Broncos, Bears hope to meet for joint practices in preseason
The Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears have requested from the league to have joint practices prior to their preseason matchup in 2020.
As the 2020 season inches (very slowly) closer, teams start to think about their opponents, even for the preseason. That’s exactly what the Denver Broncos have done.
Both the Broncos and the Chicago Bears have requested from the league to allow both teams to hold joint practices in Denver prior to their preseason matchup in August. There are still some things that have to be sorted out, however.
They are waiting for the 2020 schedules to come out so they are able to plan the practice.
The idea of joint practices is great. For one thing, it switches things up, allowing teams to stop practicing against its own players. Every year, we hear from players that they are tired of hitting the same guys—their teammates—week in and week out. They need a change.
It could be a fun thing to watch, as Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was the Bears defensive coordinator (2015-18) before accepting the head coaching job with Denver. Fangio discussed his thoughts on the joint practices, among a variety of other topics, at the 2020 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Something that could be a benefit to the Broncos if the league allows this joint practice to happen is that Bears head coach Matt Nagy comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree. Practicing against Nagy’s Bears could give some added work against what Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs like to do. Any small edge the Broncos can get against the Chiefs, right?
Nagy had been on Reid’s staff in Philadelphia from 2008-2012 and then on the Chiefs’ staff with Reid in 2016-2017 before getting his head coaching gig with the Bears in 2018.
I believe that the fact that the teams will be able to hit each other rather than their own teammates is another very important factor in this. It will help them get into regular season mode, hopefully both physically and mentally.
The league should accept this request. It would be good for both sides.