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The Bear’s Den, December 11, 2019

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The Bears prepare for the annual road trip to Green Bay with playoff implications on the line for both teams

George Connor - Chicago Bears - File Photos
George Conner (71) demolishes a Green Bay Packer (according to Getty images, although it does look a lot like a Ram helmet... either way, the dude is toast) during a turnover return in the 1950’s. He played for the Bears from 1948 through 1955. In eight seasons, he was named a first-team All-Pro five times, and was an invitee to the first four Pro Bowls. Conner was one of the first players ever to be recognized as a linebacker as the game evolved.

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Today, a song to honor the playing style of our good friends from Green Bay

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

BEARRRSSSS

Even as Trubisky Makes Progress, Pundits See Bears as Ideal Landing Spot for Free Agent QBs - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky appears to be trending in the right direction. And yet, some league pundits still circle Chicago as the type of landing spot that would fit any

Ron Rivera Reportedly Wants a Job (With the Bears!) That Isn’t Open - Bleacher Nation - Ron Rivera getting fired in Carolina was a bit surprising when it went down, but as time has passed, it has become easier to make sense and move on. Ken’s Note: Oh, wait... this is all based on a Jason LaCanfora report. You can forget it!

Bears Recognize Mitchell Trubisky’s ‘Maturation’ - 670 The Score - Bears quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone sees 25-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky managing pressure better as he rallies the team back from a poor start.

5@5: How Much Will Roquan Smith’s Absence Hurt Bears? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Prince Amukamara, Akiem Hicks hope to return for Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - Despite losing Roquan Smith, the Bears are hoping to get healthier in some defensive spots before Sunday's game against the Packers.

Matt Nagy and Coach K: An inside look at their friendship - Chicago Tribune - As a lifelong Bears fan, Mike Krzyzewski was drawn to Matt Nagy's early success in Chicago and felt compelled to reach out. From there, an energizing connection between the two coaches took hold.

The Bears' run game hasn't been good. Yet in a weird way, it's also why they win - NBC Sports Chicago - It's been underwhelming at times, but the Bears win when they run the ball.

Bears' Anthony Miller earning Mitch Trubisky’s trust at the right time - NBC Sports Chicago
- Trust between a wide receiver and a quarterback is earned and built over time, and Anthony Miller is clicking with Mitch Trubisky lately.

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers - NBC Sports Chicago - Allen Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted a holiday shopping spree for 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Centers.

Monday Evening Quarterback with Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “It looks like the hole is a little too deep to dig out of, but they are not dead yet” | WGN Radio - 720 AM - It’s another edition of the “Monday Evening Quarterback!” Tonight, Justin and WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge break down the Bears dominating win over the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday night.

Chalk Talk: Which Bears player has excelled vs. Packers? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses a Bears player who has had his best career games against Green Bay, if the Bears can still win the NFC North and the last time the Bears played the Packers during the day in Green Bay.

Bears position coaches have their say - ChicagoBears.com - Bears assistants talk about receiver Anthony Miller’s recent emergence, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s resurgence and Kevin Pierre-Louis stepping in for Roquan Smith.

Urlurker dominates Lunch With Larry: 12.10.19 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer looks at a confident offensive attack, defensive standouts and gears up for the Packers during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Ditka, Turner, Fortmann finalists for NFL All-Time Team - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Clyde “Bulldog” Turner and Dan Fortmann have been selected as finalists for the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

Mitch Trubisky’s reaction to his own interception provides a clue about his future - Chicago Sun-Times - It wasn’t one of Mitch Trubisky’s three touchdown passes Thursday that most impressed his quarterbacks coach. It wasn’t his season-high 63 rushing yards, either.

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has a bright future - Chicago Sun-Times - Despite a midseason lull and a season-ending pectoral injury, Bears’ second-year linebacker flashed star potential in 2019 and could take his game to another level in 2020. “It’s there,” Matt Nagy said.

Allen Robinson contract extension? He wants to be Chicago Bears’ all-time leading receiver - Chicago Sun-Times - Robinson is putting together what will likely be the best season by a Bears receiver in five years. They have a chance to make sure the rest of his prime takes place in their uniform.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL projects 2020 salary cap in range of $196.8M – $201.2M – ProFootballTalk - The salary cap will go up again in 2020. That was the word from league meetings on Tuesday. The NFL has informed teams that they project the salary cap will be in the range of $196.8 million to $201.2 million for next season. The salary cap for the 2019 season is 188.

Fade to Silver & Black - NFL.com - Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown: “The folks in Oakland, I’ll say this -- they may not say it -- [but] I don’t think they (the Raiders) negotiated in good faith with what was happening. And pretty much gave them the old Heisman move, hand to the face. That being said, I think this is a beautiful thing. And if you really love Raider Nation, you’re going to love them in Vegas because they’re going to have the whole place [to themselves] really for the first time in the history of the team.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions place wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. on IR - Pride Of Detroit - For the second straight season, Marvin is headed to IR.

Detroit Lions Week 14 youth report: Frank Ragnow, best center in the NFL? - Pride Of Detroit - A look at how the Lions’ young players are performing.

Should the Detroit Lions keep Taylor Decker around long-term? - Pride Of Detroit - Would it be wise of Bob Quinn to make Taylor Decker the franchise’s left tackle moving forward and beyond 2020?

A TED Talk, Week 14 - Daily Norseman - The marathon now is now a sprint to the finish

Packers activated OT Jared Veldheer, work out former 49ers 1st-rounder Joshua Garnett - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay officially has its new veteran backup on the 53-man roster.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Check out this incredible Soldier Field word art featuring the all-time Bears roster! - Windy City Gridiron - All 1,683 players to put on a Bears uniform are featured in this unique poster.

Wiltfong: Allen Robinson wants to be a Bear for life - Windy City Gridiron - He’s only been a member of the Chicago Bears since 2018, but wide out Allen Robinson feels like he’s home. "I’ve really enjoyed my two years," Robinson told Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun Times....

Infante: Despite win against Dallas, Bears now face even steeper odds for playoff appearance - Windy City Gridiron - Week 14 didn’t do the Bears any favors after their win against the Cowboys.

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Dallas Cowboys - Windy City Gridiron - This is the quarterback we’ve been waiting for.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: With 4 wins in their last 5 games, where will the Bears rank? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are moving up in all the power rankings this week...

Duerrwaechter: Ten Thoughts on the Chicago Bears and NFL - Windy City Gridiron - ECD fills in for Bossman Lester as he shares his own (optimistic) thoughts on the Bears...and, maybe, everybody else.

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