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The Bear’s Den, September 30, 2021

The Bears are buying a racetrack... perhaps that will help them find some more horsepower on offense? Probably not.

Secretariat, 1973 Arlington Invitational
Arlington Invitational: View of Secretariat in stall with groom Edward Sweat before race at Arlington Park. Arlington Heights, IL 6/27/1973
Set Number: X17800 TK1

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Dannehy: The Curious Case of Matt Nagy - Da Bears Blog - Sunday’s game was among the worst we’ve seen. The backlash against Nagy has been every bit as bad. And that’s fair.

Fields works in full in practice, while Dalton is limited - 670 The Score - Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields was a full participant in practice Wednesday while dealing with a right thumb injury. Veteran starter Andy Dalton was limited in his work as he deals with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot hopes to keep Bears in city - 670 The Score - The city of Chicago is committed to keeping the Bears in their longstanding home of Soldier Field, but the team hasn’t been interested in negotiating, mayor Lori Lightfoot said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning.

Greenberg: Who wins if the Chicago Bears move to Arlington Heights? – The Athletic - Don’t be fooled, a new stadium in Arlington Heights is not going to cure the team’s ills, nor will it provide a flawless fan experience.

Lions vs. Bears odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for Week 4 game with Matt Nagy on the hot seat – The Athletic - See odds, expert selections and storylines for Week 4's game between the Lions and the Bears.

Bears HC Matt Nagy has been tuning out the hate - Bears Wire - While Matt Nagy doesn't like the hate, he accepts it. And it quite frankly doesn't sound like he cares.

Matt Nagy reiterates Andy Dalton is Bears starting QB when healthy - Bears Wire - Bears QBs Andy Dalton, Justin Fields are expected to practice in some capacity Wednesday. But Matt Nagy won't name a starter yet.

Bears CEO Ted Phillips releases statement regarding Arlington Park - Bears Wire - The Bears officially announced they've signed a purchase agreement for the Arlington Park property that could serve as their new stadium.

Bears’ purchase of Arlington Park signals break from past, brighter future - RSN - It's time to stop selling a distant past and start buying a brighter future.

Chicago Bears sign agreement to purchase Arlington Park - RSN - The Bears are closer to moving to Arlington Heights after signing an agreement to buy Arlington Park. Here's more on the news, plus Lori Lightfoot's comments.

Lori Lightfoot determined to keep Bears in Chicago, Soldier Field - RSN - Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot said the Bears have not worked with the city on renovating Soldier Field to keep the team on the lakefront and away from Arlington Heights.

Bears' Matt Nagy won't say who will call plays vs. Lions in Week 4 - RSN - The Bears head coach did say players and coaches got together for constructive conversations after their poor showing in Week 3.

Andy Dalton still Bears starting QB if healthy, not Justin Fields - RSN - Matt Nagy announced there were no changes to his quarterback depth chart heading into the Week 4 game vs. the Lions.

Chicago Bears could move to Arlington Heights: Here’s what Sun-Times readers think - Chicago Sun-Times - We asked Chicago Sun-Times readers what they thought about the Chicago Bears’ potential move to Arlington Heights, now that they’ve purchased property in the city. Here’s what they said.

Lightfoot prepared to move on at Soldier Field without the Bears, who may be headed to Arlington Heights - Chicago Sun-Times - Mayor Lori Lightfoot sounded almost resigned to letting the team leave town because "we’ve got to be smart about how we spend taxpayers’ dollars."

Bears would pay hefty fine for breaking Soldier Field lease — but not enough to discourage Arlington move - Chicago Sun-Times - That’s if the team break their lease in 2026, according to a Sun-Times calculation. But that likely would not be enough to discourage a move to Arlington Heights, where the team could break ground on a multibillion-dollar stadium.

Bears’ injury updates on Danny Trevathan, Khalil Mack, Tashaun Gipson, more - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears could have Trevthan back Sunday against the Lions, but was concern about other starters as they resumed practice Wednesday.

Is coach Matt Nagy’s quarterback plan best for Bears — or best for him? - Chicago Sun-Times - Justin Fields is the future of the franchise, and he only will get where he wants to be by riding out his rookie mistakes. But if Andy Dalton is healthy, Nagy says he’s going back to him this week.

Matt Nagy singing the same old song - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears coach is resolute that his faith in himself, his staff and his players will get the team off the mat after last week’s debacle vs. the Browns. But it sounds more dubious than promising these days.

Arlington Heights appears ready to welcome Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - The current site of Arlington International Racecourse could in a few years house an NFL stadium.

Justin Fields, Andy Dalton: Both Chicago Bears QBs practice - Chicago Tribune - Both Andy Dalton and Justin Fields practiced Wednesday at Halas Hall, but it could be a day or two before the Chicago Bears name a starter for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Chicago Bears fans discuss team leaving Soldier Field — and the city - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune asked Bears fans about the possibility of the team leaving Soldier Field, and most said they are ready to race out to Arlington Heights.

Column: Did Matt Nagy indicate change in Chicago Bears play caller? - Chicago Tribune - If you’re interpreting what wasn’t said as much as what was, the fact Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy didn’t double or triple down on his play-calling abilities and proclaim he’s continuing in the role indicates a good chance that Bill Lazor and/or others will be calling plays.

Column: Sooner the better Chicago Bears leave Soldier Field - Chicago Tribune - News of the Chicago Bears' purchase of the Arlington Heights Racecourse property proves they're serious about leaving Soldier Field. The sooner, the better.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jay Glazer hints that something is brewing on the Deshaun Watson front - ProFootballTalk - “Keep your eyes on this situation,” Glazer tweeted in specific reference to the Texans and Watson.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions Week 4 injury report: Trey Flowers doesn’t practice on Wednesday - Pride Of Detroit - Flowers is still nursing shoulder and knee injuries.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Bears Injury Update: Trevathan designated to return, Fields practiced in full - Windy City Gridiron - On Wednesday the Chicago Bears designated inside linebacker Dany Trevathan to return from injured reserve, which opens a three-week window for the team to activate him to the roster. He was placed...

Wiltfong: Matt Nagy might have fired himself as play caller, or not - Windy City Gridiron - I’m sure the Chicago Bears know who will be calling plays on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, but apparently no one else needs to know right now.

Berckes' Visualize this: Matt Nagy’s Yardage Problem - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at a simple chart of offensive production

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2021: Week 3 vs Cleveland Browns - Windy City Gridiron - This one was painful to watch, but it was even more painful to write.

Leming's Bears Mailbag: Matt Nagy’s status, Justin Fields’ development, and so much more - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are (1-2) and coming off one of their worst offensive performances in recent memory. Should the focus change from wins to a regime change? What about Justin Fields’ development after being sacked nine times? We’ll cover all of that and more in Week 4’s mailbag.

Zimmerman's Chicago Bears Podcast - Jim Miller: Players around Justin Fields must execute better - Windy City Gridiron - Jim Miller joins Bears Banter and discusses the issues in the loss to Cleveland

Wiltfong: The Bears are one step closer to moving to Arlington Heights - Windy City Gridiron - It’s official. The Bears on Wednesday morning announced a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) for the Arlington Park property.

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