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The Bear’s Den: November 21, 2017

Barth is out, Santos is in, the Chicago Bears just got better...

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Jahns: Tarik Cohen proved why it’s important to keep him on field - Sun Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 27-24 loss against the Lions in Week 11.

Potash: Drafts encouraging, but Bears’ free-agent misses adding up - Sun Times - Barth’s miss of a 46-yard field goal that would have tied the game … is a fitting metaphor for just how badly Pace missed with the Barth signing.

Finley: Good, bad and worse - how the Bears fared in their 27-24 loss - Sun Times - Some weeks are better than others for the Bears...

Morrissey: It’s Mitch Trubisky-Carson Wentz compare-and-contrast week! - Sun Times - One year separates their entry into the NFL, but the Bears QB is looking way up to his Eagles counterpart.

Finley: Bears don’t think OLB Leonard Floyd tore his ACL on Sunday - Sun Times - Coach John Fox couched the team’s optimism Monday, but there’s no doubt the injury, suffered at the start of the fourth quarter, could have been worse...

Halas Intrigue: Which Bears are worth watching down the stretch? - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue podcast, Patrick Finley and Sun-Times colleague Mark Potash break down the Bears’ loss and look ahead to young players:

Jahns: 11 takeaways from the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Lions - Sun Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film and going through the stats of Bears’ 27-24 loss against the Lions on Sunday.

Finley: Bears sign kicker Cairo Santos to replace Connor Barth - Sun Times - The Bears are signing former Chief kicker Cairo Santos on Monday to replace Barth, a Bears source confirmed to the Sun-Times.

Kenney: Illinois to honor Dick Butkus with statue at new football center - Sun Times - Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus will forever be enshrined as one of the greatest players to don a Fighting Illini football uniform.

Campbell: Bears believe Leonard Floyd avoided a torn ACL - Chicago Tribune - The Bears believe Leonard Floyd did not tear the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday's loss.

Kane: Zach Miller thanks fans, weighs in on Bears' locker room competition from hospital - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Zach Miller has been recovering in a Chicago hospital from the severe left leg injury he suffered Oct. 29 against the Saints, but he has been keeping up with fans and teammates on Twitter and Instagram.

Biggs: Bears sign kicker Cairo Santos, waive Connor Barth - Chicago Tribune - The Bears brought Cairo Santos in for a physical last Thursday and he returned Monday to sign a contract as the replacement for Connor Barth.

Wiederer: 'We're not quite there honestly' - John Fox's last-place Bears facing meaningless stretch run - Chicago Tribune - The Bears lost a close game Sunday. Again. At 12-40 in three seasons under coach John Fox and 8-18 in games decided by eight points or less, all signs are pointing to a reboot at Halas Hall.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Lions - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Bears lost to the Lions 27-24 at Soldier Field, the 3rd consecutive loss for the Bears and their 8th loss in the last 9 with the Lions.

LeGere: Three questions for the Chicago Bears heading into Week 12 - Daily Herald - With NFL Week 11 behind them, here are three questions facing the Chicago Bears as they prepare for the playoff-bound Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday, Nov. 26.

LeGere: Chicago Bears kick Barth to the curb, sign Cairo Santos - Daily Herald - To no one's surprise, the Chicago Bears on Monday waived struggling kicker Connor Barth and signed former Kansas City kicker Cairo Santos as his replacement.

Andracki: Is Adam Shaheen finally starting to live up to his potential in Bears offense? - NBC Sports Chicago - Adam Shaheen had the best game of his young NFL career Sunday in the Bears' loss to the Lions. Is the rookie finally starting to live up to what the Bears thought he could be when they drafted him in the second round?

Mullin: With Connor Barth waived, trying to make sense of why the Bears signed him in the first place - NBC Sports Chicago - With Connor Barth waived after Sunday's critical missed kick, John "Moon" Mullin tries to paint a picture of why the Bears signed Barth in the first place.

John Fox discusses why Bears made kicking change - NBC Sports Chicago - Hear from John Fox about why the Bears cut ties with Connor Barth and why Cairo Santos was the right man for the job.

Mullin: Bears need Mitch Trubisky to become a closer, but teammates see it coming - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears came up this short on Sunday against the Lions, but in the process learned plenty about how Mitch Trubisky is becoming a closing quarterback.

Stankevitz: Bears do not believe Leonard Floyd tore his ACL, but expect him to ‘miss some time’ - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears haven't determined the exact severity of Leonard Floyd's knee injury yet, but coach John Fox said the team has appeared to rule out a torn ACL.

Duber: After critical missed field goal, Bears waive Connor Barth and sign former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos - NBC Sports Chicago - After Connor Barth's critical missed field-goal try in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, the Bears moved on to a new option at kicker.

Stankevitz: Bears grades - No rookie 'freebies' for Trubisky, mid-game lulls reflect poorly on coaches - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky played well on Sunday, but not well enough -- and he doesn't get a pass just because he's a first-year player.

Gabriel: With Defense Showing Cracks, Bears Need To Ask More Of Mitchell Trubisky - CBS Chicago - As it is, the Bears are still asking Trubisky to manage games rather than win them.

