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The Bears Den: November 21, 2012 - Week 12 News and Notes
Bears’ offensive discoordination falls on Mike Tice - Neil Hayes: At least Martz had a plan. You may not have agreed with it but you knew what he wanted to do and why he wanted to do it. It made sense. The only thing Tice has done since being promoted to OC is make Mike Martz look more competent by comparison.
Is nature to blame for Bears’ flop? - Dan Bernstein: A Stanford study of the last 25 years of NFL games found that in east/west night matchups in the NFL over that duration, the west-coast team wins 70 percent of the time, and suggests it could it be to do with preset circadian rhythm making one team more ready to perform than the other.
Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts after the Bears were routed 32-7 Monday night by the 49ers.
Plenty of blame to go around in loss - Larry Mayer: Jason Campbell struggled in his first start of the season, but the veteran QB was far from the only Bears player to blame for Monday night's loss.
Bears turn attention to showdown with Vikings - Larry Mayer: The only good news about getting blown out on Monday Night Football is that the Bears must quickly put their humiliating 32-7 loss to the 49ers behind them.
Hard to blame any one player for loss to 49ers - Brad Biggs: There's fault aplenty as the Bears suffered a complete meltdown on offense and defense.
Loss to 49ers was embarrassing - Jim Miller dissects the crushing loss to the 49ers as he explains what went wrong for the Chicago team.
ProFootballFocus: Three performances of note - Both OTs yield three sacks with Webb adding another five hurries allowed for good measure. Were it not for a penalty Carimi would have allowed four sacks. This was not a speed rush; they were simply getting beaten physically.
Bears exposed as fake contender - Rosendoom: The 49ers revealed every Bears fan's worst fears: an OL that cannot work in any game plan and a defense that saw the stars look old and the young players look silly. These remain issues going forward because every upcoming opponent will see the video.
Bears quotes - Players talk after their 32-7 loss Monday at San Francisco. Not too cheery, as you'd imagine.
[Video] Pompei & Haugh's postgame analysis - Recapping the Bears-49ers game.
Dan Pompei's grades - 49ers beat Bears in all aspects of the game, including the thought process.
Bears feeling after-effects of giving Kaepernick time - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears’ defensive front — arguably the team’s biggest strength — should shoulder the blame for not getting to 49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick.
Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears - Kevin Seifert's three issues that merit further examination. Not pretty.
[Video] CTL discussion - Are the Bears capable of beating the top teams?
Grizzly Bears and Teddy Bears - Maggie Hendricks' LVPs.
[Video] Fox Chicago Bear Down - Lou Canellis and Hub Arkush look back on the San Fran game. Hub said he would have cut Webb first thing in the morning. Finally, something Bears fans can agree with him on.
Urlacher to Kaepernick on national TV: ‘You f****** played well’ - Brian Urlacher mans up and gives credit where it's due.
Bears offense suffering identity crisis - David Haugh: No offense with Cutler, Forte and Brandon Marshall should struggle this mightily.
Bears latest problem? Money - Mike Mulligan: The Bears spent gobs of money on their offense during the offseason and have nothing to show for it.
Cutler's absence shows Bears' problem is OL - Michael Lombardi: Chicago must fix this problem quickly. The Bears cannot wait another offseason to find five linemen who can win in the playoffs.
‘Not our night’ doesn’t explain Bears’ frightening problems - Mark Potash: Lovie Smith accentuated the positive after the discouraging debacle on the Bay: the Bears still are 7-3 and still are tied for the lead in the NFC North. But after that dreadful performance, those two realities seem like a pair of crutches propping up a flawed team with an uncertain future.
Game of Throwns — starring Bears’ unfortunate O-line - Rick Telander: Here was a show of Bears players in the trenches, the foundation of any football team, getting whipped the way stuffed teddy bears get whipped by pit bulls.
[Video] ESPN First Take - Skip Bayless thinks the Bears will be fine once Jay Cutler returns, but Stephen A. Smith has his doubts about Cutler's leadership abilities. I could only take 36 seconds of this 7-min clip.
Cutler hopes to return to face Vikings - Larry Mayer: Speaking publicly for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against the Texans, Jay Cutler said he feels good but isn't sure he'll play Sunday when the Bears host the Vikings.
Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei looks ahead to the Vikings: Adrian Peterson a challenge for Bears, but game could hinge on Vikings QB Christian Ponder.
Tale of the Tape - Looking ahead to the game against the Vikings.
For Vikings, right time to play Bears - HOF QB Fran Tarkenton doesn't think Jason Campbell has what it takes if Cutler misses this game. Bears fans probably wouldn't disagree.
Other Bears news
Bears WR Jeffery to undergo knee surgery - Moon Mullin: The nature of physical demands at Jeffery’s position point to a time frame of possibly three to four weeks before he can return. [Video] Cutler return looks "optimistic".
Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - How have Bears rebounded from blowout losses? Have the Bears been running Matt Forte enough? Who deserves most of the blame?
Team notes - Moon Mullin highlights three areas following the Bears' loss to the 49ers: 2013 draft plans, blowout losses and the Lovie Smith watch.
Bears were never a Super Bowl team - Hub Arkush: We now know that they are exactly who most of us thought they were. They’re one of the better-than-average teams that will beat the bad teams, but they’re not as good as the good teams.
Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Cutler going through the process of being examined and cleared; Jeffery out again; more notes.
NFCN Blog: Knee-jerk reactions - Kevin Seifert takes a look at instant reactions to week 11 events.
[Video] Jay Cutler's Mailbag - Jay Cutler talks to Waddle & Silvy about the his concussion, the NFL's procedure for getting back on the field and the likelihood of him playing Sunday against Minnesota. [Part 2] The trio's moustaches are... well, see for yourself.
Jay Cutler: ‘I’ll play again this year’ - Sean Jensen: Despite the debacle, Jay Cutler still wished he was in San Francisco Monday night.
Cutler: We don't need to hit the panic button - Despite the blowout, Cutler believes the Bears are still in the drivers seat.
Want moar Jay Cutler? Sackman has some clothing designs for you...
Every NFL contender has significant weakness, not just Bears - Steve Silverman looks at the flaws of all the major contenders.
Matt Bowen: The Players Page - Ed Reed's suspension creates more questions: NFL defenders don't stand a chance in today's game.
Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: After the Packers' 24-20 victory over the Lions, three issues that merit further examination.
Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: After the Lions' 24-20 loss to the Packers, three issues that merit further examination.
Know thy enemy: Lions - The Lions have had enough of Titus Young and his selfish behavio(u)r. The Lions. Kevin Seifert thinks he's just about out of chances. Well, if you will go fill your roster with known low-character guys.....
Our very own Sam Householder was shooting at Notre Dame's final home game of the season (see his photos here). In his own words, "Manti Te'o would look damn good in a Bears uni, wouldn't he?"
David Taylor's annual-bet-with-Rence guest video week: "What Should I do?" (NB. Given Fav-ray's history, it's not entirely SFW... yep, there's mention of _that_ incident.)