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The Bear’s Den, December 8, 2020

Well, Monday was not black at Halas Hall, and we’ve got all the coach-speak you want to listen to right here. Joy.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) runs with the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Why Bears hiring ex-Cubs boss Theo Epstein isn’t crazy, but also isn’t likely - RSN - “Our plans are to continue to live in Chicago for the near term and potentially for long term,” Epstein said. “We love it here. It’s home now, for our family.”

In sixth-straight defeat, the Bears find a cruel symmetry – The Athletic - The Bears’ season began with a come-from-behind win in Detroit. The Lions had their revenge Sunday.

Epic Collapse: Bears’ 34-30 Loss to Lions Exactly What Chicago Needed to Move Forward - Chicago Audible - Sunday’s loss to the Lions may have hurt, but it was exactly what needed to happen for the Bears to take the right steps in becoming competitive once again.

Why Bears’ George McCaskey shouldn’t wait to fire Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy - RSN - The Bears have never fired a coach mid-season in their 101-year history. But if George McCaskey has decided to fire Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy at the end of 2020, he shouldn’t wait a few weeks. He should fire them now.

Why Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald doesn’t make sense for Bears - RSN - I’m sorry, Chicago. But it’s time to have this talk.

It wasn’t ‘Black Monday’ at Halas Hall — just another gray day - Chicago Sun-Times - One day after losing a game they led by 10 with 140 seconds to play, head coach Matt Nagy was left to answer questions about his future Monday.

Two Bears practice squad players test positive for coronavirus - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears placed two practice squad players on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list Monday: linebacker Manti Te’o and defensive tackle LaCale London.

Matt Nagy has Halas Hall support — until he doesn’t - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy is on the hot seat with the Bears mired in a six-game losing streak. He’s unlikely to know how much support he really has until this season is over.

Bears’ Matt Nagy defends pass call vs. Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky’s fumble was crushing. Per EdjSports.com, it decreased the Bears’ chance of winning by 41.4%, the second-steepest drop in the NFL this week.

Matt Nagy: No talk with bosses about job status after loss to Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday that he’s had great communication with chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips and general manager Ryan Pace during the season, but said he’s had no conversation about his job status in the wake of Sunday’s loss.

Matt Nagy: Chicago Bears coach hasn't talked job status with owners - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy was calm and open Monday as he fielded yet another round of questions about his job status — inquiries that have become more serious after three straight losses to each of the NFC North teams, each more confounding than the last.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears' Week 13 - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears looked absolutely dreadful from just about every angle, but Fox going without a 50-yard-line camera for Sunday’s 34-30 loss to Detroit Lions didn’t help anyone.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Chicago Bears' loss to Detroit Lions - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears reached their longest losing streak since 2002, dropping their sixth straight game in stunning fashion in a 34-30 loss to Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Can Matt Nagy save his job as Bears head coach? – The Athletic - There were some bright spots on offense Sunday, but the Bears defense disappointed again.

NFL Week 13 winners and losers: Baker Mayfield balls, Bears in free fall - NFL.com - Did anyone enjoy a better Sunday than Baker Mayfield? Is this bottom for the slumping Chicago Bears? Adam Schein spotlights the winners and losers from Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL salary cap 2021: Saints, Eagles at bottom – The Athletic - The Saints and Eagles are the worst-situated teams for the reduced salary cap of 2021.

Adam Gase: Firing Gregg Williams best move for us to make - ProFootballTalk - Jets head coach Adam Gase had a conference call with reporters on Monday and the decision to fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was the main topic of conversation.

NFL issues procedures for coaching and G.M. interviews during pandemic - ProFootballTalk - The NFL’s annual hiring season will begin long before the pandemic ends. Thus, the NFL has issued procedures for the coming cycle of filling jobs.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

WR Marvin Hall claimed by Browns, Lions offer little explanation on release - Pride Of Detroit - Darrell Bevell didn’t offer much of an explanation on why they waived Marvin Hall.

Detroit Lions head coach rumors: Team will not use search firm - Pride Of Detroit - Unlike her mother, Sheila Ford Hamp won’t rely on a search firm for her front-office hires.

Don’t take these last 4 Matthew Stafford games for granted - Pride Of Detroit - Stafford’s future is unclear, but he’s still extremely fun to watch in the present.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Bears vs Lions: 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 6th straight loss, this time 34 to 30 to the Detroit Lions.

Infante's Notes: Bears spiral further into losing streak with loss to Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears fell to 5-7 for the 2020 season with their sixth consecutive loss of the season.

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