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Lions fall to Bears on final play of Thanksgiving game, remain NFL's only winless team
Lions coach Dan Campbell's management at the end of the game will be under scrutiny, as will his offensive play-calling.Cairo Santos made the game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired Thursday to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 win over the Lions at Ford Field.
Two days ago, a Pulitzer-winning reporter made a clear and unequivocal report regarding the status of Bears coach Matt Nagy. Mark Konkol claimed that Nagy has been told that the Thanksgiving Day contest against the Lions.
The story landed early Tuesday, and it caught fire and spread over several hours, until Nagy spoke to reporters at 1:00 p.m. ET and said that the report is “.” During the window between report and refutation, the Bears said nothing.
Specifically, the Bears issued no statement denying the report, either on behalf of the franchise or with names attached to it, like chairman George McCaskey or president Ted Phillips or G.M. Ryan Pace.
Eagles sign LB T.J. Edwards to one-year extension worth up to $3.2 million
The Philadelphia Eagles made a move Monday morning to shore up a piece of their linebackers crew for the near-future. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards. The #Eagles signed LB TJ Edwards to a 1-year extension worth up to $3.2M, with $2.15M fully guaranteed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2021 After playing at the University of Wisconsin, Edwards wasn't selected during the 2019 NFL draft. The 25-year-old signed with the Eagles in May of that year and played in all 16 games as a rookie, recording 30 tackles.
Two years ago, ESPN reported and then doubled down on the report that Jaguars coach Doug Marrone had been told he’d be fired after the final game of the regular season. Owner Shad Khan. ESPN did not relent. The next day, after the final game of the season, Marrone was not fired.
It’s entirely possible that the leak changed Khan’s mind. It’s entirely possible that the more recent leak has changed the Bears’ plans. It wouldn’t be the first time, or the last, that the premature release of sensitive information regarding a looming decision caused the decision to change.
Regardless, it’s worth scrutinizing the timeline and the official silence when trying to root out the truth. If McCaskey, Phillips, and/or Pace never say publicly that Nagy will be relieved of his post after Thursday’s game, they never will have lied about the situation. Instead, the only direct falsehood to the fans and media will have come from the guy who no longer works there, if he indeed is fired after today’s game. And the last thing he would do when trying to go out on a high note and lay the foundation for his next landing spot in the NFL would be to say into a microphone on Tuesday, “Yep. It’s true. I’m out in two days.”
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones in the running to return for Sunday's game vs. Los Angeles Rams
Despite missing Week 11, Aaron Jones remains the Green Bay Packers' leading rusher with 541 yards and three touchdowns.The knee injury that held Jones out of the Minnesota Vikings game last Sunday is continuing to be monitored, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.
Later today, Bears fans will get their answers. More and more of them are clamoring for change. As we said after the team traded up from No. 20 to No. 11 to draft quarterback, it makes absolutely no sense to go all in for a new quarterback if there’s going to be a new coach or a new G.M. after only one year. Hoping that the next coach and/or G.M. will be truly on board with Fields becomes a major complicating factor in hiring replacements.
But, alas, dysfunctional teams do dysfunctional things. For the handful (or more) of perennially dysfunctional teams, the fish truly does stink from the head. And the head belongs to those who own and operate the team, no matter how hard they try to make it look like they aren’t directly influencing the direction of the football operation. By creating and maintaining an environment that doesn’t strive for or achieve excellence every day and/or by hiring General Managers and coaches who simply aren’t good enough to thrive in the zero-sum world of the NFL (or by hiring and keeping for more than two decades a team president who continues to make bad decisions when hiring football people), the teams that find themselves more often that not at the bottom of the standings will continue to wonder why, while their competitors are having sustained or at least periodic success.
Raiders outlast Cowboys in penalty-filled game for 36-33 win in overtime
The Raiders improved to 6-5 while the Cowboys fell to 7-4. This was Dallas’ third loss in four weeks, all coming against AFC West opponents. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. The game’s end was intriguing, the Cowboys erasing a 53-minute, 49-second deficit with 2:56 to play. For much of the day, Dallas appeared entranced in a post-turkey slumber. Quarterback Dak Prescott missed throws, his receivers dropped targets and left tackle Tyron Smith uncharacteristically missed a block that surrendered a sack.
For the Bears, the dysfunction is less noticeable because they share a division with the Lions, who haven’t won a playoff game in thirty years. Meanwhile, the Packers are in the mix for a championship every year, and the Vikings (despite being caught in #PurplePurgatory) at least find themselves alive for a one-and-done playoff appearance every other year or so.
As to the Bears, whether Nagy is or isn’t fired after today’s game treats a symptom but provides no real cure. The dysfunction embedded deeply within the organization is going nowhere, frankly, even if Nagy does.
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Bears fans want the Matt Nagy era to be overCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 08: Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy looks on in game action during a NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 8th, 2020, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.