The Bears Den: November 15, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

The Bears Den: November 15, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes

How much is Cutler worth now and who do you blame? - Steve Rosenbloom: Whatever happens to Tim Dobbins for his hit on Cutler on Sunday night, it’s worth the price. The NFL can’t protect QBs while also making them king; when you combine the position’s singular importance in winning, you get the biggest target the game has ever seen.

[Video] NFCN Blogger Blitz - Kevin Seifert: The Bears offense needs to figure out who they are before it's too late.

Four Downs - Can Jason Campbell lead the Bears to a win over the 49ers? Is Mike Tice is in over his head as a playcaller?

Team report - Staggering out of the gate yet again set the tone for an offense that never got into a rhythm, and there don't appear to be any simple solutions.

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Cutler concussionwatch 2012

Texans’ Tim Dobbins fined $30,000 for hit on Jay Cutler - Adam L. Jahns: An NFL spokesman confirmed that Houston LB Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 Wednesday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Jay Cutler on Sunday night.

[Video] View from the Moon - MM goes in-studio to talk about Cutler's concussion and how the fine levied at Tim Dobbins didn't fit the crime.

“Snowflake” QBs: Cutler vs. Campbell - Moon Mullin: Jason Campbell and Jay Cutler are their own unique QBs, much like snowflakes.

Campbell provides quality depth at key position - Larry Mayer: With Jay Cutler's status for Monday night's game in San Francisco uncertain due to a concussion, the Bears are thrilled to have quality backup Jason Campbell ready to step in if needed.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert takes a look at Jason Campbell's reticence to go downfield on Sunday night.

Larry and Lovie - In his weekly Q&A with, Lovie Smith discusses the addition of Josh McCown, confidence in Jason Campbell and Monday night's game in San Francisco.

[Video] Jurko & Waddle's preview - Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic discuss whether the Bears should rest Jay Cutler this week against San Francisco.

McCown more than just a fill-in - Moon Mullin explains why the signing of Josh McCown goes beyond just filling the role of backup QB to JC and the other JC.

Bears fans’ brains are all backed up - Tim Baffoe: That’s the way it goes with Bears fans. The backup is beloved until called upon, and if he doesn’t perform like a starter, start yelling for the next guy in line.

When Cutler comes back, how effective isn’t assured - Moon Mullin: No. 6 hasn't been immediately effective on returning from his previous concussion with Bears.



Know thy enemy - Mark Potash: On paper, the Bears figure to have the edge in the likely showdown of the backup QBs against the 49ers on Monday night. But Harbaugh has an impressive resume of QB nurturing that is close to a golden touch.

Game preview - Kip Lewis: With two of the top defenses in the league facing potentially two back-up QBs, defenses will set the tone on Monday Night Football.

Bears expect head-knocking hits and bone-crushing tackles against 49ers - Brad Biggs: 49ers don't have a reputation for dirty play but their defense is as big, tough and physical as you will find.

Know thy enemy - Brad Biggs: 49ers QB Alex Smith was back at practice after concussion.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: This game will come down to field position and turnovers. Even if these teams aren’t at full strength on Monday night, we could see them meet again in the NFC Championship game.


Other Bears news

Rodriguez could be key to Bears’ TE woes - Adam L. Jahns: Rodriguez was drafted as a TE out of Temple with the 111th pick and drew comparisons to the Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez, a big-time receiving threat.

Matt Bowen's playbook - All-22: Breaking down Cutler's INT vs. Texans '2-Man'.

Injury report - Michael C. Wright: Lovie Smith says Jay Cutler 'getting better'; McClellin said he hasn't yet been cleared medically, WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to make his return to action.

Robbie Gould rips Soldier Field - Kevin Seifert: Gould, who missed a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that would have made it a one-score game, said he wants to know "who decided to keep the field so soft that it's been tore up the entire year." Issues apology.

Soldier Field to get new sod after rainy Bears' loss - Dan Pompei: Soldier Field will get new sod after about a half-inch of rain fell during the Bears' 13-6 loss Sunday to the Texans and left the turf in poor condition.

Bears kickers need to get back in swing of things - Vaughn McClure: Field goal kicker Robbie Gould and punter Adam Podlesh have been off their games recently. Jeff Dickerson: Bears work out four punters at Halas.

Bears, Broncos getting TDs from everywhere - It's a big boost and a back-breaker all rolled into one, the TD that comes while the offense is catching its collective breath on the sideline.

PFF's OL rankings - The Bears have only one player graded in the green, and that's... J’Marcus Webb? #Mayans2012

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Answering readers' questions about Kellen Davis, Mike Tice, the Bears' biggest weakness, Cutler's recklessness, and if the Bears will draft OT or OG early.

Tillman & Jennings among top CBs -'s Gil Brandt's top 8 CBs includes both of the Bears starters.

[Video] The Peanut Punch - Rachel Nichols examines how Charles Tillman is able to force fumbles with his peanut punch. The overuse of video editing effects caused me motion sickness.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 14: Lets[sic] all take a moment and recognize the eery similarities to 2011. Cutler was knocked out in week 10, Josh McCown signed heading into week 11. It was November 18th of last year. An anniversary just four days away.

Expect the Bears to lean on the run game more this week. Will they use this play with Matt Forte? More Forte clothing designs available here, courtesy of Sackman.


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Focus on TEs only growing - Brian Billick: With Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez having a big Week 10, the expanded role of NFL TEs has never been more apparent. Kellen Davis gets no respect. Huh.

Matt Bowen: The Players Page - How do NFL players 'survive' the 2nd half of the season? Five ways players maintain their bodies and strength.

The growing power of the media - Jack Bechta: The media can be a powerful tool in influencing decisions by ownership and front office execs.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Chris Burke: Adrian Peterson getting help from Vikings' blocking. Run game X&Os post.

Jets ink ex-Bears RB Kahlil Bell - Probably a better QB than Tebow.

Kay Paradiso's guest video week - "Tomahawk is the Brainchild of Mike Patton of Faith No More, and The Jesus Lizard. And his voice! SWOON."

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