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The Bear's Den: December 13, 2016

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

BEARRRSSSS

Finley: Back from PED suspension, Alshon Jeffery's final 3 weeks critical - Chicago Sun-Times - Between his reputation and a possible contract extension, Alshon Jeffery has a lot riding on the last three weeks of the Bears’ season

Fox Frustrated With Officiating On Final Bears’ Drive - CBS Chicago - "I’ve been doing this for 27 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen back-to-back holding penalties in a one-minute drive," Fox told WBBM Newsradio's Josh Liss on Monday.

Gabriel: No, Matt Barkley Isn’t A Starting-Caliber NFL Quarterback - CBS Chicago - Barkley doesn't have the arm strength to be a consistent winning quarterback.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Lions - CBS Chicago - Why isn't Jordan Howard getting more carries? It makes no sense.

Mullin: Alshon Jeffery's return finally gives Matt Barkley an elite target - CSN Chicago - Matt Barkley has thrown the ball well for the Bears thus far in 2016. Now he'll have an elite No. 1 target at his disposal.

Comeaux: Bears Claim Former Browns OT Matt McCants, move OT Mike Adams To IR - NFLTradeRumors.com - McCants, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Giants back in 2012. He spent just over a year in New York before he was waived at the start of the 2013 season and later signed by the Raiders to their practice squad.

Jahns: Why didn't Jordan Howard get more carries in Detroit? - Chicago Sun-Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 20-17 loss against the Lions.

Mayer: Jeffery rejoins Bears after suspension - ChicagoBears.com - Receiver Alshon Jeffery rejoined the Bears Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Biggs: Bears invite CFL players to Halas Hall for tryouts - Chicago Tribune - NFL teams are beginning to look for players to sign to reserve/future contracts and the Bears went international for a good part of their search on Monday. The team hosted seven players for tryouts at Halas Hall. Five of them were wide receivers and five of them played this past season in the Canadian Football League.

Bears’ Kyle Long Has Lots Of Time On His Hands During Rehab, But He’s Scaling Back On Social Media - CBS Chicago - After a chat with GM Ryan Pace, Long is avoiding squabbles and feuds on Twitter.

Cox: Ryan Pace told Kyle Long ‘you can’t tell people to eat (expletive)’ on Twitter - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' general manager Ryan Pace had to talk with right guard Kyle Long about toning it down a little bit on Twitter.

Finley's Podcast: What Bears learned about 3 young players in Lions loss - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley breaks down what the Bears learned about three young players in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Lions.

Performance Metrics: Week 14 - ChicagoBears.com - ChicagoBears.com takes a look at key performers, stats and game notes from to the Bears' 20-17 loss the Lions at Ford Field.

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 14 loss - Chicago Bears.com Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses three things - that stood out Sunday in the Bears' 20-17 loss to the Lions at Ford Field.

Finley: John Fox, after Bill Polian report: Bears not restructuring - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach John Fox said that the team had no plans to restructure this offseason.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 20-17 loss to the Lions - Chicago Tribune - Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears fell victim to their own penalties and more fourth quarter magic by Matthew Stafford in a 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Finley: Bears G Kyle Long: shoulder surgery coming in 9 weeks - Chicago Sun-Times -Bears guard Kyle Long told the  podcast "Pardon My Take" that he will have surgery on his shoulder labrum in nine weeks

Forty-two things we learned from Week 14 - NFL.com - Vic Fangio's defense certainly has Matthew Stafford's number this season. The Lions quarterback threw an interception in the red zone and a pick-six on the next possession, putting Detroit in a fourth-quarter hole for the 12th time in 13 games.

Schrotenboer: Brother says Rashaan Salaam had CTE symptoms - USA Today - The brother of Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam told USA TODAY Sports that Salaam had "all the symptoms" associated with chronic football head trauma before he committed suicide.

Groke & Kosmider: Rashaan Salaam wanted to save lives. But he had trouble saving his own - Denver Post - Rashaan Salaam snapped awake in the middle of the night with a burn in his chest.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Orr: Josh McDaniels, Teryl Austin top coaching candidates - NFL.com - As the 2016 regular season winds down, the buzz about possible coaching changes heats up. Conor Orr spotlights 13 potential head men, including Matt Patricia, Teryl Austin and Kyle Shanahan.

Morrissey: Bill Polian has been pro-Jay Cutler, should the Bears hire him? - Chicago Sun-Times - Hall of Fame executive reportedly doesn't want advisory job.

Todd Gurley Speaks Out Against Offense, Teammates in Post Game Interview - Turf Show Times - I think it’s safe to say that the Rams RB has reached his breaking point. Ken's Note: Rams keep either Gurley or Fisher? Easy, easy choice...

McAtee: LA Rams Fire Head Coach Jeff Fisher - Turf Show Times - The Jeff Fisher era has come to an end. Ken's Note: Folks, read this thread's comments. EPIC!

Alper: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer opts for NFL Draft - ProFootballTalk - One of the top quarterback prospects on projected draft boards officially threw his hat into the ring on Monday. Kizer announced his plans to head into the professional ranks and said he's "ready to accept this challenge" of entering the NFL.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Smith: Lions say ref admitted enforcing penalty on wrong team - ProFootballTalk - Sunday's Bears-Lions game was refereed by Jeff Triplette, and like most games refereed by Jeff Triplette, it was full of questionable calls. But one call stood out as particularly bizarre.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schweickert: Notes, Scribbles, and Things Jotted Down - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears hung with the division leaders but their final drive fell short. We're going over our notes from yesterday's loss.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears keep hanging around, but still fall short - Windy City Gridiron - We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears in their 10th loss of the season, a close 20-17 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions.

Zeglinski: It’s time for the Bears to make sense of what they have in Matt Barkley - Windy City Gridiron - The 26-year-old journeyman’s play has earned him a potential longer look with Chicago brass.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears claim Matt McCants, place Mike Adams on injured reserve - Windy City Gridiron - ESPN’s Mike Caplan is reporting that the Chicago Bears have claimed offensive tackle Matt McCants off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. To make room for McCants, the Bears have placed a 16th...

Zeglinski: It’s time for the Bears to make sense of what they have in Matt Barkley - Windy City Gridiron - The 26-year-old journeyman’s play has earned him a potential longer look with Chicago brass.

Zeglinski: Feel-good Bears full of resolve in Detroit, little else - Windy City Gridiron - In the season’s final march, the Bears will speak of confidence in finishing strong, even if it rings hollow in the end.

FANPOSTS

Hungry Jack: How do you guys keep your sanity as Bears fans? - Windy City Gridiron - My first introduction to the Bears was arriving in Evanston as a freshman in September 1985. That was a pretty good first date. I followed the team through the fun of the Ditka years, the...

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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