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The Bear’s Den, October 7, 2021

Justin is in, Miller is out in Texas, and Vegas is on the horizon.

Chicago Bears v Los Angeles Raiders
Defensive tackle William Perry #72 of the Chicago Bears battles against center Don Mosebar #72 of the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 27, 1987 in Los Angeles
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Let’s Explore the Bears’ Potential Paths to Victory Against the Raiders This Week - Bleacher Nation - So, you’re telling me there’s a chance?

Justin Fields is Taking Over as the Chicago Bears’ Starting Quarterback Moving Forward - Bleacher Nation - It’s Justin Fields time.

Bears stars Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack dealing with injuries - 670 The Score - Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack (ribs/foot) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (groin) led a long list of players who didn’t practice Wednesday at Halas Hall.

How Justin Fields forced Bears’ plan and became starter - 670 The Score - The Chicago Bears named rookie Justin Fields their starting quarterback, something that has proven to be in the works ever since he arrived as a top draft pick in late April.

Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears starting quarterback - Chicago Tribune - Conversations among Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his staff — and Justin Fields’ body of work since being drafted No. 11 overall — led to the decision that the rookie quarterback was ready to take over the starting role for good.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Why won't Matt Nagy name Justin Fields the starter? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears haven’t named a starting quarterback for their Week 5 game against the Raiders in Las Vegas, and judging by the questions in Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag, fans aren’t happy that Matt Nagy hasn’t pledged to stick with rookie Justin Fields. Ken's Note: This article was published before the Bears named Fields the starter.

'Let him grow': It's full steam ahead for Bears with Justin Fields as their starter – The Athletic - On Wednesday, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy officially named rookie quarterback Justin Fields the team's starter going forward.

How the Bears created explosive plays with Justin Fields, Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney: All-22 review – The Athletic - Using the All-22 camera angle, we take a closer look at Justin Fields' four explosive pass plays that helped get the Bears back on track.

Bears fans convinced someone intervened to name Justin Fields starter - Bears Wire - Whether it took getting grilled by the national media or someone from higher up to intervene, Justin Fields has finally been named QB1.

Bears’ Justin Fields left Matt Nagy no choice but to name him starter | RSN - Removing the unnecessary quarterback controversy Wednesday was an important step. And now the whole team can move forward without any question about whose time it is.

Bears name Justin Fields starting QB, preach patience with rookie - RSN - Matt Nagy is excited, just like you, but cautions Fields will make rookie mistakes.

Bears' Justin Fields has Andy Dalton's support as starting QB - RSN - Andy Dalton was obviously disappointed to hear Matt Nagy made the starting quarterback change, but he's continuing to support the rookie QB.

Khalil Mack (Ribs/Foot), David Montgomery (Knee), and Akiem Hicks (Groin) Were Among the Six Bears Who Didn't Practice Wendnesday - Bleacher Nation - The first injury report of the week is full of familiar names and mixed emotions about early statuses.

How Justin Fields' parents celebrated his promotion to Bears QB1 - RSN - Justin Fields parents wanted to celebrate his QB1 promotion, but the rookie had other plans. See why Fields stayed with his dog while his parents went out.

Matt Nagy, Eric Bieniemy and a contrast in head coach readiness - Arrowhead Addict - Nothing seems fair, or even makes sense, when looking at the head coaching opportunities contrasted between Matt Nagy and Eric Bieniemy.

Andy Dalton Proved He's Absolute Class Upon Getting Fields News - Sports Mockery - Andy Dalton was in a low moment when he got the news Justin Fields was starting, but that didn't stop him from being a great teammate.

Bears’ Matt Nagy finally sees what everyone else does: It’s Justin Fields’ time - Chicago Sun-Times - Fields has been building the counterargument to Nagy’s plan of sitting him until 2022, and the case was so overwhelming that Nagy is making him the permanent starter in Week 5.

While Chicago celebrates starting gig, Bears QB Justin Fields ‘ready to work’ - Chicago Sun-Times - "I’m trying to win this weekend," Fields said Wednesday. "Of course there’s some reason to celebrate, but I’m not just going to be complacent with where I’m at."

Matt Nagy: Forget the other stuff I said. Justin Fields is our starter! - Chicago Sun-Times - The rookie will start against the Raiders on Sunday — and beyond.

Column: Matt Nagy asked Chicago Bears players for feedback - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy held a meeting last week, asking offensive players what changes they wanted to see in the game plan. It was an unusual move but could prove to be a galvanizing moment for the team.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Trevor Lawrence: Urban Meyer is still my head coach and I still respect him - ProFootballTalk - Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who turned 22 on Wednesday, was peppered in his weekly press conference with questions about his head coach. But Lawrence deftly fielded each one, publicly backing Meyer after what’s been a rough few days for the organization.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Raiders news: Derek Carr says Joey Bosa tried to ‘piss me off’ and did - Silver And Black Pride - Raiders’ QB responds to Chargers’ pointed comments

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Breaking down the Lazor-led Bears offense, opportunistic Bears defense - Windy City Gridiron - Robert S. is live right now breaking down the tape from the Bears’ big win over the Detroit Lions on his YouTube channel — check it out at the link below!

Wiltfong: Matt Nagy makes right call, still criticized - Windy City Gridiron - The public perception of how the Bears handled their quarterback situation did the franchise no favors.

Infante: Bears name Justin Fields full-time starting QB - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have finally made the switch, bringing in the rookie as their starting quarterback.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2021: Week 4 vs Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears only allowed one single sack against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and Lester breaks it down right here.

THE RULES

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