The Bears Den: August 21, 2013 - Preseason news and Ditka

Jonathan Daniel

Teams balance gameplanning for preseason game 3 with not showing too much - Adam Hoge: While you want to see the No. 1 offense execute the plays they do run Friday night in Oakland, don’t read too much into what is actually being run or who is necessarily getting all the targets.

Team Report - Mark Potash with 10 things you need to know after the Bears returned to practice Monday at refurbished Halas Hall.

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Mills adjusting fast in big jump to NFL - Adam Hoge: The Bears' fifth-round draft pick isn’t taking anything for granted after one good performance. Brad Biggs: All signs point to rookies on right side of line.

Mills shows promise, but don't get carried away - David Haugh: Rookie is the starter primarily because he's not the wobbly J'Marcus Webb.

Bears’ special-teams play has been a cut above - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears’ special-team units have made a happy man out of coordinator Joe DeCamillis. Jeff Dickerson: Early returns on Hester are positive.

Offense using peer pressure to clean up an old problem - Moon Mullin: The Bears are learning accountability in practice and early results suggest that the point is getting through, with a marked reduction in pre-snap penalties.

Cutler keeping his options open - Bob LeGere: QB doesn't feel compelled to make a predetermined effort to spread the ball around, believes that will happen if the offense functions as designed. Brad Biggs: Conversation about spreading the ball around better than a discussion on a lack of playmakers.

Player profile - Doug Farrar & NFL Films's Greg Cosell: Can Cutler develop the consistency that his new coach demands?

Palmer, Edwards striving to stick with Bears - Larry Mayer: Although the Bears signed Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards primarily to split time in the preseason finale, it’s possible that one of the two could earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

Team news - Adam L. Jahns: Only a matter of time for Martellus Bennett to feature in passing game; injury news.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Ditka addresses the team; veterans helping Bostic and other young LBs; injury news and more team news.

Photos - The Tribune's photos of the Bears during practice Tuesday at Halas Hall.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Tim Jennings was the only NFC North player among the 20 new players added Tuesday to's #NFLRank project, which ranks the top 100 offensive and top 100 defensive players in the NFL.

White House removes Bears memorabilia - Sara Vallone: The 1972 Dolphins team finally got their visit to the White House, but Bears fan POTUS and the staff first had to remove Bears hats and Jay Cutler Fatheads in preparation.

Ex-Bear news - Tony Andracki: Mike Brown talks to Laurence Holmes and wishes Bears career could have been different. Includes link to [Audio].

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Ditka puts hard feelings behind, reflects on return to Halas Hall - Da Coach speaks! Fred Mitchell: Player reactions.

Bears embrace history with Ditka at practice - Da Coach joins Waddle & Silvy to discuss going to his first Bears practice in years, his impression of Marc Trestman and his outlook for the Bears. Includes [Audio]. Ditka: "There's no bigger Bears fan than me"

Ditka-Bears reunion seems right for everyone involved - Rick Morrissey: Ditka is back where he belongs — in the warm embrace of the Bears. Let’s hear it for the natural order being restored.

Here's hoping ‘Da Coach' lifted Bears' level of fun - Mike Imrem: We can only hope that Mike Ditka injected that '85 Bears pulse into a franchise that hasn't been much fun the past couple of decades.

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Why do you love the NFL? - Dan Durkin: How has the NFL become so deeply seeped into our collective consciousness?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: The Packers got a glimpse of what life would be like without Aaron Rodgers, who was sidelined with a head cold. And it wasn't pretty.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Justin Rogers with observations from Lions' training camp. ESPN ChatWrap: Are the Lions are sub-par at developing young talent?

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