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The Bear’s Den, October 2, 2020

Forget about quarterback, the most important position on the team is up for grabs... punt returner!

Dick Butkas Blocking Johnny Unitas Pass
Dick Butkas bocks a Johnny Unitas pass

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

In honor of last night’s Harvest Moon:

BEARRRSSSS

Recap of the Bears Falcons then talking Nick Foles with WCG’s Bill Zimmerman - Bearly Sane Podcast - Asa is joined (at the 19:33 mark) this week by Bill Zimmerman, host of the Bears Banter Podcast on Windy City Gridiron to help me talk through the QB switch, asking who the 2nd best player on the Bears offense is, more defensive concerns and ask which former Bears should be future Hall of Famers among other things!

Bears film review: Mitch Trubisky's interception and Nick Foles' 'clinic' - RSN - Hoge: It’s 3rd-and-8 so the Bears need to get to the 48-yard-line here.

Devin Hester Says He's the GOAT Returner and It's Insulting to Compare Others to Him - On Tap Sports Net - Former Chicago Bears special teams weapon Devin Hester wasn't modest about where he should rank among NFL returners in a recent interview.

Devin Hester Says He's the GOAT Returner and It's Insulting to Compare Others to Him - On Tap Sports Net - Former Chicago Bears special teams weapon Devin Hester wasn't modest about where he should rank among NFL returners in a recent interview.

Bears Defense Searching for Solutions Against Wrong Opponent - SI.com - There's a good reason for the Bears defense to be concerned about stopping the run this week against Indianapolis.

Bears Wire Podcast: Bears wave the white flag on the Mitchell Trubisky era - As the Bears prepare for their Week 4 contest against the Colts, we discuss the end of the Mitchell Trubisky era in our Bears Wire podcast.

Quick Hits: Chicago Bears to use David Montgomery, Cordarrelle Patterson to help replace RB Tarik Cohen - ChicagoBears.com - Running backs David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson will be among those who help fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury that Tarik Cohen suffered last weekend against the Falcons.

Chicago Bears OC Bill Lazor, DC Chuck Pagano preview Week 4 matchup vs. Indianapolis Colts - ChicagoBears.com - Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano discuss how they view Sunday’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Chicago Bears possess rich history of comeback wins - ChicagoBears.com - Every win counts the same in the standings. But no victories are more exhilarating than the ones that culminate with a wildly dramatic rally. Check out our history of Bears come-from-behind wins and others our current players have been a part of.

Choosing Sides: How many yards will Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles throw for against Indianapolis Colts? - ChicagoBears.com - Our six-person panel predicts how many yards Bears quarterback Nick Foles will pass for Sunday against the Colts. Vote inside for who you think will be closest to the total.

Chicago Bears possess rich history of comeback wins - ChicagoBears.com - Every win counts the same in the standings. But no victories are more exhilarating than the ones that culminate with a wildly dramatic rally. Check out our history of Bears come-from-behind wins and others our current players have been a part of.

Halas Intrigue Episode 123: Picking the Bears-Colts winner - Chicago Sun-Times - Will Nick Foles help keep the Bears’ winning streak going?

Bears fifth-round pick WR Darnell Mooney on track be draft gem - Chicago Sun-Times - It averages out to less than once a year that a wide receiver drafted in the fifth round or later puts up 500 yards as a rookie. Mooney looks like he could do it.

Bears had ‘great confidence’ Nick Foles would be ready when needed - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears got the decision to pull Mitch Trubisky from Sunday’s game right — Nick Foles took his place, rallied the team for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and left Atlanta with a win. So, was it the wrong decision to name Mitch Trubisky the starter four weeks ago Friday?

Chicago Bears: Matt Nagy strictly enforcing COVID-19 rules - Chicago Tribune - The Bears players, coaches and coordinators continue their preparations for Sunday's game against the Colts. They spoke with the media on zoom before their most recent practice.

Week 4: NFL postpones Steelers-Titans game - Chicago Tribune - The NFL postponed Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game at Tennessee until later in the season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19.

