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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL
1st-and-10: Luke Getsy on the spot in Bears’ stretch drive - Chicago Sun-Times - Coming off a 12-10 victory over the Vikings in which his offense did not score a touchdown, the Bears’ offensive coordinator needs to prove “we’re in the process of building something special” — as he said when the Bears were 0-3 — in the final five regular-season games of the 2023 season.
NFL Power Rankings: Mitch Trubisky gets keys to playoff team - Chicago Sun-Times - How long the former Bears’ No. 2 overall pick keeps them depends on Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett’s recovery from high ankle sprain surgery. Whether the Steelers are still headed for the postseason then — they’d be the fifth seed in the AFC were the season to end today — depends on how Trubisky plays.
Justin Jones is Bears’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee - Chicago Sun-Times - Beginning this week, Jones and the other 31 nominees will wear a helmet sticker to recognize their achievement. The winner will be announced during NFL Honors on Feb. 8 as part of the lead up to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
Chicago Bears: How important is Matt Eberflus’ oversight of an improving defense? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears took the good vibes from a 12-10 last-minute win over the Minnesota Vikings into their bye week, hoping the confidence and momentum from that triumph can fuel them down the stretch of the season.
Jim Harbaugh to the Bears? If they move on from Matt Eberflus, it’s time for a big swing - The Athletic - Harbaugh has been a successful coach wherever he’s been. It would be malpractice for the Bears not to consider him if they make a change.
NFL Draft order 2024 projections: Patriots, Cardinals flip spots; Where would QB3 land? - The Athletic - How did Week 13 of the NFL schedule shake up the possible 2024 NFL Draft order?
Justin Fields, Braxton Jones will determine Bears’ 2024 NFL Draft path – NBC Sports Chicago - From Justin Fields to Matt Eberflus, the Bears’ 2024 draft plans will be shaped by how four NFL figures perform during the season’s final five games.
Schmitz’ Checking the Tape: Just How Good Are These Top 2 Quarterbacks? - Da Bears Blog - Last night I dove deep into the All-22 tape from both Caleb Williams & Drake Maye’s 2023 season to see what all the hype is about — throughout the stream I talked through:
KNOW THINE ENEMY
Lions place DL Alim McNeill on IR - NBC Sports - There’s some more clarity as to why the Lions elected to add veteran defensive lineman Tyson Alualu to their practice squad.
Aaron Rodgers complains about effort to "assassinate" the character of Zach Wilson - NBC Sports - Rodgers calls report that Wilson doesn't want to play "chickenshit at its core."
Tyrod Taylor "disappointed" to learn he lost Giants QB job to Tommy DeVito - NBC Sports - Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor learned today that when he's put back on the active roster, it will be as the No. 2 quarterback, and undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito will start on Monday night against the Packers.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Wiltfong: Justin Jones is Bears’ nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award - Windy City Gridiron - An outstanding honor for Justin Jones.
Sunderbruch: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - There are still plenty of things to talk about in the NFL, even if none of them involve the Bears making it into the playoffs this year.
Zimmerman: How good will this Carolina Panthers-Chicago Bears Bryce Young trade be? - Windy City Gridiron - The incoherent ramblings of a belligerent Bears fan.
Leming: The Anti-Cruelty Society - Week 14’s Touchdown For Tails Chicagoland Rescue Of The Week - Windy City Gridiron - When the Bears win, so does our featured animal rescue 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 The Anti-Cruelty Society.
Silverstein: Devin Hester’s insane 2006 and 2007 were crazier than you realize - Windy City Gridiron - Devin Hester did something no one else in NFL history has done... twice.
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