs (23:11)? Finally, the guys finish by providing game-by-game predictions for the Bears' season (31:55).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On this episode of the Under Center Podcast, film expert and host of the Bootleg Football Podcast Brett Kollmann joins Kenneth Davis and Alex Shapiro to dive into the exceptional talent of Caleb Williams, the quarterback who "has every club in his bag." Brett discusses what makes Caleb unique (3:13), the areas he needs to improve (6:22), and how he could thrive in Shane Waldron's offense, which is designed for favorable one-on-one matchups (8:00). Brett also examines the viability of Tampa 2, Cover 3 schemes in today's NFL (24:50), and react to draft decisions, including Atlanta's choice to draft quarterback Michael Penix Jr (28:31). Tune in for insights on identifying great quarterbacks and what makes Caleb's middle-field play stand out.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Get the scoop on Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze's standout performances at Bears rookie minicamp. Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro delve into the duo's stellar displays, from Williams' leadership prowess off the field to Odunze's brilliance and chemistry with the rookie QB (0:46). Uncover how their personalities are reshaping the Bears' franchise (13:00). Plus, insight on the new offensive coaching staff (19:45), Tory Taylor's impact (26:32), and beyond!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rookie minicamp is this weekend, and Caleb Williams' journey as the Bears quarterback is about to begin. Former NFL All-Pro Shawne Merriman joins Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro on the Under Center Podcast to break down what Caleb is about to face. Shawne discusses the pressure Caleb faces following Justin Fields' tenure with the Bears (0:52). Later, Shawne discusses why he doesn't like rookie quarterbacks starting (3:41) and fair expectations for Caleb (20:42). Finally, Shawne breaks down what the Bears are getting with Keenan Allen (17:02) and how a veteran defense can help a young QB (18:54).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock, and Alex Shapiro as they unveil the top free agents the Bears could consider adding this summer! From breaking down remaining cap space (1:29) to revealing their ultimate free agent pick (5:00), this episode is packed with insights. Plus, the guys discuss if Ryan Poles has transformed the Bears into a prime destination for veteran talent (8:46). Don't miss this essential Bears roster analysis!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On this episode of the Under Center Podcast, Fox Sports' Carmen Vitali joins Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock to share her thoughts on the 2024 NFL Draft. Carmen talks about why she doesn't think the Bears should have drafted Iowa punter Tory Taylor in the fourth round (2:15). Later, she breaks down how the Bears’ draft class stacks up against the rest of the NFC North teams (9:15). Finally, she shares her prediction for the Bears record in the 2024 season (10:40) and reveals what she thinks are realities expectations for Caleb Williams in his rookie season (12:28).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Tune in as Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock and Alex Shapiro dissect the Bears' draft picks, starting with Josh's A+++ grade on the draft class (2:44). Then, they explore comparisons between Dominique Robinson and Austin Booker (9:50). From head-scratching punter picks (8:00) to debates on the best wide receiver trio in the NFL (21:43), this episode covers it all. Don't miss the conversation on which NFC North team has the best roster, too. (35:06).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The first round of the 2024 NFL Draft is one that will forever be remembered in Chicago as the day Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze arrived. Kenneth Davis, Josh Schrock and Alex Shapiro recap and react to a historic day for the Bears. They discuss why Rome Odunze is the perfect fit for Williams and this Bears offense (6:22) and if Williams played a role in the selection. The trio also discusses the players that are still left on the draft board (27:00). Get ready Bears fans, the new era of Bears football is here!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Top wide receiver prospect Rome Odunze joins Kenneth Davis and Alex Shapiro on a special edition of the Under Center Podcast. Odunze discusses his rise up draft boards, and if he believes he's the best wide receiver in a loaded draft (1:00). Later, he talks about his workout with Caleb Williams, Keenan Allen and DJ Moore (3:45). He also shares his thoughts on what the offense would like if he's drafted by the Bears at No. 9 (9:30). Finally, he shares what his emotions are like on the eve of the 2024 NFL Draft (16:07).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On this episode of the Under Center Podcast, Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft and the presumed arrival of quarterback Caleb Williams. The two discuss Williams' desire to chase Tom Brady and whether or not that's a good way to start his NFL career. Then, the duo turn their attention to general manager Ryan Poles' pre-draft press conference. They debate what the Bears should do at No. 9 and whether or not Poles should feel the need to trade down and acquire more picks. They debate whether or not the Bears should draft defensive tackle Byron Murphy at No. 9? How far back is too far back? Then, they look at Ryan Poles' comments about Caleb Williams' top-30 visit dinner and what that tells them about the locker room's feelings about their new quarterback.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Under Center Podcast and Big Ten Country Podcast team up to break down the Big Ten's top prospects and the Bears' 2024 NFL Draft plans. Kenneth Davis and Josh Schrock team up with James Neveau to break down the hottest draft rumors on the even of the event. They dissect the buzz surrounding the Bears and top prospect Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State (1:13), and discuss what it would take to trade up to secure him (7:00). The trio the delivers unfiltered takes on Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy's curious draft rise and unclear NFL potential (21:30). Plus, get the inside scoop on left tackle Olu Fashanu (29:55) and other potential Big Ten first-rounders (34:08). Don't miss out on the ultimate draft breakdown - it's all right here on the Under Center Podcast!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Comments (7)

Eric Rogers

what happened to the YouTube post?

May 18th
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Case Bell

if I wanted to listen to negative ranting on fast Forward for an hour I would just get all of my commentary from Reddit. turned it off of the 10-minute mark, why the heck would anyone listen to this for the entire podcast.

Sep 10th
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SC

I feel like an accessory to murder with all the 'ax'ing' going on in the last podcast. Holmes is one of the most articulate sports broadcasters around & NBC chose this over him...smh.

Apr 2nd
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Zach ODonnell

q

Jul 8th
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SC

Great episode. That dude has passion.

May 7th
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John Kane

Great episode 👍

Mar 3rd
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SC

This was a good podcast. Listening to them 3 was funny as hell. LH is always cool. 'Back in 3, 2,, 1.' lol

Oct 2nd
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