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The Bear’s Den Black Monday Edition, January 8, 2024

Black Monday is upon us. Will there be a major housecleaning at Halas Hall?

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Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles (left) and Team President and CEO Kevin Warren
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Chicago Bears future murky as NFL Black Monday, coach firings near – NBC Sports Chicago - Historically, several NFL coaches get fired after the end of the regular season.

Bears’ Ryan Poles demonstrates faith in Matt Eberflus – NBC Sports Chicago - Pundits and outsiders have speculated much this season that head coach Matt Eberflus’ job could be on the line after several disappointing points. But general...

Bears vs. Packers: Best, worst players in Week 18 game – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields was ok in the 2023 NFL season finale, but the Packers managed to win their 10th game in a row over the Bears.

2024 NFL Draft order: Bears, Commanders to pick 1-2; playoffs will determine slots 19-32 - The Athletic - The Chicago Bears have the first pick in April, a year after trading away the No. 1 pick to the Carolina Panthers.

Week 18 recap: Chicago Bears season ends with 17-9 loss in Green Bay - The Bears head back to Chicago with major decisions to make about their coaching staff and quarterback after finishing the season 7-10.

The Bears season ends — and the clock starts for Matt Eberflus, draft pick - Chicago Sun-Times - When the clock at Lambeau Field expired Sunday night, the Bears’ clock began — for the NFL draft, where they have the No. 1 pick, but, more pressing, for the future of Eberflus and his staff.

As QB Justin Fields struggles in 17-9 loss to Packers, Bears now on clock with No. 1 pick - Chicago Sun-Times - Meanwhile, Packers quarterback Jordan Love topped 300 yards passing for the second time this season to send his team to the playoffs.

Bears’ Justin Fields vs. Packers’ Jordan Love for the next decade? It’s not even close. - Chicago Sun-Times - Morrissey: Loss to the Packers shows the Bears need to move on and draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.

Bears will pick 1st and 9th in NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will have two top-10 picks for just the third time since 1952.

Bears QB Justin Fields on Packers S Jonathan Owens’ hit that forced him out: ‘Y’all see it’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Fields had to be checked for a concussion after a late and high hit from Packers safety Jonathan Owens.

ESPN insider gives latest update on Matt Eberflus’ job status with Bears – NBC Sports Chicago - The Chicago Bears will have some big decisions to make this coming offseason, but an NFL insider says that the team may be standing pat at head coach.

Bears’ Montez Sweat first to lead two teams in sacks – NBC Sports Chicago - Montez Sweat finished the NFL season having done something no one has ever done before; he led two teams in sacks this season. Sweat finished with 6.0 sacks...

Eddie Jackson hopes Bears rebuild success, not contract, determines future – NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson has seen it all in Chicago. He knows Sunday could be his final game with the Bears, but he prays it isn’t. He still has more to give a team that...

Lance Briggs, Alex Brown evaluate quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL draft – NBC Sports Chicago - It doesn’t matter which way Ryan Poles decides to go for the Bears quarterback. But whichever way he goes, his decision will define his career with the Bears....

Fields befuddled by no-call on big hit in loss to Packers - 670 - Quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears were frustrated by the lack of a penalty flag after Fields took a big hit in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s 17-9 loss at Green Bay on Sunday.

Bernstein: Bears can now prove they mean business - 670 - Getting pantsed by your rival isn’t exactly the most encouraging way to end what turned into a moderately entertaining Bears season, but the good news is that it doesn’t matter much.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cowboys win NFC East, clinch No. 2 seed with 38-10 shellacking of Commanders - NBC Sports - Mike McCarthy's team will open the playoffs at home against the Packers next weekend.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2024 opponents are set - Windy City Gridiron - We now know who the Chicago Bears will play in 2024.

Curl: Bears outcoached and outmanned, lose to Packers in the final game of the season - Windy City Gridiron - It’s a tale as old as time and a sour taste that will linger into the offseason.

Bears vs. Packers: Not Your Average Bears Postgame Show! - Windy City Gridiron - We talk about the Bears and Packers game here!

Wiltfong: The latest on Matt Eberflus, Justin Fields, and Jim Harbaugh - Windy City Gridiron - Plenty of NFL insiders dropped reports this morning, and we wade through them here.

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