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The Bear’s Den, December 1, 2020

Well, Bears fans are supposed to wear masks, right? Right?

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Nov 19, 2017; Chicago Bears fans wear paper bags during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears Week 12 Takeaways: Primetime Pain - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears put forth yet another inferior effort in Week 12 as they got embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers on national television.

Embarrassing Loss to Green Bay Must Signal End of Pace/Nagy Era - Da Bears Blog - I felt nothing. Not before the game. Not during. Not after.

77% of Bears’ points have been scored with them trailing - 670 The Score - The Bears are in a spiral, losing five straight games to drop to 5-6. Their hopes are growing bleaker each week, and the futures of general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy are in question.

Rodon, Mazara are non-tender candidates for White Sox - 670 The Score - The White Sox have a few key roster decisions to make with the non-tender deadline looming Wednesday. Lefty Carlos Rodon, the team’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft, could be one of the higher-profile players in MLB to not be extended a contract.

Bears ownership has a lot to think about after latest loss – The Athletic - Could George McCaskey honestly watch Sunday’s loss, think about what’s gone on with his team for so long and do nothing?

Chicago Bears - Green Bay Packers Postgame Show: Behind Uninspired Effort, Bears Drop Fifth Straight - The Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys recap the Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Fire Sale: It's Time for the Bears to Fire Pace and Nagy - Chicago Audible Blog - After another humiliating loss to the Packers on national TV, it's time for the Bears to make some drastic moves. It starts with firing their GM and coach.

Bears must rebuild to use NFL Draft, free agency to find next quarterback - RSN - The Bears' only way out of quarterback hell is to tear their roster down and blow everything up.

Matt Nagy calls out Bears’ defense: 'That's not who we are' - RSN - Matt Nagy lamented his defense's shortcomings against the Packers, which will either come across as fair or tone-deaf inside Halas Hall for the 5-6 Bears.

How Matt Nagy is failing the Bears, and costing them the season - RSN - As time runs out on Nagy and the Bears, the head coach keeps saying the same thing. Is anyone listening anymore?

How Matt Nagy is failing the Bears, and costing them the season - RSN - As time runs out on Nagy and the Bears, the head coach keeps saying the same thing. Is anyone listening anymore?

Packers 41, Bears 25: Nagy embarrassed, and exposed, by Green Bay again - RSN - Well, that was ugly.

Bears vs. Packers 3 takeaways: Beginning of end for Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy? - RSN - If the Bears are looking for a new GM and coach in January, we'll look back on Sunday night's 41-17 loss as the catalyst for a Halas Hall housecleaning.

NBC's Tony Dungy: Bears defense 'basically, giving up here' amid blowout - RSN - NBC analyst Tony Dungy pulled no punches with his analysis of the Bears play on Sunday Night Football.

Chicago Bears local ratings for Packers game nothing special - Chicago Tribune - There’s no telling how many Chicago Bears fans watched the team's “Sunday Night Football” loss to the Green Bay Packers through their fingers. Nielsen doesn’t measure that.

Matt Nagy: Chicago Bears coach's job status in spotlight - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said after Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers he was more focused on keeping his team together than he was worried about losing his job. He reiterated that Monday, while also saying he understands the potential ramifications of the Bears' five-game losing streak.

Mitch Trubisky: Will QB start again for Chicago Bears? - Chicago Tribune - It speaks to how bad the Chicago Bears offense has been for the last month and a half under Nick Foles that Mitch Trubisky could come in as a backup, turn the ball over three times and potentially still be considered the better choice.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears' Week 12 - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears dropped their fifth straight game to fall to 5-6 with five games left in this increasingly dreary season. Even though mathematical possibilities remain or a wild-card berth, dispirited Bears fans will now debate how much of a housecleaning will be necessary — and how quickly it should start.

