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The Bear’s Den, September 22, 2021

It’s Turnaround Day here in the Den, where it’s out with the Bengals and in with the Browns. Lets get started!

Cincinnati Bengals v Chicago Bears
Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Riley Reiff #71 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field on September 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 20-17.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Justin Fields has already earned Bears’ belief - 670 The Score - The Bears could start rookie quarterback Justin Fields at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. While Fields is inexperienced, he has already earned the organization’s trust through his work on the scout team.

Did Jason Peters Accidentally Tip Matt Nagy’s Hand About Sunday’s QB1? - Bleacher Nation - Jason Peters discussing the difference in techniques he uses depending on who’s under center got us thinking...

Roquan Smith Got His First Pick-Six Ball Back from That Fan (Who Also Got a Little Something for His Trouble) - Bleacher Nation - Nothing like player-fan interaction to serve as a reminder of how much we were missing with butts not being in stadium seats last year.

Report: Andy Dalton “Week-to-Week” With Knee Injury, Hasn’t Been Ruled Out For Sunday - Bleacher Nation - Further confirmation on Andy Dalton’s knee injury, mild clarity on a timetable for return, and a peek at who’s in line to start in Week 3.

As Fields Becomes the Starter, Opportunity Moves to Nagy. - Da Bears Blog - Justin Fields is now the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Could Andy Dalton come back from injury and find himself on the field? Sure. But it’s highly unlikely.

Andy Dalton Rooting On Justin Fields is Everything - Bleacher Nation - You gotta love seeing Andy Dalton acting like he's one of the 60,000+ fans at Soldier Field rooting on Justin Fields.

Bears QB Justin Fields in line to make first NFL start vs. Browns - Bears Wire - With Andy Dalton week-to-week with a bone bruise on his knee, rookie Justin Fields is gearing up for his first NFL start Sunday vs. Browns.

If Bears start Justin Fields, Jason Peters knows how to adjust - RSN - Peters is a future Hall of Famer, and he's confident he'll get in sync with the rookie QB.

Bears' Andy Dalton still starting QB, not Justin Fields, if healthy - RSN - The Bears are still waiting for results on the severity of Dalton's knee injury. If he can't go, Fields will be the Bears starting quarterback.

NFL rookie QB rankings: Bears' Justin Fields behind Mac Jones - RSN - Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson got all the hype around the NFL Draft, but they've struggled the most for the Jaguars and Jets.

How 'ready' is Bears QB Justin Fields to start? How good is his offensive line? 5 takeaways – The Athletic - With Andy Dalton injured, rookie Justin Fields should be the Bears' starting quarterback, which will change the offense.

Grading Justin Fields' Week 2 outing for Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - There’s no turning back now. (Unless there eventually is.) Justin Fields is the Week 3 starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears. (We presume. Probably.) Inside Sunday's victory and what's ahead for the rookie quarterback and the offense.

Justin Fields: Chicago Bears players preparing for rookie QB to start - Chicago Tribune - If Andy Dalton is out and Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears starter this week, wide receiver Allen Robinson said they will need to squeeze in extra reps before, during and after practice to get back on the same page as the quarterback who ran the scout team the last two weeks.

Bears’ Justin Fields needs to watch NFL’s good and bad QBs — and learn - Chicago Sun-Times - The best thing Fields did Sunday was not a pass or run or block or even a handoff. It was a doglike scramble on the ground to regain possession of a ball he fumbled at the Bears’ 33-yard line.

Bears rookie QB Justin Fields has confidence of his teammates - Chicago Sun-Times - "I feel like, with him, we’ll be in good hands," defensive lineman Bilal Nichols said.

Bears 1st-and-10: Matt Nagy focused on Justin Fields — and winning - Chicago Sun-Times - While Fields playing, learning and developing sounds prudent if Andy Dalton can’t go Sunday, don’t be surprised if Nagy ultimately plays the quarterback who gives the Bears the best chance to win.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Davis Mills gets his first start on Thursday night - ProFootballTalk - Before Justin Fields or Trey Lance make their first NFL start, Davis Mills will get his initial starting assignment. Ken's Note: Not really sure the Texans are the organization I want to model my quarterbacking situation around.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Does Green Bay Packers, Inc. try hard enough to win Super Bowls? - ProFootballTalk - As Simms and I put in perspective during Tuesday’s PFT Live the Packers’ expected victory over the Lions, we strayed into the question of whether Aaron Rodgers has a legitimate beef with the organization. We both think he does.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: NFL Power Ranking: Where are the 1-1 Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - We go around the interwebs to see what the experts think about the Bears this week...

Householder's Stock up, stock down Bears-Bengals: Big game for Roquan Smith, defense - Windy City Gridiron - Which players are trending up and down following Chicago’s first win of the season

Schmitz: Breaking down Justin Fields’ 4th quarter Bears-Bengals interception - Windy City Gridiron - Nobody likes interceptions (especially when your rookie QB threw them), but the fact remains that they’re is simply a part of playing quarterback even if you’re Patrick Mahomes in the month of...

Berckes: 10 thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - A fun-filled second week of action with a whole new batch of NFL-related thoughts on tap.

Wiltfong & Berckes' Bear & Balanced: Taking a (mostly) level-headed look at the Bears vs Bengals game - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and Lester have had some time to reflect on the Bears first win of the 2021 season, 20 to 17 over the Bengals, so what kind of thoughts do they have now?

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