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The Bear’s Den, October 6, 2020

Over the years I’ve brought you many days with amazing, inciteful articles illuminating the state of the Chicago Bears. Today is not one of those days.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

How good has Bears journalism been in the last 24-hours? Almost as good as it feels to watch this song to the end...

BEARRRSSSS

Even with a new QB, Matt Nagy’s Bears offense puts together all-too-familiar dud – The Athletic - The Bears couldn't get into a rhythm against the Colts Sunday. Is that a harbinger of things to come?

New QB, Same Results as Bears Offense Struggles Mightily in Nick Foles' First Start - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys immediately break down the Chicago Bears 19-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Why Bears' loss to Colts exposed flaws in Ryan Pace's defense-first 2020 plan - RSN - The 2020 Bears were built around a great defense and a competent offense. But that plan is doomed to fail in today's modern NFL, and the Colts showed why on Sunday.

New quarterback, same offense as Bears, Matt Nagy revert back to 2019 form - RSN - The Bears' running game disappeared against the Colts and suddenly it didn't matter who was playing quarterback.

Alex Brown: Bears defense won't be elite in 2020 without improved effort - RSN - If you thought the Bears troubles started and ended on offense, Alex Brown says think again.

Olin Kreutz suggests how to help Bears O-Line after loss to Colts - RSN - Even though it wasn't pretty, Kreutz says Bears fans shouldn't panic.

Bears vs Colts postgame recap - After Center Podcast - After a 3-0 start, the Bears suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss the poor offensive output in Nick Foles' first start, wonder whether Matt Nagy is to blame for the lack of scoring, and debate whether should fans be worried that a QB change didn't fix the problems.

Ed O’Bradovich: ‘The Bears are still in a position to hopefully get to the playoffs’ - WGN Radio 720 - The great Ed “OB” O’Bradovich joins Anna to break down the Chicago Bears disappointing 19-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Roster Moves: Chicago Bears sign RB Lamar Miller to practice squad - The Bears on Monday signed veteran running back Lamar Miller to their practice squad. Miller has rushed for 5,864 yards and 32 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Dolphins and Texans.

How Bears Must Recalibrate the Offense for New QB - SI.com - Nick Foles and Matt Nagy couldn't put a clock on how long it will take to get their passing game up to a level necessary to be competitive against better defenses, or to let them keep up with higher-scoring offenses.

Roster Moves: Chicago Bears sign RB Lamar Miller to practice squad - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday signed veteran running back Lamar Miller to their practice squad. Miller has rushed for 5,864 yards and 32 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Dolphins and Texans.

3 things that stood out to Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy after Week 4 loss to Indianapolis Colts - ChicagoBears.com - After watching tape of Sunday’s 19-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field, Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday discussed three things that stood out to him, including how the inability to run the ball made the offense one-dimensional.

Chalk Talk: Why was Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray put on active roster for Week 4 game against Indianapolis Colts? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears elevated quarterback Tyler Bray from the practice squad only to de-activate him against the Colts, what happened on a mix up on offense Sunday and if the Bears have ever played Tom Brady in a prime-time ga

Inside Slant: Chicago Bears defense solid but not spectacular in Week 4 loss to Indianapolis Colts - ChicagoBears.com - After allowing an early touchdown, the Bears defense repeatedly forced the Colts to settle for field goals Sunday at Soldier Field. But the effort wasn’t enough to prevent a 19-11 loss.

Bears Lose an Ugly Affair to the Colts, Fall to 3-1 - Da Bears Blog - Here come the rapid fire reactions to a snooze of a ballgame. And a ballgame the Bears deserved to lose.

Emma: Observations From Bears-Colts - 670 The Score - The Bears were exposed in a 19-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday at Soldier Field, with quarterback Nick Foles and the offense never finding a rhythm with coach Matt Nagy’s play-calling.

Bears quick hits: WR Darnell Mooney a bright spot in 19-11 loss to Colts - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at Mooney’s rise, the defense’s frustration with Philip Rivers and a total meltdown on third downs.

Chicago Bears: Amazon Prime and Twitch carrying Thursday game - Chicago Tribune - When the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Thursday night, fans will have no shortage of ways to watch the game. Alexa, give us options. Lots of options.

