The Bears Den: August 23, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

Jonathan Daniel

So... let's not see this on our opening drive?

Bears preview - Josh Katzowitz: With Jay Cutler in the final year of his contract and a new head coach, the Bears will attempt to reach the top of a rugged NFC North. Pat Kirwan: Team-by-team record predictions.

Jay Cutler poised to be breakout QB in 2013 - Jason Fisk: The Bears have been a disaster when Cutler is out, but the offense should be upgraded in 2013.

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Preseason game 3: Bears-Raiders

Bears believe showing less will benefit more - Adam L. Jahns: Marc Trestman likes to keep secrets. Like other new coaches, he doesn’t want to provide the league with any good tape on his offense by showing too much.

Game preview - Hub Arkush: Rookies’ performances will be keys for Bears in 3rd preseason game.

Game preview - Mark Potash & Adam L. Jahns with 5 things to watch (each) in tonight's game.

Bears need to score early as well as often - Dan McNeil: The Bears were among the NFL's worst first-possession teams in 2012. In their last 10 games, they scored only once on their opening series. If Trestman's Bears are going to be a playoff team this season, they have to do an about-face and take some pressure off their defense.

Moon Mullin: Forte, Bush looking like 'Trestman backs' ... Offense needs Cutler error-elimination ... O-line needs to mesh ... with Earl Bennett out, who's the 3rd WR?

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Thoughts as Bears prepare for 'dress rehearsal'.

Position battles - Brad Biggs: Unlike under the former regime, with two exhibitions remaining legitimate competition for final spots at most positions apparently remains.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Martellus Bennett isn't worried about Cutler finding him; Trestman familiar with Black Hole; injury notes and player evaluations.

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

Updates

Game preview - Adam Hoge: 10 Bears players to watch against the Raiders.

Bears preview - Michael C. Wright's 5 things to watch in tonight's contest.

Moon Mullin: Peppers' return should make rest of DL better (Has MM had a stroke?  He's been calling Nate Collins Nick for weeks.) ... expect Bostic to continue making his hits full speed ... nickel back still an issue.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Bears intend to share wealth on offense; Alshon Jeffrey ready to shine; team hoping Jonathan Scott can get back on the practice field soon.

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Bostic fine

Bostic hit, by rule, was illegal -- but worth a fine? - Mark Strotman: According to league rules, it appears the mini uproar in Chicago should be about what defines a legal and illegal hit, rather than about what Bostic did. Doug Farrar: Fine may exceed what CBA allows.

Bostic hit puts the hype in NFL hypocrisy - Steve Rosenbloom: The NFL's web site labeled Jon Bostic's hit against San Diego as "spectacular.'' The NFL's lawyered home office fined him $21,000. Yep, business as usual.

NFL's fine for Bostic ridiculous - Mike North: Bostic’s hit on Mike Willie led to a $21,000 fine. And D.J. Swearinger’s low hit ending the season for Dustin Keller is deemed acceptable, even though many experts say the low hit is the worst kind. Something is wrong with the system.

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Bearsss

A 'fresh' approach for Hester - Jon Greenberg: No longer a receiver, Bears return man happy to focus on what he does best.

Bears’ 2012 class looking to earn some credit - Mark Potash: The Bears’ 2013 draft class already looks as if it will make an impact this season, but the challenge for the Bears is maxing out on their 2012 class.

NFL.com: Training camp standouts - Gil Brandt: "Long is a tough son of a gun who plays with the attacking mentality of a D-lineman. He also looks like a veteran out there, playing better right now than the two guards drafted before him (Jonathan Cooper & Chance Warmack)."

Long, Mills part of elite ’13 OL draft class - Moon Mullin: Circumstances have more than vetted the aggressive move to select Long at No. 20, with the draft having thinned out dramatically afterwards, both at guard and tackle.

Mills looking to lock down starting spot - Bob LeGere: Jordan Mills gets another opportunity to solidify his spot as the Bears' starting RT tonight against the Raiders in Oakland, which would be an unusual accomplishment for a fifth-round draft pick in his first season.

First year Head Coaches have much to prove - Steve Silverman: Trestman is trying to buck tradition in that he is charged with the responsibility of changing the Bears from a defensive-oriented franchise to a team that can play with the best offensive teams.

Ex-Bear news - John Breech: In an interview with Russell Wilson, Brian Urlacher credited -- or blamed, depending on your point of view -- the second-year QB for ending his 13-year career. Did he give him one of these Urlacher t-shirts, I wonder?

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Polish sausage

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Three NFCN players (2 Packers, 1 Viking) make it in the 61-70 range if ESPN's Top 100 players on each side of the ball.

Know thy enemy: Lions preview - Josh Katzowitz: The Lions have some of the league's most formidable weapons on offense, but they're still trying to translate that into a division title.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert with some thoughts on the Lions' third preseason game, a 40-9 win over New England. "The Lions couldn't get through the first half without three personal fouls, two of which backed up their field position after fumble recoveries."

Know thy enemy: Packers preview - Josh Katzowitz: With a guy like Aaron Rodgers leading them, Green Bay will always be formidable. But will the secondary improve? Rob Demovsky: Early position-by-position 53-man roster projections.

Know thy enemy: Vikings preview - Josh Katzowitz: After a surprising season in which Adrian Peterson carried them to a wild card berth, the Vikings will try to improve in 2013. Chris Burke: NFC contender or Peterson-fueled mirage?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling with a round-up of Vikings practice. Relying on Erin Henderson to run the D. Sean Jensen: More questions than answers in the Vikings secondary.

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