The Bears Den: October 18, 2012 - Week 7 News and Notes
Bears anticipating physical battle with Lions - Larry Mayer: In their last meeting, Suh ripped Jay Cutler's helmet off on a scramble and later shoved the him to the ground well after he had released the ball. Fairley drew a 15-yard penalty for a late hit on Cutler. Matthew Stafford ripped off D.J. Moore's helmet during a Tim Jennings interception return, sparking a mass brawl.
Lovie Smith’s out-of-fashion defense suddenly cool again - Moon Mullin: With all the rage on 3-4 defenses nowadays, Lovie Smith's 4-3 scheme has fallen out of style, but it's definitely working for the Bears this season as they're putting the league on notice.
Rod Marinelli playing big role in Bears' success - Players praise Marinelli's attention to detail and ability to get his message across. "Before Coach Marinelli, I just did my job," Israel Idonije said. "I lined up. Now, I know the passing strengths. I know just the entire offense and what their plan is and us as a defense, how to get a better matchup."
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Game preview - Chicago (4-1) has had its way with Detroit (2-3) of late, taking seven of eight in the series - including a 37-13 home win Nov. 13.
DJ Moore says it's unlikely blows will be exchanged again - Fred Mitchell: DB thinks melee involving Matthew Stafford last season just attributable to the heat of the moment in feisty game.
D.J. Moore has no hard feelings toward Matt Stafford - Mark Potash: Moore said he doesn’t think there will be any repercussions of the brawl from the last time the teams met when they square off Monday at Soldier Field. The Lions seem to think likewise.
Bears-Lions becoming true "rivalry" and turning mean - Moon Mullin: After last year's showdown between Chicago and Detroit, the Bears expect their upcoming matchup to be a physical one.
[Video] Waddle & Silvy - Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman debate who has the most[sic] dynamic QB-WR combo, the Lions' Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson or the Bear's Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. ESPN web editors ungooder at English than Waddle, and he's had multiple concussions.
Forte looks for Bears to ground it out vs. Lions - Michael C. Wright: The Bears return from the layoff hoping to resume production with Forte and Bush against a Lions team that ranks No. 12 at stopping the run.
Forte set for physical game vs. Lions - Vaughn McClure: In eight career games versus the NFC North foe, Forte has rushed for 678 yards on 135 carries, averaging 5 yards per carry, and four TDs.
[Video] Matt Bowen's playbook - Matt Bowen takes a look at the Bears' upcoming game by breaking down Detroit's red zone offense against the Bears' defense.
Injury report - Michael C. Wright: Aside from Alshon Jeffery's injury, the Bears appear to be fully healthy.
Make some noise (when Detroit has the ball) - Moon Mullin: Lovie Smith is asking Bears fans to get loud when the Lions are on offense, since Detroit has shown they don't respond well with unfriendly noise.
Hester could have chance to get back in end zone - Larry Mayer: Hester has yet to score on special teams this season, something he's hoping to change Monday night against the Lions.
Know thy enemy: Lions - Dan Durkin: Coming off their first postseason appearance in 12 years, expectations are high in Detroit, but are they justified? That's debatable.
Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris Burke: Are the Lions on the brink of a big offensive breakthrough?
Know thy enemy: Lions - ...or a defensive breakdown? The Lions have just two healthy CBs on their 53-man roster.
Why aren’t the Lions hated like the Packers? - Tim Baffoe: There are certainly valid reasons (why they should be), and Jim Schwartz is merely one of them.
MNF will focus on Cutler's mug, again - Peggy Kusinski warns us what to expect as the Bears feature in another prime time game.
Bears roster news
Bears coach discusses team's roster moves - Lovie talks to Larry Mayer about Chris Williams, Zack Bowman, and Brody Eldridge.
Zack Bowman ready to step right in - Brad Biggs: Returning CB can fill in on special teams immediately, Plus, team notes.
Bowman ecstatic to be back with Bears - Larry Mayer: Out of football since being released by the Vikings Sept. 2, Zack Bowman was more than a little surprised to learn Tuesday morning that the Bears wanted to re-sign him.
CB Bowman gets second chance with Bears - Jeff Dickerson: Zack Bowman thought his best shot to land on an NFL roster would be in New England, where he recently had a workout with the Patriots. Given the way it ended here, he really never felt returning to the Bears was a serious option.
Bears and Chris Williams were never a good match - Dan Pompei: The Bears failed Chris Williams as much as he disappointed them as he never got to develop at the left tackle position he was drafted to fill.
[Video] Chris Williams 'never panned out' - David Haugh discusses the release of left tackle Chris Williams.
Despite Chris Williams, '08 class still stands out - Jeff Dickerson: Compared to the rest of Jerry Angelo's drafts in the final seven years he served as Bears GM, a strong case can be made that 2008 was his best since 2005.
Lovie Smith on Chris Williams: Good guy; it just didn’t work - Mark Potash: Chris Williams’ career with the Bears was a saga from the day he suffered a severe back injury minutes into his first practice as a rookie.
Carimi welcomes spotlight that Chris Williams' departure puts on him - Vaughn McClure: Is now the lone remaining first-round draft pick from the Jerry Angelo era.
Chris Williams will visit Eagles - Brad Biggs: Philadelphia has been juggling its OL since left tackle Jason Peters went out in the offseason with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Mike Vick reportedly weeping.
Bears' OL "strategy" with Williams release becoming apparent - Moon Mullin: The Bear's strategy with the OL - which included the release of Chris Williams - is taking shape with Corey Brandon, James Brown and Jonathan Scott.
49ers lament losing Costanzo to Bears - The San Francisco 49ers are not getting the same special-teams play they did a year ago, and players admit they miss Blake Costanzo, now with the Bears .
Bears prove their model leads to success - Jim Miller discusses the three types of models NFL teams follow in terms of signings and points out why the Bears' plan has worked out so well.
Other Bears news
Bears are banking on Forte, Bush to get ‘O’ rolling - Sean Jensen: The Bears’ offensive linemen recognize that controlling the line of scrimmage and providing openings for Forte and Bush will open up everything else on offense.
Bears by the numbers - Kip Lewis takes a look at how the Bears have improved by the numbers from last year to this year, thanks to improved skill players and a new OC calling the shots.
Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Comparing the current Bears defense to the 1985 defense, Henry Melton, the futures of Brian Urlacher and Johnny Knox, and more.
ProFootballFocus: Pass Blocking Efficiency - Carimi allowing among the highest percentage of pressure on dropbacks of all OTs.
Bears bye week stars - Maggie Hendricks: It's not just Brandon Marshall's play that has made a difference. It's how he has immediately become a leader for the Bears.
Mike Ditka: Halas was greatest Bear of all time - Mike Ditka was humble when told he was voted No. 3 on ESPNChicago.com's list of the "50 Greatest Bears" of all time, but he was more vocal about a few other players.
Matt Bowen's playbook - Using video to talk WR splits and DB technique for Samuel's 'pick-six' vs. Palmer, Raiders.
Matt Bowen's playbook - 'All-22' breakdown of Sanchez' TD pass to Jason Hill vs. Colts' Cover 1.
Matt Bowen's playbook - 'All-22' breakdown of Packers' 'Pin' route vs. Cover 4.
Lewis injury could end great career – but is he the greatest MLB? - Moon Mullin breaks down the Top 5 middle linebackers of all time. Where does the recently injured Ray Lewis come in on the list?
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