The Bears Den: August 13, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

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RT competition is officially on - Adam Hoge: Bears have seen enough tape — both during this preseason and over Webb's 44 career starts — to know that they have to look at other options.

Trestman misses a chance to make a point - Steve Rosenbloom: By not saying the demotion of Webb was based on unacceptable performance, it can be argued Trestman blew a chance to answer a big question about his ability to command a room.

Bears won’t reach goals until they fix O-line woes - Rick Morrissey: Competition is only good if you have good players. As long as the O-line is an issue, we never really will get a definitive answer about whether Cutler is the franchise QB so many people desperately want him to be.

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Training camp

Team report - A couple of factors have led to instability and uncertainty in a Bears WR corps that seemed all but settled at the outset of training camp.

Position battle - Brad Biggs: Corey Wootton competing with Shea McClellin despite finishing last season as starter, though they could easily wind up with similar playing time.

Player profile - Mark Potash: With key core players still producing at a Pro Bowl level not getting any younger, the Bears need complementary players to bolster pass rush. The next step is a big one for Wootton, but he has hopes of becoming an elite player.

Notes from camp - Adam Hoge: Rookie Jordan Mills exposed to some teaching points from Wootton; injury news.

Notes from camp - Brad Biggs: Michael Ford will get a push from newly signed Curtis Brinkley, a special teams ace; Long won't be joining RT competition; injury news; more from camp.

Notes from camp - Michael C. Wright & Jeff Dickerson: Bears need to see versatility from Wilson; Mills & Long remain the first unit right side of the OL; more observations.

Notes from camp - Adam L. Jahns: Practices will be crucial in evaluation of Bears’ returners; roster moves; injury news.

Roster notes - Moon Mullin: Bostic building resume for No. 1 MLB, will start vs. SD; shuffling on depth chart; injury news.

Notes from camp - Moon Mullin: With the start of the regular season now less than four weeks distant, the intensity of training camp ticked up several notches to what Marc Trestman terming a "vicious practice." [Video] Looking ahead to preseason game 2.

Dionne Miller's Bears Bourbonnais Blog - August 12: "It felt like a game out there." That's how the head coach described Monday's practice.

[Video] of Monday practice, plus one specifically of the OL v. DL drill, from ChicagoBears.com; Tribune photos.

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Bears read up on stopping read-option - Michael C. Wright: Count the Bears among the hordes of NFL coaching staffs invading college campuses around the nation this past offseason looking to tap into secrets for how to shut down the read-option offense.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel on concerns following Saturday's performance: Bears offense has a way to go. [KAPCON: 4]

Bears teaching receivers to share the ball - Fred Mitchell: Whether to Martellus Bennett, Forte and Bush, or WRs not named Brandon Marshall, Marc Trestman wants Jay Cutler to spread the wealth among receivers.

Player profile - Adam Hoge: Every year there is that one player who shines late in the first preseason game and gets the fan base all excited. Usually it's a camp darling, but Marquess Wilson could be different.

[Video] View from the Moon - Thoughts from Saturday's game, what to expect for Thursday's, and thoughts on how Trestman is portraying the O-line shakeup.

Position battle - Moon Mullin: It’s difficult not to make quite a bit out of the changes on the O-line as there is real urgency to get a front five settled upon sooner rather than later. In addition, Kromer is not averse to starting late-round rookies.

Game review - PFF's Three Performances of Note from Bears-Panthers.

Four Downs - With just one preseason game in the books, how much do we know about the state of the Bears offense or the O-line's makeup? Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright discuss.

Rookie watch - Greg Gabriel: How did Chicago's young players perform in their first action?

Bears rookie class forging special bonds - Moon Mullin: Trestman has worked at a culture of camaraderie within the team, one that transcends position groups or sides of the football. The seed has taken with the newest Bears, who project to be parts of the core in years to come.

Player profile - Adam L. Jahns: Motoring Zach Minter has impressed Mel Tucker, has a real chance at making the roster if his strong play continues.

Player profile - Bob LeGere: Nate Collins made a great first impression in the Bears' preseason opener, and because of the concussion suffered by Melton, the backup should continue to get opportunities to make a case for his spot on the final roster.

Retired Urlacher hasn't missed camp 'at all' - Doug Padilla: If Brian Urlacher is feeling any second thoughts about retiring from the Bears, he wasn't about to admit it Monday. Affords him more time to climb tall buildings.

Ex-Bear news - Tim Baffoe: There are still people out there who are still in love with Dane Sanzenbacher.

Worst QBs since 1991 - FootballOutsiders takes a look at their stats.  You'll recognis(z)e a few former Bears.....

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'Ditka Sausage' now available - No, really.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky reports from Packers' training camp, where the search for a reliable kicker continues. PFF's Three Performances of Note from Packers-Cardinals.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert with key issues facing the Lions and why fans should and shouldn't feel optimistic. PFF's Three Performances of Note from Lions-Jets.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: For Vikings to succeed, Christian Ponder must win the confidence game and throw consistently into windows a fraction of the size he'd like to have. PFF's Three Performances of Note from Vikings-Texans.

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