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The Bear’s Den, December 19, 2023

Eberflus explains again, but words ring hollow

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Johnson didn't like Eberflus' call late in Bears' loss - 670 - The entire Bears defense appears to be in agreement that head coach Matt Eberflus’ aggressive blitz call on a key third-and-15 play late in a loss to the Browns on Sunday was a poor decision and one that set them up for failure.

Schmitz: Three Strikes, You’re Out - Da Bears Blog - For the 3rd time this season, the Chicago Bears held a 10+ point lead in the 4th quarter. For the 3rd time this season, they surrendered their lead and ultimately lost in regulation, with a final offensive rally falling flat.

Emma: Matt Eberflus deserves blame for Bears' loss to Browns - 670 - With the game on the line Sunday, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus let his players down with a bizarre play play call that cost Chicago dearly in a 20-17 loss at Cleveland.

Bernstein & Holmes question Eberflus' ill-fated play call - 670 - A handful of comments from Bears players after the team’s late collapse in a 20-17 loss to the Browns on Sunday were perhaps telling in the mind of Score hosts Dan Bernstein and Laurence Holmes.

Moore reiterates support of Fields over Williams, Maye - 670 - If the Bears want to go in a different direction at quarterback, the NFL Draft in April will represent the perfect opportunity to do so. But top wideout DJ Moore would be plenty content if they stuck with quarterback Justin Fields.

Bears coach Matt Eberflus defends third-and-15 blitz - Chicago Sun-Times - Eberflus joked last week he’d compensate for the injury to edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue thusly: “blitz every snap.” He didn’t do that Sunday, but he did blitz on the most important play of the 20-17 loss.

Upon further review: Bears QB Justin Fields’ game vs. Browns rife with concerns - Chicago Sun-Times - A closer look at the film from a game in which Fields completed 19 of 40 passes for 166 yards in a 20-17 loss.

The Browns made Jay Cutler rich — and 10 years later doomed Justin Fields - Chicago Sun-Times - GM Ryan Poles won’t be using the Browns game as a reason to give Fields a contract extension. It seems unlikely he gives Fields an extension at all. The Bears offense — with plays called by Luke Getsy, quarterbacked by Fields and overseen by coach Matt Eberflus — isn’t working.

Chicago Bears: What we heard after loss to Cleveland Browns - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus said there are "three or four" play calls he’d like back every game.

Chicago Bears: Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on Week 15 meltdown - Chicago Tribune - At 5-9, with playoff hopes minuscule, the Chicago Bears are running out of bounce-back opportunities. Finishing could be a project for the offseason ahead.

Joe Flacco outplayed Justin Fields — and that’s a problem for the Bears - The Athletic - The Browns' 38-year-old quarterback made more plays than Fields did Sunday. What does that mean for the Bears QB's future?

What went wrong on fourth-and-1 for the Chicago Bears in Cleveland? - CHGO Sports - What went wrong for the Chicago Bears on the fourth-and-1 attempt to start the fourth quarter? Here is what Bears coach Matt Eberflus had to say about the play.

Chicago Bears mock draft: Caleb Williams replaces Justin Fields – NBC Sports Chicago - Bears GM Ryan Poles can't resist drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick for a second year in a row

Cole Kmet understands why fans are upset with failed Hail Mary – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears attempted a Hail Mary with less than 5 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter. The ball seemed to have landed right in Darnell Mooney's lap...

Cole Kmet explains how Bears’ offense can get back on track – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears suffered their third late-game collapse of the season, resulting in a 20-17 loss to the Browns. Cole Kmet talked about what they can do to get back on...

Perhaps a switch can help Bears quarterback Justin Fields find his niche - Chicago Sun-Times - Maybe the Saints’ Taysom Hill can serve as a prototype for Fields to put his multiple talents to better use.

Staggered Bears vow to finish strong after tough hit - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have prided themselves on their resilience through tough times, including bad losses to the Broncos and Lions this season. After Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Browns, they’ll have to dig even deeper.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Matt LaFleur doesn’t think firing DC Joe Barry now is “best solution” for team - NBC Sports - Packers head coach Matt LaFleur isn’t planning to make a change at the top of the team’s defensive coaching staff.

POLISH SAUSAGE

John Spanos: Chargers are committed to providing resources to new G.M., coach - NBC Sports - The Chargers have hired first-time head coaches in their past three head coaching hires.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Leming's 10 Bears Takes: A blown lead, a blown catch, vanishing playoff “hopes” - Windy City Gridiron - In the most Chicago Bears way possible, the team blew another commanding fourth quarter lead on a cold, wet day in Cleveland. Despite controlling the majority of the game, the Bears once again proved why "close" isn’t close enough. We’ll dive into all of the happenings of Sunday, including where the Bears’ playoff hopes stand and why Week 15 was not a great one for their hopes of landing the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft.

DJ Moore says Justin Fields is better than Caleb Williams and Drake Maye - SBNation.com - The Bears’ star wide receiver has spoken.

Bears vs Browns: Inside the snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Here are all the snap counts for the Chicago Bears, a spotlight on some of their individual statistics, and a few team stats from their latest loss...

Infante's notes: Bears blow lead to Browns, playoff hopes on life support - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears fall to 5-9 after their latest loss on Sunday.

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