Baffoe: Bears Coach John Fox Is Now Indicting Himself - CBS Chicago - So many of the Bears' failures point toward coaching incompetency.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Lions - CBS Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky is showing progress, while the Bears' defense is regressing.

Emma: John Fox - Bears Hopeful That Leonard Floyd Didn’t Tear ACL - CBS Chicago - Though he's not believed to have torn his ACL, Floyd is expected to miss an extended period of time.

Hub Arkush: Latest loss proves it's time for Chicago Bears to part ways with Fox - Pro Football Weekly - Bears GM Pace can no longer justify keeping John Fox around beyond season

Cox: Bears sign kicker Cairo Santos - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears signed free agent kicker Cairo Santos, signaling the end of Connor Barth's time on the team.

Mayer: Payton set NFL record 40 years ago Monday - - Monday marks the 40th anniversary of Bears superstar Walter Payton’s record-breaking 275-yard rushing performance in a win over the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

Roster Moves: Santos replaces Barth as Bears kicker - - The Bears on Monday made a change at kicker, signing Cairo Santos and waiving Connor Barth. Santos made 84.8 percent of his field-goal attempts the past four seasons with the Chiefs.

Mayer: Three things that stood out in Week 11 loss - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out Sunday in the Bears’ loss to the Lions, including rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky taking another positive step.

Bears Hour Live with Draft Dr. Phil – Breaking Down Bears Loss to Lions – Bears Barroom - Draft Dr. Phil breaks down the Chicago Bears 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Armstrong: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades - Bears Barroom - Another week, another loss. But let’s start with the positives. Someone took the handcuffs off of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. He called a good game. Loved the RPO and boots which let Mitch use his natural athletic gifts.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears sign kicker Cairo Santos, release Connor Barth - Dickerson - After veteran kicker Connor Barth missed a game-tying field goal attempt on Sunday, the Bears released him Monday and signed former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears' Leonard Floyd to miss time with right knee injury - ESPN - The Bears aren't sure how long their pass-rusher will be out with a knee injury suffered Sunday, but coach John Fox said he will "miss some time."

Hoge: Bears Insider on another division loss - WGN-TV - WGN Radio Bears Insider, Adam Hoge breaks down yet another division loss under John Fox. Hoge gives his thoughts on the future of Connor Barth, gives credit to the offensive gameplan that included Adam Shaheen and Tarik Cohen, but was then baffled when they got away from that successful formula ...

Hawley: Selective memory in a rough season - WGN-TV - If what happened earlier on the final drive gets you more excited about what eventually happened on the final play, that's OK. Results at this point are a little moot.

Hawley: Bears don’t believe Leonard Floyd tore his ACL, but ‘It’s fair to say he’s going to miss some time.’ - WGN-TV - All that went through Bears' fans minds in the fourth quarter when the cringe-worth replays were taking place was Cameron Meredith and Zach Miller. Each of those members of the Bears saw their season come to an end thanks to a serious knee injury.

Hughes: Six Thoughts on Falling to 3-7 - Da Bears Blog - Mitch Trubisky is starting to show signs that he’s going to be a very good quarterback in this league for a long time. Improving weekly. Learning from mistakes. Scrambling in key spots. Throwing receivers open. Leading. But I thought his comment post-game was so telling.

Bears wide receiver Cam Meredith gives back for Thanksgiving - WGN-TV - Bears wide receiver Cam Meredith may not be playing right now, but he still finds time to give back to the community. He's partnered with KRā organic sports drink in Chicago to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

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Infante's Bears vs. Lions: Notes from a frustrating loss - Windy City Gridiron - Yet another should-be win for the Monsters of the Midway.

Sunderbruch & Zeglinski: Underreaction (Really Barth?) - Windy City Gridiron - It was Week 11 and emotions were running high. There will be a natural tendency to react strongly over the last few games of the 2017 season, so Windy City Gridiron is here to take things down a...

Infante: Bears sign Cairo Santos - Windy City Gridiron - The move comes one day after Connor Barth missed a potential game-tying field goal against the Lions.

Zeglinski: Mitchell magic wasn't enough for the Bears Sunday. With time and luck, it eventually will be - Windy City Gridiron - Mitch Trubisky was special for the Bears late against the Lions. It wasn't enough Sunday. But good fortune comes to those who wait.

Wiltfong: Leonard Floyd did not tear his ACL - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears revealed the best possible news earlier today in regards to Leonard Floyd’s knee. After being carted off the field yesterday following a collision with teammate Kyle Fuller, the...

Wiltfong: Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - We'll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions.


Nomad30: Bears and Lions and Failure - A Postscript - Windy City Gridiron - Although I am less infuriated by this loss than by last week's, the Bears still lost. Consequently, here we go.

H20: Ask the Eagles fans - Windy City Gridiron - Hello Chicago, With Da Bears headed into Philly for week 12 I wanted to create a thread to focus your Eagles rerelated questions & for BGN readers to ask the Bears questions. I’ll give you a...

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