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The Bear's Den: December 23, 2016

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Bears prepare a rare Saturday game with Washington

Goin' old school Chicago-Washington with Curtis Enis
Goin' old school Chicago-Washington with Curtis Enis
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

DeWitt: Week 16 Preview, Will the Bears Get a Win on Christmas Eve? - Da Bears Brothers discuss the keys, stats and matchups to keep an eye on Saturday. Plus, they finish the show answering questions submitted by Bears Fans.

Mayer & Kaberon: 4 players to watch versus Redskins - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Saturday's home game against the Washington Redskins.

Easterling: 2017 NFL mock draft: latest 3-round projections - The Draft Wire - Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling's updated three-round 2017 NFL mock draft

Perez: 4 reasons why the Bears should keep Kyle Fuller in 2017 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears would be foolish to let Kyle Fuller go at the end of the 2016 season

Finley: Handing out holiday gifts to the Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times and Kevin Fishbain of Pro Football Weekly give out gifts to members of the Bears family:

Cox: Tracy Porter has knee drained regularly to play on Sundays - Bears Wire - The knee of Kyle Fuller as has gotten all the attention in Chicago as the third-year cornerback was unable to come off of injured reserve, but behind the scenes, Tracy Porter has been quietly dealing with his own knee ailment.

In The Loop: Tell Me I'm Wrong with Patrick Mannelly - CSN Chicago - Patrick Mannelly joins In The Loop to discuss a number of Bears topics heading into Week 16.

Jahns: Kyle Fuller's fall a reason why draft order is key - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns’ "Read Options" column appears in Pro Football Weekly.

Mullin: For Bears, Pro Bowl selections may be less important than all-rookie honors - CSN Chicago - No member of the Bears was voted to the Pro Bowl, but a different group of all-star selections may be more meaningful for the future.

Hub Arkush: The Bears might not be as far away from contending as most think - Pro Football Weekly - Are the Bears really just a terrible 3-11 football team with little hope for the future and in need of changes at almost every level from top management through the coaching staff and throughout the locker room?

Intentional Grounding Podcast, Episode 74: Week 16 Bears, NFL Preview WGN Radio - What's the deal with Kyle Fuller? Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns discuss the former first round pick's future with the Bears and preview Saturday's game against Washington. Ken's Note: Shout out to Adam for the mention of Windy City Gridiron!

Mullin: Deeper look underscores two main reasons for Bears 3-11 season - CSN Chicago - The Bears are one of only six teams who rank in the top 15 for both offense and defense, based on yardage output. So what is the problem?

Campbell & Wiederer: Kyle Fuller's future - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer discuss the future of Bears cornerback Kyle Fuler in their Halas Hall Pass video.

Mullin: Tracy Porter voted 2016 Bears 'Good Guy' by PFWA Chicago chapter - CSN Chicago - Bears cornerback Tracy Porter has been voted as the winner of the fourth annual "Good Guy Award" by the Chicago Chapter of the PFWA.

Wiederer: Josh Bellamy continues showing special value on Bears' special teams - Chicago Tribune - With 1 1/2 weeks left in the season, the Bears are determined to squeeze meaning out of the final stages of another last-place campaign. A Christmas Eve date with the Redskins at Soldier Field offers another shot at progress. As preparations for that contest continue, here's what we learned Wednesday at Halas Hall.

Goodbread: Week 16 games that will determine top of 2017 NFL Draft order - NFL.com - Three teams are still alive in the race for the No. 1 pick, but the Browns could clinch it this week. Here's a look at four Week 16 games that will help determine how the top of the order shakes out.

By the Numbers: Redskins at Bears - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears offense will look to continue its fourth quarter scoring momentum, while the Chicago defense looks to stop Washington QB Kirk Cousins.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: NFL partially informally expands Rooney Rule to coordinator openings - ProFootballTalk - The man who served as NFL Commissioner at the time the Rooney Rule was adopted isn't happy with the performance of the effort to increase the number of minority coaches. The man who currently serves as NFL Commissioner hopes to address that actual or perceived deficiency.

Ken's Note: What we need is more guys in the NFL like Larry Fitzgerald...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Tandler: Redskins should be able to go run heavy against Bears' defense - CSN Mid-Atlantic - The Redskins were hitting a brick wall on every running play against the Panthers. They should be able to find some running room in Chicago.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Bears-Washington Game Preview - Windy City Gridiron - Who’s ready for Saturday football?

Wiltfong: Will John Fox be back in 2017? - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest episode of T Formation Conversation, he attacks the John Fox conundrum. Should GM Ryan Pace give him a pass because of all the injuries, or is it time to let Fox go and get a new head coach in place for the 2017 season.

Zeglinski: Akiem Hicks has found a home with the Bears - Windy City GridironHicks didn’t make this year’s Pro Bowl, but he has found a place of dominance and comfort in Chicago.

FANPOSTS

Roman F: Instead of drafting a QB, sign Mike Glennon - Windy City Gridiron - Ho ho ho Bears fans. All we want for Christmas is a new QB, and I’m here to bring some cheer for a change. Instead of hating on Ryan Pace, I’ll ask you to consider this as The Move at QB...

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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