The Bears Den: November 29, 2011

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"...where there are lies, damned lies and excuses for quarterbacks."

Bears in middle of tight playoff chase Mayer: Even after losing to the Raiders Sunday, the Bears remain in the thick of the NFC wildcard race, tied with the Lions and Falcons at 7-4. Bears - Raiders Highlights

Dan Pompei: Film session Film shows Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie has some work to do on his decision-making. Smith accentuates positives in loss

Baffling play-calling makes you wonder about Martz’s future with Bears Hayes: General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith are facing a decision that will help shape the franchise moving forward.

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Instead of bumbling Tyler Palko, Caleb Hanie’s Bears might have to deal with Kyle Orton Morrissey: Caleb Hanie was all over the map Sunday, which would have been fine if he drove a tractor-trailer and not a football team.

15 on 12: Plenty to learn from Jim Miller dissects Caleb Hanie's performance in a losing effort to the Raiders.

Moon: Bears need to get back to ground attack Martz simply followed a script that has been repeatedly proved to be disastrous. Latest Bears Video: Tillman, Lovie, more...

Holmes: Something For Hanie To Build On Holmes: No one knew what to expect from Caleb Hanie. Not you. Not me. Not even the Bears coaching staff.

Who Stood Out in Loss? Hendricks: The Bears loss to the Raiders was ugly, but not completely devoid of positives. Who stood out, for better or worse, on Sunday?

Bears’ inability to force turnovers costly LeGere: The Bears played fairly well on defense Sunday, but they came up a bit short in the turnover department that has come to characterize the team since Lovie Smith became head coach in 2004.

Hanie learns reckless won't cut it Greenberg: The Bears threw Hanie into the fire. How he responds in Game 2 will be telling. Ditka disappointed in call

Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears Kevin Seifert has three issues that merit further examination.

Kyle Orton Was Right About Caleb Hanie von Horn: Caleb Hanie failed the team in a big way in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Three big INTs present an even bigger problem for the team.

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