NFC Notes: Bears, Stafford, Falcons, Ellerbe

The Bears most recent loss to San Francisco this afternoon has Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times asking, “What’s left to evaluate?” in terms of what the franchise should do this offseason.

Jahns asserts that change is inevitable and that losing to one of the worst teams in the NFL is just a sign that there needs to be at least somewhat of an overhaul in the organization from top to bottom.

The reporter also cites that the team is not handling themselves like a 3-9 roster, as they frequently post videos of themselves fooling around in the locker room and had a heated exchange in practice between current wide receiver Josh Bellamy and the recently released Tre McBride. Despite the walls seeming to close on him, head coach John Fox expressed that his team had a good week of preparation for their Week 13 contest.

“It was hard to even talk to the team after this loss,” Fox said. “We had a great week of preparation. The guys’ mindsets [are] good; they’re working at it.”

Chicago has its young signal caller in Mitch Trubisky, but big changes may be on the horizon elsewhere on the roster and coaching staff considering the troubles the team has gone through in 2017.

  • Coming into Week 13 with a leg injury, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford also suffered “nerve-type damage” to his throwing hand during this afternoon’s game, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. Meinke reports that while the 29-year-old signal caller didn’t suffer any breaks, but there was a lot of pain. “I couldn’t feel it too well, to tell you the truth,” Stafford said. “Had some, like, burning nerve pain, I didn’t know what it was going to be. But X-rays were negative.” With their loss today, Detroit will have to run the table in order to have a shot at the postseason, and it appears they’ll have to do it with their franchise signal caller not even close to full health.
  • There’s going to be at least some shakeup in the Falcons coaching staff this offseason. Quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan is leaving his position in Atlanta to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Washington, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The position became available after the school’s former offensive coordinator, Jonathan Smith, became the head coach at Oregon State. Hamdan will wait till the end of the Falcons season before he departs for his new job.
  • Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is active for the first time this season for tonight’s game vs. Seattle, reports Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter link). The Eagles signed the veteran middle linebacker in the middle of November and he could see significant playing time because current Eagles starter Joe Walker is out with a neck injury. Ellerbe last played for New Orleans in Week 16 of the 2016-17 season.
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16 comments on “NFC Notes: Bears, Stafford, Falcons, Ellerbe

  1. leprechaun

    The shake up needs to be from Ryan Pace, John Fox and all the way down to the locker room attendants. This whole organization is a joke and might be even in worse shape than the Browns.
    It needs to be completely blown up and started over again sad to say

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  2. leprechaun

    The whole thing needs to be blown up from top to bottom starting with Pace and Fox both. I’m damn tired of people giving Pace a pass. He is personally responsible for cutting Gould and the Trubisky trade giving up 4 picks is a disaster in light of what San Fran paid for Garoppllo.

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  3. todj24

    They are becoming the laughing stock of the NFL ! Check that, they ARE the laughing stock of the league !

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  4. ChiSoxCity

    Gonna be a rough winter for Chicago sports fans. The Cubs better make some moves this offseason.

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    • Djones246890

      Ain’t that the truth. Only a few short years ago, almost everyone was extremely good and competitive.

      Now? We’ve got the Cubs. That’s it. And they need to sign some guys if they want to stay in the WS hunt.

      The Bulls, White Sox, and Bears are god awful, the Blackhawks are nowhere near as good as in their heyday.

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  5. chi007

    Pace gets a pass for the QB pick he needs to hit a Homerun of a Off Season though Desperately need WR/TE/LB help and a Bonafide Pass Rusher Floyd Career maybe in Jeopardy

    I’m not sure there’s even a coach who wants this job because Pace could be gone After 2018 season

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  6. Strauss

    Hey gramma, you and your family have been screwing up this team for years now. All of your hires are horrible. Start by dumping Phillips . The only thing he’s done is build that hideous stadium with green sand for turf. Then can Pace and Fox in that order. And don’t get a has been football guru to tell you who to hire like last time. Tha game has passed you all by. Young blood is needed.

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  7. Joe Pina

    Virginia needs to take all of family out of decision making duties. Hire some like Bill Polland to run entire system. All family should do is sit in their box and watch game. They proved they can’t operate team and put out a good product, year after year. WAKE UP

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      • Joe Pina

        Bill is guy who picked Payton Manning for the Colts, he was in charge for several years. On TV, NFL almost every week.

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  8. Joe Pina

    Robbie Gould laughing all the way to the bank, Virginia let 1 or 2 million remove him from team. Robbie alone would have given us 2 or 3 more wins. Again WAKE UP, 6 to 8 players Bears let go in past have went on to be good or great. (Olson)

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  9. pops47

    Verdict still out on Trubinsky. At some point they need to take of training wheels and see if he can handle a passing offense. As for Fox and Pace come on guys let Jeffries and Gould go for who again. Let get real head coach and. Gm

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  10. CriminalMethod

    Trubisky looks fine. They won’t let him develop for whatever reason. It’s always 10 to 15 passes per game. Why aren’t het letting him play and learn from whatever mistakes he might make? They aren’t playing for anything. Let him play and see what you have. Alshon wanted to leave. They weren’t going to get him back. Kyle Fuller is the next one to walk.

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    • Joe Pina

      Bears don’t have anyone to develop Mitch, that’s part of the problem.

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  11. Joe Pina

    Hawks still have ok chance,Bears will get pretty good draft pick,hope Pace knows what he is doing. Bulls rebuilding for one more year. Sox 2 years away, Cubs make playoffs again, need some help.

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