A Super Bowl in Chicago? NFL doesn't rule it out

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A Super Bowl in Chicago? NFL doesn't rule it out

When it comes to Super Bowls and Chicago, the NFL will listen.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in his State of the NFL address on Friday that a number of issues go into a city hosting a Super Bowl beyond just the stadium, all criteria which Goodell assumes Chicago would meet.

So if Chicago is interested, we certainly will meet with them and discuss the ability to do that, Goodell said.

Goodell previously said that he could envision Indianapolis being granted a future Super Bowl after the so-far-successful hosting job being done by the city this week. February weather along the Chicago lakefront may be a dis-qualifier but if thats the case, the Commish wasnt saying.

What he was saying, however, is that you will see more NFL next season, as long as you have cable.

We have eight games currently on the NFL Network schedule, Goodell said. Were going to expand that to 13 games starting in the 2012 season. Were going to be playing Thursday night games from Week 2 to Week 15.

This will result in every team appearing in a Thursday football game and every team having a prime-time appearance throughout the season. We think thats great for the fans, we think its great for the teams, because everyone will get that prime-time exposure, and we think its great for the network.

The Bears likely wont mind some more Thursday night action. Their 85 season turned on a Thursday night in Minnesota.

Accolades keep pouring in for Bears' 2016 rookie class

Accolades keep pouring in for Bears' 2016 rookie class

The 2016 NFL Draft could be one that will define Ryan Pace's tenure as GM of the Bears.

Just last week, Jordan Howard became the second rookie running back in Bears franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl since Gale Sayers in 1965.

The PFWA released their 2016 All-Rookie Team on Tuesday, and Bears center Cody Whitehair, linebacker Leonard Floyd and Howard all made the list.

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Howard, the Bears' fifth round selection (150th overall) out of Indiana, set the rookie franchise record with 1,313 rushing yards on 252 carries and 6 touchdowns. Howard also had 29 receptions for 298 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Floyd, the No. 9 overall selection out of Georgia, registered 33 tackles, 7 sacks and 9 quarterback hits in 12 games.

Whitehair, a second-round pick out of Kansas State, started all 16 games at center for the Bears after spending the majority of the preseason at guard.

The Bears (tied with the Chargers) had the second-highest number of selections behind the Kansas City Chiefs.

Check out the complete 2016 PFWA All-Rookie Team below:

Offense

QB – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
WR – Sterling Shepard, New York Giants; Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
TE – Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
C – Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears
G – Joe Thuney, New England Patriots; Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins
T – Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans; Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions

Defense

DL – Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers; DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB – Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers; Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears; Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars
S – Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders; Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons

Special Teams

PK – Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints
P – Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos
KR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
PR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
ST – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.

The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.

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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?

Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.