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The Bears Den: August 26 2011

"...where the Curse-O-Meter goes to 11."

Working out in a Tennessee barn, Chris Williams developed an inner strength - Vaughn McClure: Bears left guard pushed body and soul during offseason to prepare for critical season.

Major mistake: Wright learns from whiff | Major Wright's missed tackle on Brandon Jacobs led to a touchdown run. How is the young Bears safety going to improve from his errant tackle? Video.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk | Larry discusses the possibility of the Bears trading Chester Taylor, where the Bears red-zone offense ranked last season and the severity of injuries to Lance Briggs and Anthony Adams.

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Smith praises Forte for focus despite desire for new contract - Vaughn McClure: But if accord isn't reached before season opener, things could get ugly.

Bears’ Matt Forte is good, but he’s not worth a huge payday - Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey: Matt Forte is not most of the running backs who have tried to fill Walter Payton’s white-taped shoes. But what is he? That’s the question in front of the Bears as they try to decide how to pay a guy who believes he should be in line for a huge payday.

Roy Williams is Jerry Angelo's mess - Dan McNeil: Another exhibit of Angelo being swung by a coach whose affection for a former player outweighed common sense.

Big mouth, little production -- WIlliams just doesn't get it - The RosenBlog Steve Rosenbloom: Chicago is where loud, self-satisfied receivers go to drop the ball.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - The Tribune's Bears columnist answers your questions weekly. This week: Roy Williams, Marion Barber as a fullback and retiring numbers.

Bears’ defense limited by injuries, but all involved optimistic - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: The Bears’ coaching staff will be looking for significant improvement on defense in Saturday night’s game.

Marinelli talks about Monday night mess - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: After his defense surrendered 41 points on Monday, Rod Marinelli had plenty of tape to evaluate on Tuesday.

New Grass Slated For Bears Opener | NBC Chicago Grizzly Detail: The Chicago Bears are micromanaging their grass concerns. McCaskey video.

Knox gets OK to take kickoffs out of end zone - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Johnny Knox isn’t thrilled with the new kickoff rule, but the Bears’ Pro Bowl returner isn’t going to be afraid to take a deep one out of the end zone.

Bears safety Harris: Exhibition games 'overanalyzed' - Fred Mitchell: Dropped passes, blown assignments, missed tackles - now is not the time to nitpick about the team’s preseason flaws.

New Grass Slated For Bears Opener | NBC Chicago Grizzly Detail: The Chicago Bears are micromanaging their grass concerns. McCaskey video.

Urlacher: Cutler criticism was unwarranted - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael Wright: Brian Urlacher called teammate Jay Cutler a big deal.

NFL salary trends | National Football Post Jack Bechta: The gap between the haves and the have-nots will grow under the new CBA.

Get to know NFL's top breakout candidates - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN Peter Schrager: Every season, a host of relative unknowns and no-names burst on to the scene and shake up both the NFL and your fantasy football league.

NFL Good Guy Heath Evans Retires, Joins NFL Network Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: I know it's not Bears related, but 2 time Super Bowl Champ Heath Evans announced his retirement and his foundation to help the victims of childhood sexual abuse is raffling off a package to go to see the season opening New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers game.  Lambeau Field is a great place to see a football game.


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