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The Bear’s Den, December 24, 2019

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It’s Christmas Eve, and while Bears fans have been ready all year for Santa, it looks like we got Krampus this year...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Would Allen Robinson really be the No. 3 receiver on the Chiefs? - NBC Sports Chicago - Allen Robinson is definitely the Bears' No. 1 receiver, but would he be the No. 3 option if he played for the Chiefs?

Hoge: Mahomes Gives Bears Needed Reality Check Going Into 2020 - WGN Radio - Ultimately, this loss didn’t matter much for the Bears, but the optics of the Trubisky-Mahomes results will linger. Pace and Nagy must take a critical look at both the state of their quarterback and the state of the Bears' offense before they set a course for 2020.

3 things that stood out in Week 16 loss - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in Sunday night’s loss to the Chiefs, including a Bears offense that once again struggled to score points and start fast.

Inside Slant: Trubisky dissects disappointing loss - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky lamented Sunday night’s 26-3 loss to the Chiefs, telling reporters: “We just didn’t play our game. They came to play and we didn’t.”

Postgame Perspective: Home finale mirrors opener - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears ended their home slate Sunday night the same way they started it 15 weeks earlier—by mustering just three points in a deflating prime-time loss, this time falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-3.

Hey, Matt Nagy Isn't Blameless for the Offensive Woes This Season - Bleacher Nation - If you were among those who were begging the Bears to incorporate designed quarterback runs, increase RPO usage, pump up the number of play-action calls, and

Whatever the Bears Need, Mitch Trubisky Ain't It - Bleacher Nation - It has become painfully clear that Mitch Trubisky isn't the guy. That sentence was decidedly NOT written solely because the Bears lost to the Chiefs last night.

Bears' Mitchell Trubisky Underperforms Again In Primetime - 670 The Score - Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky lacked aggressiveness in his team's 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, continuing his trend of struggling in primetime games.

Emma: Bears-Chiefs Observations - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy's Bears were humiliated on a national stage Sunday night in losing 26-3 to the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs.

3 takeaways from the Chicago Bears-Kansas City Chiefs game - Chicago Sun-Times - Before Sunday, Khalil Mack had totaled two sacks in his last seven games.

Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Breaking down the Week 16 loss - Chicago Sun-Times - Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes drove his point home after his first touchdown pass, counting out on all 10 fingers which pick he was in that first round.

Chicago Bears podcast: Patrick Mahomes counts to 10 as Kansas City Chiefs crush the Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s almost over, Bears fans. The Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes shut down Soldier Field for the season by whipping the Bears 26-3 in the home finale.

Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears' 26-3 loss - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs 26-3 Sunday night at Soldier Field in the final home game of the season at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears need to be 'locked in' to end the 2019 season - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy has to examine why his players have had lapses in discipline this season.

Bears’ latest prime-time TV embarrassment is their 2nd-lowest-rated game locally this season - Chicago Tribune - A surprising number of Chicago-area TV viewers decided not to look and passed on the Bears’ prime-time pantsing by the Chiefs in Week 16.

NFL draft: What pick will Chicago Bears get from Oakland Raiders? - Chicago Tribune - A year after trading away Khalil Mack, the Raiders have a shot at making the playoffs.

Chicago Bears’ bad plays test Matt Nagy’s positivity - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach stands by his players, but admits to being irked by mental lapses — like Anthony Miller’s fumbled handoff. “These are great kids. They mean well. But we’ve got to lock in. ... When we do that, I think we can be pretty scary. We didn’t do that this year.”

When Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy looks hard at the team’s troubles, he’ll find Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - And when he finds Trubisky, he’ll find general manager Ryan Pace. Somewhere.

Chicago Bears film review: On Mitch Trubisky pressing and the red-zone blues - Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking down the worst of Sunday night’s 26-3 loss to the Chiefs, the worst deficit of coach Matt Nagy’s Bears tenure.

Chicago Bears podcast: Now what’s in store for Matt Nagy and the Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley and Mark Potash take a look at coach Matt Nagy’s reaction to the Bears’ poor showing against the Chiefs.

Chicago Bears 2020 schedule: Home, road opponents set for next season - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are assured of visiting the Rams and hosting the Saints, among other matchups.

Chiefs' dominance of Bears shows gap between Chicago and NFL elite - NBC Sports Chicago - With one last chance to save face, on national television, the Bears suffered their worst home loss in four years to their coach’s mentor and the quarterback hell-bent on haunting them at every turn.

Bears Grades: A blowout loss to the Chiefs earns Mitch Trubisky and company a failing grade - NBC Sports Chicago - Yet again you wouldn't want to take this report card home to your parents. Or a Bears fan.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ranking the NFL’s potential head-coaching openings, from best to worst - Chicago Tribune - We’re a week away from the NFL’s Black Monday, the annual event when head coaches are given their walking papers. But could it be that the skies are looking a little brighter?

Jay Ajayi out, Jordan Howard back for Eagles – ProFootballTalk - The Eagles are finally getting healthier at running back. Jordan Howard, who has missed the last six games with a shoulder injury, will be back this week, and with Howard returning the Eagles are releasing Jay Ajayi, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Panthers interview ex-Packers coach Mike McCarthy - NFL.com - The Panthers were the first to fire their head coach in 2019, meaning they’re ahead in the process of hiring a new one. On Sunday, they interviewed former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Notes: Golladay caught TD pass against all AFC opponents this season - Pride Of Detroi - A fun little Kenny G factoid from 2019.

Lions place LB Jahlani Tavai on Injured Reserve - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions lose another linebacker late in the season.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears outplayed and overmatched by the Chiefs, but let’s keep it positive! - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 26-3 beat down from the Kansas City Chiefs.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

THE RULES

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