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The Bear’s Den, February 1, 2021

Pending physicals, Matthew Stafford is out of the division and Jared Goff is in. How will this affect the Bears?

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Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the second quarter at Soldier Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Why can’t Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson leave the Bears alone? - Chicago Sun-Times - The 2017 draft, the one that brought Mitch Trubisky to Chicago, just won’t go away.

Mike Pettine, Bob Sutton potential Chicago Bears assistant candidates - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are considering creating a position for a senior defensive assistant, sources say. Mike Pettine and Bob Sutton are a pair of available veteran coaches who would make sense for Matt Nagy.

Matthew Stafford: Detroit Lions trading QB to LA Rams - Chicago Tribune - The first major domino of the shifting NFL quarterback landscape has fallen, and the move doesn’t aid the Chicago Bears in their quest to fix the position. The Detroit Lions are trading veteran Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster deal.

How can the Bears attract Deshaun Watson in a trade? – The Athletic - Are the Bears’ coaches, receivers, offensive line and defense attractive enough to lure Deshaun Watson to Chicago?

How the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade impacts the Bears, Lions and Rams - RSN - Matthew Stafford is headed to Los Angeles and Jared Goff is in the NFC North. What now for the Bears?

All-time Super Bowl QB rankings: Rex Grossman heads leads the list (If you count from the bottom up) - Grossman only had three seasons where he started more than three games (2006, ‘07, 2011), but at least “Sexy Rexy” has a nickname that will live forever.

Five lessons the Bears can learn from the Matthew Stafford trade - Chicago Sun-Times - The Lions sent Matthew Stafford, who’d asked for a trade, to the Rams for first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, a third-round pick this year and quarterback Jared Goff.

Where will Bears land in NFL’s offseason quarterback carousel? - Chicago Sun-Times - More than half the league’s starting quarterbacks would fit the Bears, who have vowed to be aggressive in fixing the most important position in sports. Here’s what they will consider:

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL community reacts to virtual Pro Bowl game - NFL.com - With this year’s crop of Pro Bowlers being unable to face off on the field, the NFL’s all-star game went entirely virtual.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Report: Matthew Stafford was willing to go anywhere but New England - ProFootballTalk - Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports that Stafford was willing to go anywhere but New England.

Jared Goff's physical is "coming soon" - ProFootballTalk - Goff suffered a dislocated thumb in Week 16, had surgery the next day, and missed the Week 17 game against the Cardinals. He came off the bench in the wild card round against the Seahawks, and he started in the divisional round because John Wolford had a neck injury.

Jared Goff: I'm excited to be on a team that wants me and appreciates me - ProFootballTalk - “I’m just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me,” Goff told Mike Silver of NFL Media.

Lions trade QB Matt Stafford to Rams for QB Jared Goff, 2 1st-round picks - Chicago Sun-Times - The first major quarterback move of what promises to be a busy offseason has a residual effect on the Bears.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: No one should be untouchable when trading for a franchise quarterback - Windy City Gridiron - If you don’t have an above average quarterback in the NFL, your odds of winning anything are significantly hampered. This isn’t the 1980s. Hell, this isn’t even the early 2000s.

Infante's 2021 NFL Draft: 6 Senior Bowl standouts who would fit Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Senior Bowl has concluded, and if the Bears are wise, they’ll do their homework on some of these top performers.

Chicago Bears’ 2021 off-season roundtable: Into the shredder - Windy City Gridiron - Clear needs aside, player movement concerning the Bears will be much more limited than year’s past. A deep spring-cleaning is still necessary.

Salo: Stafford to the Bears? Olin Kreutz and Kyle Long React to Rumors - Windy City Gridiron - A couple former Bears players have reacted on social media regarding the rumors the Bears inquired about Matthew Stafford.

Infante: 2021 Senior Bowl recap - QBs falter, DL dominate - Windy City Gridiron - With this year’s Senior Bowl in the books, Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante gives his final thoughts on Saturday’s action.

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