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The Bear's Den: November 16, 2016

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The Kyle Long-less and Alshon Jeffery-less Chicago Bears start preparing for a trip to New Jersey to take on the Giants. What could possibly go wrong?

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See ya next year, Kyle...
See ya next year, Kyle...
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Since 2016 is a crappy time for the Beloved, let's move mocking our rivals up to the top of the Den for a bit, eh?

KNOW THY ENEMY

Yotter: Minnesota Vikings players, head coach Mike Zimmer ‘frustrated’ - Scout - Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admits he is frustrated, but he believes everyone, including himself, is trying to do too much.

Skol Girl: Desperately Seeking Zim - Daily Norseman - He’s the leader of a ship that’s badly listing and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer needs to be the one to right it.

Huber's Podcast: It’s Enough to Make You Sick - Green Bay - Scout - Packer Report's Bill Huber and W. Keith Roerdink break down the carnage from the Green Bay Packers' blowout loss at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Jennerjohn: The Packers are living in denial - Cheesehead TV - When things start to go wrong in any walk of life, the hardest thing for people to do is admit failure.

Jones: Mike McCarthy wants you to know 'I'm a highly successful NFL coach' - 247sports - Mike McCarthy just mic dropped at his own press conference.

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

PFF: Cutler leads PFF's worst player of last Sunday list, Clinton-Dix joins him - ProFootballFocus - This was a disaster from Cutler in Chicago's blowout loss to Tampa Bay. Cutler completed only 53.3 percent of his passes in the game, and when kept entirely clean in the pocket he had a passer rating of just 51.7 — about 30 points worse than the average NFL QB's passer rating on all throws over a season.

Wiedman: Chicago Bears Season Has Hit the Fan - NFL Spin Zone - The Chicago Bears have become a big tease with early season hype but disappointing results. Their season has just hit the fan in epic fashion.

Podcast: With the Chicago Bears unraveling, what's next for Cutler and Jeffery? - Pro Football Weekly - Well, someone has to talk about the unraveling Bears, and we're here to do it! Kevin and John recap a wild and ugly 48 hours for the Bears and talk to Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) of Yahoo Sports' Shutdown Corner (12:15) about the future of Jay Cutler...

Sam Acho the Bears' Rooney Award nominee for sportsmanship - Chicago Tribune - Three members of the 2015 AP All-Pro team are among the 32 finalists for the NFL's Art Rooney Award recognizing sportsmanship.

Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer discuss Alshon Jeffery's four-game suspension and what it means for 2017 (1:55 mark), Jay Cutler as an inspirational speaker (17:37), Bears' 36-10 loss to the Bucs (24:46) and the best team in the NFL -- hint, not the Bears (32:05).

Rosenbloom: How does John Fox survive when his Bears are worse than Marc Trestman's? - Chicago Tribune - John Fox's tenure has devolved into the Marc Trestman tar pits. The parallels are pathetic and scary.

Campbell & Wiederer: What Alshon Jeffery's suspension really means for him and reeling Bears - Chicago Tribune - What does Alshon Jeffery's suspension mean for him and the team's long-term plans? What questions about the violation remain unanswered?

Biggs: Suspension won't keep Alshon Jeffery from landing huge payday - Chicago Tribune - It would be a mistake to think this embarrassment will adversely affect Alshon Jeffery come March when the Bears or someone else will pay him big bucks.

Wiederer: Kyle Long moved to injured reserve as Bears' misfortune continues - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have made it official that guard Kyle Long, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, will be headed to the injured reserve with a season-ending ankle injury.

Mayer: Bears put Long on IR, activate Wilson - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday made several roster moves, most notably placing guard Kyle Long and nose tackle Will Sutton on injured reserve and activating receiver Marquess Wilson off the PUP list.

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Marquess Wilson Is Nearing A Return - CBS Chicago - The Bears (2-7) are on the road to face the Giants (6-3) on Sunday at noon.

Emma: Alshon Jeffery’s Mistake Comes At Major Cost - CBS Chicago - Jeffery admitted error in taking a banned substance that led to a four-game suspension.

Mullin: Sorting out Bears futures of John Fox, Jay Cutler and more - CSN Chicago - With the 2016 season having gone from bad to worse, what does the future hold for John Fox and Jay Cutler for 2017 and beyond?

Biggs' Bears film session: Same old Jay Cutler errors arise in loss to Bucs - Chicago Tribune - The Bears committed five turnovers, four by quarterback Jay Cutler. He did it in all the ways you are accustomed to seeing.

Arthur Arkush: Locked On Bears Podcast - Alshon popped for PEDs, giving Jay reappears and Bears' 2016 season now fully off rails

Mayer: Acho nominated for Rooney Award - ChicagoBears.com - Linebacker Sam Acho has been chosen as the Bears nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes NFL players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship.

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Marquess Wilson Is Nearing A Return - CBS Chicago - The Bears (2-7) are on the road to face the Giants (6-3) on Sunday at noon.

Thayer's Playbook: Why the Bears are stopping the run - ChicagoBears.com - Tom Thayer breaks out the game film to take a closer look at the Bears ability to stop the opponent's rushing attack.

Florio: Virginia McCaskey says Bears will stay in the family - ProFootballTalk - The father of Virginia McCaskey founded the Bears. After she passes, she believes the descendants of George Halas will continue to own the team. In an interview with Dan Pompei of TheAthletic.com, the reclusive NFL owner said that the team will stay in the family "until the second coming.

Blackburn: Long one of 10 injuries that will shape Week 11 in the NFL - FOX Sports - Here are the most notable injury updates heading into Week 11 across the NFL

The Bernstein Brief: Alshon Jeffery’s Suspension Not All That Meaningful - CBS Chicago - The Bears are bad with or without Jeffery, who's been waiting for a chance to play elsewhere.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jackson: Father of Chiefs long snapper killed in OKC airport shooting - ProFootballTalk - The father of Chiefs' long snapper James Winchester was killed Tuesday in a shooting at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Michael Winchester's death was confirmed by his employer, Southwest Airlines. Ken's Note: We at WCG extend our sympathies to the Winchester family.

Smith: Seahawks waive Christine Michael - ProFootballTalk - In a surprise move, the Seahawks have put their leading rusher on the waiver wire. Christine Michael, who leads the Seahawks with 117 carries for 469 yards and six touchdowns, was placed on waivers today.

Cam Newton says NFL players are 'owed' chance to celebrate - Chicago Tribune - Cam Newton said NFL players are "owed" the opportunity to celebrate after big plays.

Gantt: Cardinals bring back punter Drew Butler, for some reason - ProFootballTalk - Usually, if a team cuts a guy who was last in the league in his particular statistical categories, one would assume they'll get better. That may not be the case in Arizona, where the Cardinals brought in a guy whose numbers were even worse than the guy he's replacing.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Are the Chicago Bears the worst run franchise in the NFL? - Windy City Gridiron - If you are judging your team’s success on consistency, the Chicago Bears have been one of the worst.

Zeglinski's Bearish and Bullish: Week 10, Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - With Halas Hall experiencing turmoil, Bears leadership experienced a precipitous drop in the Week 10 stock report.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Please let the 2016 Chicago Bears season end - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where various NFL "experts" rank the Chicago Bears in their NFL Power Rankings.

Zeglinksi: Marquess Wilson activated from PUP list, Kyle Long placed on IR - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have finally activated wide receiver Marquess Wilson off of the physically unable to perform list. He is now eligible to participate in game activity.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our latest Ten Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section.

FANPOSTS

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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