Chicago Bears' Week 4 local TV ratings are season high - Chicago Tribune - Buoyed by a late-afternoon kickoff and perhaps expectations from their undefeated start, the Chicago Bears scored their best local TV ratings Sunday.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears' Week 4 - Chicago Tribune - It's our weekly Chicago Bears winners and losers recap, based on CBS' Week 4 coverage of the game vs. the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on Chicago Bears' Week 4 loss - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts 19-11 on Sunday at Soldier Field, their first defeat of the 2020 season.

Column: Chicago Bears offense sputters with Tom Brady next - Chicago Tribune - After an ugly 19-11 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears face a demanding Week 5 cleanup process. They have to jump-start a sluggish offense in a short week without a full practice — and with Tom Brady coming to town Thursday night.

Chicago Bears: Not enough game-changers on defense - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense on Sunday held its opponent to fewer than 20 points for the second time this season. But with the offense doing next to nothing under quarterback Nick Foles against the Colts, that wasn’t good enough.

Mondays with Nagy: Why Bears’ offense couldn’t find a rhythm in Week 4 – The Athletic - How did Matt Nagy's explain some of his offense's miscues from Sunday?

Postgame Pompei: Inefficient, boring game underscores Bears concerns – The Athletic - From Nick Foles to the run game, the Bears' "improvements" showed regression, if anything, on Sunday.

‘I have to be better’: How some fears were realized with Nick Foles as Bears QB – The Athletic - The Bears can only hope it’s a matter of Nick Foles finding a rhythm with his receivers after an unprecedented offseason.

Matt Nagy: ‘Tough game to be a part of’ - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s never a good sign when you’re picking up the pieces in Week 5. The Bears lost one game Sunday. But to Bears fans scarred by years of torment, this looked more like a red-flag than a one-score loss.

Nick Foles can’t be the Bears’ long-term fix - Chicago Sun-Times - If it’s a choice between Foles, Trubisky and the field in 2021, bet the field.

Bears-Colts Halas Intrigue podcast: Breaking down Sunday’s loss - Chicago Sun-Times - A new starting quarterback, but some familiar questions for the Bears.

Bears giving QB Nick Foles benefit of the doubt - Chicago Sun-Times - Turns out, third-string quarterback Tyler Bray’s promotion from the practice squad Saturday had nothing to do with Mitch Trubisky — and everything to do with new starter Nick Foles.

Bears’ running game thrown back to Square 1 - Chicago Sun-Times - The offensive line was manhandled by the Colts’ front as the Bears rushed for 28 yards on 15 carries (1.9 avg.), excluding Nick Foles’ kneel-down. ‘I trust our guys. I trust our scheme,’ Matt Nagy said.

Bears film review: Some good, but a lot of bad for QB Nick Foles in starting debut - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ weekly film review breaks down a rough day for Foles (with a bright spot that could indicate he’ll get better), a stagnant Anthony Miller and the pass rush going quiet on third downs.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL fines Raiders players after they're seen with no masks at indoor event - ProFootballTalk - Videos of Raiders players not wearing masks while in attendance at an indoor fundraiser for tight end Darren Waller‘s foundation surfaced last week and touched off an investigation in Henderson, Nevada into whether the event violated state guidelines.

Commissioner suggests forfeiture as potential punishment for COVID-19 protocol breaches - ProFootballTalk - The two-page memo sent Monday by the Commissioner to all teams includes a two-paragraph passage that trots out the nuclear option for the league to ensure compliance with all COVID-19 protocols: The forfeiture of games.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears add Lamar Miller to the practice squad, release Stephen Denmark - Windy City Gridiron - On Monday the Chicago Bears made official the signing of running back Lamar Miller to the practice squad that was reported on last week. To make room for Miller, the Bears released former 7th-round...

Leming: 10 takes after the Chicago Bears first loss of the 2020 season - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears dropped to (3-1) on the season after a 19-11 loss. Here are 10 takes on the game and what to expect moving forward.

Curl’s Game Notes: Was hope for an average offense just Foles gold? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears took the field with a shiny new quarterback who dropped a shiny pyruvate turd in the middle of soldier field. But the defense wasn’t bad!

Wiltfong: Matt Nagy Approval Rating - Windy City Gridiron - With a 3-1 record after the first quarter of the 2020 season, where you at on Bears head coach Matt Nagy?

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