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The Bear’s Den, November 2, 2017

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Bye Week happenings in and around the Chicago Bears and the NFL

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
Don Wachter (BearMan) looks on before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.
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BYE WEEK DEN SCHEDULING NOTE: Unless something BIG happens, this is the last “links” Den until next Tuesday. Tomorrow’s Den will be “something really different”, hopefully you all will have fun with it! There will be no weekend Den, but never fear we have something else planned for you! Monday’s Den will be an “Open Thread Den”, offseason style.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: 10 Important Questions For The Second Half Of The Season - WGN Radio - The Bears would love to be a 4-4 team right now, which would have been a remarkable feat considering the schedule they faced in the first half of the season and the very poor quarterback play they endured during the first four games. Alas, 3-5 isn’t that bad in the big picture, especially with a much more manageable schedule the rest of the way.

Mullin: The Bears didn't make a move at the trade deadline, but they did make a statement - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears opted not to make a move at the trade deadline on Tuesday, but they did make a statement.

Mulligan: Bears facing big decisions for next season at cornerback - Chicago Tribune - While the Bears seem to have it going up front on defense, the cornerback position remains something of a mystery with Kyle Fuller the greatest enigma of all.

Biggs: NFL's head of officiating explains the reversal of Zach Miller's touchdown - Chicago Tribune - The NFL typically has released “Official Review” videos with head of officiating Alberto Riveron on Fridays, but the league didn’t delay in explaining the replay reversal of Zach Miller’s touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Saints.

Wiederer: Mitch Trubisky on Bears offense ‘We can be more efficient all the way around’ - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky, who helped the Bears to a 2-2 record in four October starts, reflected on his performance so far with an eye on the season’s second half.

Finley: QB Mitch Trubisky’s 2nd-half challenge: jell with Bears WRs on the fly - Sun Times - When Trubisky returns from his bye-week trip home to Ohio, he’ll find only two receivers, Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy, who have played all year:

Potash: In the shadows, unsung Mitch Unrein big part of resurgent Bears D - Sun Times - The 30-year-old Unrein is the quintessential “lunch-pail kid,” as defensive line coach Jay Rogers calls him.

Morrissey: Mitch Trubisky offers hope where there was little before - Sun Times - Better to have a future full of possibility than to have the same meal three times a day.

Finley: Bears turn in film of hit on Mitch Trubisky for league review - Sun Times - The Bears submitted film to the NFL this week that shows Saints edge rusher Alex Okafor deck quarterback Mitch Trubisky during an interception return

Biggs: From 3-5 to where? Bears take time off with 2nd-half schedule setting up nicely - Chicago Tribune - The Bears reached their long weekend Wednesday afternoon with coaches and players exiting Halas Hall for destinations far and wide. The open date comes at the midpoint of the schedule with the team sitting 3-5 and the question when everyone returns to work on Monday morning is simple — where are...

Mayer: Trubisky reflects on his first four NFL starts - ChicagoBears.com - After watching tape of his first four starts, Mitchell Trubisky vowed to “be more efficient and continue to take care of the football, but be aggressive at the same time.”

Video: Bears WR coach on Inman - 'Nice to have guy with some length' - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni talks about what new addition Dontrelle Inman brings to the team.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' Trubisky riding the learning curve - Daily Herald - Mitch Trubisky, the Chicago Bears' quarterback of the future, has accumulated four full games' worth of experience. He has had his struggles, as expected. But going live has accelerated the learning curve for Trubisky, who's closer now to being the best version of himself than if he would have sat on the bench watching Mike Glennon or Mark Sanchez run the offense.

Stankevitz: Cam I am? Why the Bears see Dontrelle Inman as an ideal fit for their second-half offense | NBC Sports Chicago - Dontrelle Inman has some significant similarities to Cameron Meredith that could benefit the Bears' offense in the final eight games of the 2017 season.

