The Bears Den: August 30, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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ChicagoBears.com: Joniak, Thayer want to see hustle, effort - Bears radio announcers break down the last preseason game.

Bears’ defense isn’t getting any younger, and that’s not comforting - Rick Morrissey: Elton John will switch to contact lenses before coach Lovie Smith acknowledges the defense is aging, but there’s no hiding the truth

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Tillman to safety? Webb to guard? Edwin Williams to LG? Costanzo to MLB? Clutts to the street?

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Roster moves and grooves

Big night ahead for Bears’ special teams - Bob LeGere: Asked how often a player wins a spot in the last preseason game, Lovie Smith answered truthfully: “Not very often.” But that doesn’t mean no jobs are on the line Thursday night, and players on the fringe cannot afford to mail it in during the fourth preseason game.

Exhibition finale biggest game of the year for players on the bubble - Matt Bowen: This game provides one more opportunity to do something special. That's it. It's all you can ask for as a young and unproven player trying to grab a locker (and a game check) during the regular season.

Bears roster moves - Compete with Don Sanzenbacher and he'll make you an offer you can't refuse.

WR Rashied Davis released by Bears - Davis may have lost a roster spot, but he gained a horse's head. Probably.

Sanzenbacher’s odds improve after Bears cut Rashied Davis - Undrafted rookie WRs Joe Anderson and Brittan Golden must be wondering if Dane Sanzenbacher's real DOB is June 6th...

Bears release veteran WR Davis - Damien Sanzenbacher has the birthmark 666 on his scalp. Fact.

Bears continue fine-tuning roster - Moon Mullin: The Bears released Dom DeCicco, leaving a question mark in the linebacking corps, while Josh McCown could be on the way out thanks to rookie Matt Blanchard.

LB picture still needs to be cleared up - Jeff Dickerson: The depth chart at linebacker still needs to be determined heading into Thursday.

Cooley released: Should the Bears take a look? - Moon Mullin: The Redskins released tight end Chris Cooley yesterday. Would the Bears be a good landing spot for the 30-year-old?

Are Bears thinking safety first? - With final cuts looming Friday around the league, the Bears depth chart is awfully thin on experience at the safety position.

Big-name players who can't make cut - Some big-name players find themselves on the scrap heap as NFL rosters tighten. Astonishing lack of starting-calibre left tackles among them.....

Other Bears news

Shea McClellin adjusting to pro game, seeing results - Sean Jensen: At the start of training camp, when the Bears finally padded up, Shea McClellin immediately learned the age-old rookie lesson. He wasn’t in college anymore.

Rookie TE Evan Rodriguez’s value is his versatility - Can he be the No. 1 tight end of the future in a league trending toward turning tight ends into playmakers?

Bears special teams will continue to be just that - Mike Mulligan: Despite the yearly turnover, expect Dave Toub's units to be as good as ever.

[Video] Should Urlacher Play? - Merril Hoge, Jerry Rice on whether Brian Urlacher should skip the opening game so he's ready four days later for the Packers.

[Video] Should Urlacher sit out for game 1? - Kaplan et al. discuss. Random sound effects still prevalent.

How does 2012 Bears defense stack up to the '06 squad? - David Kaplan takes a look at how this year's Bears defense stacks up to the 2006 squad that took Chicago to the Super Bowl.

Bears guard Chilo Rachal not easily rattled - Chilo Rachal is looking to bounce back from a rough season with the Niners, but long before that, he bounced back from a rough start in life.

XLVII things to look forward to when 2012 season begins - You'll like IV and XXVIII, but I can't help thinking that one of them should have been listed at XX.

Bears aware that earning potential as players is limited - Melissa Isaacson finds out how Bears players are planning for life after football.

NFL.com QB Power Rankings - For what it's worth, Cutler among top 11.

Everything else

How much longer will there be a fourth preseason game? - Moon Mullin insists the NFL's fourth preseason game is largely unimportant, so he wonders how much longer the league will continue to put one on the schedule.

Madden 13 goofs on Bears' road uniform - "Bears fans are in shock and the video game world is turned upside down. All because EA messed up the Bears road uniform in the recently released Madden 13."

Chicago Bears' uniform history - How about those 1920s stripes as throwbacks?

[Video] 'Madden NFL 13' predicts - Jay's dour expression looks pretty good. Now, how about when he's smiling?

[Video] Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down a base zone blitz (rush five, drop six) on video.

Know thy enemy - Kip Lewis: If the Packers can improve on their defense, which ranked dead last a year ago, they could be even more of a threat than they were a year ago when they went 15-1.

Know thy enemy - Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. made the ultimate promise Wednesday afternoon. Then added, "Man, I'mma wasted... tell Nick and Mikel not to hog the bong, yo."

Know thy enemy - Michael Rosenberg: "William Clay Ford Sr. is widely considered a nice man, a quiet man, and a generous man. And he is hated by Lions fans." Surely can't have anything to do with "Under his watch, the Lions have been a 50-year disaster", can it?

Know thy enemy - 'E:60' profile: Calvin Johnson. Great player, close to his mother, just seems like a good dude.

A surprisingly tender offering from The Stone Roses. Trivia: frontman Ian Brown made a cameo appearance in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"; confirmed on IMDB.

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