Nick Foles: Chicago Bears QB's path to starting job - Chicago Tribune - Nick Foles will make his first start as a Chicago Bear on Sunday at Soldier Field, still riding the high of last week’s comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. So what should you remember about why the Bears traded for Foles and how his journey in Chicago has gone?

Examining the early signs of how Nick Foles can change the Bears offense – The Athletic - We already saw a glimpse of how things will be different than they were with Mitch Trubisky under center.

1990s Bears trivia challenge: Test your knowledge of the turbulent decade – The Athletic - How much do you remember about the 1990s teams of the Chicago Bears?

Bears hint Cairo Santos, not Eddy Piñeiro, will be Week 4 kicker vs. Colts - RSN - "Whenever he's available, I think you have to be smart when you bring a player back and just make sure that you work him up to become game ready," special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said on Thursday

Bears film review: Mitch Trubisky's interception and Nick Foles' 'clinic' - RSN - Hoge: It’s 3rd-and-8 so the Bears need to get to the 48-yard-line here.

Chalk Talk: Who is the most improved Chicago Bears player through 3 weeks of the 2020 season? - ChicagoBears.com- ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the most improved Bears player so far this season, Nick Foles’ grasp of the playbook and a memorable 1985 comeback win engineered by quarterback Jim McMahon.

A Note on Chris Ballard, the Media and What Might Be Coming Sunday - Da Bears Blog - Jason La Canfora does this a lot.

670 staff predictions: Bears-Colts - 670 The Score - The Bears (3-0) host the Colts (2-1) at Soldier Field on Sunday. WBBM Newsradio 780 will carry the game, with kickoff set for noon. 670 The Score will have pregame with Hub Arkush, Olin Kreutz and Patrick Mannelly starting at 9 a.m.

Cordarrelle Patterson ready for potential role increase - 670 The Score - Bears running back Cordarrelle Patterson converted from wide receiver this season, and he could now be in line for a bigger role after Tarik Cohen suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

Bears won’t turn to Cordarrelle Patterson to return punts - Chicago Sun-Times - Patterson, who has returned one punt in his career — for 9 yards in 2015 as a member of the Vikings — was clear that he’d help if needed. But he said, “I don’t return punts, man.”

Matt Nagy: NFL postponement reinforces why Bears push masks - Chicago Sun-Times - “When you really think about it, it’s really not that hard to put a mask on,” Nagy said

POLISH SAUSAGE

Steelers-Titans game will not be played in Week Four - ProFootballTalk - On Thursday, we found out that the two teams will not be playing at all in Week Four.

Falcons add Elliott Fry to practice squad - ProFootballTalk - The Falcons worked out kickers and have signed Elliott Fry to their practice squad.

Jets coach Adam Gase's job status not hanging in balance tonight - The 0-3 New York Jets face the 0-3 Denver Broncos tonight on

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Colts’ Old Man Rivers just keeps on rollin’ - Chicago Sun-Times - With the Bears making yet another change in search of consistency at quarterback, Colts’ veteran Philip Rivers prepares for his 239th consecutive NFL start Sunday at Soldier Field.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes: Stampede Blue - Chris Ballard is the Best Thing Since Peyton Manning - Windy City Gridiron - Chris Blystone helps us scout the Blue and White team from Indy.

Householder's Week 4 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are out to prove they are deserving of being 3-0 with a new QB against the best defense in the league

Zimmerman: Olin Kreutz - Matt Nagy was frustrated with Mitch Trubisky, switched to Nick Foles - Windy City Gridiron - Olin Kreutz talks Bears on the Bears Banter Podcast

Wiltfong: Nike drops the new Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Bears shoe collection! - Windy City Gridiron - If you’re looking for a new pair of kicks, we’ve got you covered.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Chicago Bears-Indianapolis Colts - Windy City Gridiron - Nick Foles’ Bears might have some magic up their sleeve. Or at least, they hope they do.

Infante & Duerrwaechter's Bears 2020 college prospect preview: Pac-12 - Windy City Gridiron - In the fifth part of our annual college football prospect preview series, we take a look at some of the top players in the Pac-12.

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