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The Bear’s Den, October 31, 2019

That’s right, it’s Halloween day here in the Den! Will the Bears scary season continue?

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Fans dress up in Halloween costumes for a game at Soldier Field between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. Chicago defeated Minnesota 20-10
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Bernstein: So Why Was The Kick From That Spot? - 670 The Score - A strange subplot in an unsatisfying Bears season still doesn’t have an answer.

Bears Running With Reshaped Offensive Identity - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy has committed to the run more and altered the Bears’ offensive approach.

’85 Bear McKinnon: Ditka Had Bet On Refrigerator TD - 670 The Score - ”Mike profited from taking Payton out and putting in Perry,” Dennis McKinnon says.

Mitchell Trubisky Looks To Lead Struggling Bears - 670 The Score - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is focusing on improving his sideline demeanor for the struggling Bears, believing he has to do a better job of leading.

Nagy Vague About Communication Before Missed FG - 670 The Score - Eddy Pineiro missed a game-winning 41-yard field-goal attempt as time expired Sunday.

5@5: Thoughts On Bears Standing Pat At Trade Deadline? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs has answers to all your questions about Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the slumping Chicago Bears, who have lost three consecutive games.

Zeglinski: Goodwill all but gone, Matt Nagy must learn to pull back reins – The Rock River Times - The “honeymoon phase,” as it’s come to be known in colloquial terms, is when the power of romantic glasses proves to be unrelenting. It's done in Chicago.

For Mitch Trubisky, Bears need to manage hope versus expectations - NBC Sports Chicago - Statistically, quarterbacks usually do not get significantly better after 32 starts in the NFL. Mitch Trubisky made start No. 32 on Sunday.

Matt Nagy and the Bears have moved passed Eddy Piñeiro's missed kick, even if Chicago hasn't - NBC Sports Chicago - At 3-4, can you really blame them though?

Chicago Bears offensive line starting to find its groove - - After the best rushing game of the season, the Bears offensive line is starting to live up to expectations.

Mitchell Trubisky vows to show more of true personality - - Eager to see how his teammates view him, Mitchell Trubisky watched a TV copy of last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers and saw a stoic quarterback he hardly recognized. Ken's Note: Instead of personality, how about just getting your footwork right, stepping up and throwing the long ball with some accuracy instead? M'kay?

Eddie Jackson driven to improve his level of play - - In a candid radio interview this week, Bears safety Eddie Jackson talked about the need to step up his game, saying: “I’ve been playing like crap. I haven’t made plays.”

PA Announcer Riebandt to retire after 38 seasons - - Jim Riebandt, the Bears PA announcer since 1982, will retire at the end of the season.

Post-Deadline Mock Drafts Project a Bunch of First-Round QBs, Which Bears Watching - Bleacher Nation - While Chicago does not have a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, what happens rather, what might happen) in Round 1 still bears watching. Indeed,

What Inaction Means at the Trade Deadline (Spoiler: Not Much) - Da Bears Blog - The Bears did nothing at the trade deadline Tuesday. Neither did the Packers, Lions, Vikings, Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Chargers, Bills, and pretty much every other team. (The Rams sent Aqib Talib to the Dolphins for some reason.) This was an old school trade deadline. A clunker. A dud.

Bears QB Mitc - There hasn’t been much good from Trubisky in what was supposed to be a breakout season. His struggles have taken a toll on him, and his play is getting more difficult for Matt Nagy to defend.

Bears’ Eddie Jackson eager to finally face Eagles - Chicago Sun-Times - All-Pro safety remembers the helpless feeling he had watching the wild-card playoff loss from the sideline. He was active but did not play because of a high ankle sprain.

Eagles’ Jordan Howard, Bears’ David Montgomery coming off season highs - Chicago Sun-Times - By rushing 27 times for 135 yards on Sunday, David Montgomery spared his team from - having to answer yet another uncomfortable question this week.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 40: Who ordered the code red for the Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears go back and forth on Eddy Pineiro’s game-ending kick attempt.

Morrissey: Bears’ abysmal 3-4 record is usual for the McCaskeys - Chicago Sun-Times - With ownership tripping over itself to unveil statues and celebrate the glorious past, doesn’t it figure that present reality would bury the 2019 team’s Super Bowl hopes? Ken’s Note: Mr. Morrissey, you are just plain an a-hole. Disrespecting statues of Papa Bear and Walter? Seriously? You are bringing this today?

Bears PA announcer Jim Riebandt to retire - Chicago Sun-Times - A full-time lawyer, Jim Riebandt is also the public address announcer at DePaul men’s basketball games.

Matt Nagy says Chicago Bears set up correctly for decisive kick - Chicago Tribune - In a roundabout way, coach Matt Nagy said he was fine with both the spot from which Eddy Pineiro kicked Sunday and the communication process the Bears used to arrive at that spot.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy tries to boost Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy had quarterback Mitch Trubisky watch the Fox broadcast version of Sunday’s game film in order to study his behavior and body language between plays.

James Daniels Has Begun to Flatten Guys at Center and It’s Beautifu - James Daniels didn’t get off to the best start in 2019, but the 22-year old center has truly begun to assert himself in recent weeks.

POLISH SAUSAGE - Left tackle Trent Williams reported to Washington after Tuesday’s trade deadline passed without a deal sending him to another team, but he’s not going to be practicing with the team yet. Head coach Bill Callahan said on Wednesday that Williams did not pass his physical with the team.

Baker Mayfield: If I offend anybody, that’s too bad – ProFootballTalk - Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t sorry for storming out of his media availability today. After walking off following a question that wasn’t to his liking, Mayfield went on Twitter and addressed the matter. “Everybody wants to hear the truth until they actually get it,” Mayfield wrote.


Dan Bailey named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - Daily Norseman - It’s his second award this year

Detroit Lions injury updates: Tracy Walker, Graham Glasgow miss practice; Darius Slay returns - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions may have to play without their star young safety this week.


Zimmerman's Bears Banter Podcast: Should Matt Nagy have any hope for Mitchell Trubisky? - Windy City Gridiron - Latest Bears Banter podcast has a long, hard look at Mitchell Trubisky

Don’t Blame Trubisky—It’s Pace’s Fault - Windy City Gridiron - Somehow, in all the hand-wringing over Trubisky’s poor play, the same excuses keep being offered for Ryan Pace’s draft blunder.

Meister: Bears players show more than just athletic skills at community event - Windy City Gridiron - On a brisk Tuesday afternoon at the city’s west side, youth athletes participated in football drills and activities led by the Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2019: Week 8 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers - Windy City Gridiron - When facing a premier pass rusher you better have a plan in place to chip, help, hit, double team, or whatever it takes to make that pass rusher uncomfortable. Preferably you do several different...


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