The Bears Den: September 04, 2013 - Week 1 news and notes

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STs coordinator Joe DeCamillis

GM gives State of the Bears address - Michael C. Wright: For Bears fans, Emery’s dogged effort to stick to his originally-stated goals, and the detail-oriented approach he’s used toward working the plan should provide some optimism. Explains factors in Webb's release.

Team Report - Mark Potash with 10 observations following what amounted to a ‘‘State of the Bears’’ speech Monday at Halas Hall from Phil Emery.

2013 Bears are a great unknown - Rick Telander: Beyond obvious and profound change at all levels on the Bears, we have no idea what to expect when the real games begin.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether the Bears attempted to trade Earl Bennett, players who changed their numbers after making the 53-man roster, and former Bears cut by other teams in recent days.

Bears reveal first regular-season depth chart - Larry Mayer: Includes rookie starters Kyle Long at right guard and Jordan Mills at right tackle. Bears bring back Kyle Adams, release Jonathan Scott.

Bears' offensive chemistry growing - Moon Mullin: Cutler’s leadership and what some teammates described as a new level camaraderie has been part of what represents a chemistry and fun component both on and off the field.

Roster analysis - Moon Mullin: Bears growing their own, but is it working?

Roster news - Adam L. Jahns: Bears release Jonathan Scott, re-sign TE Kyle Adams. Brad Biggs: Plan could be to bring him back when his knee is healthy.

Reader mailbag - Adam Hoge's Q&A session on Scott's release, and more Bears-related questions.

Joniak's Journal - Jeff Joniak: With six new O-linemen, including four starters the Bears have the potential to be significantly improved up front; more thoughts on the Bears.

So happy to be wrong about Kyle Long - Hub Arkush: He has shown he’s an excellent O-line prospect and definitely earned the start at guard against the Bengals. Nothing has been handed to him just because he’s the first-round pick.

Ultimate underdog Taylor Boggs makes it with Bears - Brad Biggs: From high school JV to NAIA and Division II, through injury and NFL rejections, backup center kept working for a chance.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Are Bears not buying into new system? Should Bostic start? And who is under the most pressure on offense? [KAPCON: 4] [Video] What to make of Marshall's comments?

[Audio] - Lance Briggs joined Carmen & Jurko to discuss their preparation for Week 1, using Hard Knocks to scout the Bengals and more.

Position battle - Michael C. Wright: D.J. Williams, Jon Bostic still fighting for MLB spot. Urlacher would start D.J. Williams.

Team notes - Mark Potash: D.J. Williams or Jon Bostic? Marquess Wilson learning how to watch tape; Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins grateful for opportunities under Trestman in CFL; only 6 of 30 offensive players under Angelo remain.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Henry Melton, Earl Bennett discuss their concussions, from which they recently were cleared by the team to return to the field.

Bears betting big on Jay Cutler's health - Mike Mulligan: Cutler has been amazingly durable, but if he goes down, the Bears' season is over.

QBs: Game-Winning Drive study - Football Outsiders' Scott Kacsmar trawls through the data on GWDs (Game-Winning Drives). Cutler comes out well; Aaron Rodgers, as we've seen before, not so much.

Urlacher still has the fire in retirement - Chuck Garfien caught up with Brian Urlacher to hear his views on the game now he's in retirement, and how he's spending his time. Expects Lovie to be NFL HC again soon. Patrick Finley: Urlacher says Bears have faked injuries to slow fast-paced offenses.

[Audio] - Brian Urlacher joins Waddle & Silvy to discuss his new role as a television analyst and his thoughts on all things Bears.

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1933 NFL season would forever change NFL - Richard Rothschild: Eighty years ago, the National Football League effected a series of moves that brought structure to a chaotic, struggling enterprise that often appeared minor league, especially when compared to the more popular college game.

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: Injured Reserve rules are outdated and need an overhaul; a change will benefit teams, players and fans.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Bucky Brooks: After fielding lackluster rushing attacks over the past few seasons, rookie Eddie Lacy could help the Packers regain their championship swagger on offense.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Patra: The Packers open the season against two mobile QBs and Clay Matthews says we can expect to see them hit often if they run the read-option offense.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling on Adrian Peterson and 2,106: Can it be done?

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