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The Bear’s Den, December 3, 2020

Mitch is in, Nick is back but... not back... and with Matt Nagy, the song remains the same...

NFL: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy (R) talks with Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (L) after the game at Soldier Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Mitchell Trubisky Has Start and Matt Nagy’s Confidence - SI.com - “I thought it was pretty good overall,” Trubisky said of his effort. “I think some of my misses I was putting the ball in a careful spot where it was us or nobody.

Matt Nagy faces challenge of keeping Bears together - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy called out his team Monday for what he felt was a lack of personal pride amid a five-game losing streak. Now, Nagy will be challenged to keep the locker room from dividing.

Bears sticking with Mitchell Trubisky as starting QB - 670 The Score - The Bears are sticking with Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback against the Lions on Sunday, coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday. Nick Foles (hip) returned to practice Wednesday but will be the backup quarterback if he’s healthy.

Quick Hits: New Chicago Bears offensive line showed growth according to head coach Matt Nagy - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy was pleased with how the Bears’ reconfigured offensive line performed in last Sunday’s loss to the Packers, saying: “I felt really good about those guys.”

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky aims to build on positives, limit miscues - ChicagoBears.com - As he prepares to make his second straight start, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is focused on building on the strides the offense made in Green Bay while also taking better care of the ball.

Chalk Talk: What’s the latest with Chicago Bears DT Akiem Hicks’ injury? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses defensive tackle Akiem Hicks’ status, how Mitchell Trubisky has fared against the Lions during his career and a young Bears player to watch the rest of the season.

5 things you may not know about Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos - ChicagoBears.com - Cairo Santos has been one of the Bears’ most consistent players during his second stint in Chicago. Here are five things you may not know about the kicker.

Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles? For the Bears, there is no right answer at QB - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ loftiest hope was that one of these guys could be a league-average quarterback. That proved far too rosy an outlook.

‘Deep Dish Pizza is Overrated’ sign at the Bears-Packers game restarts age-old arguments - Chicago Sun-Times - The photo has gone viral, racking up more than 33,000 likes on Instagram and thousands more on Twitter and Facebook.

Chicago Bears Snap Judgment: TE Cole Kmet overtakes Jimmy Graham in Packers game - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at how the Bears split up playing time among tight ends, wide receivers and players who saw their role reduced coming out of the bye week.

Mitch Trubisky to start for Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears' Mitch Trubisky will be the first quarterback to face the Detroit Lions after they fired coach Matt Patricia over the weekend. Trubisky won all four of his games against the Patricia-led Lions, throwing for 1,108 yards, and 12 touchdowns with one interception.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - After a dismal loss to the Green Bay Packers that extended the Chicago Bears losing streak to five games, many of the questions in Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag dealt with potential changes in the organization before next season.

Matt Nagy is the voice of the Bears' decline – The Athletic - Matt Nagy is a quotable head coach, win or lose.

Baker Mayfield, Matt Nagy: NFLers with most at stake – The Athletic - Baker Mayfield, Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson are among the players, QBs and coaches with the most at stake until the end of the season.

Which Bears have the most to play for the rest of 2020? – The Athletic - Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Charles Leno Jr. and Buster Skrine are just a few players who still have something at stake this year.

Bears' Mitch Trubisky is QB1 vs. Lions, but Nick Foles returns to practice - RSN - The Bears had plenty of QB news to sort through on Wednesday.

NFL QB Power Rankings 2020, Week 12: Mitch Trubisky back, Bears lose - RSN - In a season where quarterback storylines have been as crazy as ever, Week 12 may have given us the most ridiculous story to date.

Ya Know, The Bears Don’t Have to Take a QB in the First Round of the 2021 NFL Draft - Bleacher Nation - I *am* open to Chicago choosing a non-quarterback prospect in Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft, even if it’s not necessarily our preferred route.

Mitchell Trubisky starts again this week - ProFootballTalk - Nick Foles is back at practice for the Bears, but they won’t be putting him back in the lineup for this weekend’s game against the Lions.

Mitch Trubisky’s sure thing vanished when Lions fired Matt Patricia - Chicago Sun-Times - The Lions might have taken away Mitch Trubisky’s last life raft.

Matt Nagy: ‘Zero concern’ he threw his defense under the bus - Chicago Sun-Times - All Nagy has left at this point is his cherished culture. And it’s that culture that allows him to say what he said Monday without worry that it will fracture the bond he has built at Halas Hall.

Nick Foles returns to practice — as the No. 2 QB - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky will start against the Lions. Akiem Hicks (hamstring), Khalil Mack (knee) and Charles Leno (toe) did not practice. Coach Matt Nagy is hopeful Hicks can play Sunday. “I feel like he’s getting better.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Browns aren’t bashful about talking playoffs - ProFootballTalk - You’ve heard the coachspeak and assorted clichés by now, over and over again.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell downplays talk of bubble, but ‘all options are on the table’ - NFL.com - “All options are on the table,” Goodell said without specifically mentioning the possibility of a postseason bubble.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Kenny Golladay sits out practice, Matthew Stafford, D'Andre Swift limited - ProFootballTalk - Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has not missed a snap since partially tearing ligaments in his right thumb on Nov. 15 against Washington. There is no reason to believe he won’t play every snap Sunday against Chicago.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante's 2021 Bears mock offseason: The “rebuild” scenario - Windy City Gridiron - What if the Bears decide to retool significantly this offseason? Let’s run through a mock offseason predicting how that could play out.

Wiltfong: Bears sign Tyler Clark to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - After previously putting him through a workout at Halas Hall and meeting with him last week, the Chicago Bears have announced the signing of Tyler Clark to the practice squad.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2020: Week 12 vs Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - We break down the three sacks the Bears allowed against the Packers on Sunday night.

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