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Bears quarterback Justin Fields' cleats
Bears quarterback Justin Fields' cleats

The cleats quarterback Justin Fields wore during his historic performance on Nov. 6 versus Miami are now at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, waiting to be displayed.

Fields set the NFL record for most rushing yards in a regular-season game by a quarterback with 178 against the Dolphins. Former Falcons QB Michael Vick previously held the record with a 173-yard game when playing Minnesota in Week 13 of the 2002 season.

Coach Matt Eberflus learned about the cleats being sent to Canton, Ohio, in his Friday press conference and expressed pride in Fields' accomplishment.

"That's pretty cool," Eberflus said. "That's a record-breaking day. You think about all those years, all that time and all those games that have been played. For him to be able to do that and break an NFL record is pretty cool. It's a cool deal for him.

"I don't know if he's ever been to Canton. I've been there. I love going there. I've been there a few times. I've played in [the Hall of Fame Game] a couple times. It's always fun to go back there. That's a special place."

Getsy rising as head-coaching prospect

NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero released his list of up-and-coming candidates for the next NFL head coach hiring cycle, which include Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.

Prior to joining the Bears, Getsy had seven years of NFL experience, all with the Packers, serving as an offensive quality control coach (2014-15), receivers coach (2016-17), then returning in 2019 as the quarterbacks coach. From 2020-21, he was also Green Bay's passing game coordinator.

Getsy interviewed for his first head-coaching position this offseason with the Broncos before being hired by the Bears. Eberflus, who is in his first season as a head coach, expects a similar future for Getsy.

"I would just say his intelligence," Eberflus said of what makes Getsy a top candidate. "He's very intelligent, works well with the players. He's very flexible. He's fun to be around. It's a joy to come to work with him every day. He takes command of a room, which is also something you need. He's honest and he's loyal. He, to me, is a definite big-time candidate.

"This happened to me for four years. I understand the whole business of it. Every coordinator in the league wants to be a head coach. I also know this about Luke, his feet are where his feet are. He's focused on the job at hand and that's what makes him a special guy."

Charlton to provide needed depth

Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles added a familiar face to the roster Wednesday as defensive end Taco Charlton joined the Bears from the Saints practice squad. Eberflus was the linebackers coach in Dallas when the Cowboys drafted Charlton in 2017. When the sixth-year pro signed with the Chiefs in 2020, Poles was Kansas City's assistant director of player personnel.

Charlton, who has appeared in 55 NFL games with 13 starts, hopes to strengthen the Bears defensive line, which has struggled with the pass rush this season. The Michigan product will join second-year pro Trevis Gipson, rookie Dominique Robinson and fellow six-year veteran Al-Quadin Muhammad, who is questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons with a knee injury.

"I think he can help us," Eberflus said. "It's just added depth for our defensive ends. We've got Gipson, Muhammad, Dom — those guys are in there. So we need to have added depth in there so it's important that we do that. We looked around the league, said 'hey, who's the guy that has the most experience that we could pluck and get?' and that's who we saw.

"So it worked out well for us and again, he's going to be adding some depth in there and taking some reps off those guys and being productive. That's what we expect."

The Bears practiced among the flurries at Halas Hall Wednesday afternoon as they get ready for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons in Atlanta.

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