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The Bear’s Den, October 26, 2021

The Bears are deep into the COVID Protocols as the illness causes further chaos at Halas Hall.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Ryan Clark: Bears’ Justin Fields needs to run the ball more - RSN - Matt Nagy’s offense hasn’t dialed up many designed runs for the rookie quarterback. The “Get Up” host thinks that one change could lead to more points.

George McCaskey Should Fire Matt Nagy - Da Bears Blog - Not having any desire to sit through Sunday’s debacle again, it was nice to see Tice confirm what I had believed in real time: that Justin Fields had zero chance to succeed in Tampa.

Boomer Esiason: Bears’ Justin Fields ‘is not ready to play’ - 670 The Score - “I’m just telling you – they’re hamstrung by the kid’s inexperience,” NFL on CBS analyst and WFAN host Boomer Esiason says of the Bears starting rookie quarterback Justin Fields.

Bears’ Justin Fields is getting sacked like no other QB - 670 The Score - Bears quarterback Justin Fields was sacked four more times in a loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, bringing his total to an NFL-high 22 times, a number that’s more jarring considering he ranks 30th in pass attempts.

Bears coach Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19 - 670 The Score - ​Bears coach Matt Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19, he said Monday morning. He added he feels “pretty good.” It’s unclear when Nagy could return to the team.

Matt Nagy: Chicago Bears coach test positive for COVID - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19 and will remain away from Halas Hall until further notice.

Chicago Bears: Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on Week 7 loss - Chicago Tribune - This is what happens when a team that on its best day is a one-dimensional club with a struggling offense runs into a powerhouse coming off a Super Bowl championship with a real chance to compete for another one.

Chicago Bears: How Arlington Heights hung a welcome sign for NFL team - Chicago Tribune - Arlington Heights rezoning cleared path for a Chicago Bears stadium.

Bears Monday Rewind: Justin Fields’ accountability, Khalil Herbert’s impressive day and more observations – The Athletic - Things didn't get any better for the Bears the day after their ugly loss, but Herbert is a positive. That and more observations.

Bears report card: How we graded Chicago in their Week 7 loss - Bears Wire - Here’s a quick breakdown of what we saw during Sunday's game and how we graded the Bears in their loss to the Bucs.

Game balls: 3 standouts from the Bears’ loss to Bucs - Bears Wire - There weren't many positive performances in a blowout loss to the Bucs, but here are 3 Bears who were standouts.

Bears HC Matt Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19 - Bears Wire - Bears HC Matt Nagy wasn't at Halas Hall on Monday. But it wasn't because he was fired following a humiliating 38-3 loss to the Bucs.

Bears fans mock Matt Nagy about postgame comments after blowout loss - Bears Wire - Bears Twitter put Matt Nagy on blast for talking about team building after his team got blown out in a 35-point loss.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19 - RSN - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19 and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will take over.

Matt Nagy understands Bears fans' frustration with bad offense - RSN - The Bears head coach understands talk is cheap, but believes in Justin Fields' bounce-back ability against the 49ers next week.

Bears DL Bilal Nichols won’t be suspended for punch - Chicago Sun-Times - He figures to play Sunday against the 49ers.

Matt Nagy’s belief getting hard to believe - Chicago Sun-Times - The cherished culture that has been Nagy’s anchor might be a detriment at this point. It has devolved into psycho-babble that Bears fans aren’t buying — because it’s not paying off in enough points or wins.

Matt Forte: Bears ‘so unprepared and out-coached, it was embarrassing’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Forte, who ran for 8,602 yards for the Bears from 2008 to 2015 and retired after two seasons with the Jets, sent a series of tweets saying he had a “theory” about a “pattern” he found with the Bears dating back to his playing days.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Eagles trade Joe Flacco to Jets - ProFootballTalk - Joe Flacco is going back to the Jets.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Bucs complete deal with fan who gave up Tom Brady’s 600th touchdown ball - ProFootballTalk - It’s not $500,000, but the Buccaneers fan who gave back the football that Tom Brady used to throw his 600th touchdown pass, has a deal.

Monday Overreactions: The Lions are the best 0-7 team ever - Pride Of Detroit - Seriously, it’s totally okay.

Packers place WR Davante Adams on reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Cardinals game - Acme Packing Company - Adams must pass two tests with a negative result to play on TNF.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Leming: 10 Takes after the Bears blowout road loss to the Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - With a 38-3 loss on the road, the Chicago Bears find themselves on a two-game losing streak. As the stark reality of mediocrity sets in, what can we expect moving forward?

Householder: Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears head coach announced the news at his Monday press conference following the team’s loss in Tampa Bay

Wiltfong: Bears vs Buccaneers - Takeaways from the snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the complete playing time breakdown, a spotlight of a few individual stats, and also some team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 38 to 3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wiltfong: Bears open up as a home underdog vs the 49ers for week 8 - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are 3-4 and coming off a 38 to 3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the San Francisco 49ers are 2-4 and coming off a 30 to 18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Neither team...

Infante's Notes: Bears humiliated in embarrassing loss to Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears fell flat on their faces in their trip to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

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