The Bears Den: August 31, 2011

"...where we're known for our trademark surliness."

Tice is pleased with line's development | Larry Mayer: According to position coach Mike Tice, the Bears offensive line delivered its best performance of the preseason Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk | Larry discusses the likelihood of running backs Matt Forte and Marion Barber being on the field together, Barber's injury and the offense's inability to score touchdowns.

Bears O-line improves against Titans' pressure | John "Moon" Mullin: While Tennessee added extra pressure on nearly half of its defensive plays against the Bears, the team's offensive line held strong to guide the Bears' offense to its best game of the preseason. Video: "Moon" on state of the Bears

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Podlesh’s cancer fight gives punter fresh perspective - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Engaging and hard-working, Adam Podlesh has endeared himself to his new teammates since signing a five-year, $10 million contract with the Bears a month ago. But what many of them and others don’t know is that Podlesh, 28, is a cancer survivor.

Bears’ Bell just wants to help team - Bob LeGere: Kahlil Bell wants to be more than just an NFL running back, and playing behind Matt Forte and Marion Barber, he will have to be.

Bennett becomes reliable target - Rockford Register Star Jay Taft: Fourth-year wideout Earl Bennett is quietly becoming the most reliable receiver on the Chicago Bears roster. Just ask the people who really matter.

Sanzenbacher looks like solid pick - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson: Dane Sanzenbacher has a strong chance to make the Bears' final 53-man roster.

Taylor playing the good soldier - Brad Biggs: Chicago Bears running back likely to be cut soon should play in exhibition finale.

Former Bear Alex Brown would fit in at end - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: Lovie Smith called former Bears defensive end Alex Brown ‘‘a lifetime friend,’’ but he wouldn’t say whether the Bears are interested in reacquiring Brown after the New Orleans Saints cut him Tuesday. ‘‘I don’t know enough about it to respond to it,’’ Smith said.

Bears express little interest in Alex Brown - Brad Biggs: Coach Lovie Smith says he likes the defensive ends he has and likely will take a pass on former Chicago Bear.

Cutler seeing progress in Bears' OL - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler is gaining confidence in his offensive line.

Mailbag: Jerry Angelo's results and errors - NFC North Blog Kevin Seifert: The Chicago Bears' front office makes it too easy for those who like to clown on its misadventures.

Lovie's Mad Libs: How to Cut a Player | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Let no player ever be unsure of his fate again.

What's your 'Gotta Have It' play? | National Football Post Matt Bowen: Need a route to win the game? I'll help you out.

Nick Mangold: Improving Mark Sanchez photos all preseason long - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports MJD: Reporters like to interview Mark Sanchez. Nick Mangold likes to stick his face in the background when they do.

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