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The Bear’s Den, January 11, 2024

Getsy and large percentage of Bears offensive staff dismissed, plus pressers from top brass at Halas Hall

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Bears quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko, left, and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy look at their charts during a game against the Buccaneers on Sept. 17, 2023, in Tampa
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Why did the Bears fire Luke Getsy? – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears kicked off Wednesday morning with a ground-breaking development, firing five coaches including offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. However, they opted...

Could the Bears stay in Chicago? Here’s what Kevin Warren said – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have not yet nailed down a location for their next stadium. All options remain on the table. CEO/President Kevin Warren said the Bears are still...

Bears will ‘turn over every stone’ in quarterback decision - 670 - As the Bears watched quarterback Justin Fields showcase growth throughout his third NFL season, they were also scouting their alternatives at the position.

Ryan Poles: Jaylon Johnson isn’t leaving Bears - 670 - As the sides prepare to resume contract extension negotiations, Bears general manager Ryan Poles has no intention of letting Pro Bowl cornerback Jaylon Johnson leave the team in free agency.

Bears don’t commit to Arlington Heights as new stadium home - 670 - At his introductory press conference last January, Bears president/CEO Kevin Warren stated that Arlington Park was the team’s “sole focus” as it weighed its locations to build a new stadium. That priority has clearly changed.

Ryan Poles: Matt Eberflus held Bears together amid adversity - 670 - In explaining why he retained Bears head coach Matt Eberflus for a third season on the job, general manager Ryan Poles praised Eberflus for holding his team together amid adversity.

Emma: Bears repeating same mistakes for their quarterback - 670 - The Bears retained head coach Matt Eberflus and fired offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, a pair of decisions that will put their quarterback — whether it’s Justin Fields or a prized rookie — in a tough position in the 2024 season.

Column: Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles must pick the right QB - Chicago Tribune - Ryan Poles decided to stick with Matt Eberflus as Chicago Bears coach. Now comes the hard part for the general manager: picking the right quarterback.

Matt Eberflus: Chicago Bears coach will return in 2024 - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears will move into the 2024 season with Matt Eberflus as their coach, but he'll be in search of new offensive assistants after the team fired coordinator Luke Getsy and four other coaches.

Bears to keep coach Matt Eberflus, part ways with OC Luke Getsy - The Athletic - The Bears finished 7-10 in their second season under Eberflus. They finished last in the NFC North in each of Eberflus’ two years.

Who replaces Luke Getsy? 14 offensive coordinator candidates for the Bears to consider - The Athletic - The Bears need a new offensive coordinator after firing Getsy. Matt Eberflus will have to assure candidates of his staying power.

Bears fire offensive coordinator Luke Getsy after two seasons - CHGO Sports - The Chicago Bears reportedly fired offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and other offensive coaches on Wednesday.

How Justin Fields, No.1 pick impact Bears’ offensive coordinator search – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will be looking for a new offensive coordinator without a clear path forward at quarterback. Ryan Poles views that as a benefit as he and Matt...

What Bears not firing head coach Matt Eberflus signals for next season – NBC Sports Chicago - In keeping head coach Matt Eberflus but firing the offensive staff, the Bears are once again refusing to think big and setting themselves up for failure unless...

What Bears keeping Matt Eberflus means for Justin Fields – NBC Sports Chicago - What do the Bears' coaching moves on Wednesday say about the future of Justin Fields? However you want to read it, it doesn't inspire confidence the Bears are...

Chicago Bears coaches fired: Full list, and who’s still around – NBC Sports Chicago - Luke Getsy, Andrew Janocko and Tyke Tolbert are gone. But others remain.

Bears don't commit to Arlington Heights as new stadium home - 670 - At his introductory press conference last January, Bears president/CEO Kevin Warren stated that Arlington Park was the team’s “sole focus” as it weighed its locations to build a new stadium. That priority has clearly changed.

Chicago Bears: Matt Eberflus’ urgent search for an offensive coordinator - Chicago Tribune - Matt Eberflus’ next big move as Chicago Bears coach will be deciding on a new coordinator to help the entire offense level up. Even with lingering quarterback uncertainty, that decision will prove significant toward resetting the team’s direction.

10 potential Bears offensive coordinator candidates as they move on from Luke Getsy - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s complicated because of their quarterback situation and other factors, but the Bears should have good options for their next offensive coordinator.

Bears GM Ryan Poles sees progress in QB Justin Fields, but eyes ‘unique’ opportunity with No. 1 draft pick - Chicago Sun-Times - He added that he’s in no hurry — “In my mind right now, I’m gonna take this all the way to April,” he said — to make the decision.

Matt Eberflus: Firing of Luke Getsy came because Bears offense ‘wasn’t where it needed to be’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Eberflus saw what the rest of Chicago did — that the Bears’ passing game wasn’t good enough.

A user’s guide to the next Bears quarterback - Chicago Sun-Times - Still-to-come decision on Justin Fields dwarfs the team’s decision to keep head coach Matt Eberflus and fire offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.

Bears president Kevin Warren touts benefit of downtown stadium - Chicago Sun-Times
- The Bears are still talking to Arlington Heights officials to try to drive down their property tax assessment there. They’ve discussed staying on the Lakefront, including building on a parking lot south of Soldier Field.

Markham woman named 2023 Bears fan of the year, wins free trip to Super Bowl LVIII - Chicago Sun-Times - The NFL Fan of the Year contest — launched in 2020 in collaboration with all teams — aims to highlight fans who have a deep connection to their team and inspire others.

Ryan Poles stays the course with Matt Eberflus - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ GM lauded Poles’ “leadership and stability” in deciding to retain his second-year head coach. “When you go through hard times and he can keep everyone together, to me that’s a critical piece,” Poles said. “In a big market like this, you have to be strong.”

Keep Justin Fields or draft a new QB with the No. 1 pick? Bears GM Ryan Poles ‘wide open’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Poles said some of the same things, but the circumstances and the way he openly discussed drafting a quarterback sounded much different than when he talked about a similar decision a year ago.

Bears GM: CB Jaylon Johnson is ‘not going to go anywhere’ - Chicago Sun-Times - That was his most significant assurance yet about Johnson, who requested a trade away from the Bears before the league’s Nov. 1 trade deadline — and was denied.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Pat McAfee wisely distances himself from Aaron Rodgers - NBC Sports - Pat McAfee is many things to many people.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Pete Carroll: I competed pretty hard to be the coach, just so you know - NBC Sports - The Seahawks announced Wednesday that Carroll was moving to an advisor role.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears make wrong choice, retain Matt Eberflus - Windy City Gridiron - The incoherent ramblings of a belligerent Bears fan on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday!

Wiltfong: Matt Eberflus will return to the Bears in 2024, but Luke Getsy is out - Windy City Gridiron - As expected, the Bears are gonna run it back with ‘Flus.

Gabriel's A Scout’s Take: Why We Haven’t Heard Anything From Halas Hall - Windy City Gridiron - Greg Gabriel shares what’s likely going on behind the scenes at Halas Hall the last few days. KEN’S NOTE: This article came out before the announcements. Greg nailed it with his predictions.

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