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The Bear’s Den: October 27, 2017

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Vic Fangio has Chicago playing ‘BEARS’ defense, can they slow down the Saints?

Dan Hampton chases Steve Deberg
1987: Defensive lineman Dan Hampton #99 of the Chicago Bears chases down quarterback Steve Deberg #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at Soldier Field during the 1987 NFL season in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Campbell: New Bears receiver Dontrelle Inman: 'It's always good ... being wanted' - Chicago Tribune - Here are two things we learned Thursday at Halas Hall as the Bears continued preparing for Sunday's road game against the Saints.

Finley: New WR Dontrelle Inman doesn’t practice Thursday; can he play Sunday? - Sun Times - Not on his first-day agenda: practice. The wide receiver had time for a meeting, but not for on-field work, coach John Fox said.

Cahill: Should Jim Harbaugh leave Michigan to coach the Bears? Makes sense - Sun Times - The perfect coach to take the Bears and Mitch Trubisky to the next level is currently strolling the sidelines on Saturdays in Ann Arbor.

Halas Intrigue: What Dontrelle Inman means for Bears’ ugly pass attack - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley looks at the Bears’ trade for Dontrelle Inman, and what it means for a struggling passing game.

Finley: Bears coach, former prep teammate Drew Brees ‘did everything right’ - Sun Times - A year older than the future Saints quarterback, Bears special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers was Brees’ center.

Jahns: Drew Brees is next top QB in line to test the Bears’ top-10 defense - Sun Times - There are number of statistics that illustrate the success and prowess of the Bears’ defense this season.

Potash: From Hicks to Fuller, Vic Fangio Effect sparking spirited Bears D - Sun Times - The impressive performance of the Bears’ defense in the first half has been the most tangible evidence the Bears are heading in the right direction.

Stankevitz: Setting the early expectations for Dontrelle Inman - NBC Sports Chicago - If Dontrelle Inman plays on Sunday -- and that's still an "if" -- what kind of an impact can he make on the Bears' offense?

Stankevitz: How can Dontrelle Inman affect the Bears’ offense? Start with Kendall Wright - NBC Sports Chicago - The addition of wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, who the Bears acquired from the Chargers on Wednesday, should help Kendall Wright see more snaps.

Mullin: Even with Dontrelle Inman, are Bears adding right skill sets around Mitch Trubisky? - NBC Sports Chicago - While Dontrelle Inman fills an immediate vacancy for the Bears, something of a shadow still falls over the future of the wide receiver position in general.

Stankevitz: Why this trip to New Orleans may not be the right time for the Bears to open things up for Mitchell Trubisky | NBC Sports Chicago - The New Orleans Saints' defensive profile doesn't seem to lend itself to the Bears opening up their offense for Mitchell Trubisky.

LeGere: Why Chargers Inman upgrades Bears' talent at wide receiver - Sun Times - The Chicago Bears have acquired NFL wide receiver Dontrelle Inman from the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday for a seventh-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

LeGere: Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky says his confidence is fine - Daily Herald - Anyone worried that Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky's confidence might have taken a hit because he was allowed to throw just 7 passes last week and 16 the week before can relax. "My confidence is fine," he said. "I don't care if I throw zero passes if we win the game.

Thompson: Dontrelle Inman - 5 things to know about the new Bears receiver - Chicago Tribune - The Bears acquired wide receiver Dontrelle Inman in a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday. Here are 5 things to know about the fourth-year veteran.

Campbell: Mitch Trubisky's aggressiveness and timing in his progressions - Chicago Tribune - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was self-critical, as usual, after taking as many sacks as he had completions.

Biggs: Akiem Hicks, cast off by Saints, now a destructive force for Bears - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks will return to New Orleans on Sunday for the first time as the player the Saints once envisioned — as a destructive force on the defensive line.

