The Bears Den: November 14, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

The Bears Den: November 14, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Is turnover margin a good indicator for Bears? Why don't the Bears give their No. 2 QB more reps in practice? What is the team's record in San Francisco in recent years?

Jay Cutler, Bears’ offense are both still in a fog - Rick Morrissey: Maybe Lovie should think about letting QBs coach Jeremy Bates get more involved in game planning. Why not? Nothing else has worked.

Peter King's TMQB - Thoughts and readers' mailbag.

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Cutler concussionwatch 2012

Tim Dobbins' hit on Cutler was way over the line - Dave Kindred: Most concussions are the results of the accidental contact that is inevitable in a game of collisions. But hits like the one that Dobbins laid on Cutler are premeditated and vicious in their design and execution.

NFL, Roger Goodell must make statement - Greg Couch: When Tim Dobbins cheap-shotted Jay Cutler — in the officials’ opinion — by going helmet-to-helmet after Cutler had thrown a pass, Dobbins was allowed to stay in the game. That was a statement about NFL rules. It should be an automatic ejection.

[Video] CTL panel on Cutler - Discussing Cutler's concussion in Sunday night's game and how the league handles head injuries.

[Video] NFLPA wants concussion specialists on sidelines - Stephania Bell discusses NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith's call for the league to hire concussion specialists to man the sidelines.

Safe to say Bears should sit Cutler - Jon Greenberg: Players, fans learn to live with football's risks, but some aren't worth taking.

Kurt Warner to Jay Cutler: Sit if you don't feel right - Former NFL QB Kurt Warner said Tuesday he would advise Jay Cutler to be honest and determine on his own whether he is 100 percent healthy to play, even if he passes the battery of tests after suffering a concussion.

Bowen: ‘The NFL has no idea what they’re doing with concussions’ - As a former NFL player who has suffered his fair share of concussions, Matt Bowen knows exactly what Jay Cutler is experiencing right now.

Campbell ready for the bright lights - Kip Lewis: Jason Campbell has the poise and confidence to lead the Bears to a victory over the 49ers on MNF if he gets the start.

[Video] ESPN - Eric Allen talks about whether or not the Bears can win without Jay Cutler. How will the offense differ with Jason Campbell behind center?

This might be a good time to see if Bears can win with Jason Campbell - Mike Mulligan: The Bears have a decision to make with Cutler, whose contract is up after next season. It's unlikely they ever would choose Campbell over Cutler, but the severity of Cutler's concussion might come into play.

McCown thrilled to return for second stint with Bears - Larry Mayer: With Jay Cutler's status uncertain due to the concussion he suffered Sunday night against the Texans, the Bears on Tuesday re-signed Josh McCown.

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Other Bears news

24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes' Breakdown - More thoughts and observations on the Texans game.

Chicago Bears Stock Watch - Michael C. Wright looks at which Bears are rising and falling. Once again, the risers are all defensive players and the fallers are all on the other side of the ball.....

First-place Bears look to bounce back from loss - Larry Mayer: As they prepare to visit the 49ers Monday night, the Bears hope to rebound from their loss to the Texans the same way they did following their only other defeat of the season.

Does Bears offense know enough to be embarrassed? - Steve Rosenbloom: How long before the Bears offense finally punishes an opponent for the insulting squib kicks?

Bears may give Rodriguez a look at TE - Vaughn McClure: Team seeking consistency after Davis' struggles vs. Texans. Plus, team news.

When will Devin Hester return (to thrills) - Maggie Hendricks: One year ago today, Devin Hester returned a punt 82 yards for a TD against the Lions. Since then, he hasn't scored on a return. His punt return average is down. He's just not the electrifying return man the Bears need.

NFCN Blog: Knee-jerk reactions - Kevin Seifert: Jason Campbell was signed to be a credible backup, but the Bears might be a different team without Cutler.

It’s time for synthetic turf at Soldier Field - Dave Wischnowsky: On Sunday night, as the rain poured down at Soldier Field, the Bears and the Texans slipped and slogged their way to a 13-6 final score as ugly as an offensive lineman’s backside.

Charles Tillman tweets news of daughter's birth - He and his wife Jackie welcomed their fourth child.

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei's early preview of the Bears' next opponent, the San Francisco 49ers.

Tale of the Tape - Looking ahead to Bears at 49ers.

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Polish sausage

Matt Bowen's playbook - What happened on the Steelers' overtime INT? Looking at Timmons' big play (Cover 3) in Pittsburgh's win.

Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham lead league-wide TE outburst - #@&! ... but Kellen Davis wasn't the TE in PFF's worst team of the week.

Manning on negative reaction from Urlacher’s handshake: ‘It blows my mind’ - Urlacher caught the ire of some Bears fans for being friendly with a member of an opposing team.

Kay Paradiso's guest video week - "Mid 90's was a great time for pop punk in the Bay".

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