The Bears Den: November 01, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes

David Banks

The Bears Den: November 01, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes

Bears' offense may be better than you think - Jim Miller breaks down the Bears' offense to prove that the team is doing better than many fans may think.

Bears still searching for proper balance with Matt Forte - Vaughn McClure: Bears still haven't been able to utilize their top back's strengths effectively as both a runner and a receiver.

Peter King's TMQB - Thoughts on Sandy, Steven Jackson's fate, Alex Smith, and readers' mailbag.

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Bears-Titans

Game preview - Bears have a chance to win six in a row for the first time in six seasons.

Know thy enemy - Moon Mullin: The Bears have done well in their history against mobile QBs, but a wily, patient veteran like Tennessee's Matt Hasselbeck is exactly the type of QB who succeeds against Lovie's defense.

Resurgent Hasselbeck familiar with Bears - Jeff Dickerson: Hasselbeck owns a 3-3 lifetime record versus the Bears, but in the last two meetings, he's passed for six touchdowns and zero interceptions while a member of the Seahawks.

Tale of the Tape - Week 9: Comparing the Bears to the Titans.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: Defensively, the Titans are a mess; the offense has yet to find it’s[sic] identity. Against a defense as sound and opportunistic as the Bears, it’s hard to see how the Titans will score enough points to win on Sunday.

Bears offense feeding off the defense right now - Fred Mitchell: Cutler and crew hope to even things out a bit Sunday against the Titans.

Ex-Bear Tim Shaw finds a home with Titans - Jeff Dickerson: Titans' special teams, and their two-time captain, will be put to the test against Hester and the Bears on Sunday.

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Offense

Guess who's the NFL's best QB in the fourth quarter? - Better than Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.....

Cutler’s success in fourth quarter huge step up from seasons past - Adam L. Jahns: Backup QB Jason Campbell said it takes patience and resilience to succeed late, noting Cutler’s game-winning drive against the Panthers.

Cutler in 4th quarters: Getting better but... - Moon Mullin: While Jay Cutler's leading the league in fourth quarter passing, his stats may be a little misleading.

Marshall helping, but also hurting Bears' offense - Kip Lewis: So far Marshall is on pace to have 72 more receptions than the next closest wideout on the team. It may be great for Marshall, but not as good for the Bears' offense.

Bears' offense predictable focusing on Marshall - The Bears know they'll have to do more than have Jay Cutler throw to Brandon Marshall repeatedly if they're going to handle a handful of strong defenses in the second half of the season.

Bears offense still wrestling with identity crisis - Moon Mullin: Mike Tice acknowledged the Bears still need to find an identity on offense and even compared Brandon Marshall to how the Minnesota Timberwolves used to run their offense through Kevin Garnett.

Bears must do better on first down - Brad Biggs: Bears rank last in the league on first down, averaging 4.19 yards per play , and that has put the offense behind in down-and-distance.

[Video] View from the Moon - MM talks Bears offense on CTL and considers adjustments that need to be made.

Bears determined to improve on offense - Larry Mayer: Even though the Bears offense has struggled with consistency, coaches and players are confident that the unit will become more effective and explosive.

Bears' offense trying to figure out slow starts - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler totally understands the team's current style of offense is unsustainable if the Bears hope to advance far into the postseason.

Brandon Marshall winning over the hearts and minds of the Bears - Dan Pompei: With his attitude and play, receiver seems to have matured considerably as he assumes a veteran leadership role.

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Other Bears news

Assigning responsibility for 25 sacks - Kevin Seifert: PFF's formula for pass blocking efficiency -- measuring pressure relative to drop backs -- ranks the Bears as the NFL's third-worst pass-blocking group. Hey, we're improving!

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q. Is changing Hester's song from Soulja Boy the reason why he can't return anything good this year? A. that Pompei would like to give: >_<

Mike Tice says Bears took turns being 'the guy' - Vaughn McClure: Bears OC didn't need anyone to remind him how poorly the offense played for most of the Carolina game.

Larry and Lovie - In his weekly Q&A with ChicagoBears.com, coach Lovie Smith divulges the three players who earned rare 'A' grades in last Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Best Vandy Bear? D.J. Moore declares a winner - Jeff Dickerson: Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn., will be a homecoming of sorts for the trio of Bears who played their college ball at Vanderbilt.

No problems for unbeaten Atlanta in NFC, right? Not so fast - Clark Judge assesses four teams who could scupper their Super Bowl chances, including our very own Bears.

Sweetness defined - This dates back from 2009, the tenth anniversary of his death, but I'm sure people would like to see the memories that people shared of Walter Payton.

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Ditka (no, really: Ditka) & The Colonel

Ditka Revisited: Dent, others still think of what could have been - Moon Mullin: Richard Dent took the airwaves to blame Mike Ditka as the reason why the Bears couldn't win multiple Super Bowls after 1985.

Richard Dent blames Mike Ditka for Bears not repeating in 1986 - Mike Ditka refused to engage in a war of words with Richard Dent, who said Wednesday that Ditka was the reason the 1985 Chicago Bears didn't repeat as Super Bowl champions.

[Video] CTL discussion - Fred Mitchell's inside view of The Colonel's comments.

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NFL Trade Deadline Day

Five NFL trades worth pondering - Peter Schrager suggests some pieces that could move to fit puzzles, including the possibility of a proven RB going to Green Bay. Pete Prisco disagrees on the value of that particular trade.

USA Today's Five NFL trades we'd like to see - Nate Davis does the same, and considers another RB for the Packers to pursue.

Which players could move at the NFL’s trade deadline? - Chris Burke looks at the players who are most likely to be on new teams by the end of this afternoon.

Two extra days might not make a difference - The trade deadine was pushed back two days to 4pm ET today after Sandy shut down some of the teams (plus the NFL headquarters) in the affect area, but it would send players to new teams too late to be fully integrated into a game plan this week.

Current cap space, NFLPA version - Each team's available cap space. The Packers have more than enough to bring in a big-name veteran RB but I saw something last night (and stupidly didn't save the link) that McCarthy would rather keep his draft picks and use that money to sign players to extensions, as several key members of the team are close to free agency.

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Polish sausage

Matt Bowen's playbook - All-22 breakdown of the Broncos' 'Dino' Double Post Cover 4 beater vs. the Saints.

5 reasons why great prospects are undervalued on draft day - Jack Bechta, an agent of 25 years, unravels some flaws of the evaluation process.

PFF's Mid-Season All-NFC North Team - Which Bears make the list?

USA Today's NFL All-Pro Team - Two Bears on the first team, one more on the second team.

Steve Ronkowski's Country-Bluegrass week: "The Johnny Cash classic, penned by one Mr. Shel Silverstein"

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