The Bears Den: January 08, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

Patrick Smith

Was 2013 Earl Bennett's last season as a Bear?

Marshall feels 2014 can be his best year - Larry Mayer: During an appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM" Tuesday, Brandon Marshall discussed his lofty goals for 2014, the re-signing of Jay Cutler and more.

[Video] - 2013 was a record-breaking year for Matt Forte, as he set career highs in rushing yards, receiving yards and rushing TDs. Take a look at his best plays of the season.

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Brandon Marshall

Is Marshall-Jeffery duo NFL's best? - Moon Mullin: Brandon Marshall has never wanted for confidence so when he was asked about himself as a WR, he didn’t go in for false modesty.

With Cutler back, Marshall eyes his 'best year ever' in 2014 - Dan Wiederer: #15 seems increasingly optimistic about the Bears’ future heading into the offseason, even after a year that finished at 8-8 with losses in the final two games.

[Video] - Brandon Marshall looks at next season like he's an artist preparing to drop a classic album, and offers his Super Bowl pick. [Video] Marshall's top five WRs that are still alive in the playoffs.

[Audio] - Brandon Marshall joins's Around the League podcast. [Jump to about 15 mins in, he talks until just after 25:30.]


Three years for Jay Cutler - Kevin Seifert: The Bears did an exceptional job of paying Cutler a market rate while also maintaining substantial roster and salary-cap flexibility.

Coach Killers: Dalton, Sanchez, Cutler and franchise QBs - Ryan Wilson: The NFL is an ever-evolving passing league that remains woefully short on passers, which is why Cutler's deal is a no-brainer.

X&Os - Michael C. Wright continues with the 10 plays that negatively affected the Bears' season with another doozy from the club’s regular-season finale against the Packers.

Ex-Bear news: Gale Sayers NFL concussion lawsuit - Jared S. Hopkins: Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is among 11 people who filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the NFL alleging the league was negligent in handling head injuries that have resulted in neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's.

I haven't been able to read any Sun-Times Bears articles for a couple of days now (free article limit), but here's their index page for Bears stuff if you can.

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Top NFC teams make strong case for Defense - Steve Silverman: The four NFC playoff teams for the divisional round are at least as dependent on hard-hitting defense as they are strong QB play.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Former Texans coach Gary Kubiak interviewed with the Lions on Tuesday, according to multiple media reports. Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the job is Ken Whisenhunt’s to lose. Is Tony Dungy interested?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Today's player probably requires a different kind of leader than players did in the 1980s or 1990s; Leslie Frazier's replacement must be able to relate to a younger generation of players, according to former Viking Chris Doleman.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky with a look at the Packers' free agents on offense, as well as those on defense. [Not on the latter: safety Morgan Burnett, who hasn't lived up to his big-money contract, ho ho - Den]


The first song by The Cure that really caught my attention. Love that guitar immediately after the chorus.

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