The Bears Den: August 22, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

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Kromer’s system requires skill players to work with linemen - Mark Potash: Tom Thayer, a starting guard on the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl team, sees indications of progress and said Kromer’s meticulous approach ‘‘changes the culture’’ of the O-line. Bowen's X&Os of Forte's run: pic1, pic2.

Former Bear wants different path for only son - John Kass: Anthony 'Spice' Adams loves football, but he's also a dad who knows the game better than all the apologists and, in the wake of a high school player dying of a broken neck while making a tackle, wants a different path for his young son.

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Bostic fine

NFL fines Bostick $21k - From Adam L. Jahns, Bob LeGere, Moon MullinAdam HogeJeff Dickerson, Brad Biggs.

NFL fined Bostic $21K for playing football - Rick Morrissey: The league’s rules have gone too far in the direction of pacifism and please-don’t-sue-us fears.

Why was Bostic fined? - Adam Hoge: By definition of the NFL’s new crown of the helmet rule, a hit is worthy of a fine if you a) are outside the tackle box and b) line up your opponent. Bostic appeared to do both.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel discuss the fine for the hit. Yahoo's Peter Brown doesn't understand how to hit without using the head. Duh, Yahoo. [Warning: Teinowitz sighting]

NFL Health & Safety - Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating: "Bostic's hit was illegal because he used the crown of his helmet to deliver a forcible blow to the body of the receiver. For this hit to be legal, he has to get the helmet to the side and use the shoulder to deliver the blow or hit the receiver with his head up."

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Why Jon Bostic was fined for his hit on Chargers WR Mike Willie, and what the league can do to make the rules clearer.

Chiefs coach to fined players: Quit whining and 'adjust' - Tom Pelissero: "You can complain all you want, (but) you better adjust," Kansas City's DC Bob Sutton said on Wednesday, "because that's how the game's getting called."


Rookie linemen Long, Mills get Forte’s backing - Adam L. Jahns: With every practice, they’re making believers out of teammates, and on Wednesday, they received a big endorsement.

[Video] Jeff Dickerson - JD talks Bears, covering Bostic's fine, O-line numbers, previewing Friday's game, and whether Cutler is targetting Marshall too much.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Time ticking for O-line to gel; Webb's Bears future in doubt; Peppers to make preseason debut; more injury news. Team notes from Brad Biggs; Adam Hoge; Moon Mullin.

Injury news - Adam L. Jahns: Peppers might return vs. Raiders; more injury updates.

Bennett: Cutler knows when I'm open - Jeff Dickerson: TE Martellus Bennett laughed off the suggestion that he should be concerned about being targeted zero times in the team's passing attack over the first two weeks of preseason action.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - John Jurkovic & Carmen DeFalco: Is there an overreliance on Brandon Marshall in the Bears' offense?

Hester wants Hall-of-Fame season - Mike Mulligan: Bears returner figures a great year virtually will assure his selection as one of the NFL's all-time greats.'s 2013 All-Pro projections - Elliot Harrison thinks there could be eight All-Pros just from the NFC North, only one of them being a Bear.

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NFL fined Panthers’ Colin Jones $21K for hit on Mannelly - Adam L. Jahns: Carolina safety Colin Jones delivered one of the first big hits of the preseason when he struck Bears long snapper demigod Patrick Mannelly while blocking during a punt return on Aug. 9.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Aaron Rodgers’ return was one of the few things coach Mike McCarthy was happy about. After the only padded practice of the week, McCarthy ripped his team’s performance. Mason Crosby's kicking woes return.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Clay Matthews speaks to Peter King on preparing for the read-option and taking his first vacation ever.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Jim Schwartz has attributed his team's step back in 2012 to a reversal of its takeaway/giveaway ratio, so increasing their takeaways is among the team's top goals in 2013.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Peter King: Adrian Peterson has Eric Dickerson in his sights for this season — and beyond that, he’s coming for Emmitt Smith.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Two Vikings and a Lion feature in the 71-80 range of ESPN's top 100 Offensive and Defensive players.

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