PFW Chicago podcast 089: Can Bears get to .500 with win over Saints? - Pro Football Weekly - Is new Bears WR Dontrelle Inman the key to unlocking Mitch Trubisky and the Bears' passing game? Arthur and Hub answer that question and discuss the Pro Bowl-caliber play of Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller, whether Chicago should work to extend Fuller's

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Why is Bears defense playing better? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what accounts for the improved play by the Bears defense, why receiver Kendall Wright hasn't seen more playing time and the last time the Bears won a game when scoring three points or less on offense.

Mayer: Bears acquire Inman in trade with Chargers - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Thursday officially announced that they have acquired receiver Dontrelle Inman in a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a conditional 2018 draft pick.

Cox: Bears injury report - Kyle Long misses practice Wednesday - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long was unable to participate in the team's Wednesday practice ahead of their Week 8 game versus the Saints.

Perez: Bears are huge underdogs vs. Saints in Week 8 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are big underdogs in Week 8 agains the New Orleans Saints

Perez: Despite not practicing Thursday, Dontrelle Inman could debut for Bears in Week 8 - Bears Wire - Newly acquired WR Dontrelle Inman could make his Bears debut in Week 8 vs. the Saints

Emma: Bears Facing Delicate Balance In Developing Mitchell Trubisky - CBS Chicago - “You’ve got to win as you grow,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains says of Trubisky.

Baffoe: The Bears Aren’t Not A Playoff Team, Maybe - CBS Chicago - As other NFC teams face turmoil, the Bears have a burgeoning defense and rookie quarterback with room to grow.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Why Are The Bears Such Big Underdogs Against Saints? - WGN Radio - Desperate to give their rookie quarterback a reliable weapon at wide receiver, the Bears made a rare mid-season trade Wednesday, sending a conditional seventh round pick to the Chargers in exchange for 28-year-old Dontrelle Inman. We'll start this week's 10 Bears Things on that topic, before diving into a very interesting matchup against the Saints this weekend.

Hoge and Jahns Episode 125: Week 8 Bears, NFL Preview - WGN Radio - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns take one last look at the Bears' win over Carolina before turning the page and previewing the game in New Orleans Sunday afternoon against the Saints. They talk about what the offense needs to do to keep up with the Drew Brees led attack and whether the Bears' defense can continue its streak of dominance. They guys play some audio from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, listen to voicemails left by listeners (call the show at 312-222-5050) and pick NFL and college football games against the spread.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Rex Ryan says Sanchez was never a franchise quarterback, Geno didn’t help himself – ProFootballTalk - Rex Ryan reflected recently on his two quarterbacks during his six seasons as the Jets' head coach, and he doesn't sound like he has warm memories of either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith. Ryan told ESPN. Ken’s Note: Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith both agree that Rex Ryan is a horrible coach.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Glover: Should Teddy Bridgewater Play Sunday? - Daily Norseman - There are good reasons to play him...and to not play him.

Western's Week 8 NFL Picks: Vikings should extend their NFC North lead - Acme Packing Company - Minnesota faces a winless Cleveland Browns squad, while Detroit hosts 5-2 Pittsburgh.

Western: Aaron Rodgers says on ‘Conan’ that he had 13 screws installed in broken collarbone - Acme Packing Company - The Packers QB broke that news this week to Conan O’Brien, of all people. Of course, he may also be joking.

Birkett: Lions' Matt Prater discusses new deal, four years of random drug tests - Detroit Free Press - More than 3 years after his suspension, Lions kicker Matt Prater said he no longer drinks alcohol but remains in the NFL's drug-testing program

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

WIltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 7 vs Carolina Panthers - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears’ Sackwatch is not trending in the right way. This makes it two weeks in a row that they’ve allowed four sacks on rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. I talked about it a little...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears are waiving Jonathan Anderson - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are making a couple of roster moves today...

Householder's Week 8 Game Preview: Bears-Saints - Windy City Gridiron - Can the Bears make it three wins in a row?

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