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The Bear’s Den: December 5, 2017

And yet somehow, beyond all sense and reason, John Fox is still the head coach of the Chicago Bears

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NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) eludes the tackle of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil (58) 
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Rozner: Another Chicago Bears Sunday hardly good as Gould - Daily Herald - It was another miserable Sunday for the Bears as Robbie Gould and Jimmy Garappolo stuck it to them at Soldier Field.

LeGere: 3 questions facing the Bears after loss to 49ers - Daily Herald - Following a bad loss to the 49ers, here are three questions facing the Chicago Bears as they prepare for a trip to Cincinnati to play the 5-6 Bengals.

Duber: Bears reportedly to sign Mike Nugent to replace injured Cairo Santos - NBC Sports Chicago - According to a report, the Bears are expected to sign Mike Nugent to replace the injured Cairo Santos, who's heading to injured reserve.

Stankevitz: Bears grades - How much of Sunday's loss to San Francisco is on the coaching staff? - NBC Sports Chicago - Worth questioning in the Bears' loss to San Francisco on Sunday: The coaching staff's gameplan, some of John Fox's conservative in-game decisions and a few personnel choices.

Stankevitz: John Fox not seeking assurances about his job, hasn’t considered staff changes - NBC Sports Chicago - John Fox met with the media on Monday and said he hasn't sought out assurances he'll coach the remainder of the 2017 season.

Stankevitz: A culture change didn't matter as John Fox now has worst winning percentage in Bears history - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears might have the right culture in place to get better in the final four weeks. Whether they have the right coaches or players, though, appears to be a more important question.

Baffoe: This Week’s Way For Bears To Lose? Ironically - CBS Chicago - The Bears' loss to the 49ers was poetic - albeit fifth-grade poetry - in a season written in crayon on a hallway wall.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-49ers - CBS Chicago - The Bears can't even run the ball well anymore. Ken's Note: Congratulations, Dan, for joining the growing ranks of "media making idiotic statements about Mitch Trubisky. The dude has started 6 games and "the jury is still out?" The jury hasn't even been picked for the case yet, let alone the trial started, closing arguments made and the judge giving the instructions. SIX FREAKING GAMES.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears need to make a change immediately - Pro Football Weekly - Fox's Bears are going backwards; where does it stop?

2018 NFL Draft: Bears’ draft position remains unchanged after Week 13 loss - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears received no benefit from losing to the 49ers in Week 13, as their 2018 NFL Draft position remained unchanged

Gandia: Fire John Fox Not A Plan… But A PLEA FOR HELP!!! – Bears Barroom - The last days of the John Fox coaching era in Chicago (and his career) are becoming a case study in fan torture. It’s sort of the modern day football version of lingchi, the ancient Chinese form of torture better known as “death by a thousand cuts.”

Walter Payton Tribute – Bears Barroom - Drake Dietrick sent us this film of Walter Payton that he produced. We asked if we could post on the website and this was his response:

Dickerson: By one measure, John Fox worst head coach in Chicago Bears' history - ESPN - Fox has racked up 32 losses in under three seasons as the Bears' head coach, and his winning percentage is worst in team history.

Wolfe: Who was that?! Unheralded ballers who mattered in Week 13 - ESPN - Tarik Cohen joined elite company, and the Packers got a lift from an unlikely source. Here are the not-quite-household names who made a big difference.

Berry: Howard is an RB 2 not a RB 1 - ESPN Video - Matthew Berry doesn't consider Jordan Howard a top option at running back.

Hoge: Bears Insider on Robbie Gould’s storybook ending - WGN-TV - WGN Radio Bears Insider Adam Hoge says you could not have written a better script for Robbie Gould's return to Soldier Field, going a perfect 5/5 including the game-winning field goal.

Link: Chicago Bears versus San Francisco 49ers Preview - What to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron - The lowly Niners invade Soldier Field on Sunday. Can the Bears rebound from a bad loss to the Eagles and beat another bottom-feeder?


Potash: Pace of Bears rebuild takes a hit after loss to 49ers - Confidence is not very high after a loss that exposed the Bears on so many levels — player evaluation, player development and basic strategy.

Finley: Still Bears coach, John Fox said he didn’t consider staff changes - John Fox hasn’t received assurances that he’ll finish the season as the Bears coach. He hasn’t necessarily asked GM Ryan Pace, though.

Finley: Good, bad and worse: How the Bears fared in 15-14 loss to 49ers - Some weeks are better than others for the Bears:

Jahns: 11 takeaways from the Bears’ 15-14 loss to the 49ers - Thoughts and observations after watching the film and going through the stats of the Bears’ ugly 15-14 loss against the 49ers on Sunday.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Bears stink it up against the 49ers - In episode 135 of their podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge break down the Bears’ awful 15-14 loss to the 49ers.

Halas Intrigue: Was Sunday’s Bears loss the end for John Fox? - Is the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley and Sun-Times colleague Mark Potash wonder if the loss was John Fox’s final game as the Bears’ coach.

Morrissey: Vote for the most despised person in Chicago sports! - Cast your vote. It’s a Bears-heavy list, but we haven’t forgotten Gar/Pax, Bulls fans!

Finley: John Fox says ‘Possibility’ Bears shut down Kyle Long with shoulder issue - Kyle Long might have played his last down of the season, coach John Fox conceded one day after he left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury


Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 15-14 loss to the 49ers - 10 thoughts after the Bears lost 15-14 Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field to the San Francisco 49ers, who couldn’t get in the end zone but got five field goals from ex-Bear Robbie Gould and a 297-yard effort from former Rolling Meadows High School star Jimmy Garoppolo. 1. Here is something no one...

Kane: Shutting down right guard Kyle Long for the season 'a possibility,' John Fox says - The Bears are considering whether they should shut down right guard Kyle Long for the season after he left Sunday’s 15-14 loss to the 49ers with a recurring left shoulder injury. Along with recovering from major ankle surgery last year, Long has been playing since 2016 with a torn labrum in his shoulder...

Campbell: John Fox on his Bears future: 'I haven't heard anything one way or the other' - The door of the Halas Hall media room swung open after 1:30 p.m. Monday and John Fox walked through. Still head coach of the Bears. Still performing his football and media duties. Still overseeing a 3-9 team that on Sunday was eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh straight season. ...


Infante's Bears vs. 49ers notes from yet another embarrassing loss - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears lose. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Wiltfong's snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears vs San Francisco 49ers - 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 15-14 loss to Robbie Gould.

Zeglinski: The Bears are nowhere close to their low point - Windy City Gridiron - A 1-10 team thoroughly dominated the Bears at home on Sunday. It's only going to get worse.

Infante: Bears sign Mike Nugent, place Cairo Santos on IR - Windy City Gridiron - The move comes after Santos suffered a groin injury in pregame warmups on Sunday.


EricSoderholm'sbat: Bring back Marc Trestman? - Windy City Gridiron - He just led the Toronto Argonauts to the CFL championship. In my opinion, he was not given a fair chance to succeed as our head coach a few years ago. He was only given 2 years, while every other...

Nomad30: Bears-Niners - There's Gould In Them Thar Hills - Windy City Gridiron - Presented without authorial comment.

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