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The Bear’s Den, September 23, 2021

Just in time it’s Justin time

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

DeMarcus Ware, Devin Hester eligible for HOF in 1st year - Chicago Tribune - Ten first-year eligible players, including defensive standout DeMarcus Ware and return specialist Devin Hester, are among 122 nominees for the 2022 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

What Justin Fields' first start means for the Bears organization now and in the future – The Athletic - Now that Justin Fields is the starter, what does it mean for the Chicago Bears? Are they prepared to go with Fields and never turn back?

Chicago Bears Week 3 Preview: Meet the Browns (with the Dawgs of War Podcast) - The Chicago Audible - Learn more about the Chicago Bears Week 3 opponent - the Cleveland Browns with this interview with the Dawgs of War Podcast.

Cole Kmet preparing for ‘backyard football’ with Justin Fields at QB - Bears Wire - Bears TE Cole Kmet joked he’ll be doing extra wind sprints to prepare for QB Justin Fields’ running and scrambling.

Devin Hester among ex-Bears nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame - Bears Wire - Bears great Devin Hester, the best returner in NFL history, was among the modern-era nominates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

How Justin Fields reacted to finding out he’s starting for Bears - Bears Wire - Justin Fields' reaction to learning he's the Bears starting QB against the Browns was exactly what you'd expect from the stoic rookie.

Hoge’s Bears Film Study: What Justin Fields did right vs Bengals - RSN - Justin Fields' first extended playing time in the NFL didn't result in a good stat-line, but the film shows some signs of a very bright future.

Bears' Justin Fields feels ready for first career NFL start - RSN - Matt Nagy's rookie quarterback will start Week 3 against the Browns, but Fields doesn't feel any kind of way about it.

Bears fans recognize Andy Dalton's efforts with charity drive - RSN - All of Chicago is excited for Justin Fields to start his first game, but it's not an indictment on Andy Dalton.

Eddie Goldman Practiced on Wednesday - On Tap Sports Net - The Bears released their Week Three injury report on Wednesday and there was good news. NT Eddie Goldman practiced on a limited basis.

Rookie QBs: Hope For The Best, Prepare For the Worst - Da Bears Blog - While recent NFL history has plenty of success stories when it comes to rookie quarterbacks, Bears fans should prepare themselves for the most likely scenario: rookie quarterbacks struggle.

Eddie Goldman, Mario Edwards Jr. rejoin Bears at practice - 670 The Score - The Bears are gaining reinforcements on their defensive line, with Eddie Goldman (knee) and Mario Edwards (suspension) working in the team’s practice Wednesday after their recent absences.

Production from tight ends would bode well for Fields, Bears - 670 The Score - The Bears have failed to incorporate their tight ends into the offense in their first two games, something coach Matt Nagy took the blame for.

It’s Fields’ time, and he opens with a challenge in Browns - 670 The Score - Bears rookie Justin Fields was named has been named the Bears’ starting quarterback against a tough Browns team come Sunday, but the team was quick to add that when veteran Andy Dalton’s healthy, he’ll return to the starting role.

Devin Hester named a nominee for Pro Football Hall of Fame - 670 The Score - Legendary Bears returner Devin Hester on Wednesday was named one of the 122 modern era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022.

Justin Fields: Chicago Bears rookie QB will start Sunday - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields will make his first start Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland, coach Matt Nagy said. Andy Dalton, the starter for the first two games, suffered a left knee injury in Week 2 and is week to week.

Justin Fields: Chicago Bears teammates impressed with rookie’s poise - Chicago Tribune - Even as Justin Fields made mistakes Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, his Chicago Bears teammates appreciated his poise.

Matt Nagy’s biggest challenge as Bears coach is to out-Fox the past - Chicago Sun-Times - Comparisons between Nagy/Justin Fields and John Fox/Mitch Trubisky won’t go away for Bears.

For Bears QB Justin Fields, the future is now — but what will it look like? - Chicago Sun-Times - If the scheme works, it’s not hyperbole to say it will change the way the Bears offense looks for the next decade.

Bears QB Justin Fields to start vs. Browns - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy insisted he would return to Andy Dalton when he returns from a knee injury. That better be a bluff.

Bears notes: Eddie Goldman returns to practice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have been here before. Goldman practiced on Wednesday of Week 2, and the next day head coach Matt Nagy said his injury was “arrow up.” Goldman, though, never practiced Thursday or Friday.

Plan to keep the Bears in Chicago complicated by constraints of Soldier Field - Chicago Sun-Times - Two architects who worked on the $660 million renovation — which won’t be paid off until 2032 — said only modest expansion is possible at the 61,500-seat stadium. And a retractable roof would be architecturally challenging, if not impossible.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL says All-22 film is expected to return on Friday - ProFootballTalk - The All-22 film is returning. Soon. Very soon. According to the NFL.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Kyle Shanahan: We expected a quick no from Packers on Aaron Rodgers - ProFootballTalk - Packers coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t mad at 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan for calling about a potential Aaron Rodgers trade. Kyle Shanahan would have been mad at himself if he hadn’t made the call — and if Rodgers had actually been available.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Breaking down Justin Fields, Bears’ Defense vs Cincinnati - Windy City Gridiron - Lets break down the tape from the Bears’ tight win over the Bengals on his YouTube channel — check it out at the link below!

Leming's Bears Mailbag: Nickelback issues, tight end usage and getting the offense back on track - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are (1-1) after a 20-17 win at Soldier Field. While the arrow seems to be pointing up from Week 1, there are still plenty of questions to be resolved. We’ll answers those and more in Week 3’s edition of the Windy City Gridiron Mailbag.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Edwards powers up, returns from suspension - Windy City Gridiron - A deep defensive line gets a major boost.

Zeglinski: Fields named starter, Chicago Bears now interesting again - Windy City Gridiron - The dawn of a new age at Halas Hall.

Zimmerman: QB1 Charity Challenge - Help raise money for charity. It’s really easy! - Windy City Gridiron - How much money did Bears Twitter raise this week?

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