Plenty of positives for Bears to build on in opener - Larry Mayer: Defense appeared to be in midseason form, while the offense rebounded from a rough start in Friday night's 24-17 preseason-opening loss to the Panthers.
Bostic makes impact play in first NFL game - Larry Mayer: It took Jon Bostic a couple series to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. But once he did, there was no slowing down the rookie MLB.
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Bears 17, Panthers 24
Larry Mayer's Game Blog - Larry Mayer: Frisbee dogs at halftime!
Bears show there’s work to do in preseason loss to Panthers - Adam L. Jahns: There still are kinks to work out and jobs to be won, but Trestman and Bears players would have told you that win or lose — 28 points scored on offense or zero.
Bears' preseason opener quite a mixed bag - Bob LeGere: An excellent example of why the NFL is considering reducing ticket prices for preseason games, the sloppy game featured 7 turnovers and a lot of players who won’t be around when the regular season opens.
Offense not clicking yet in exhibition opener - Brad Biggs: Cutler was intercepted on his first pass, Webb was beaten for a sack and the Panthers easily diagnosed a screen pass as the Bears lost their exhibition opener 24-17.
Offense, defense don’t look sharp in Trestman’s first game - Hub Arkush: The offense failed to take care of the ball, turning it over three times in the first three quarters, and the defense was mediocre at best. Marquess Wilson provided a bright spot.
Exactly what you’d expect from Offense in first preseason game - Adam Hoge: Interception on first play the kind of thing you work out in the preseason; Cutler had success while enjoying freedom in the offense; RT still a worry.
New coach, same old issues for Bears in pre-season loss - Steve Reed: The Carolina Panthers spoiled Marc Trestman's NFL head coaching debut with a 24-17 win over Friday. Defense looks strong without Urlacher, Smith.
Game notes - Jeff Dickerson: Offense still a work in progress; rookie LBs look like they belong; struggles at RT; defense miles ahead of offense; which depth guys stepped up?
Game notes - Moon Mullin: Offense remains a work in progress; OL still needs to get it "right"; Bears LB pipeline is stocked; more observations.
[Video] View from the Moon - More positives than negatives; Trestman's first experience as an NFL head coach.
Game notes - Adam Hoge: Bostic showed both promise and inexperience; Hester sighting; second-team units both look sloppy; injury report.
Game notes - Brad Biggs: Webb could get some competition at RT; injury news; more observations.
Game notes - Bob LeGere: McCown relishes role, injury news and inactives, lineups, and minimis(z)ing false starts.
Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: Melton left the game with a concussion, Pat Mannelly a rib injury (and Harvey Unga paid tribute to #65 by also suffering a rib injury - Den).
Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: QB admits to bad pass on first-play interception, comes back to finish 6-for-8 for 56 yards and was sacked once.
Rookie watch - Michael C. Wright with a look at how the Bears' rookie class fared in their first preseason game, forgets about Jordan Mills. Fred Mitchell: Bostic makes most of opportunity with pick-6.
Bears quotes - Quotes from Cutler, Trestman and Briggs on their 24-17 preseason loss to the Panthers.
Trestman takes small steps to start long race as Bears coach - David Haugh: Looks focused on sideline against Panthers, but opener provides reminder of how extensive the job is for an offense a long way from clicking.
Defense believes Trestman’s new-look offense stands up - Adam L. Jahns: While the preseason opener against the Panthers wasn’t exactly a rousing beginning for the offense, the defense like what they’re facing on a daily basis in camp.
ESPN Chatwrap - Michael C. Wright talks Bears in this reader Q&A session.
Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach's thoughts on what Trestman wants to see in his preseason games, training camp injuries, who he would take in a fantasy draft, and da Ditka Sausage. That's right: da Ditka Sausage.
...will return next Den, but it doesn't feel right to have "Ditka" without "Polish sausage".
New Order + teh Hass? My cup runneth over! It. Runneth. Over.