The Bears Den: November 27, 2012 - Week 13 News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

Run, run, as fast as you can / You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man...

Bears' O-line options worth watching with Louis out - Moon Mullin: Gabe Carimi would be the leading candidate to replace Lance Louis at guard, but there are a few other players who could work their way into Louis' spot.

Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - Former O-lineman Ross Tucker shares his concerns for the Bears OL, Biggs on the possibility of signing Melton to an extension, and more thoughts.

Peter King's MMQB - News and views from around the league, plus a vote for Cutler as MVP.

Team report - The Bears' situation on the OL can officially be considered critical.

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Bears-Vikings

Cutler once again proves his value in win - Larry Mayer: In the past two seasons, the Bears are 15-5 and have scored 44 offensive TDs in the 20 games Cutler has started, and they're 1-6 with only seven TDs in the seven games he's missed.

Bears back in driver's seat - Kip Lewis: While the Bears suffered a few key injuries Sunday, their win over Minnesota resonates as their most significant victory of the season.

Tice’s mild play-calling pans out - Adam L. Jahns: It was clear the Bears wanted to protect Cutler and their OL, so they ran 39 times (55% of their plays) and used a ton of short passes. Cutler was 18-for-21 on passes under 10 yards.

24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes' Breakdown - Pat Mannelly wasn't being considered as a fill-in for the OL. (Den - The NFLPA won't allow that much awesome for fear of a team's entire defensive front seven being placed on the IR/KIA list.)

Vikings feeling sense of 'déjà vu' after loss to Bears - Jake Flannigan: The two teams will strap it on two weeks from now in Minnesota in what will be another crucial game for both team’s playoff hopes.

Five things we learned - Jeff Dickerson: Even Kellen Davis managed to hang onto one of the four balls that came his way. Baby steps.

Game notes - Bob Legere: Cutler was his usual feisty self in his first game back after missing a week with a concussion; DL rotation; more game notes.

Jay Cutler lauds line amid injury concerns - Fred Mitchell: Cutler’s passing numbers were fairly modest Sunday (23 of 31 for 188 yards and one TD), but his mere presence apparently helped lift the confidence of the entire team.

Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears - Kevin Seifert with three issues that merit further examination. He might have looked decent pressed into action as an emergency guard, but I certainly hope Carimi doesn't end up as Chris Williams 2.0.

Dan Pompei's grades - Special mention for Cutler's mobility in and out of the pocket.

PFF' 3 Performances of Note - While the Bears' D-Line was huge in this win, the game itself may tell us more about what the Vikings lack, than what the Bears possess.

Grizzly Bears and Teddy Bears - Maggie Hendricks with her biggest stars of Sunday.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: AP's pregame gaffe was indicative of a larger inattention to detail and sloppy play throughout the game.

View from the enemy - Dan Wiederer: Leslie Frazier answered postgame questions with a bothered gaze, aware his team was dominated in every phase.

View from the enemy - "Cutler had enough time to make himself a ham sandwich in the pocket. Maybe even take a few bites." How often have you seen that in relation to the Bears' OL?

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin breaks down Bears-Vikings.

[Video] Wright & Dickerson - Postgame thoughts. Wright not as much of a fan of Bush as Just Dave is.

[Video] Fox Chicago Bear Down - Lou Canellis and Hub Arkush look back on the Bears' week 12 win over the Vikings. Or, just wait for CloudyFuture's usual and much-appreciated writeup later.

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O-line news

Jared Allen's hit ends Lance Louis' season - Kevin Seifert: Allen told reporters that he thought it was a legal hit, but Lovie Smith was among those who fell short of agreeing with him.

More turmoil on OL as Lance Louis is lost for season - Vaughn McClure: Gabe Carimi's impromptu debut at right guard went better than expected. Now the second-year player might have to prepare himself for extended time at the position.

Bears not OK with Allen's hit on Louis - Moon Mullin: While players and coaches won't usually openly criticize an opponent for a hit, the Bears weren't shy when it came to discussing Jared Allen's hit on Lance Louis on Sunday.

[Video] CTL discussion - The panel discuss Lance Louis' season-ending ACL injury and how it will affect the Bears' offensive gameplan moving forward.

Brad Biggs on Mully & Hanley - [Audio] Biggs on the Bears' options on the OL after Lance Louis' season-ending IR, other injury news, and more on the game.

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Other Bears news

Tillman has chipped bone in right foot - Vaughn McClure: The injury does not appear to be serious, and it's possible he can play through it.

Podlesh gets a kick out of scoring points - Joe Aguilar: Adam Podlesh's sneaky special-teams gem wasn't "Devin Hester" flashy, nor was it original. But the Bears' punter, understandably, couldn't help but flash a smile when talking about it.

Team notes - Brad Biggs: Lovie Smith says Seahawks' Russell Wilson is not playing like a rookie; Cutler's presence a boost for the team; games v. Vikings and Packers will remain noon starts.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Eric Weems to fill in at WR as well as KR if Hester's concussion issues last to the weekend; situations at CB and on the OL.

Bears riding Cutler-Marshall, but how long will volatile duo last? - Greg Couch gilberts it up with another load of conjecture and dilf-stirring.

Cutler for MVP? The chatter's already started - Moon Mullin: Jay Cutler has garnered some national attention for the NFL MVP, based on the argument that the Bears wouldn't be a playoff team without him.

[Video] Jay Cutler's Mailbag - #6 joins Waddle & Silve to talk about losing Lance Louis to injury and whether he thinks Jared Allen is a dirty player. Part 2 - On his return to the field, avoiding hits, his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and tying J'Marcus Webb's shoe.

[Video] ESPN - Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski discuss whether the Packers or Bears will win the NFC North.

Moon Mullin's Bears Schedule - MM breaks down the Bears' remaining schedule this season, and it's not looking good for Seattle who currently holds a 1-5 record on the road.

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei's quick take on the Seahawks: strong defense, talented performers in Wilson, Lynch to test Bears.

Disclaimer: No cornerbacks were stiff-armed in the making of these Cutler clothing designs.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Jeff Fisher is enjoying the ride with his young Rams, a look at QB rotations and all the latest NFL talk.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down three plays from Sunday courtesy of Messrs Cruz, Kaepernick and Janoris Jenkins.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Want to stop RG3, Redskins? Then read your run/pass keys. All-22 breakdown of the deep ball vs. Cowboys.

Matt Bowen: The Players Page - 'Playing for jobs?' We talk about it every NFL season, but what does it really mean?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Game report: Giants rout Packers 38-10.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: Aaron Rodgers was under pressure on 51.5% of his dropbacks against the Giants, and are they simply not equipped to counter the two-deep safety look?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: NFL can't infer intent of Ndamukong Suh in reviewing his kick to the groin of Texans QB Matt Schaub, which is not enough to merit a suspension. The matter will continue to be reviewed for a possible fine. Dan Wetzel: Drama might not be worth the headache for a team that is a playoff long shot.

Dane's guest video week - "There once was a band named Mother Love Bone. Their lead singer, Andrew Wood, died of a heroin overdose after their first album was released. Great music... I highly recommend it. To pay tribute to his fallen friend, Chris Cornell stepped away from Soundgarden and formed Temple of the Dog, which included a couple of MLB's guitarists, as well as Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron. Keep in mind that this was before Pearl Jam was a thing. What resulted was a blues-y, symphonic rock album that to this day remains one of my all-time favorites.
Temple of the Dog: The best-known song is Hunger Strike."

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