Mike Ditka suffers 'very minor stroke' - Dan Pompei: Former Bears coach and Hall of Fame player Mike Ditka was hospitalized Friday after suffering what he said doctors told him was a "very minor stroke." Non-Tribune link.
Bears, Cutler must get home field advantage - Nick Shepkowski: Jay Cutler has never beaten a team that finished the season above .500 on the road while wearing a Bears uniform, with a TD:INT of 93-32 at home and 36-64 away.
Urlacher not using his head - Rick Morrissey: While the debate about concussions and brain safety rages across the NFL, it’s Cut Block Awareness Week for Brian Urlacher.
Since when does the backup QB get his own Den section?
Campbell to start in place of Cutler Monday - Larry Mayer: With Jay Cutler still recovering from the concussion he suffered last Sunday night against the Texans, Jason Campbell will start Monday night's game in San Francisco.
Campbell's coaches, teammates have faith in him - Larry Mayer: Bears are are confident in the veteran QB's ability to step in for the injured Jay Cutler Monday night when the Bears visit the 49ers.
With Jay Cutler out, Bears count on Jason Campbell - Brad Biggs: Leading receiver Brandon Marshall expects to mesh just fine with backup QB Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Joniak’s Journal - Campbell is capable of leading the Bears to their 8th victory in 10-games and their fourth on the road this season.
Campbell's conservative style may be just what the Bears need - Jim Miller: Jason Campbell isn't flashy, but he avoids turnovers -- and that may be just what the Bears need out of their backup QB, now that Jay Cutler won't play Monday night.
Bears need Jason Campbell to get off to a good start - Sean Jensen: Cutler’s clearly superior to Campbell in many ways, but Campbell’s more decisive, takes fewer sacks and, perhaps most important, starts games better. In 70 career starts, Campbell has eight first-quarter interceptions. In 87 starts, Cutler has 24.
What to expect with Campbell? - Moon Mullin takes a look at what Jason Campbell brings to the table.
Don't expect too much? - Mike Tanier: Sunday night’s relief effort showed just how many bad habits Campbell picked up from the thousands of coordinators he played for. He is reluctant to throw downfield, and he is hesitant in the pocket. Campbell has been worn down by too many Jacksons and Zorns, and the mistakes may be all that are left.
Bears with Campbell, 49ers with Smith have the 'same' QB - Moon Mullin: Last year, CSNBayArea's Matt Maiocco and Paul Gutierrez determined that then-Raiders QB Jason Campbell and 49ers QB Alex Smith were, essentially, the same guy. Does that still hold true heading into Monday?
Campbell well-prepared to run Bears' offense - Jim Miller: Jason Campbell has already been working with members of the Bears' first-team offense this year, so his transition from No. 2 to No. 1 QB shouldn't be too difficult.
[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - What does Jason Campbell starting mean for the Bears?
Tom Thayer on Mully & Hanley - "You have to do what Jason Campbell does well – that’s get outside the pocket, that’s use play-action to get the defense off-balance" [Den: That's what Cutler does well, too, but we've not been doing a great job of that...]
Rod Marinelli focuses on run-stopping to thwart 49ers - Vaughn McClure: The pass rush has been a weekly emphasis for Rod Marinelli. But this week for the 49ers, the DC’s sermons have focused on the line stopping the run, first.
Bears defense has to keep the pressure on - Fred Mitchell: It's even more imperative now, as the offense prepares for the San Francisco 49ers with backup QB Jason Campbell.
Bears must stress run vs. 49ers - Adam L. Jahns: The Vikings and Giants handed the oft-praised 49ers their two losses by being the only teams to hold them under 100 rushing yards, while rushing for 146 and 149 yards, respectively.
Adam Hoge's game notes - Adam Hoge: As his friend, Brandon Marshall is in full support of Cutler sitting out Monday’s game against the 49ers; Could Rodriguez be a target in the passing game?
Kellen Davis vows to rebound after tough game - Adam L. Jahns: TE was targeted five times, but made only one catch for six yards and lost the ball when he was hit hard by safety Danieal Manning.
49ers, Bears linebacker duos set standard - Eric Branch: Briggs and Urlacher will face their young pretenders, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, on Monday night. Well, not literally.
Injury report - Adam L. Jahns: Alshon Jeffrey looks good to go, Shea McClellin has been ruled out and Amobi Okoye is expected to jump into the DL rotation.
Injury report - Vaughn McClure: Alshon Jeffery poised for return to action Monday night, following full participation in practice Friday after recovery from broken right hand.
Other Bears news
Too many around the Bears just don't get seriousness of concussions - David Haugh: Lovie Smith and Brian Urlacher are more problem than solution to the NFL's dealing with head injuries.
Tale of the Tape - Kip Lewis: Once Cutler returns, Mike Tice needs to find a way to jump start the Bears passing game, even if it's a controlled efficient style similar to the 49ers' approach.
[Video] Inside Look: Mike Singletary - CSNChicago's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hall of Fame former Bear as he talks about his upbringing and experiences upon being drafted by the team. [Part 2] On ending his playing career and eventual transition into coaching.
Mike Singletary: 'Trust your heart' - Moon Mullin looks back on his short time he spent covering Mike Singletary in his last season with the Bears and what he learned from the NFL Hall of Famer. [Den: No mention of dropping your pants.]
[Video] Blood, Sweat & Bears - The Colonel and Fred Mitchell talk about Richard Dent's biography.
Matt Bowen's playbook - When do you throw the 'sight adjust?' Using some Saints' All-22 tape to talk technique.
Know thy enemies - Packers-Lions preview: This would be a good game for the meteor to hit. Meteor.
Know thy enemies - PFF's Three Things to Focus On: With Clay Matthews presumed out with a hamstring injury, can the Packers find pass-rushers to break the Lions' formidable OL?
Know thy enemy: Lions - As the only team in the NFL without a run of 20 or more yards, the Lions have yet to hit enough shots in the run game to force defenses to play honest.
San Francisco 49ers coach has profited from many mentors - Dan Pompei: Jim Harbaugh has learned a lot from a list that includes Bo Schembechler, Bill Walsh, Al Davis [Den: Really?] and Mike Ditka.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has minor medical procedure - Mark Potash: Former Bear underwent what the 49ers called a ‘‘minor procedure’’ for an irregular heartbeat.
NFL.com's Best of the week 10 cheerleaders - The Sponge was disappointed. No real standouts this week...
Kay Paradiso's guest video week: all bands hailed from San Francisco!