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The Bear’s Den, January 15, 2023

It’s cold in Chicago as Bears settle into offseason hibernation... except in the draft/scouting departments...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Young QBs, opportunity: Why Bears should appeal to all offensive coordinator candidates - The Athletic - The Bears are looking for their next offensive coordinator. Can they attract a top candidate with Matt Eberflus going into Year 3 at 10-24?

Bears asst. GM Ian Cunningham interviews with Chargers: report – NBC Sports Chicago - Ian Cunningham has a sterling reputation around the league, as he’s now interviewed for four GM spots in the past two offseasons, including the Commanders...

Who have Bears interviewed for offensive coordinator? – NBC Sports Chicago - Bears have interviewed at least four candidates for the position in the four days since Luke Getsy’s dismissal

2024 NFL Draft: Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy, Blake Corum declare for draft – NBC Sports Chicago - J.J. McCarthy, Michigan’s national-championship-winning quarterback, is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McCarthy made the announcement...

Is DJ Moore one of NFL’s top receivers? Montez Sweat sure thinks so – NBC Sports Chicago - Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe isn’t a believer in Chicago Bears wide receiver DJ Moore’s place among the leagues’ best wideouts, but Montez Sweat...

Draft deadline looms for USC’s Caleb Williams - Chicago Sun-Times - The presumptive first pick in this year’s draft still hasn’t said whether he’ll be a part of it.

NFL is out of its league in honoring Martin Luther King - Chicago Sun-Times - Compared to the NBA, which celebrates the civil rights activist properly (and early), the NFL is sadly fumbling.

In the NFL Draft, picking first is no promise of greatness - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears fans looking for a savior with the No. 1 overall pick might want to look away.

Why Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles retained coach Matt Eberflus - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles hitched the team’s future to the idea that coach Matt Eberflus has laid the groundwork for a championship.

Who have Bears interviewed for offensive coordinator? – NBC Sports Chicago - Bears have interviewed at least four candidates for the position in the four days since Luke Getsy's dismissal

2024 NFL Draft: Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy, Blake Corum declare for draft – NBC Sports Chicago - J.J. McCarthy, Michigan’s national-championship-winning quarterback, is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McCarthy made the announcement...

POLISH SAUSAGE

Mac Jones became a major sticking point for Bill Belichick, Patriots - NBC Sports - With quarterback the most important position for any NFL team, it’s no surprise that a quarterback was at the heart of the fracture between former Patriots coach Bill Belichick and ownership.

Report: Maxx Crosby to explore trade if Raiders don’t hire Antonio Pierce - NBC Sports - Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby endorsed hiring interim head coach Antonio Pierce on a full-time basis near the end of the regular season and he did the same in a social media post on Friday, but that might not be the end of his push.

Raiders to interview Leslie Frazier for head coach - NBC Sports - The Raiders have not yet conducted an interview for their head coaching vacancy, but the first interview is scheduled.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

ECD: Chicago Bears Dismiss Senior Vice President Cliff Stein - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will be seeking a new General Counsel as the highly regarded, 22-year veteran is out.

Wiltfong: DJ Moore is your 2023 Chicago Bears Team MVP - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the second Chicago Bears Reacts results this week.

Infante: Hula Bowl prospects for Bears to target in 2024 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - WCG’s lead draft analyst looks at players in today’s Hula Bowl the Bears should keep an eye on.

Thompson: Ryan Poles playing a dangerous game by retaining Matt Eberflus - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears had a chance to take a major swing to accelerate their rebuild. But Ryan Poles chose to keep the foundation Matt Eberflus laid in place. Will it backfire?

Wiltfong: Fan confidence in the Chicago Bears drops - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Chicago Bears fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys.

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