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The Bears Den: November 23, 2011

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"...where we're fresh out of 18's and 8's and a neckbeard short of a backup QB."

Urlacher intends for defense to fill void Mayer: Middle linebacker is vowing that the Bears defense will step up its game to help overcome the loss of injured Jay Cutler. Tim Jennings Feature

Signing Orton would be wise move for Bears Pompei: Quarterback would be valuable protection if Caleb Hanie can't do the job subbing for Jay Cutler. Thayer's Play of the Week: Knox' sick catch.

Bone-mending advances could speed Cutler's healing Dizikes: Doctors rely on cutting-edge tools, techniques to shorten patients' recovery times.

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If history repeats itself, Caleb Hanie should be able to keep the Bears on a roll Potash: Caleb Hanie is not in a class with Jay Cutler as an NFL quarterback. But is he at least in a class with Koy Detmer, A.J. Feeley, Anthony Wright, Chris Simms, Damon Huard, Luke McCown, David Garrard and Quinn Gray? Does Hanie have the confidence to get the job done?

Bears must be ready to run McClure: With inexperienced quarterback, Mike Tice's offensive line will have to get running game in gear.

With Cutler out, these six Bears need to step up Telander: The ripple effect started as soon as Jay Cutler’s thumb was broken and surgery scheduled. We can count six concentric rings of urgency spreading for the Bears even as Cutler goes under the knife Wednesday morning with the hope of returning by the post-season.

Bears - Raiders: A Pivotal point in 2011 Moon: The Bears will face their toughest test of the season, taking on the Raiders in their post-Jay Cutler era on Sunday. The '84 Bears were in a similar position and came out on top. Can history repeat itself? Bears latest videos: Sanzenbacher, Webb, more...

Plenty of teams could block Bears’ effort to get Orton Florio: It's a nice, feel-good Thanksgiving week story and there's nothing more natural than a homecoming on the fourth Thursday in November

Bowen: Barber Key Without Cutler WSCR: The Bears' decision to sign Marion Barber after the Cowboys released him may pay great dividends in the absence of Jay Cutler. History Lesson: Bears Have Lost QBs, Done OK

Four Downs: What to expect from Hanie ESPNChicago panel weighs in on that and more. Podcast: Warner's advice to Hanie

Seifert's Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears With a few days to assess the situation after the Bears' victory over the Chargers, here are three issues that merit further examination. Power Rankings: Bears up to 8

Without Cutler, Martz must save Bears' season Wetzel: Chicago's run at the NFC crown rests in the mad genius of offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Colts sign rookie end waived by Bears

Week 11 DVOA Ratings Schatz: The Chicago Bears' current special teams DVOA of 10.6% is the best ever for a team through Week 11. The 2007 Bears at 9.5% were the only other team to ever finish above 9.0%.

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