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The Bear’s Den, October 24, 2019

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The players meet, Trubisky shows angry side at presser, plus the rest of the day’s news

San Diego Chargers v Chicago Bears

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Keeping with the LA theme... it doesn’t get any more LA than this...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Bears’ Struggling Offense Feeling Void At Tight End - 670 The Score - Trey Burton has played in less than half of the Bears’ offensive snaps.

Matt Nagy: Roquan Smith ‘Can Definitely Play Better’ - 670 The Score - Starting inside linebacker Roquan Smith was largely a non-factor in the Bears’ loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Matt Nagy To Continue As Bears’ Play-Caller - 670 The Score - The Bears are averaging 4.4 yards per play, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

Lombardi: Bears Need To Admit Trubisky Mistake - 670 The Score - Former NFL general manager and current Radio.com Sports NFL insider Michael Lombardi has long been one of the most outspoken critics of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

100 Years of the Chicago Bears: The 2000s - 670 The Score - It’s Miller Time, and time for Cheers to 100 Years, as we look back on the decades of Chicago Bears football. Brought to you by Miller Lite. Miller Lite has always been around for Chicago celebrations.

Can the Bears' get a spark from a worse-than-expected schedule? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are hoping to find a spark for their 2019 season, and might find it in the underperforming Chargers or Eagles. But aren't those teams saying the same thing about the Bears?

In a way, Roquan Smith's recent struggles mirror the Bears' larger defensive issues - NBC Sports Chicago - The linebacker, like the Bears' defense in general, hasn't had the year many predicted.

Mitchell Trubisky excited about chance to fix offense - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky remains confident that the Bears offense will break out of its slump in Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Chicago Bears gear up to face Los Angeles Chargers Chargers QB Philip Rivers - ChicagoBears.com - Bears discuss past experience and current preparation for facing eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at Soldier Field.

Quick Hits: Trey Burton trending upward, defense not as physical - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy is seeing positive signs in Trey Burton’s recovery from an injury. The Bears defense has lost some of its physicality in recent weeks. That and more in Wednesday’s notebook.

The Week Ahead: Chicago Bears prep to host Los Angeles Chargers - ChicagoBears.com - Three days after their disappointing 36-25 home loss to the Saints, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday’s game against the Chargers at Soldier Field.

Clinton-Dix giving back to Chicago community - ChicagoBears.com - Bears safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hosted the first fundraising event in the Chicago area for his Ha Ha’s HERO Foundation Monday night at Dave & Buster’s in Vernon Hills.

Matt Nagy Remains the Offensive Play-Caller (Though History Suggests That Could Change) - Bleacher Nation - There comes a time where a new voice and vision is needed. And while that time might come for the Bears offense at some point down the road, it isn't happening

Eight Weeks Into the Season and Trey Burton Still Isn't 100 Percent - Bleacher Nation - The tight end position calls for a player versatile enough to block in the running game, provide pass protection, be an accessible safety valve for a

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 34: Matt Nagy the day after Saints rout Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Does Trubisky sound like a quarterback ready to right the ship this year?

Bears’ players-only meeting featured ideas ‘we know can help our team’ - Chicago Sun-Times - While some didn’t want to divulge the details — "We’re going to keep that in-house," quarterback Mitch Trubisky said — inside linebacker Danny Trevathan said it was a positive experience.

Bears are looking for more from linebacker Roquan Smith - Chicago Sun-Times - Second-year lplayer hasn’t been as effective in two games since returning from a one-game absence for personal reasons. "He can definitely play better," coach Matt Nagy said.

First-and-10: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky down but not out - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears QB is closer to Blake Bortles than he is to Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes, but — red flags notwithstanding — he can be salvaged if coach Matt Nagy develops with him.

Brad Biggs' Chicago Bears mailbag for Week 8 - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' weekly Bears mailbag has plenty of questions about the broken offense and where everyone goes from here.

Column: Mitch Trubisky — and the trade up to draft him —has never looked worse. Can the Bears straighten him out? - Chicago Tribune - Questions about Mitch Trubisky's future with the Bears are narrowing. Forget 2020. Can he remain the starting quarterback through November if the team doesn't right itself?

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy won't give up play-calling duties - Chicago Tribune - Roquan Smith needs to play better for the Bears defense, while Mitch Trubisky needs to work through his mental distress and start sparking the passing attack.

Week 8: Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Chargers by the numbers - Chicago Tribune - Here's a look at the Bears and Chargers by the numbers as they prepare to meet Sunday at Soldier Field.

Meet the L.A. Chargers (with Kyle Emanuel of Leading the Charge) - The Chicago Audible - Former Chargers LB Kyle Emanuel of the Leading the Charge podcast joins to share his firsthand account of the Bears Week 8 opponent - the L.A. Chargers.

Column: Bears’ Offense Becoming Nearly Impossible to Fix - The Chicago Audible Blog - It's clear that the Bears have many of issues with their offense, but there is no indication that there will be any answers to the problems any time soon.

Even with earmuffs on, Trubisky hears the noise - Chicago Sun-Times - Embattled Bears QB entering Chargers game with same urgency but “maybe with just a little more focus and determination just because everyone’s talking about how bad we are and what we’re doing wrong.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Lions - Giants injury report: Darius Slay misses Wednesday’s practice - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions were without their top DB on Wednesday.

Matt Patricia confident in Lions’ safety depth after Quandre Diggs trade - Pride Of Detroit - Stand up, Will Harris.

2019 NFL Week 8: Washington at Minnesota - Daily Norseman - It’s a short week for the Vikings

APC Podcast: Has the absence of Davante Adams helped the offense grow? - Acme Packing Company - In our game recap, we wonder whether overcoming the temporary absence of their star receiver will help this Packers team in the long run.

Marcus Mariota playing the Jameis Winston role on scout team – ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers play the Titans on Sunday, but the matchup isn't quite what was expected when those teams chose quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota first and second overall in the 2015 NFL draft.

Vikings rule Adam Thielen out for Thursday – ProFootballTalk - Wide receiver Adam Thielen was pushing to play against Washington on Thursday night despite the hamstring injury he suffered against the Lions last Sunday, but his efforts didn't persuade the Vikings.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Andy Reid Won’t Rule Out a Patrick Mahomes’ Return This Sunday Against the Packers -Bleacher Nation - Bears fans wishing they could root for Patrick Mahomes against their rivals could get their wish sooner than expected. Here’s the latest regarding the injured

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: The Bears Defense Is Still “Really Good” - Windy City Gridiron - This is what defensive regression looks like.

Zimmerman: Adam Jahns - Chicago Bears need to bring in competition for Trubisky - Windy City Gridiron - Adam Jahns joins Bears Banter and breaks down the debacle that is the Chicago Bears.

Infante: Vegas spikes odds on Bears winning NFC North with loss to Saints - Windy City Gridiron - Bettors aren’t as keen on the Bears as potential NFC North winners as they used to be.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2019: Week 7 vs. the New Orleans Saints - Windy City Gridiron - We break down the two sacks allowed by the Bears this week...

Mitchell: Chicago Bears, I will never hate you... but... - Windy City Gridiron - Frustration can turn either into anger or apathy. I don’t want to be a part of either one of these things.

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