The Bears Den: November 13, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes
Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - If you're running into the Tribune's limit on free articles (use the Ad Block and Noscript add-ons on Firefox), this should be one of your five.
Urlacher rips critics of handshake with Danieal Manning - Why the martz is this even an issue? What's wrong with Bears fans?
Peter King's MMQB - On the 49ers-Rams tie; more Week 10 thoughts.
Team report - Jason Campbell found out at halftime he'd be getting his first extended playing time as a Bear.
Cutler questionable, and so is Bears offense - Bob LeGere: Slow offensive starts have hampered the Bears all season, and the loss to the Texans illustrated the lack of production the Bears have gotten from players other than Marshall in the passing game.
[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Looking back on the Bears' loss and ahead to MNF.
Five things we learned - Jeff Dickerson goes over Five Things We Learned against the Texans.
[Video] Haugh & Biggs' postgame analysis - Instant reaction after the game.
Bears quotes - Bears players talk after Sunday night's 13-6 loss to the Texans.
Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears - Kevin Seifert: Considering Sunday night's rain and wind, it was surprising to Cutler dropping back on 17 of his 25 first-half plays. He threw 14 passes and scrambled three times, completing only one pass that traveled more than five yards past the line of scrimmage.
Dan Pompei's grades - Film session shows Gabe Carimi, J'Marcus Webb & Co. hold their own against Watt, Texans' fierce pass rush.
Moon Mullin's grades: Offense - Jay Cutler was having a dreadful day for the Bears' offense, and things only got worse when he suffered a concussion at the end of the first half.
Moon Mullin's grades: Defense & STs - Dominant defense and a good showing from special teams kept the game close.
Grizzly Bears and Teddy Bears - Maggie Hendricks hands out her awards.
ProFootballFocus: Three performances of note - Jennings and Melton stood out; Davis did as well, but not in a good way.
Hub: Bears may have the best back-up QB in the NFL - “I feel better about the Bears in total after the game than I did before the game ...they’ve played the best team in the AFC and played them pretty close to a standstill.”
[Video] Fox Chicago Bear Down - It's also weird to hear Hub say there's less reason to doubt the Bears now (jump to the 9-min mark).
Bears as good as the 'best' and not good enough - Moon Mullin: The Bears may generally be as good as any other team in the league, but their performance wasn't enough to give them a win against the Texans, and it won't be enough to win them a Super Bowl.
Bears-Texans rematch in Super Bowl? - Joe Flannigan: The matchup between the Bears and the Texans may have been a preview of what's to come. But does Houston think Chicago can keep up?
[Video] CTL discussion - Looking back on the game and Cutler's concussion. Matt Bowen gives a player's perspective; Kaplan looks like a concussed Gollum.
Moon Mullin's notebook - Are Tillman and Jennings a lock for the Pro Bowl? And the fine that should be handed down to Texans LB Tim Dobbins should be larger than Conte's was.
Miller: ‘The better team lost’ - Jim Miller reverses loss and puts one back in the W column for the Beloved!
Cutler concussionwatch 2012
Cutler on mend after suffering concussion - Larry Mayer: To practice this week and play Monday night against the 49ers, Cutler will have to be cleared by Bears doctors as well as an independent neurological consultant.
Bears went beyond NFL concussion protocol for Cutler - Michael C. Wright: Lovie Smith indicated the Bears take extra precaution in assessing potential concussions because of the team's history of dealing with such matters.
Concussion expert says Cutler likely will need 7-10 days to heal - Mark Potash: It would seem prudent for the Bears to give Cutler a week to rest instead of subjecting him to a 49ers defense that has 12 QB hits in its last two games.
If Bears are serious about concussions, they should rest Jay Cutler - David Haugh: Cutler shouldn't play against 49ers after his latest concussion, at least the 4th of his career.
Bears looking at backups points to Cutler missing SF game - Moon Mullin: Perhaps the best indication that Cutler will not play was the Bears’ immediate search for a veteran backup on Monday, expected to be Josh McCown, according to multiple sources.
It's just one game, Jay: Shut it down this week - Matt Bowen: Forget about NFL's laughable concussion protocol; the Bears QB needs to think about his future.
Was Cutler “protection” adequate? - Moon Mullin joined PFT to discuss Jay Cutler's concussion and whether the proper procedures and safeguards were observed.
Aikman: Nothing illegal about hit on Cutler - Oft-concussed HOF QB sees nothing wrong with helmet-to-helmet shot.
Doctor weighs in on Cutler’s third concussion - Bears' concussion specialist talks about the issues involved.
Criticism that Lovie put concussed Cutler at risk is way off-base - Rick Morrissey: Too many lives have been ruined by repeated blows to the head. We seem to learn of more struggling former players every day. Would Smith want a damaged Cutler on his conscience? Lovie’s a lot of things, but I don’t believe cruel is one of them.
Cutler and Smith: The head cases - Moon Mullin examines and compares the two concussion cases of Jay Cutler and 49ers' signal-caller Alex Smith.
Other Bears news
Bears confident in backup plan with Campbell - Larry Mayer with team news and notes.
Jason Campbell gets by on ‘mental reps’ - Adam L. Jahns: Backup QB normally gets no reps during the week, will practise with first team if Cutler unable to go.
Moon Mullin's Bears Schedule - Despite the loss, the Bears are still ranked No. 2 in the NFC, but the Packers and Vikings are only one misstep behind.
Bears still try to get by with half a team - Bears defenders have been running off the field for a half-century now and yelling the same thing at their offensive teammates.
Do you <3 Jay Cutler and want him to throw it deep to Marshall? Sackman has t-shirt and hoodie clothing designs reflecting these sentiments here.
NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Manning's effect on Broncos WRs, best reunited tandems and all the latest around the league.
Matt Bowen's playbook - How did the Saints shut down the Falcons? Breaking down the Saints' 'goal line stand'.
Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down AP's 61-yard TD vs. Lions.
Know thy enemies - PFF's
Three Six Performances of note: Christian Ponder and the Vikings revived their offense in the absence of Percy Harvin while the Lions made costly mistakes.
Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: Incredibly, despite his well-documented recovery from knee surgery, AP is off to the best 10-game start to his career.
Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: The offense isn't getting going until in catchup mode and the defense is disappointing.
Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert reviews the state of the Packers at their bye as they prepare to face the sixth-most difficult schedule remaining in the NFL. Domino effect of losing OT Bryan Bulaga.
Kay Paradiso's guest video week - "Mid 90's was a great time for emo in the Bay".