The Bears Den: December 15, 2012 - Week 14 News and Notes

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Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - With tight ends being central figures in a lot of the league’s most high-powered offenses, the Bears are in the dark ages.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Will Lovie get fired? Will we let Cutler go and bring back Orkman? (Ya, RLY.) Te'o to the Bears? Etc.

Team report - The Packers are one of only two teams to have removed Marshall from the Bears' offense this season, so they're hoping Alshon Jeffery and disappointing, inconsistent veteran Devin Hester can pick up some slack.

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Bears-Packers

Brandon Marshall open about ‘dislike’ of Packers, confidence in Bears - Sean Jensen: Marshall proclaimed the Bears’ game Sunday against the Packers the biggest of his career.

Marshall ready for second shot at Packers - Kip Lewis: Brandon Marshall deflecting all the talk about losing and having their backs against the wall to himself.

Lovie Smith says Bears are in great shape with 8-5 record - Brad Biggs: Head coach likes playoff position 'so why would we make drastic changes' before Packers game? (Non-Tribune coverage from Dickerson.)

Larry and Lovie - Lovie Smith discusses Olindo Mare replacing the injured Robbie Gould and what the Bears offense must do Sunday against the Packers.

[Video] Thayer's game preview - Tom Thayer looks ahead to Bears-Packers and how the defense will seek to attack Aaron Rodgers in the pocket.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Dan Pompei: One of the reasons the Packers are better through adversity is they have more battle-tested players.(Lovie: No reason not to play Brian and Lance every single snap of the season, y'all.)

Alshon Jeffery knows he can’t drop bomb vs. Packers - Adam L. Jahns: The Packers primarily used two-man coverage to hold Marshall to two catches and 24 yards in the Bears’ 23-10 loss Sept. 13. If they roll extra coverage his way again, Marshall said the Bears will lean on Jeffery.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Jermichael Finley said that being without an aging, hobbled Brian Urlacher actually might be a good thing for Chicago. Doesn't explain his own level of suckitude, though.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert highlights the Packers' success in running to the right this season. Izzy/Wootton will have their hands full.

[Video] NFCN Blogger Blitz - Kevin Seifert takes a look at the lopsided rivalry between Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler.

[Video] Game preview - Tedy Bruschi says the Bears' defense is under a lot of pressure as they feel they have to help out the struggling offense.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Reporting from Halas Hall, and looking ahead.

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Ditka Lovie

‘Nein’ more years for Lovie Smith - Rock Morrissey: What could a 10th season of Smith possibly tell us that the previous nine haven’t made abundantly clear?

Naming replacements for Lovie Smith - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears have to go offense this time. Whatever the Bears have done before hasn’t worked. It’s a different time, and it’s time for them to act like they have a clue.

Another option for Bears, Smith - Dan Bernstein: Franchise could simply let Smith coach for his future entering the final year of his contract.

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Other Bears news

Tice: Bears need to relax, have some fun - Michael C. Wright: Despite having lost four of the past five, Tice remains optimistic the offense can help change the team's fortunes over the last three games.

Spencer back but Brown on track to remain LG starter - Moon Mullin: Chris Spencer lost his starting job after the first Packers game, and then again when he went down to injury a couple weeks ago. Now, James Brown, his replacement, may have the edge on the job.

Which unit more to blame for Bears' slide? - Struggles on both sides of the ball.

Team news - Brad Biggs: Cutler looks for Bears to improve across the board offensively; Mare and Gould; injury news from both camps.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Kellen Davis working to get better, injury news.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - December 12: Press conferences and injury news.

I saw this fanpost the other day and thought it would interest everyone - WCGer Mike Mueller's trip to Halas Hall for Bears All Access.

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Polish sausage

Matt Bowen's playbook - How did Rivers target the Steelers' 'Zero-Pressure' defense in the red zone?

Matt Bowen's playbook - It's all about 'eye discipline' for Run-Pass keys vs. RG3.

Know thy enemy: Lions - The Lions' noses may be out of joint if they need to hash out a new plan and throw some other positions into the draftday pot, as their dream of hitting on a difference-making DB high to help them reach the 'Bowl may have to wait; to be blunt, there may not be any ready-baked CBs or safeties available with dope grades in the 4-20 range. Also, some of their younger players have a drug problem.

Kev's guest "Punk Covers of Popular Songs" week - Four Year Strong covers Nine Day's "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)"

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