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The Bear's Den, December 29, 2016

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As speculations about off-season changes swirl, the Bears prepare for the Vikings this weekend

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

BEARRRSSSS

Potash: 19 on IR? Injury rate is biggest impediment to Bears' turnaround - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s only fitting that the one player on injured reserve that the Bears designated for return, did not. With the

Jahns: Ending city's longest title drought demands faith, time for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - With a reunion at Soldier Field, a film debut and more, it was time to party like it was 1986 in January,

Perez: Matt Barkley says he would love to be in Chicago long term - Bears Wire - Bears QB Matt Barkley is hoping to be a Chicago Bear for a long time

Mullin: Vic Fangio on returning to Bears in 2017 'Nothing's changed' - CSN Chicago - Vic Fangio told reporters on Wednesday that "nothing's changed" as far as returning to the Bears in 2017.

Rosenbloom: If John Fox actually is building a case vs. Vic Fangio, the last two games might clinch it - Chicago TribuneJohn Fox continues to sound desperate to save his job, and he should be, even if the McCaskeys and Ryan Pace don’t know it.

Mulligan: Are Bears 'closer'? Maybe, but many core positions need upgrade - Chicago Tribune - It's hard to find a Bears fan who still believes in John Fox. If the emperor isn't entirely unclothed, he's nearing an inappropriate state of undress.

PFW Chicago Podcast: ESPN's Matt Bowen joins to discuss the 2016 Chicago Bears season - Pro Football Weekly - We bring you to the final days of 2016 with a brief recap of the Bears' loss to Washington and the end of Barkley-mania. ESPN NFL writer and former NFL safety Matt Bowen joins the show to discuss the Bears' need at safety, more.

Mayer: Bears begin prepping for season finale - ChicagoBears.com - Four days after their lopsided 41-21 loss to the Redskins, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's season finale against the Vikings in Minnesota.

Perez: Patriots want a 1st and 4th round pick for QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Bears Wire - The New England Patriots will ask for a first and fourth-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo in any trade discussions this offseason

Jahns' Bears Twitter Q&A: Looking long-term at left tackle, quarterback - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Tuesday’s queries sent to @adamjahns, who

Perez: Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee miss Bears practice - Bears WireLeonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee and Willie Young all missed Bears practice on Wednesday

Mullin: Bears not slipping into disarray like handful of others around NFL - CSN Chicago - It's the time of the NFL season when coaches start getting fired and teams start tearing things down. This won't happen to an injury-riddled Bears team.

Jahns' Bears Twitter Q&A: Looking long-term at left tackle, quarterback - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Tuesday’s queries sent to @adamjahns.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Who to draft in 2017, never-ending QB debate and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Orr: Anthony Lynn says it is 'A business decision' to start EJ Manuel - NFL.comBills interim head coach Anthony Lynn held his first press conference on Wednesday, and was quick to establish his goals for his one-game audition and the future of the Bills at quarterback.

Alper: Tom Coughlin interviewing with Jaguars Wednesday - ProFootballTalk - Word over the weekend was that Tom Coughlin would talk to the Jaguars about their head coaching vacancy this week and it looks like Wednesday is the day for that conversation. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Coughlin is interviewing with the Jaguars about a second stint in Jacksonville.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Norse Code Podcast Episode 169: Nice! - Daily Norseman - This week, Arif and Dusty meet up after a drama-filled Vikings week to recap the Packers game and halfheartedly preview the Bears game, while giving as precise a breakdown of the defensive backs'...

Schein: Sean Payton, Adrian Peterson need a change of scenery in 2017 - NFL.com - As we prepare to flip the calendar to 2017, Adam Schein identifies nine individuals who really could use a change of scenery in the new year, including Adrian Peterson, Sean Payton and Tony Romo.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Abandoning the Run - Windy City Gridiron - Are the Bears losing because they are abandoning the running game, or are they abandoning the run game because they keep losing? What if both are actually a symptom of something else?

Silverstein: Desmond Clark is a Bear for life - Windy City GridironDesmond Clark made Chicago his first free agent visit in 2003. He signed and never left. In this interview with Jack M Silverstein, Clark reflects on his Bears career and explains why he does not look in life’s rearview mirror.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2016: Week 16 vs Washington Redskins - Windy City Gridiron - I break down the one sack allowed by the Chicago Bears this week against the Washington Redskins.

Mitchell: WCG Final 2016 Regular Season Power Rankings - Windy City Gridiron - Enjoy the last Regular Season Power Rankings!

FANPOSTS

Arctous: What do you guys think about Hroniss Grasu? - Windy City Gridiron - First off I'd like to introduce myself! I've been getting on wcg for years but never really felt the need to start posting or asking questions until recently so I've finally decided to go through...

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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