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The Bear’s Den: November 15, 2017

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Switch over day has arrived, we forget about the Packers for another year and move on to the Lions

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Who better to mentor a promising young quarterback than noted QB whisperer John Fox?
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Arkush: Was Chicago Bears coach John Fox's frustration spilling out after Packers loss? - Pro Football Weekly - Fox acknowledges coach and player mistakes contributed to Bears' latest step back.

Bear Download Podcast: Throwing the challenge flag on the Bears - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Finley’s Bears mailbag: On John Fox’s future, 2018 needs and popgun offense - Sun Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of queries sent to @PatrickFinley, who responds

Jahns: Film Study: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky must throw more on earlier downs - Sun Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 23-16 loss to the Packers in Week 10.

Finley: Why didn’t Bears RB Tarik Cohen play more on Sunday? - Sun Times - “He’s involved, you know, quite bit,” coach John Fox said Monday. “You know, I think defenses are doing more to take him away.”

Campbell: Mitch Trubisky's rising sack total highlights his developmental challenges - Chicago Tribune - The season-high five sacks Mitch Trubisky took in Sunday’s 23-16 defeat were five painful learning experiences even if they weren’t all his fault.

Grading the Bears: Passing marks for wide receivers - Chicago Tribune - The result was far more production from wide receivers than the Bears have gotten, a good sign for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who targeted wide receivers with 24 of his 35 attempts for 191 yards.

Wiederer & Campbell: Was the Bears' flop against the Packers bigger than just one loss? - Chicago Tribune - After Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Packers, the Bears face big questions. Will John Fox be fired? Will the Bears ever escape last place? What meaning is left in their season?

Thompson: Tarik Cohen picks up tips - and the tab - with Benny Cunningham as mentor - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen visited the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute to talk to students about how to prepare for their futures, but he also discussed how some veterans are helping him adjust to the NFL.

LeGere: First-down production problem for Chicago Bears - Daily Herald - For an offense that struggles to move the ball and to score points -- like the Chicago Bears -- success on first down is critical. That much was evident, as were other problems in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Packers -- a mediocre defensive team.

Moreano: Dontrelle Inman bright spot in Bears’ loss - ChicagoBears.com - In the Bears' disappointing loss to the Packers there wasn't much to celebrate, but the play of wide receiver Dontrelle Inman was a bright spot.

Stankevitz: John Fox, Bears leave more questions than answers in aftermath of loss to Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - There were some questionable decisions made in the Bears' loss to Green Bay on Sunday that weren't explained much on Monday.

Mullin: Intriguing scenarios still linger for Bears and John Fox's future - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' playoff hopes are dashed, and John Fox's future with the Bears is in real jeopardy. But should it be? John Mullin examines it all.

Emma: Bears Defense Badly Misses Linebacker Danny Trevathan - CBS Chicago -Trevathan suffered a calf strain two weeks ago, and it remains to be seen when he will return.

2018 NFL Draft: Bears hold top-10 pick after loss to Packers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears currently hold a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers

Lunch with Larry: 11.14.17 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discusses Mitchell Trubisky's progression, player health and finding ways to win games in the fourth quarter during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Mayer: Cunningham nominated for Rooney Award - ChicagoBears.com - Running back Benny Cunningham has been selected as the Bears nominee for the fourth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes NFL players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship.

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Why didn't Long play versus Packers? - - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why guard Kyle Long was active but didn't start against the Packers, if Mitchell Trubisky is taking too many sacks and why receiver Markus Wheaton didn't get more playing time versus Green Bay.

Bears Hour Live with Draft Dr. Phil – Post Packers Loss Talk – Bears Barroom - The worst defeat in the John Fox Chicago Bears era. Losing against the Green Bay Packers was demoralizing for fans and players. Now what’s left is the countdown of when John Jox is fired. Janurary 2nd or possibly Thanksgiving week? That and more is discussed.

Dickerson: Dontrelle Inman helps, but Bears still have crisis at wide receiver - ESPN - It took Dontrelle Inman one game to establish himself as the Bears' best wide receiver. Unfortunately, that says something about the rest of the WRs.

Hawley: Chris Emma on the Bears moving forward after another loss to the Packers on Sports Feed - WGN-TV - It wasn't supposed to be this way. Finally, it would be a "Victory Monday" for the Bears against the Packers after years of waiting for a victory at home over their rivals. Once again, it didn't work out. Even with Aaron Rodgers back in the lineup.

Hughes: The 2017 Bears’ Greatest Sin - They Are a Bore - Da Bears Blog - Sometimes fans and football media (bloggers too, for that matter) get so wrapped up in the particulars of NFL action they lose touch with the bigger picture. Snap counts. A-gaps. Running into run looks. Drama between GM and coach. It’s all the stuff that allows us to fill space – whether that’s a newspaper column or blog post or Twitter feed. And with only 60 minutes of game action a week, it’s not that easy to six days of space. Hell, there’s a reason the Chicago Tribune has about nine people covering the Bears.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out some of my Thoughts on the NFL this week and drop a few of your own in the comment section.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: The Chicago Bears are Powerless - Windy City Gridiron - A week ago, Chicago Bears’ fans had hope. Our favorite team was coming off a narrow loss against one of the best teams in the NFL, and the bye week was going to allow them to self-scout and get...

Wiltfong: Benny Cunningham is the Bears nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award - Windy City Gridiron - Earlier today the NFL announced the 32 nominees for the fourth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The Chicago Bears’ nominee is running back Benny Cunningham

FANPOSTS

GreyRainbows: Poll - Should we fire John Fox? - Windy City Gridiron - He just lost us the Packers game, he does stupid things with timeouts and clock management. He won't allow Trubisky to play qb, just wants 65 runs a game. Does John Fox bring anything good to the...

Jonathan Schoen104: The Challenge - Windy City Gridiron - The Challenge, Yes you know the one I am referring to but in case you don't here is what I am talking about. Third and long for the Bears inside the red zone. Trubisky takes the snap and it is a...

Scrapshack's Question for Coaches: An Idea for Weekly Game Prep - Windy City Gridiron - I'm sure at this point we are probably all wondering what the Bears are doing every week to game plan for their opponents, but I wanted to pose an idea that I wanted to bounce off some of you guys...

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's a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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