The Bears Den: November 22, 2012 - Week 12 News and Notes

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

So... who's doing a turducken?

Niners dish out a recipe of whoop-ass - Bill Barnwell on how Jim Harbaugh went after the weak links on the Bears D.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bears go from tough to tame, and now the Vikings will want to get their licks in after viewing the whipping the 49ers delivered.

Team report - It's not that the Bears' offense is pathetic; it's just pathetic against any team that's any good.

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Bears-49ers, OL issues

24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes' Breakdown - “We’ve got plenty of time.” (Gabe Carimi). Laurence Holmes: No you don’t. This has been the mantra of Bears offensive players for two and half months. The fact is that the next two games could seal the Bears fate.

Bears’ OL appears to have changes in store - Adam L. Jahns: After back-to-back losses, the Bears no longer can rely on wishful thinking for Carimi or the rest of the OL.

Chilo Rachal leaves Bears after losing starting job - Vaughn McClure: Strong chance veteran Jonathan Scott could replace Gabe Carimi or J'Marcus Webb.

Situation right for Lance Louis contract extension - Moon Mullin: With all the question marks on the OL, the one constant has been right guard Lance Louis, which is a good sign for Louis' long-term future in Chicago.

[Video] CTL discussion - Kaplan et al. on the news of Chilo Rachal's departure. To be honest, there's absolutely no (and I mean zero) content worth your time in this clip, but yesterday was the Bears' off-day and there wasn't much news coming out of Halas Hall, so...

PFF's ‘Had a Bad Day’ Team - Week 11: Carimi and Wright make the list, Webb "can consider himself fortunate to not make this team."


Other Bears news

Team notes - Brad Biggs: Mike Tice won't hand off play-calling duties; injury news.

PFF snapshot - PFF takes a look at which QBs are suffering most from dropped passes. Not surprisingly, our own JC is in the top 10...

ProFootballFocus: 32 Teams, 32 Observations - "The Bears have allowed just 4.1 yards after the catch per catch, which is the lowest rate in the league." Yeeeeeeaaaahhhhh Super Bowl, baby!

[Video] Waddle & Silvy - Marc Silverman and Tom Waddle and their moustaches explain why they think the Bears are Super Bowl pretenders. Clue: it's something to do with the sucky OL.

McClellin cleared, plans to play Sunday - Jesse Rogers: McClellin has been cleared by an independent neurologist, is on track to play Sunday unless he experiences more concussion related symptoms.

Jay Cutler gets cleared to practice - Sean Jensen: Leave it to Mike Tice to utter what many feel. Asked if he anticipates Jay Cutler playing Sunday against the Vikings, Tice said, “God, I hope so.”

Four Downs - Are the Bears a Top 5 team? Is the OL the biggest issue? Could Cutler have made a difference on Monday? Will Jared Allen have a bigger game than AP on Sunday?

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 21: This may be the only time the Bears are glad to have a short one. Get the bad taste from Monday out of their mouths- so bad not even a Thanksgiving meal can change it. Sunday can not come quickly enough.



Vikings aren't trusting what they saw from Bears on MNF - Moon Mullin: The Vikings and their formidable defensive front are not overlooking the Bears.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Durkin: The surprising 6-4 Vikings ride the sturdy, surgically repaired legs of Adrian Peterson to Soldier Field, in what’s become a must-win game for the Bears.


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Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert previews the Texans-Lions Thanksgiving game. FootballOutsiders preview.

The 5 best things about being an NFL sports agent - Jack Bechta on the perks and benefits of representing Sunday’s heroes.

Understanding coverages and attacking them with passing game - From the Grantland article above, this is a nice little article explaining the strengths and weaknesses of common defensive schemes, and how to attack each one.

One year ago today - Coming off a victory against the Chargers and with news breaking of Cutler's thumb injury, we were all up in arms over losing our most beloved player. That's right: Pat Mannelly was placed on IR. And with that, we knew the season was over.

David Taylor's annual-bet-with-Rence guest video week: "Sh*t Vikings Fans Say". (Den - Even for a rival fan from another country, there's something terribly bleak and depressing about this video.....)

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