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The Bear’s Den, October 25, 2019

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Bears stand pat so far as trades flourish around the NFL... will they raise, fold or check?

NFL: NOV 09 Bears at Chargers Photo by Tom Walko/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears boast some of NFL’s all-time characters - ChicagoBears.com - Longtime teammates and Super Bowl XX champions Jim McMahon and Walter Payton were not only talented players but two of the greatest characters in Bears history. See where they rank on our list.

David Montgomery Shoulders Blame Along With Running Load - SI.com - Place rookie running back David Montgomery in a category not unlike the one where Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky finds himself.

Bears See Need for Roquan Smith, Defense to Get Physical - SI.com - Known for his offensive coaching, it’s not often Bears coach Matt Nagy dabbles over on the other side of the ball.

The Bears Have a Mitch Trubisky Problem (VIDEOS) - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky has regressed. A season that started with so much promise, upside, and potential is in danger of spiraling into unforeseen depths. We can

Bears Trade Deadline Rumors: Kenyan Drake, TE Help, Another QB, More - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears have just five days until the NFL’s trade deadline, and the best plan of attack remains unclear. They are 3-3 with a challenging schedule

Bears Looking To Boost Mitchell Trubisky’s Confidence - 670 The Score - The Bears are looking to support struggling quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, whose confidence is waning.

Chargers coach saw some Aaron Rodgers in Mitch Trubisky’s college tape - Chicago Sun-Times - "Just watching him on the field, he made throws, he had a quick release," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "He reminded me sometimes of Aaron Rodgers, the way he moved around."

Is scheme or execution stalling the Chicago Bears' running game? - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy needs his run blockers to execute better, and they're determined to do so.

Chicago Bears' Chuck Pagano: 'Roquan (Smith) is going to be fine' - Chicago Tribune - Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich took his turn assessing what's wrong on that side of the ball.

Is Trubisky really THAT bad? No. And here’s what Bears can do about it - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky has fallen appallingly short of expectations, but hope is not lost for him to be impactful in 2019 and beyond.

Bears need Mitch Trubisky to run more to spark lagging offense - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky has only five rushing attempts in 2019, the product of not just opposing defenses scheming to take that skill out of his game.

Eddy Piñeiro's aced every test the Bears have given him so far. Up next? Winter in Chicago. - NBC Sports Chicago - The good news is that the Bears' kicker has given us no reason to doubt him.

David Montgomery is a lot less angry than you are about his lack of carries in Bears' offense - NBC Sports Chicago - David Montgomery did not entertain questions about being frustrated or disappointed with only getting two carries in the Bears' blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints last week.

Quick hits: Chuck Pagano looking for defense to play up to standard - ChicagoBears.com - Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich discusses confidence; Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor talks up in-game adjustments. And more in Quick Hits.

Chalk Talk: Why isn’t Mitchell Trubisky running? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why quarterback Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t scrambled as much as last season, why Roquan Smith’s playing time was reduced last Sunday and why officials picked up a penalty flag on the Saints.

Week 8 Key Matchups: Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears host the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at Soldier Field, keep an eye on these three matchups.

Sympathy for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky? - Chicago Sun-Times - On Tuesday night, the United Center public address announcer asked a young Blackhawks fan what he was going to be for Halloween. When he gave his answer — Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky — the kid got booed. It was cruel, but familiar.

Bears confident Roquan Smith will return to form - Chicago Sun-Times - Second-year LB has not been as impactful since missing the Vikings game for personal reasons. ‘Roquan is going to be fine,’ defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said.

Pressure’s on Bears DC Chuck Pagano to bring defense out of its slump - Chicago Sun-Times - The unthinkable has happened: The Bears have been one of the NFL’s worst defensive teams the last two weeks. They’ve given up 60 points over two games, cutting the offense’s safety net.

David Montgomery ‘could care less’ about the Bears’ lack of run plays - Chicago Sun-Times - David Montgomery’s fumble was the Bears’ sixth run against the Saints. They’d manage only one more the rest of the game, finishing with only 17 rushing yards.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 36: Something’s still wrong with Roquan Smith - Chicago Sun-Times - The second-year linebacker hasn’t been at the top of his game this season.

Bears predictions: Week 8 vs. Chargers - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ home game against the Chargers:

POLISH SAUSAGE

Farmer turns his combine into candy dispenser - kare11.com - Instead of grain, Tom has repurposed his 1967 John Deere combine to dispense candy.

Patriots trade Michael Bennett to Cowboys – ProFootballTalk - When the Patriots suspended defensive end Michael Bennett over a dispute with an assistant coach, it seemed like only a matter of time before they'd get rid of him. It was. The Patriots traded Bennett to the Cowboys today.

Emmanuel Sanders thrilled with trade to 49ers - NFL.com - Emmanuel Sanders left a 2-5 Broncos team for the 6-0 San Francisco 49ers, which views the wide receiver as a piece that could get them over the top in a competitive NFC West.

NFL trade deadline: One buy/sell proposal for each AFC team - NFL.com - The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 29. What kind of action could occur before the deal-making clock runs out? Marc Sessler proposes one buy/sell move for each AFC team.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions-New York Giants injury updates: Darius Slay misses 2nd straight practice - Pride Of Detroit - It’s starting to look like the Lions may be without their star cornerback this week.

Detroit Lions DT Mike Daniels practices for first time in a month - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit’s defensive line may finally be getting healthy.

Week 8 NFL Picks: Packers should be feeling good about their chances in KC - Acme Packing Company - Either with or without a gimpy Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs will have their hands full with the Packers on Sunday night.

Packers FanPulse confidence hits season-high after offensive explosion against Raiders - Acme Packing Company - Also: are games officiated fairly, and what’s the best football movie ever?

Darius Slay still unhappy Lions traded away Quandre Diggs – ProFootballTalk - On Tuesday, the Lions made the surprising decision to trade safety Quandre Diggs, a team captain and one of the most respected men in the locker room. Unsurprisingly, teammates aren’t happy.

Darius Slay speaks out on Quandre Diggs trade: ‘There’s no loyalty’ - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s a full transcript of an emotional Darius Slay media session.

Detroit Lions fan confidence plummets after rough week - Pride Of Detroit - It’s been a sad, sad week.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Bears vs. Chargers: How get tickets, channel info, weather, odds, previews and more! - Windy City Gridiron - This is everything you need to know about the Bears game this Sunday against the Chargers.

Should the Bears make a deal at the NFL trade deadline? - Windy City Gridiron - We examine a couple trade ideas floated by NFL.com.

Householder's Week 8 Game preview: Chicago Bears-Los Angeles Chargers - Windy City Gridiron - Is this a get right game against a 2-5 squad or a recipe for more disaster?

Snyder & Wiltfong: Can the Bears win with Mitch Trubisky? - Windy City Gridiron - In his current state, can the Bears signal caller create enough on offense for Chicago to come out on top?

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