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The Bear’s Den, December 27, 2023

It’s turnaround day again here in the Den, it’s out with the Cardinals and in with the Falcons

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Matt Eberflus discusses Eddie Jackson, Jaylon Johnson’s impact on defense – NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson and Jaylon Johnson have played a huge role in helping improve the defense. Matt Eberflus talked about their futures with the team and their...

Matt Eberflus explains Bears’ approach on short-yardage plays – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears continue to struggle in short-yardage plays. Matt Eberflus talked about how the Bears can be more effective on those plays

Dave Wannstedt breaks down Bears’ win against Cardinals – NBC Sports Chicago - Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt joins NBC 5 to break down the Bears’ win against the Cardinals. He reveals the one thing he thinks will determine if the...

Consequence of Blown Leads: Poles, Warren Face Risky Decisions at Coach, Quarterback - Da Bears Blog - On Sunday, against the Arizona Cardinals, the Bears were exactly who they have been since Montez Sweat arrived in the middle of the 2023 season. They play terrific defense, at least for most of the game. Their quarterback is one of the most electric runners in the league, and also a mediocrity at every other element of the position.

Eberflus: ‘We have to do a better job with short yardage’ - 670 - Bears head coach Matt Eberflus on Tuesday expressed his frustration with the team’s struggles to convert in short-yardage situations, as that was once again a problem in Chicago’s win against Arizona on Sunday.

Bears’ Jaylon Johnson believes he’s having an All-Pro season - 670 - Before the season began, Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson set his sights on earning All-Pro honors. He feels like that hope is on track to come to fruition.

Bears’ Matt Eberflus brushes off QB Justin Fields, OC Luke Getsy ‘arguing’ about formation - Chicago Sun-Times - Eberflus downplayed it as trying to figure out a minor detail before a play in the win over the Cardinals.

NFL Power Rankings: WIll the Bears regret beating the Cardinals? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have a 95.9% chance of landing the No. 1 pick, while the Cardinals sit at 3.4%, per ESPN’s simulations.

Bears, QB Justin Fields still looking to ignite passing offense with 2 games left - Chicago Sun-Times - As the offense flounders, Fields ranks 21st or lower in most passing categories.

1st-and-10: Wins adding up for Bears GM Ryan Poles - Chicago Sun-Times - Montez Sweat as a multiplier ... DJ Moore and the trade for Carolina’s first-round pick ... Tremaine Edmunds/T.J. Edwards for Roquan ... even Darnell Wright over Jalen Carter looks like the prudent decision at this point. All Poles has to do now is get the QB right ...

Chicago Bears: Jaylon Johnson, Justin Jones aid defense's rise - Chicago Tribune - As the Chicago Bears defense continues to improve, the list of significant contributors is growing.

Ryan Poles and pivoting: Are we overcomplicating the Bears’ evaluation of Justin Fields? - The Athletic - The Fields question might simply come down to the fact that he was not drafted by Poles and this Bears regime.

NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Ravens take over the top spot, plus an MVP for every team - The Athletic - The Lions, Browns and Bucs are among the teams on the rise. Plus, we name an MVP for all 32 teams.

Tale of two halves: Why the Chicago Bears offense looks so different from one half to the other - CHGO Sports - The Chicago Bears offense was drastically different in the first half than it was in the second half in the 27-16 win over the Cardinals. What could be the cause for this change?

Bears’ consistent offensive issues indictment of Justin Fields, Luke Getsy – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears rank in the bottom third of the NFL in almost every notable passing category and have been unable to consistently convert key short-yardage...

Dave Wannstedt breaks down Bears’ win against Cardinals – NBC Sports Chicago - Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt joins NBC 5 to break down the Bears' win against the Cardinals. He reveals the one thing he thinks will determine if the...

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Cardinals cut CB Marco Wilson - NBC Sports - The Cardinals waived cornerback Marco Wilson on Tuesday, the team announced.

Aaron Rodgers says it wasn’t his idea to join 53-man roster - NBC Sports - Rodgers complains about “conspiracy theorists” who claim he was being selfish.

Bears LG Teven Jenkins still in concussion protocol ahead of game vs. Falcons - Chicago Sun-Times - Jenkins got hurt in the Browns game, and the Bears started Cody Whitehair in his place against the Cardinals.

Bears unsure of TE Cole Kmet’s availability vs. Falcons after knee injury - Chicago Sun-Times - With him out and wide receiver DJ Moore hobbled, quarterback Justin Fields managed just 35 yards passing in the second half against the Cardinals.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Trevor Lawrence has sprained AC joint, doubtful to practice Wednesday - NBC Sports - Lawrence suffered his latest injury in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Ron Rivera: We're still working through who will start at QB this week - NBC Sports - The Commanders are playing out the string this season, but the club may be making a quarterback switch this week.

Will Chiefs bring back Eric Bieniemy next season — or sooner? - NBC Sports - The Chiefs don't look like the Chiefs, no matter how hard they try to be the Chiefs.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bear & Balanced: Bears hold on and finish a game! - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s talk about the Chicago Bears win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Gabriel's A Scout’s Take: History shows drafting the first QB is a huge risk - Windy City Gridiron - Greg Gabriel weighs in on the topic of the first team drafting a quarterback in the NFL Draft.

Leming: T.L.C. Animal Shelter is our TD for Tails Organization Of The Week - Windy City Gridiron - When the Bears win, so does our featured animal organization of the week! Each week, we’ll feature a new Chicagoland animal rescue partner with whom we’ll team up. Whatever the amount, all donations (both time and money) are welcome. This week’s featured rescue is Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter

Householder's stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Arizona Cardinals review - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears got back to winning, but results were mixed as there was a lot of good and some bad.

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