Column: Aaron Rodgers shows Chicago Bears what they're missing - Chicago Tribune - Be honest, Chicago Bears fans. When’s the last time you had a quarterback do what Aaron Rodgers did Sunday night, drilling touchdown passes on his first three possessions and adding a fourth in the third quarter in a 41-25 gutting?

Will the Bears draft Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater? – The Athletic - Rashawn Slater opted out of Northwestern's 2020 season, but could he resurface with the Bears?

Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy appear to be out of excuses – The Athletic - Have George McCaskey and Ted Phillips seen enough from these Bears?

Bears get out-coached, out-played by the Packers – The Athletic - No one expected the Bears to upset the Packers Sunday. But no one expected such a pathetic effort either.

Matt Stafford trade destinations: Where Lions QB may end up – The Athletic - A look at the best trade destinations for Stafford, what the Lions should accept in return and who the perfect player comp for Stafford is.

Can Matt Nagy save the Bears from imploding? – The Athletic - The Bears' failures are complete and total and were laid out for everyone to see Sunday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cowboys-Ravens moves to Tuesday, Dec. 8, with Steelers-Washington a day earlier - ProFootballTalk - The Ravens-Steelers game, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night and moved three times since, will kickoff at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NBC will broadcast the game nationally.

Steelers-Washington game moved to Monday in Week 13 - ProFootballTalk - The NFL has pushed the Week 12 game between the Ravens and Steelers back for a third time and the move to Wednesday will reportedly impact the Steelers in Week 13 as well.

Matt Nagy keeping his cool on the hot seat - Chicago Sun-Times - Discouraging loss to the Packers has the wolves howling for his job. "That’s all part of the business," he said. "Every one of us — not just head coaches, but coordinators, position coaches, all of our families, we all sign up for that."

Matt Nagy inches toward exit with ‘personal pride’ comment, rebuke of Bears defense - Chicago Sun-Times - In the surest sign yet that the Bears’ head coach is out of answers, he called for players to "do more" and ripped into the defense that has kept him employed.

Bears film study: QB Mitch Trubisky keeps making the same mistakes - Chicago Sun-Times - In four years, Mitch Trubisky has gone from No. 2 overall pick to "I don’t see why not" starter.

Bears coach Matt Nagy hints that QB Mitch Trubisky will start vs. Lions on Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - "I don’t see why not," Nagy said, when pressed on whether Trubisky would get another shot after the 41-25 loss to the Packers.

Bears-Packers podcast: The Bears and Mitch Trubisky hit rock bottom - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears and Mitch Trubisky were ... not good.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell ‘jacked up’ to bring fun back to team - Pride Of Detroit - Bevell wants hard work and fun out of his players.

Analyst argues the Detroit Lions need Jim Harbaugh - Pride Of Detroit - Rob Parker says the Lions don’t have time to train a first-timer, they’re in a win-now predicament.

Detroit Lions head coaching search: Robert Saleh emerges as clear, way-too-early favorite - Pride Of Detroit - Saleh has the best Vegas odds to be the Lions’ next coach, but it also makes way too much sense.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Emma: Observations from Bears-Packers - 670 The Score - The Bears lost their fifth straight game and fell to 5-6 with a 41-25 setback to the Packers on Sunday night. It seemed the Bears quit in the second half, though coach Matt Nagy doesn’t seem to notice yet.

Wiltfong's Bears vs Packers: Snap counts, stats and more - Windy City Gridiron - We share the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 41 to 25 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Wiltfong: History suggests a change is coming for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have gone from 5-1 and first place in the NFC North to 5-6 and third place thanks to a five game losing streak. Will heads roll due to their latest collapse?

Leming: 10 Takes after another miserable Chicago Bears loss - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have lost five in a row after a (5-1) start. Where do they go from here? Is this an easy fix or is will it take multiple off-seasons? That and much more.

Infante's Notes: Bears humiliate themselves in ‘SNF’ loss to Packers - Windy City Gridiron - On both sides of the ball, it was a brutal affair for the Bears, who now fall to 5-6 after losing five straight games.

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