ZACH MILLER’S TD

Jahns: NFL provided ludicrous explanation for reversing Zach Miller’s TD - Sun Times - Here is a breakdown of NFL officiating chief Alberto Riveron’s review.

Seifert: Zach Miller completed the process and should have had a TD - ESPN - Replays indicated the Bears TE completed the process of the catch for a TD. But amid a more aggressive approach to reviews, the call was reversed.

VIDEO: NFL explains why Zach Miller didn’t catch touchdown vs. Saints - Hear what Alberto Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, has to say.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Making sense of the NFL's explanation on why they overturned Zach Miller's touchdown - NBC Sports Chicago - On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, the panel tries to make sense of the NFL’s explanation on why the league overturned Zach Miller’s touchdown from Sunday's Bears game.

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POLISH SAUSAGE

Midseason All-Pro teams, eye test vs. Next Gen Stats: Defense - NFL.com - Is there a better defensive player than Aaron Donald? Chris Wesseling and Matt Harmon fill out the defense on their Midseason All-Pro teams.

Midseason All-Pro teams, eye test vs. Next Gen Stats: Offense - NFL.com - Which Next Gen Stats led Matt Harmon to pick Russell Wilson as the QB of his Midseason All-Pro Team? And who does Chris Wesseling choose? Check out Harmon and Wesseling's offenses.

Sessler: Brock Osweiler will start for Denver Broncos vs. Eagles - NFL.com - Get ready from Brocktober in November. Broncos coach Vance Joseph told the team Wednesday morning that Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Alper: Kyle Shanahan not making promises on when Jimmy Garoppolo will play – ProFootballTalk - 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said something at his Wednesday press conference that might make some people scratch their heads about the team's decision to trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Bennett: #CoachingCarousel - Josh McDaniels - Cover32 - Fox has had 3 years to make something happen and even though the defense is sharp the offense has been lacking since Gase left. So what's next for the Bears?

Hill: Patriots sign quarterback Brian Hoyer to a 3-year deal - Pats Pulpit - The Patriots have their back-up quarterback figured out.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirchhorn: Packers tried to sign Brian Hoyer, per report - Acme Packing Company
Contrary to Mike McCarthy’s claims, the Packers have considered quarterbacks outside the organization to replace the injured Aaron Rodgers.

Gates: Adam Thielen is your Vikings’ Midseason MVP - Daily Norseman - There is no shortage of candidates, but this is one man’s pick

Reisman: Glover Quin is the Lions’ midseason MVP and it isn’t close - Pride Of Detroit - There is no question who the Lions’ midseason MVP has been.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 8 vs New Orleans Saints - Windy City Gridiron - The 2017 Chicago Bears aren’t protecting the quarterback as good as last year’s team. Part of that does fall on the players, in particular the offensive line, but I’m also seeing plenty of blame...

Infante: Which kickers should the Bears look at in the bye week? - Windy City Gridiron - Because we all know Connor Barth just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Bibber's 2017 NFL midseason awards: Who’s getting trophies in November? - SBNation.com - SB Nation’s 32 team sites voted on the best players and teams in the NFL so far this season. These are the results.

Wiltfong: Akeim Hicks is a Bad Man and the Chicago Bears midseason MVP - Windy City Gridiron - One day before the 2017 season started, the Chicago Bears gave Akeim Hicks a 4 year, $48 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed. Hicks was still under contract for the 2017 season,...

Silverstein: Jordan Howard is chasing history - Windy City Gridiron - The Bulldozer is on pace to achieve a first in Chicago Bears history. Jack M Silverstein explores.

Zeglinski & WCG Staff - Evaluating the Bears at the bye: Hope for the future? - Windy City Gridiron - In the first of a series, the 3-5 Bears have much more light around Halas Hall than usual.

Sunderbruch & WCG Staff: Chicago Bears - Midseason Adjustments - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears head into the bye week facing some real challenges, but also with an opportunity to hit the reset button on the season. We take a look at what we want to see happen while we wait for the Beloved to return to action.

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