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The Bear’s Den, September 16, 2020

It’s the first “turn around” day in the Den this year, as we finish with the Lions and switch over to the Giants. And Allen Robinson.

Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Allen Robinson wants to get paid... give the man his money, Ryan... drop some coin!

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears: Is Darnell Mooney team's fastest player? - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney said he didn't feel any jitters in his first NFL game and played on instinct.

Brad Biggs' Week 2 NFL rankings: Arizona Cardinals step up - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 2 of the 2020 season see the Arizona Cardinals make a big move up and the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers drop.

Chicago Bears: 4 observations from Week 1 win - Chicago Tribune - While Sunday’s season-opening 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions is just one game, and the plan will be specifically tailored for each opponent, it’s clear the Chicago Bears are invested in the ground game again.

Mitch Trubisky: How Chicago Bears QB did in Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - Major third-down problems. Shaky fundamentals. And then a fourth quarter for the ages to spark a major comeback. Has Mitch Trubisky really improved enough to propel the Chicago Bears into the playoffs? Or was Sunday afternoon just his latest tease?

Chicago Bears Week 2: Meet the New York Giants (with Bobby Skinner of Talkin' Giants) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Bobby Skinner of the Talkin' Giants podcast joins the show to discuss his takeaways of the Chicago Bears Week 2 opponent - the New York Giants.

Bears’ only option: Sign Allen Robinson to the extension he deserves - RSN - This all has to end with the Bears offering Allen Robinson the contract extension he deserves. Right?

Why Allen Robinson’s Bears contract negotiation ploy is so clever - RSN - I like to think that somewhere inside Halas Hall, an exhausted Ryan Pace is rubbing his face and lamenting about his week while Jack Donaghy reminds him that it's only Tuesday.

Bears' Allen Robinson stokes contract extension concerns with new tweets - RSN - Well, gang. The Bears are in a pickle. While we were sleeping, Allen Robinson wiped any and all signs of Chicago Bears presence from his social media accounts – a very normal thing that happy employees typically do often. Hat tip to the accounts that first noticed this, who were definitely not sleeping:

Bears' Tarik Cohen, Darnell Mooney latest to call for Allen Robinson extension - RSN - The Allen Robinson Extension saga kicked into a whole different gear on Tuesday, after the Bears' receiver quietly removed all traces of the team's logo from his social media accounts.

Could Allen Robinson Actually Be Traded by Bears? - SI.com - Allen Robinson's social media maneuvering has led to questions about whether he's actually at odds with the Bears.

Allen Robinson feels disrespected in contract extension talks with Bears - NFL.com - Allen Robinson's lack of a contract extension in Chicago has left him frustrated.

Offensive Player Rankings, Week 2: How Bears can keep winning, is Matt Nagy Misusing Mitchell Trubisky? - NFL.com - For three quarters of the Chicago Bears' Week 1 game, I saw the same Mitchell Trubisky that was in hot water all season long in 2019: the quarterback who locks on to one wide receiver, wishes him open, then watches his guy knock the ball away from the defender.

Bears podcast: Allen Robinson appears open to a trade. - Chicago Sun-Times - What’s the next step as the Bears’ relationship with Allen Robinson appears to be hitting the rocks.

Another self-inflicted mess as Bears bungle WR Allen Robinson’s contract extension - Chicago Sun-Times - Robinson is an "unbelievable" player who does everything right, coach Matt Nagy says, and no one has been more productive for the Bears on offense the last three seasons. So why can’t Ryan Pace get a deal done?

As contract talks stall, Bears WR Allen Robinson inquires about trade: source - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ best offensive player would’ve preferred to go into this season with a contract extension, but it hasn’t happened.

Bears’ Allen Robinson sends a message — and team needs to take notice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears wide receiver — who doesn’t make waves — seemed to express frustration with negotiations on a long-term contract when he eliminated references to the Bears in his Instagram and Twitter accounts. It might be time to get the deal done.

Bears rookie class makes strong NFL debut - Chicago Sun-Times - For a class that didn’t have a first-round selection, Bears rookies played a huge role in their 27-23 win against the Lions.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky’s accuracy: From ‘Pro Bowl’ hits to devastating misses - Chicago Sun-Times - Was Trubisky as inaccurate as his 20-for-36 passing line indicated? Film review and conversations with his coaches reveal the good and bad of his Week 1 win over the Lions.

Allen Robinson: Chicago Bears receiver asks for trade - Chicago Tribune - The divide between Allen Robinson and the Chicago Bears runs deeper than Robinson removing mentions of the Bears from his social media accounts. A league source told the Tribune that Robinson has asked about a possible trade.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wideout-needy Niners signing former Pat Mohamed Sanu - Mohamed Sanu needs a new squad and the San Francisco 49ers need wide receivers.

Wideout-needy Niners signing former Pat Mohamed Sanu - Mohamed Sanu needs a new squad and the San Francisco 49ers need wide receivers.

After running 15 times on Sunday, Cam Newton not concerned about the toll - ProFootballTalk - In his first game as the Patriots’ quarterback, Cam Newton ran the ball 15 times for 75 yards. Newton has always been a strong runner, but 15 carries is a lot for anyone, and durability has been a particular concern for Newton in the last couple years.

Bears Aren’t Good Yet, But That Doesn’t Matter - Da Bears Blog - Whether or not they’re a good football right now is irrelevant.

Chalk Talk: Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky makes history in Week 1 win over Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Mitchell Trubisky accomplishing something last Sunday that’s never been done before, how often the Bears have rallied from a 17-point deficit to win and if Trubisky took more snaps from under center against the Lions th

Lunch With Larry: 9.15.20 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discusses Sunday’s comeback win over the Lions, gives his biggest surprise from Week 1 and looks ahead to the Giants in his weekly Q&A with fans.

Allen Robinson Deletes Bears Posts From Instagram - 670 The Score - Bears receiver Allen Robinson has maintained that his focus is on this new season and not his lingering contract situation. But if his social media accounts are any indication, his mind is on his uncertain future with the organization.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Giants-Steelers ‘Kudos & Wet Willies:’ New Giants look a lot like the old Giants - Big Blue View - Who deserves praise, and who doesn’t?

Giants’ offensive line: Rough start, but play of Andrew Thomas a bright spot - Big Blue View - Coach Joe Judge has "no doubt" the group will improve

“I have to be better” — Saquon Barkley after career-worst night - Big Blue View - It’s all about getting better for the Giants’ running back

Teammates, coaches rally behind D’Andre Swift after devastating drop - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions haven’t lost faith in their rookie running back.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Chicago Bears C Cody Whitehair proud of offense's performance in Week 1 win over Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - A Bears running game that averaged 91.1 yards last season compiled 149 yards in Sunday’s win over the Lions, but that wasn’t the only encouraging sign that veteran center Cody Whitehair witnessed.

Chicago Bears rookie WR Darnell Mooney looks to build on strong debut against Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - After an impressive debut against the Detroit Lions, rookie Darnell Mooney looks to gain a bigger role in the Bears offense.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Are the Bears finding an identity? - Windy City Gridiron - While most of the Power Rankers focused on the QB, we looked at another aspect of the Bears win.

Infante: Bears LB Rashad Smith and OL Jamon Brown poached from practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have lost two members of their practice squad to promotions from other teams.

Wiltfong: Allen Robinson is still waiting on a contract extension - Windy City Gridiron - With A-Rob purging his social media accounts of all things Bears, he’s sending a message of discontent.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out a few of my week one NFL thoughts and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section!

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