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The Bear’s Den, December 9, 2020

It’s turnaround day here in the Den as it’s out with the Lions and in with the Texans.

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans bull rushes against Bobby Massie #70 of the Chicago Bears in the second half at NRG Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Houston Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears, NFL monitoring virus situation with practice squad - 670 The Score - The Bears and NFL are monitoring a COVID-19 situation with Chicago’s roster after a third practice squad player on the team tested positive for the virus. Contact tracing deemed these three cases to be independent of each other.

The Facts About the 2017 QB Rankings - On Tap Sports Net - Believe it or not, finding a franchise quarterback isn’t a science, and the truth is, the 2017 QB rankings have not played out as they seemed they would.

Could Offensive Improvement & Lack of Talent Save Nagy’s Job? - Da Bears Blog - While fans are calling for a complete house cleaning, there are a number of factors that could lead to Matt Nagy’s job being safe this offseason.

Lunch Without Urlurker Again: 12.8.20 - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discusses what went wrong against the Lions, the offense’s 30-point performance, Cordarrelle Patterson’s expanded role this season and Cole Kmet’s development during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Chalk Talk: Where did Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky make strides against Detroit Lions? - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Mitchell Trubisky’s improvement against the Lions, the difference with the Bears offense in the second half and why the Bears called a pass play on third-and-4 late in the game.

Chicago Bears virtually visit children’s hospital - 670 The Score - Members of the Chicago Bears use virtual chat to continue four-year tradition.

Bears lead list of teams whose 2021 starting QB isn't on the current roster - NFL.com - What's next for franchises without a true answer at the game's most important position? David Carr spotlights seven teams whose 2021 starting QB isn't on the roster. Plus, an updated ranking of the top 15 offensive players in the NFL.

WR Thomas Ives is 3rd Bears practice-squad player to test positive for coronavirus - Chicago Sun-Times - The team is on alert, but so far believes it is not in the middle of an outbreak.

George McCaskey must take ownership of latest Bears failure - Chicago Sun-Times - If the McCaskeys aren’t going to sell the team, they need to put their family heirloom into more capable hands. The McCaskeys and Ted Phillips should have nothing to do with the hiring or firing of GMs and coaches.

Deshaun Watson arrives at Soldier Field to remind Bears of epic draft mistake - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears took Mitch Trubisky No. 2 overall in 2017, passing on Patrick Mahomes and Watson. Mahomes had his way with them a year ago. Now Watson wants his revenge.

Bears Snap Judgment: Bears strike balance between Cordarrelle Patterson, David Montgomery - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ weekly look at how the Bears split up their playing time looks at running back, wide receiver, tight end and various spots on defense.

Bears GM Ryan Pace isn’t saying anything as team flounders - Chicago Sun-Times - If the Good Ship Bears is sinking, the man who built the hull, loaded the cannons and hoisted the mainsail ought to stand on the pier and tell us what the hell is going on.

Chicago Bears: 3 observations from Week 13 loss - Chicago Tribune - Here are three observations from rewatching the Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions telecast, beginning with Matthew Stafford’s big day throwing the ball against a heavy dose of zone defense from the Bears.

Breaking down the Bears' offensive confusion with timeouts – The Athletic - The Bears' ineptitude coming out of timeouts highlights their offensive issues.

Concerns about Khalil Mack and faulting Chuck Pagano – The Athletic - It's perfectly acceptable to criticize Khalil Mack and the Bears defense after that performance against the Lions.

Mitchell Trubisky Has a Rare Chance To Be a Chicago Hero - On Tap Sports Net - Mitchell Trubisky should disregard logic and be honest with himself and the fans. He can be a hero to the Bears fan base in this lost season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Doug Pederson: I made the switch to Jalen Hurts because we need a spark - ProFootballTalk - Eagles coach Doug Pederson has confirmed he’s benching Carson Wentz in favor of Jalen Hurts, and it’s all about seeing if Hurts can bring some heat to a stagnant offense.

Report: Jalen Hurts to start for Eagles - ProFootballTalk - Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s refusal to name a starting quarterback for Week 14 after pulling Carson Wentz in Sunday’s loss to the Packers suggested that Jalen Hurts was likely to get the nod and the choice has reportedly been made.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Houston Texans General Manager Search: Is John Dorsey A Front Runner? - Battle Red Blog - Dorsey’s Cleveland roster is currently 9-3. Can he do that for Houston?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Give our NFL Thoughts a gander this week and be sure to drop some of your own in the comment section!

Wiltfong: Bears place Thomas Ives on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, protect Tyler Bray - Windy City Gridiron - For the second consecutive day the Chicago Bears have placed a practice squad player on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, with wide receiver Thomas Ives joining defensive lineman LaCale London and...

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Let’s see what the experts have to say about the Bears this week! - Windy City Gridiron - Even though the week isn’t quite over with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens set to play tonight, Tuesday’s are traditionally power ranking day for NFL publications and most are sticking to...

Wiltfong: Bears Poll of the Day - Pat Fitzgerald or Jim Harbaugh - Windy City Gridiron - Rumors and speculations about the next Bears head coach are flying, so which of these two do you like better?

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