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The Bear’s Den: December 6, 2017

Plus ça changeplus c'est la même chose... (The more things change, the more they stay the same)

New Orleans Saints v Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears fans bring out the bags early the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014
Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

Ken’s Note: Due to recent changes on some websites making linking from them exceedingly time consuming, I am listing them separately instead of including the site name in every link to save time in posting the links... it’s a technical thing, just roll with it. Since they are a pain, I am punishing them by making them last :)

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

BEARRRSSSS

LeGere: Chicago Bears' running game sputtering - Daily Herald - Through their first 10 games, the Chicago Bears rushed for more than 100 yards seven times, including three games when they rushed for more than 200 yards. With an average of 131.8 rushing yards per game, the Bears ranked No. 5 in the NFL. But in three of the last four games -- all losses -- the Bears rushed for fewer than 65 yards.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: John Fox era worse than Mark Trestman era? - NBC Sports Chicago - On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, the panel asks why John Fox still has a job and whether Shohei Ohtani may actually come to Chicago.

Mullin: Accountability, identity non-existent with two-thirds of Bears core identity in shambles | NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears identity of being a physical running team and a good defensive team has fallen apart in recent weeks.

Stankevitz: Bears film breakdown - Tarik Cohen remains a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season | NBC Sports Chicago - While not much has gone right for the Bears in the last month, Tarik Cohen reminded us on Sunday why he's the most exciting player the Bears have had in years.

Emma: With Ryan Pace, There Are Far More Questions Than Answers - CBS Chicago - Give Pace a chance? The Bears likely will, but there's plenty to wonder about the man trusted to turn around the franchise.

Gabriel: What Goes On During A Head Coaching Search? - CBS Chicago - If the Bears are to engage in a coaching search soon, there will be many factors to consider.

Hub Arkush: Fox poised to be bitten by same inept offense bug that got Wannstedt and Smith - Pro Football Weekly - Fox won't move on from Loggains, and that's why Bears will again move on altogether

Lunch with Larry: 12.05.17 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer breaks down Tarik Cohen's big game, the return of Lamarr Houston and watching Mitchell Trubisky's growth.

Bears Hour Live with Draft Dr. Phil – Taking Latest Loss & “A Fire Fox Christmas” Song Parody – Bears Barroom - Who provides top notch Chicago Bears football analysis and original parody Christmas songs? That’s what you get with Bears Hour Live with Draft Dr. Phil Ottochian. An undeniably unique football talk and song show.

The Janoski Blog: Why? – Bears Barroom - As I was listening on Monday Night to Bears Hour Live and interacting with fellow Barflies I found myself feeling happy to know that so many other people are feeling like me this week. They are pissed and want to know, “Why do we suck so much!?” The ugly disgusting team that we love day in and day out has officially hit an all time low.

What's next for NFL teams, like Chicago, out of the playoff race? - ESPN - With four games left, some teams have turned their attention to 2018. Here's a closer look at the teams out of the playoff race and what's next.

Kevin Fishbain looks forward to what’s left for the Bears in 2017 on Sports Feed - WGN-TV - It didn't happen, and that probably means it won't. Not with four weeks to go, and not with the last real chance to let him go already past. Keeping with their tradition, the Bears didn't make any major coaching moves after their latest bad loss to the 49ers on Sunday afternoon.

Mozilla FireFox Web Browser - The official browser of the last 7 weeks of the 2017 Chicago Bears season.

Chicago Tribune

Wiederer & Campbell: As this Bears season plummets to familiar depths, what's next for GM Ryan Pace? - It was only six weeks ago that the optimism meter in Chicago was surging. On a beautiful October day at Soldier Field, a hungry and united Bears team delivered a convincing 17-3 upset of the Panthers, a victory that sent a beaker of belief bubbling over. Both inside Halas Hall and throughout a...

Rosenbloom: John Fox's latest dumb statement shows how he’s hurting Mitch Trubisky's progress - John Fox has said a lot of stupid things since becoming coach of the Bears - and inexplicably remaining coach of the Bears - but here’s the dumbest, and I don’t know if anything is even second:

Haugh: Allowing 49ers to score would have improved Bears’ win probability, history shows - Fox never will concede that the Bears would have been better off Sunday letting the 49ersscore from the 4-yard line with 1 minute, 40 seconds left and leading 14-12. Instead of employing a strategy that would have given rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky a chance to execute the two-minute offense, Fox allowed the 49ers to run the clock down until Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to clinch a 15-14 victory.

SUN TIMES

Hate Cris Collinsworth? Christmas comes one week early for Bears fans - Kurt Warner will replace Cris Collinsworth for two late-season NFL game NBC telecasts - including Bears at Lions.

FInley: Bears replace injured kicker Cairo Santos with Mike Nugent - The Bears will have their third kicker in four games: Mike Nugent, who will replace Cairo Santos, who the team put on injured reserve.

Jahns: Mitch Trubisky knows he must be better than so-called ‘best game’ - The small victories that the Bears want Trubisky to accept and embrace clearly aren’t enough. No player needs a real victory right now more than him.

Kenney: Urlacher says he’s ‘excited about the direction’ the Bears are going - Former Bears star Brian Urlacher said he’s “excited about the direction” the Bears are going despite their disappointing 3-9 record this season.

Finley: Bears put Kyle Long on injured reserve, ending his season - The Bears put guard Kyle Long on injured reserve Tuesday, ending an injury-riddled season for the three-time Pro Bowl guard.

Finley’s Bears mailbag: On coaching candidates, blame game, lame ducks and more - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of queries sent to @PatrickFinley.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears place Kyle Long and Mitch Unrein on injured reserve - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears made six roster moves earlier today.

Wiltfong's Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL this week and make sure you leave a few thoughts of your own in the comment section.

Householder: Bears need to shut down Kyle Long - Windy City Gridiron - With nothing to play for, let the man get healthy. Ken's Note: Article was published hours before the IR announcement was made.

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