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The Bears Den: August 19, 2011

"...where we got a little pop-pop today."

Hanie shines under the lights Thursday | Larry Mayer: After struggling in training camp as well as last Saturday's preseason opener, Caleb Hanie looked sharp for a second straight practice Thursday night.

Competition fueling deep defensive line | Larry Mayer: Vernon Gholston and a handful of other new defensive linemen have bolstered the Bears' depth and are creating fierce competition in training camp. Sounds of camp.

Briggs among walking wounded at practice - Vaughn McClure: The biggest news for the Bears Thursday was the amount of players sidelined for the team's night practice.

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Thursday Aug. 18 practice observations - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: In a refreshing change, on a beautiful night, the Bears offense had a strong evening.

Team leaders believe Bears D could be special | Insider John Mullin says either there is something in the water or a group-think thing coaches have with their players. Chicago Bears video on Latest Bears video McMahon suing NFL, more.

According to Lovie Smith’s unfailing belief system, Bears will surprise - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Bears coach Lovie Smith takes a breath and readily admits to one of his most obvious characteristics. ‘‘Yeah,’’ Smith says, ‘‘my glass is always half full.’'

Major Wright under pressure to perform this season - Vaughn McClure: Fellow Bears defenders expect second-year safety to raise his play to their high standards.

Cutler and Williams still searching for chemistry - Brad Biggs: Chicago Bears quarterback and new big receiver have yet to click with Monday night being a big test.

Bears can save Vernon Gholston if he just keeps listening - Chicago Sun-Times Joe Cowley: Three seasons, zero sacks, tens of thousands of critics. That’s not exactly the career path a No. 6 overall draft pick is supposed to take.

Getting the ball to Roy Williams - Matt Bowen: Mike Martz's deep dig an ideal scheme to get Bears' new receiver the ball for first-down yardage.

Good signs at Bears training camp - Dan McNeil: Bears practicing harder and treating camp with more urgency.

Bears GM Angelo believes offense will be better - Bob LeGere: In an interview with the Daily Herald, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo talks about the need for the offense to improve, his confidence in offensive coordinator Mike Martz, and his preference for a fast surface at Soldier Field.

Lance Louis knows he must step up when Bears meet Giants - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: After a disappointing performance in the preseason opener, Bears starting right guard Lance Louis couldn’t afford any setbacks.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Fans have questions. Dan has answers.

Peppers: Bears Defensive Line Can Be Great | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Bears defense was ranked second last year in the Aikman Efficiency Ratings, but this year's squad thinks they can be even better. Video.

Amobi Okoye's thinking beyond football. - ESPN Chicago Jon Greenberg: After flaming out in Houston, Amobi Okoye is optimistic about a fresh start in Chicago.

Don't count Omiyale out at left tackle - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson: Frank Omiyale is not out of the running to take J'Marcus Webb's spot.

Kickoff rule: Go deep or hit high? - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: In case you haven't heard, the NFL has mandated all kickoffs be marked at the 35-yard line this season (and preseason).

Aaron Rodgers wanted to play in San Francisco all along - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports Doug Farrar comments on upcoming documentary.

You Decide Who Deserves The 100 In Madden 12 | We Got This Covered Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr.: EA Sports is teaming up with ESPN for their iconic Madden 12. This time fans will vote on which players will receive the 100 rating.

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