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The Bear’s Den, September 12, 2019

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Both the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos have issues after week one losses to hated division rivals

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Denver Broncos linebacker Rick Dennison (55) chases Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon (9) out of the pocket during a 31-14 Bears victory on October 2, 1983, at Soldier Field in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bernstein: Bears Don’t Want Trubisky Discussing Loss - 670 The Score - In their effort to control a message around Mitchell Trubisky that may only be resonating in one guy’s head, the Bears may have spoken something else into existence.

Bears Injury Report: Trey Burton Day-To-Day - 670 The Score - Trey Burton missed the Bears’ season-opening loss with a groin injury that continues to ail him.

Bears Managing Mitchell Trubisky’s Confidence - 670 The Score - Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky stepped before the media at Halas Hall on Wednesday afternoon ready to move on from a disappointing opening act.

Bears’ Respect For Vic Fangio Runs Deep - 670 The Score - A defensive coordinator in Chicago for four years, Vic Fangio’s personality still lives in the Bears to this day.

Mitchell Trubisky Attempts to Bounce Back After Tough Game - NBC Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky has been down this road before after a rough game as Chicago Bears quarterback.

Signing J.P. Holtz signifies how Bears misjudged tight end position - Bearmaven - Former Redskins tight end could help at the U position in Bears offense with Trey Burton injured.

Bears' Montgomery offers fantasy players Week 2 opportunity - Bearmaven - David Montgomery, Mitchell Trubisky should do a reversal for fantasy leagues in second game.

Packers slowed down Khalil Mack by getting away with holding penalties - BearsWIre - A Twitter thread showed seven missed, uncalled holds.

Chalk Talk: Did Nagy consider challenging non-call? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Bears coach Matt Nagy considered challenging a non-call on a crucial play in the season opener, why Roy Robertson-Harris was not credited with two sacks in the game and if the Bears are considering a change on t

Trubisky: All mistakes Bears made ‘are fixable’ - ChicagoBears.com - Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears have moved on from what he described as a “long weird weekend” and are focused solely on rebounding from their Week 1 loss Sunday when they visit the Denver Broncos.

Fangio lauds Nagy, Bears players he coached - ChicagoBears.com - Preparing for Sunday’s game against the Bears, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on Wednesday spoke glowingly about the players he worked with in Chicago as well his coach Matt Nagy.

Roster moves: Bears add TE Holtz, waive DT Anderson - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday were awarded tight end J.P. Holtz off waivers from the Redskins and waived defensive tackle Abdullah Anderson.

Bears Land Tight End J.P. Holtz On Waiver Claim - Bleacher Nation - The Bears now have five (5) tight ends on their active roster.

Bears Need to Answer “Yes” to These 3 Questions - Da Bears Blog - There are three vital questions they need to answer. If it’s “yes” to all three, I don’t see why Chicago isn’t in the playoffs come January. If the answers are “no”, we could be in for a long season.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 8: Is Mitch Trubisky bummed? Did Mark Potash work for the mob? - Chicago Sun-Times - The hosts discuss the vibe around Trubisky and more in the latest episode of the Sun-Times’ Bears podcast.

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks spends day ‘tailgating’ on South Side - Chicago Sun-Times - "Tailgate Tuesday" hosted more than 100 children and their families for a day of games, crafts and their very own football field that Hicks was able to showcase his quarterback skills on.

Good news for Bad Mitch: The Broncos don’t look very good either, even with Vic Fangio - Chicago Sun-Times - Losing to the Broncos and being 0-2 would be a disaster.

QB coach Dave Ragone, Bears focus on improving Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - After rough opener, QB coach has work to do: ‘We want to build on [the positive] things, self-evaluate the things we didn’t do right and work on making sure those don’t happen again."

Roy Robertson-Harris makes his mark as most unknown member of Bears’ front 7 - Chicago Sun-Times - In the past year, particularly, he’s adjusted from what he knew as an edge rusher — a one-on-one matchup against a blocker — to the messy world of defensive line. He’s learned from it.

