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The Bear’s Den, December 16, 2020

It’s turnaround day, as it’s out with the cattle and in with the annoying purple horn honkers from the Norsewest

Houston Texans v Chicago Bears
AJ McCarron #2 of the Houston Texans is about to get sacked on fourth down by Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Texans 36-7.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Lunch With Urlurker (Larry contributes): 12.15.20 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer gives his MVP from the dominant performance against the Texans, breaks down potential playoff scenarios and tiebreakers and gives his keys to victory in Sunday’s important matchup with the Vikings in his weekly Q&A with fan

Chalk Talk: When was the Chicago Bears’ last TD on the first play of the game? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last time the Bears scored a touchdown on their first play from scrimmage, where David Montgomery’s 80-yard TD ranks among the longest runs in team history and why the Bears were called for a false start at the Texa

Da Bears Blog - What if Matt Nagy is Becoming a Really Good Head Coach? - What if Nagy is becoming a really good head coach? Here’s a simple fact. People get better at things the more they do them and Nagy had never been an NFL head coach before. Changing head coaches would put a new voice in the room but does the room seem like it needs

Trubisky taking hold of late-season chance with Bears - 670 The Score - Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is taking advantage of his apparent last chance in Chicago – which may well be an audition for his next opportunity in the NFL.

Report: Bears’ Mario Edwards Jr. charged with assault - 670 The Score - Chicago defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. has been charged with assault stemming from an incident the day before the Bears beat the Panthers in Charlotte back in October, TMZ reported.

Mitch Trubisky over Nick Foles? Yeah, but let’s not get carried away - Chicago Sun-Times - The notion that Matt Nagy never should have benched Mitch Trubisky, while debatable, is closer to folly than the truth. Trubisky earned that demotion through two-plus seasons of inconsistency and a chronic struggle read defenses in his fourth NFL season.

Bears RB David Montgomery thriving under new play-caller - Chicago Sun-Times - Since returning from a concussion to work under new play-caller Bill Lazor, Montgomery has produced the best football of his Bears career.

Bears Snap Judgment: Rookies see uptick in playing time recently - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ weekly look at how the Bears split up their playing time focuses on the rookies this week, with various other notes.

Mitch Trubisky’s surge keeps Bears’ playoff hopes alive - Chicago Sun-Times - This is the best iteration of Trubisky to date, but not likely a game-changing breakthrough. Even if Matt Nagy’s offense failed Trubisky, there’s not enough time for it to save him with the Bears.

Chicago Bears podcast: What’s next after a dominant Week 14 win? - Chicago Tribune - On the Bear Download podcast, Dan and Brad talk about the Chicago Bears’ dominant Week 14 win. And now there’s … playoff chances? General hope for the offense?

Mario Edwards Jr.: Chicago Bears DL charged with assault - Chicago Tribune - A criminal summons has been issued for Chicago Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. on a charge of misdemeanor assault on a female, a spokesman for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina said Tuesday.

Chicago Bears: 3 observations from Week 14 win - Chicago Tribune - Three observations from rewatching the CBS telecast of the Chicago Bears-Houston Texans game, beginning with Roquan Smith’s increased role in the pass rush.

Mitch Trubisky: Chicago Bears QB's Week 14 performance - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears offense is suddenly clicking. Mitch Trubisky has been steady and efficient. It's causing an outbreak of head-scratching across Chicago. Where has this been? Can the momentum be sustained? What does it really mean?

Mario Edwards Jr. charged with assault after incident before Bears-Panthers game - RSN - A police report obtained by NBC Sports Chicago listed both Edwards and a woman as victims in the incident. The narrative section of the police report reads:

Chicago Bears beginning to create offensive identity - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have experienced a resurgence on offense the past three weeks after reinstalling Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback and reconfiguring their offensive line.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Owners to discuss 17-game season at virtual meeting Wednesday - ProFootballTalk - NFL owners will discuss whether to expand the regular season to 17 games for 2021 at their regularly scheduled winter meetings Wednesday.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Unbelievable! - Kicking Woes Return - Daily Norseman - BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Vikings’ 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers.

Vikings waive Tajae Sharpe, make two other moves - Daily Norseman - We missed it yesterday

Detroit Lions hire Chris Spielman as full-time assistant to president and CEO - Pride Of Detroit - The former Lions linebacker will have a say in the team’s next GM and head coach.

Offensive Player Rankings, Week 15: Building AFC, NFC Pro Bowl rosters on offense - NFL.com - With the 2021 Pro Bowl roster set to be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22, David Carr fills out his own ballot with deserving offensive players from each conference. Who makes the cut?

Lions announce front-office addition of Chris Spielman - NFL.com - The Detroit Lions have hired former linebacker Chris Spielman to join their front office as special assistant to the chairman and president and CEO, the team announced.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Bears the big mover this week - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears picked up their first win in nearly two months, and sure, it was against the horrendous Houston Texans, but a win is a win, and when a team is riding a six game skid all that...

Infante's 2021 NFL Draft: Top wide receivers for Bears to target - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears would be wise to take advantage of the loaded wide receiver class in the 2021 draft.

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s break down all the good and bad from the Bears’ most dominant victory of the year.

Wiltfong: Mario Edwards Jr. charged with assault - Windy City Gridiron - TMZ Sports is reporting that Chicago Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. has been charged with assault stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident that took place in a North Carolina...

Wiltfong's Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out some of our thoughts from week 14’s games and give us some thoughts of your own in the comment section.

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