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The Bear’s Den, December 21, 2023

On the shortest day of daylight of the year in Chicago, is there a light growing in the distance?

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Sears Tower And John Hancock Go Dark In Observance Of Earth Hour Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

How Soldier Field, Chicago Bears saved Cairo Santos’ career – NBC Sports Chicago - Cairo Santos looked to be on his way to a lengthy career with the Chiefs up until 2017. It appeared the NFL had moved on until the Bears gave him a second...

Bears’ Matt Eberflus will ‘evaluate’ OC Luke Getsy after season ends – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears’ offense has been a disappointment this season and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has become an easy scapegoat as a season that has fallen short of...

Bears injury report: Darnell Mooney, Teven Jenkins sidelined – NBC Sports Chicago - Details on the health of the Chicago Bears as they get ready to play the Cardinals on Christmas Eve.

Bears overreactions: How much blame does Justin Fields deserve? – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields isn’t the main reason the Bears are losing games, but he isn’t absolved of blame either. Bears Insider Josh Schrock opens up a frustration-filled...

Eberflus on Getsy: ‘I’ll evaluate everything in the end’ - 670 - As Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has come under scrutiny with his unit struggling, head coach Matt Eberflus declined to share any big-picture evaluation of Getsy’s work until the end of the season.

Eberflus on Getsy: ‘I’ll evaluate everything in the end’ - 670 - As Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has come under scrutiny with his unit struggling, head coach Matt Eberflus declined to share any big-picture evaluation of Getsy’s work until the end of the season.

Jaylon Johnson’s desire to stay with Bears should make contract decision easy – NBC Sports Chicago - As Jaylon Johnson waits for the season ends to restart contract talks with the Bears, he believes Chicago is the best place for him as long as the deal is...

Bears’ failure to finish off opponents must be part of the Matt Eberflus evaluation - The Athletic - The Bears have blown three 10-point leads in the fourth quarter this season, including Sunday in Cleveland.

Bears rookie cornerbacks Tyrique Stevenson, Terell Smith rotating and impressing - The Athletic - Stevenson and Smith are playing well, providing a solid foundation in the secondary. What does that mean for Jaylon Johnson's future?

Chicago Bears Q&A: What are main factors in Matt Eberflus decision? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have three games remaining before facing major offseason decisions on their coaching staff and quarterback.

WR Darnell Mooney (illness) one of 7 Bears to miss practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears receiver Darnell Mooney, who had a tipped Hail Mary pass fall into his lap — and then onto the turf — as he fell to the ground Sunday, did not practice Wednesday.

Chicago Bears record on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day - Chicago Tribune - The Bears played on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) for the first time in 1989 and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) in 2005.

Justin Fields, Jaylon Johnson address futures - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson isn’t dead set on testing the free-agent market in March if the team approaches him with a suitable offer before then. "I just couldn't see myself anywhere else."

Praise of Justin Fields should fall on deaf ears in Bears’ big decision - Chicago Sun-Times - GM Ryan Poles needs facts, not emotion when determining what to do with the quarterback.

Bears CB Jaylon Johnson on pending free agency: ‘Couldn’t see myself anywhere else’ but Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times - Johnson says he no interest in testing the open market if the Bears make a satisfactory offer first.

With future at stake, Bears QB Justin Fields points to his improvement - Chicago Sun-Times - It was hardly an impassioned defense of his own play. It would have been surprising, though, to see Fields detail a point-by-point retort to fans who think he’s entering the final three games of his Bears career. That’s not in his personality.

Bears’ rising defense searching for killer instinct - Chicago Sun-Times - Whether it’s coaching, execution, attention to detail or mental toughness, the Bears’ defense won’t reach the next level until it learns how to consistently finish.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Cardinals place TE Geoff Swaim, ILB Josh Woods on injured reserve - NBC Sports - The Cardinals placed tight end Geoff Swaim and inside linebacker Josh Woods on injured reserve Wednesday, the team announced.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL will review handling of Devin White injury with Buccaneers - NBC Sports - The Buccaneers might have violated the injury-reporting rules by failing to downgrade linebacker Devin White from questionable to out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Todd Bowles tries to clean up Devin White injury-reporting mess - NBC Sports - On Monday, Bucs coach Todd Bowles stepped on a potential rake when discussing the reasons for linebacker Devin White not playing on Sunday at Green Bay.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bears Over Beers: Slipping Through the Fingers - Windy City Gridiron - JB & EJ take your questions in their weekly show

Fishbain: Chicago Bears will move on frm Eberflus, Getsy, Justin Fields - Windy City Gridiron - Kevin Fishbain joined the Bears Banter Podcast!

Infante's 2024 Bears mock draft: California dreamin’ - Windy City Gridiron - WCG’s lead draft analyst goes for his most optimistic mock draft yet.

Infante 2024 NFL Draft interview: New Hampshire RB Dylan Laube - Windy City Gridiron - WCG’s lead draft analyst speaks with New Hampshire’s superstar running back.

Berckes: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at the NFC playoff picture

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