Bears expect same old production from tight end Trey Burton once he returns - Chicago Sun-Times - Tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride said Burton looked good in practice Monday and should be back to his usual level of production soon.

The Bears offensive line struggled to block the Packers — and the season’s high expectations. Now comes the urgent repair job. - Chicago Tribune - Bears players and coaches have taken turns raising their hands to accept blame for the rotten offensive performance against the Packers, and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand offered an honest critique of his group.

Column: Placing the blame for Bears’ opening dud — Mitch Trubisky or Matt Nagy? — is less important than cleaning up the mess quickly - Chicago Tribune - Everybody hoped for more out of Mitch Trubisky given this game began his third year as an NFL starter and second in Matt Nagy’s offense.

Mitch Trubisky needs a ‘next-play’ mentality for the Bears offense to bounce back. That means no more talking about the Packers game. - Chicago Tribune - A moment of candor at Mitch Trubisky's news conference Wednesday added a new dimension to the public forum about his ability to process negative results and the team’s intent to manage his confidence.

Bears Q&A: Should Ryan Pace pick up Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option? Why is Denver such a difficult place to play early in the season? And what the heck happened to the run game? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Roberson-Harris among top 10 transformed players - NFL.com - In the wake of the first full week of the 2019 NFL campaign, Chris Wesseling spotlights bounce-back candidates and unheralded role players thrust into the limelight of the new season.

Bears notebook: Burton limited in practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy noncommittal about TE’s availability for Broncos. If he feels good and he’s ready to go, we’re going to go. And if he doesn’t, then we won’t.”

New job, same old Vic Fangio - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears defensive coordinator hasn’t changed a bit as head coach of the Broncos. “I’m basically saying a lot of things in a lot of the same ways. I’m just talking to the whole team.”

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is ready to turn the page after Packers loss, ‘long, weird weekend’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky had a long day against the Packers. The next three weren’t much better.

POLISH SAUSAGE

RB Index, Week 2: 15 touches for Saquon Barkley is inexcusable - NFL.com - Maurice Jones-Drew wonders what the Giants were thinking when they gave Saquon Barkley just 15 touches against the Cowboys in Week 1. Plus, he reveals a new No. 1 running back on his top-15 list.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions fire offensive quality control coach - Pride Of Detroit - Interesting timing to make a coaching change...

Detroit Lions - Los Angeles Chargers injury report: Taylor Decker limited with back injury - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ left tackle is dealing with a back injury as the Chargers top pass rushers loom.

Los Angeles Chargers lose TE Hunter Henry to a fractured knee - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ Week 2 opponent is even more banged up than it looks.

S Anthony Harris Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week - Daily Norseman - Pretty easy choice.

Kevin Stefanski, Gary Kubiak lead new Vikings offense - Acme Packing Company - Ted "Grover" Glover of SB Nation’s Minnesota Vikings blog Daily Norseman answers our questions about Minnesota’s new offensive coaching staff.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: The NFL Should Celebrate Tie Games - Windy City Gridiron - Why are fans of football so opposed to ties? They’ve been with the sport since the beginning.

Wiltfong: Bears sign J.P. Holtz, waive Abdullah Anderson - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears made a couple roster moves today at the tight end position. First, they were awarded J.P. Holtz via waivers after the Washington Redskins released him yesterday. To make room for...

Leming's Bears mailbag: Week 1 fall out, Mitchell Trubisky’s future and much more - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears find themselves (0-1) for the sixth time in a row to kick off a season, but how panicked should fans be? All of this and more in this week’s packed mailbag.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears throw back to almost every season of their existence in Week 1 DVOA ratings - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ defense is great, their special teams unit seems competent for now, and their offense is abhorrent. It’s okay to feel some déjà vu.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2019: Week 1 vs. Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - Each week I’ll break down the pass protection of the Chicago Bears and share my thoughts on where blame lies for each sack they allow.

Infante: 2020 NFL draft - Top 50 big board after first 2 weeks of college football - Windy City Gridiron - Draft season never ends, so here’s a top 50 big board to give you all some context when watching Saturday football.

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