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The Bear’s Den, January 9, 2023

Black Monday has come and gone with no changes at Halas Hall... yet, anyway...

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Grading Chicago’s Final Exam: Nobody Passed - Da Bears Blog - If the Bears’ visit to Green Bay was intended to represent a benchmark for their 2023 season’s progress, they failed their final exam quite emphatically.

Jaylon Johnson ‘confident’ he’ll reach extension with Bears - 670 - After the conclusion of a season in which he requested a trade but went nowhere and with free agency looming as a possibility, Pro Bowl cornerback Jaylon Johnson expects that he’ll reach a contract extension with the Bears this offseason.

Cody Whitehair: Bears are ‘heading in the right direction’ - 670 - After playing eight seasons in Chicago, offensive lineman Cody Whitehair is bullish on the Bears’ future — even as he understands he may not be a part of it.

Montez Sweat would ‘love’ for Bears to retain Matt Eberflus - 670 - As Bears management ponders the team’s future, star pass rusher Montez Sweat is among those inside the locker room who hope that head coach Matt Eberflus will return for a third season in Chicago.

Moore doesn’t think that was Fields’ ‘last rodeo’ with Bears - 670 - Bears quarterback Justin Fields clearly is aware of the possibility that he might’ve played his final game with Chicago, but top receiver DJ Moore seems to believe that Fields will be back for the 2024 season.

Bears teammates also waiting out decision on Justin Fields - Chicago Sun-Times - The Fields support starts in the Bears locker room, where teammates have expressed admiration for their QB and lobbied for his return.

Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s status shaky as player frustration mounts - Chicago Sun-Times - Reading between the lines on players’ comments, it’s clear they think the offense should’ve been better this season.

Cody Whitehair plans to play in 2024 — whether for Bears or not - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ longest-tenured player made a point of looking around Lambeau Field before kickoff Sunday. He knew the game could be his last with the Bears.

Column: Chicago Bears coaching, QB decisions require brutal honesty - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears' decision on coach Matt Eberflus likely will be intertwined with a direction for an offense that failed to make appropriate gains this season.

Bears WR DJ Moore advocates for Justin Fields in exit meeting, but open to change - Chicago Sun-Times - Drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 pick could mean a difficult reset for the Bears, but it could be best for them in the long run.

Bears players express belief in the foundation: ‘The arrow is pointing up’ - The Athletic - As Bears players cleaned out their lockers, they sounded hopeful about the future and supportive of coach Matt Eberflus.

10 Quick Thoughts: Justin Fields and the Bears lost two big chances in Green Bay - CHGO - Justin Fields and the Bears could've controlled the narrative heading into the offseason, but failed in a listless performance against Green Bay.

The Bears need some major offensive changes after latest loss to the Packers - CHGO Sports - With the Chicago Bears' latest loss to the Green Bay Packers, there needs to be major changes to the offense moving forward.

Tyson Bagent reflects on whirlwind rookie season, Justin Fields relationship – NBC Sports Chicago - Tyson Bagent's whirlwind year from D-II legend to unlikely NFL starter can to an end Monday. But that just means the start of the next step in the Bears...

DJ Moore wants Justin Fields to stay Bears QB, not 2024 NFL rookie – NBC Sports Chicago - Bears GM Ryan Poles can use the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.


Aaron Rodgers will be as involved in personnel as Jets want him to be - NBC Sports - For all his skills as a pro quarterback, Aaron Rodgers is not a good amateur General Manager.

Kirk Cousins plans to “relinquish” to his upcoming free agency - NBC Sports - He wants to win, and he thinks it can happen in Minnesota.

Montez Sweat led both the Commanders and the Bears in sacks this season - NBC Sports - Montez Sweat accomplished something unprecedented in NFL history this season: He led two different teams in sacks.

Dan Hampton among 19 players and 3 coaches voted into College Football Hall of Fame - Chicago Sun-Times - Hampton was also the Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1978.

Bears GM Ryan Poles could be looking for help as Ian Cunningham draws outside interest - Chicago Sun-Times - Cunningham, the Bears’ assistant general manager, interviewed for two openings a year ago and turned down a job offer from the Cardinals.

To stay, Bears’ Matt Eberflus needs to provide answers, starting with QB - Chicago Sun-Times - Eberflus said he looked forward to meeting with his bosses. Their questioning of him should begin with the hottest topic in Chicago: Justin Fields.

Comparing quarterback histories of Bears, Packers really is embarrassing - Chicago Sun-Times - Think about it. Twenty-seven seasons in which a Packers quarterback threw for more yards than any Bears quarterback has in the 104 years of the team’s existence. Twenty-seven times.


Report: Chargers request to interview Steve Wilks, Ben Johnson, Aaron Glenn, Todd Monken - NBC Sports - The Chargers have started the process of replacing Brandon Staley, who they fired as head coach Dec. 15.

Panthers announce nine candidates for head coaching job, eight for G.M. - NBC Sports - The Panthers announced the nine coaching candidates they have requested to interview and the eight General Manager candidates under consideration.


Bear & Balanced: Packers still own the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears lost their tenth consecutive game to the Green Bay Packers and Jeff & Lester get to talk about it here.

Chicago Bears sign 10 players to reserve/future contracts - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears bring several practice squadders back on their offseaosn roster.

NFL Black Monday: News and rumor tracker - Windy City Gridiron - All the news and rumors surrounding Black Monday in the NFL.

Infante: 2024 Bears mock draft - Year-end predictions - Windy City Gridiron - WCG’s lead draft analyst shares his latest mock draft now that the Bears’ season has come to an end.

Wiltfong: Bears vs Packers - Inside the snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Here are all the snap counts for the Chicago Bears, a spotlight on some of their individual statistics, and a few team stats from Chicago’s latest L to the Packers.


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