The Bears Den: November 02, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes

John Gress

The Bears Den: November 02, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes

Cutler, streaking Bears visit desperate Tennessee - Jay Cutler wanted to stick around Music City after leaving Vanderbilt for the NFL, and he worked out for the hometown Tennessee Titans a few times even while suspecting owner Bud Adams wanted to draft Vince Young all along.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Answering queries on how many game-winners Gould has kicked, Cutler's record as a starter in his last 20 games, and if the Bears will give Forte more goal-line touches or maybe run more screens.

Bears winning ... thanks to a pair of 'strippers' - Together, CBs have eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and three TDs

Team report - Everything you wanted to know about the Bears but were afraid to ask.

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Bears-Titans

Bears should see win No. 7 if they stick to the plan - Kip Lewis: The Bears' defense continues to go through the motions of their highly successful Tampa 2 defense, and as long as they continue that it should be win No. 7 this Sunday against the Titans.

Titans QB has fond memories against Bears - Sean Jensen: Titans backup Matt Hasselbeck is past his prime, and he isn’t among the more notable QBs the Bears will face this season. But the Bears aren’t overlooking him.

Bears wary of 'home-run hitter' Chris Johnson - Brad Biggs: Titans RB holds the NFL record for most 80-yard runs in a career with four and has 10 touchdown runs of 45 yards or more.

Bears gearing up to stop Chris Johnson - Jeff Dickerson: Opponents have enjoyed little success in the run game when facing the Bears' defense, but the TItans' best shot to win might hinge on their ground game led by Chris Johnson.

Tennessee RB Chris Johnson: Monster or myth? - Moon Mullin: Chris Johnson racked up more than 2,000 rushing yards just a couple of seasons ago, but the Bears may be better off just letting the Titans RB run wild.

Thayer's game preview - If Hasselbeck finds a defensive player he can exploit, he won’t hesitate to throw in that direction all afternoon. [Video] Is also more concerned about Matt Hasselbeck than Chris Johnson.

Durkin’s Playbook - Breaking down the Titans inside-zone running scheme.

Titans want to rattle Cutler - Titans safety Jordan Babineaux tells CJH that Cutler sometimes gets into trouble because he holds onto the ball too long.

Four Downs - Will Chris Johnson end RBs' 100-yard drought against the Bears? Does Forte need a bigger role? Is Jennings the D's MVP so far? With Houston looming, is Sunday a trap game?

[Video] ESPN - The NFL Live crew picks Chicago to win at Tennessee.

Injury report - Michael C. Wright: Jeffery getting 'better,' but still inactive.

Team news - Tice relieved relatives and friends on the East Coast escaped mostly unscathed; Conte to appeal fine; injury report.

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Defense

Charles Tillman wins NFC Defensive Player of Month - Michael C. Wright: Playing a key role in the team's 4-0 record in October, Tillman intercepted two passes which he returned for TDs in addition to limiting Calvin Johnson to a season-low 34 yards on three catches

Cornerback duo racking up recognition - Brad Biggs: It's worth wondering if a team that invests much more heavily in its front seven has the best pair of CBs in the NFL.

Jennings, Tillman could combine to make franchise history - Moon Mullin: The Bears don't have a long history of sending CBs to the Pro Bowl. But through two months, both Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman could very well earn trips to Hawaii.

Bears CB duo makes history; best in NFL? - Jesse Rogers: Opposing QBs have a 44.7 passer rating when they throw Tillman's way and 38.6 when targeted Jennings.

Joniak’s Journal - When I think of a physical defense, I think of LBs, pass rushers, and safeties playing with reckless abandon. Not CBs. Are Tillman and Jennings the new Monsters of the Midway?

DBs doing their part for Bears - Andrew Seligman: The Bears had some question marks in their secondary when the season started. It turns out they had some answers, too.

D.J. Moore could get pushed for playing time by Hayden - Vaughn McClure: Hayden is a better man-to-man defender, but Moore has shown a tendency to be a playmaker with 10 interceptions in 39 career games.

PFF snapshot - Tackling Efficiency, DBs: Two members of the Bears secondary crack the top-10 lists for their position groups.

Brian Urlacher: 'as 100 percent as I'm gonna get' - Michael C. Wright: Says it's now a matter of repetition for him, after missing most of training camp.

Urlacher still centerpiece of great Bears defense - Rick Telander: Just try thinking of the Bears’ defense without Urlacher in the middle, hollering out signals and pointing to holes as the opposing offense begins its count. It’s hard to do.

Linebacker Nick Roach a low-key cog - Sean Jensen: Charles Tillman likened Roach to the “fullback of the defense,” a nod to the yeomanlike role the former Northwestern standout serves as the team’s strong-side linebacker.

PFF's Secret Superstars - Week 8: Nate Collins had the best game of his career against the Panthers.

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Offense

Bears offense running out of bad foes - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears are getting behind, and that has to stop right now.

Bears' vanishing act - Dan McNeil: Despite their 6-1 record, the offense has been mostly missing in action against even woeful defenses.

Mike Tice: Limited Matt Forte stems from quick exits - Jeff Dickerson: The reason for the Pro Bowl tailback's' lack of touches stems from the offense's inability to stay on the field.

[Video] CTL discussion - Are the Bears underutilizing Matt Forte?

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - With a few alterations in normal receiver positioning, Jay Cutler should be able to hook up nicely with Brandon Marshall.

[Video] Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down how the Bears used Brandon Marshall in the 2-minute drill against Carolina.

Top 10 Backup QBs - Jason Campbell is on the list; Caleb Hanie isn't.

NFC North drop totals and percentages - Kevin Seifert: Bears 22nd worst in league in % of passes dropped. Best and worst hands so far this season.

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Other Bears news

13 years later, Walter Payton’s legend lives on - A reprint of Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander’s tribute from Nov. 2, 1999, one day after “Sweetness” passed at age 45.

[Video] Dent and Ditka - Melissa Isaacson discusses Richard Dent's comments about why the '85 Bears didn't repeat as Super Bowl champs, and the hold the team still has on the city.

Thayer defends Ditka after Dent’s criticism - Tells Mully & Hanley that the issue was more the health of the QB, rather than Ditka’s game planning. Includes [Audio] that'll be interesting for anyone who reveres the '85 team.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - October 31: Mike Tice talked about the slow starts the team has had. He said they've started the game well, and ended it well with the 2 minute drill, its[sic] just that middle part.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 1: A couple bags of left over Halloween Candy appeared in the media room, much to the delight of those working hard covering the Bears today. Reeses Cups were the overwhelming favorite.

[Video] NFL.com Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip: Soldier Field - Join Dave Dameshek as he embarks on the NFL Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip Watch as much of this as you can without putting your fist through the screen. There's something about Dave Dameshek that makes me want to slap him. Backpfeifengesicht.

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Polish sausage

Matt Bowen's playbook - Looking at Antonio Gates' TD on the 7 (corner) route vs. SS Eric Berry.

An early look at 2013 franchise tag numbers - The NFP breaks down what to expect come late February.

Cap Hit: Bad Value For Money - PFF looks at which players are providing least bang for the buck. Three Bears earn mentions...

The NFL’s most underrated players - Steve Silverman: Tim Jennings among his eight most underrated players in the NFL.

Michael Vick needs some Jay Cutler in him - Before he loses his job and the season goes down the drain, Philly starter must demand more from teammates.

Steve Ronkowski's Country-Bluegrass week: "A bluegrass gem like this could only come out of Nashvegas"

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