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The Bear’s Den, September 11, 2019

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It’s turnaround day here at Windy City Gridiron, when we finish off the old week (or old weak, as the case may be) and start fresh.

Chris Zorich
Chris Zorich going old school against the Broncos

Ken’s note: Sorry about the delay, I fell asleep at the keyboard before pushing the publish button last early this morning... Long day yesterday.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: Ghosts of Mile High - Bears must overcome past with Fangio to correct present – The Rock River Times - There’s been a sizable divide as to discerning how responsible Fangio was for the Bears’ long-awaited success of last season.

No sacks, no problem: Bears 'thrilled' with Khalil Mack's 2019 debut - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack didn't have a sack Thursday, but still impacted the vast majority of the snaps he played.

Broncos' opener was underwhelming, but Bears should beware Denver early in the season - NBC Sports Chicago - The Broncos' underwhelming Week 1 showing against the Raiders might've undercut a bizarre trend: Denver hasn't lost at home in Week 2 since 1979.

'It's all business': Matt Nagy and the Bears aren't feeling sentimental as they prepare to go up against Vic Fangio - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have fond memories of the Fangio era, they're just not thinking about them this week.

Are we overreacting to the Bears' putrid offensive debut? Two things they can, and will, fix - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears offense, obviously, has to be better in the team’s final 15 games. But will it?

Broncos' home-field edge rates a towering concern for Bears - Bearmaven - Thin air, dehydration working against Bears as they try to recover from opening loss.

How tasting defeat makes Bears determined to avoid a repeat - Bearmaven - Bears share the blame, try to move on to facing Denver Broncos.

Monday Evening Quarterback with Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “It was sort of a catastrophic offensive failure and it happened at multiple levels” WGN Radio - It’s the return of “Monday Evening Quarterback!” Tonight, Justin and WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge break down the Bears uninspiring 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers that opened the NFL's 100th season.

Where Bears rank statistically after Week 1 - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears defense ranks near the top of the NFL in multiple categories after its Week 1 performance against the Green Bay Packers.

Bears offensive position coaches share thoughts - ChicagoBears.com - Highlights from interviews with Bears offensive position coaches Tuesday included Dave Ragone on Mitchell Trubisky’s confidence, Mike Furrey on the difference in Allen Robinson and more.

Lunch With Larry: 9.10.19 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer takes a look at the Bears offense, prepares for the Denver atmosphere and puts Week 2 into perspective in his weekly Q&A with fans.

Quick Hits: Burton on the mend, third-down issues - ChicagoBears.com - The latest edition of Quick Hits features items on tight end Trey Burton’s recovery from a groin injury, the Bears needing to reduce their third-and-long plays and more.

Mitch Trubisky and the Bears Clearly Missed Anthony Miller On Thursday - Bleacher Nation - It would be nice to have Anthony Miller back in the lineup.

Did the Bears Underestimate the Risk in Not Having Regulars Participate in the Preseason? - Bleacher Nation - Perhaps the preseason matters more than we want to believe. Or perhaps it doesn’t. Who knows?

Greenfield: Grading the NFC North, Week 1 - Our Turf Football - The week 1 games are done, and it’s time to hand out grades. OTFB’s Sonja Greenfield grades the teams of the NFC North on their week 1 performance.

Core Four: Chicago Bears Week 1 Film Review vs. Packers - 247Sports.com - We break down the four plays that made the biggest difference in Thursday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.

5 things we learned from Bears assistant coaches, including Leonard Floyd heating up and Deon Bush in the wrong place at the wrong time - Chicago Tribune - What was behind Leonard Floyd’s big night? Why did Deon Bush’s brief cameo go haywire? And what’s next for Mitch Trubisky? Bears assistant coaches had a lot to share as the team puts its Week 1 loss away.

What’s the formula for a Bears rebound against the Broncos in Week 2 — and for the rest of the season? - Chicago Tribune - How should the Bears’ Week 1 loss be put into big-picture perspective heading into a reunion with Vic Fangio and the Broncos? Tribune writers Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer zoom out and look ahead in this edition of Real Talk.

ESPN introduced an ugly ‘Monday Night Football’ graphic. Viewers complained — it was gone by halftime. - Chicago Tribune - It took a full season of complaints to chase Jason Witten from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” That awful down-and-distance graphic was gone by halftime. Yea!

Column: An easy fix? The Bears’ lopsided play-calling in the opener was out of character for Matt Nagy - Chicago Tribune - The Bears mostly abandoned the running game in their season-opening loss to the Packers, though Matt Nagy typically went with a balanced attack last year. Can they get back on track?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jon Gruden tells Patriots “good luck” with Antonio Brown – ProFootballTalk - It’s fitting for the Antonio Brown saga in Oakland, that even when Jon Gruden thought he was offering the last word, there were more words. Also, two key ones.

Brees on Week 1 officiating error: ‘That can’t happen’ - NFL.com - In the waning seconds of the first half Monday night, the Saints were deprived of precious seconds on the clock in the aftermath of a booth review, and their gripe has already been justified by league officials.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Report: No surgery required for Mac Alexander - Daily Norseman - Prognosis is much better than originally thought

The long ball may be back for the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford - Pride Of Detroit - Screw the running game, the Lions showed they aren’t afraid to air it out under Darrell Bevell.

Former Packers kicker Sam Ficken will sign with Jets, per report - Acme Packing Company - Ficken will become the Jets’ third kicker in three weeks.

Third-down woes still plague Packers offense despite a healthy QB and new system - Acme Packing Company - Mike McCarthy shouldered considerable blame last season for an inconsistent offense, and rightfully so. But with Aaron Rodgers now healthy and a new HC in charge of the offense, Green Bay’s third-down struggles popped up again against the Bears.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Let the Chicago Bears cascade begin - Windy City Gridiron - - We take a peek around the NFL Power Rankings to see where they have the Chicago Bears ranked after that disappointing loss.

Householder's Stock up, Stock Down: Chicago Bears Green bay Packers week one edition - Windy City Gridiron - Week one didn’t end how fans wanted, but who looked good and who didn’t?

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Our Ten Thoughts are back for the 2019 season!

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