The Weekend Bears Den: August 17, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

Jonathan Daniel

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts following the Bears' second preseason game Thursday night, a 33-28 victory over the Chargers at Soldier Field.

New Bears, same as the old - Michael Wilbon: The Bears' offense still appears to be a work in progress while the defense remains in dominant form.

Bears training camp - Adam L. Jahns: This training camp was about getting to know Trestman as much as anything. It's shown the new head coach to be all the Bears could have hoped he’d be.

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Rookie linemen Long, Mills impress as starters - Larry Mayer: Starting next to each other on the right side of the line, Long and Mills helped open holes for Forte and protect Cutler, drawing rave reviews from teammates and coaches.

Jordan Mills' play is a welcome sight - Brad Biggs: Rookie RT likely will remain with the starters for make-or-break third exhibition game. ESPN: Long got best of nerves in home debut.

Game review - Jim Miller: A lot of positives to take away from Bears win.

Game review - Maggie Hendricks with areas of progress and areas of concern following Bears-Chargers.

What to like and what to hate in Bears-Chargers - Steve Rosenbloom: There was more to like than hate.

Game grades - Sam Monson with PFF's Three Performances of Note. Kyle Long runs away with the game ball.

Bostic makes strong case for starting - Mark Potash: On a defense where he’ll be surrounded by Pro Bowl players, proven veterans and rising talent, allowing him to learn on the job might be worth the rookie mistakes.

Old' Bears D? Look who’s making plays - Mark Strotman: While Briggs, Peppers, Tillman and others have defied calendars, they have gotten help in the form of impact plays by the youth on the defensive side of the football.

Cutler one area of Bears offense showing little progress - Moon Mullin: How long, if at all, will it take Cutler to un-learn patterns which he clearly believes are part of his success over seven seasons? Fred Mitchell: Trestman vows to coach Cutler better.

Ten Foot Mailbag - Tim Baffoe: Is Jay Cutler gone if the Bears fail to make the playoffs this coming season?

Team notes - Brad Biggs: Bears will sign QB Jordan Palmer provided he passes a physical; Ford likely competing with Allen for 3rd RB spot; more observations.

X&Os: Packaged plays and the newest form of option football - Chris Brown: Combine simple plays in such a way that — if the QB makes the right decision (as with Cutler's inside slant to Jeffery against the Panthers) — the offense always has the advantage. (Helmet tip to to Mike Ditka's Cigar)

NFL Fan Equity: Maybe the Cowboys are America’s Team? - After statistically controlling for factors that may affect attendance and profitability, just how beloved are the Beloved compared to the rest of the NFL? (Tip o' the hat to Just Dave)

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Four Three downs with Ditka - Da Coach shares his thoughts on Jay Cutler, Gale Sayers and Jon Bostic.

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The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: More and more, the risk of getting hurt impacts how business is getting done in the NFL, as some teams end up carrying over 70 players on their cap by late in the season due to injury issues.

NFL Health & Safety - Scott Kacsmar: Limiting the number of concussions should not be the first goal as proper treatment for all concussions becomes the real objective.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Scott Hanson (not the NFL RedZone one, as far as I'm aware) with PFF's good and bad of the 2013 Vikings. Tom Pelissero: Two Vikings top Forbes list of overpaid NFL players.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Ponder jumpy, 'O' sluggish without AP as they fall to the Bills 20-16. NFL.com recap & [Video] highlights.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Aaron Rodgers speaks his mind to Peter King on The MMQB.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Brutal night for Lions as they lost to the Browns 24-6 in their second preseason game. NFL.com recap & [Video] highlights. Dan Hanzus: Suh up to his old tricks.

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