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The Bears Den: December 12, 2012 - Week 15 News and Notes

The Bears worked out a QB with no lower legs at Halas Hall on Tuesday.

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Gould among three Bears played on IR - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday placed Robbie Gould and special teams standouts Sherrick McManis and Craig Steltz on IR and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare. Dane weeps.

Lovie Smith's defense fails - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears offense is bad, but Lovie Smith's defense is failing miserably if you apply the coach's standards.

Peter King's TMQB - Top seeds looking vulnerable heading into the home stretch, and reader mailbag.

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Roster news - Brad Biggs: Injuries forced the Bears to shake up their special teams Tuesday. Non-Tribune links: Potash, Moon, Wiltfong Jr.

NFCN Blog: Knee-jerk reactions - Kevin Seifert's take on sports pundits' chatter. Are the Bears done?

Chicago Bears Stock Watch - Michael C. Wright looks at which Bears are rising and falling.

PFF's 3 Performances of Note - Who stood out, good and bad, from Bears-Vikings.

[Video] Jim Miller: 15 on 6 - Why the Bears may be hesitant to extend Cutler as he goes into the last year of his current contract.

Roster news - Dan Pompei: Bears had some QBs, among others, in for the usual Tuesday workouts.

PFF snapshot - Pass Rushing Productivity on 3rd & 4th down.

2013 draft could see five OTs taken in first round - Moon Mullin: The Bears need to address their OL in the offseason, and the draft may be a good opportunity for that with a multitude of OTs looking like first-round picks.'s Top running back tandems - A pair of legendary Bears feature on the list.

The Bears better extend Cutler's contract, or some of Sackman's designs will be out of date rather soon...


Ditka Lovie

For Lovie Smith, losing nixes everything - Rick Telander: In Lovie’s nine years, the Bears have gone a mere 15-18 in the final quarter of all seasons. That doesn’t bode well for the playoffs or anything else.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: While the Packers appear poised for continued success, the Bears could soon be jolted into a significant overhaul this winter.

NFL coaches on the hot seat - Peter Schrager's 2012 NFL coaches on hot seat forecasts a 20% chance of change in Chicago: "The Bears didn’t come prepared to play in Minnesota on Sunday. There’s no excuse for that."

Barring fourth-quarter meltdown, franchise history says Lovie stays - Moon Mullin: If Smith can stanch the hemorrhaging vs. Green Bay, or even win the final two, teams seldom fire 10-6 coaches.

Given history, Lovie Smith might be best fit for Bears - Mike Mulligan: If the Bears beat the Packers on Sunday, it's either extend embattled coach Lovie Smith's contract or totally rebuild under a rookie coach.



Injuries seem to bug Bears more than Packers - Mark Potash: Injuries and lineup changes have given both teams a different look since the Bears and Packers met Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field.

Bears need to break Packers’ 'hex' over Jay Cutler - Moon Mullin The Bears have lost five-straight games against the Packers, the longest such streak against Green Bay in Lovie Smith's tenure. If the Bears want to end those woes, they'll need an improved Jay Cutler.

Unlike Cutler, Aaron Rodgers avoids unnecessary risks - Adam L. Jahns: Bears fans don’t want to hear it, but Rodgers’ risk-avoidance is a big reason why he has the Packers on a roll while Jay Cutler is struggling to stay upright.

Packers winning methodically - Dan Pompei: The Cover-2 defense frustrates Aaron Rodgers but it doesn't beat him very often.

Joniak’s Journal - The Packers have scored more than 21 points six times in the last eight games against the Bears; the Bears have scored more than 18 points twice in those games, going 1-1.

Tale of the Tape - Well, even Mare can't be as bad as Mason Crosby. Mason Crosby.


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Matt Bowen's playbook - What can we learn from Foles' game winner? All-22 look at the 'Sprint' route to beat the Bucs.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Patriots-Texans: Breaking down FS McCourty's INT on the “Pin” route (post-in) vs. a single high safety defense. Technique wins when you play the middle of the field.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: The Lions have enough difference makers on their roster that a total rebuild isn't in order this off-season, even at 4-9 and tied for the worst record in the NFC. (Den: And currently in line for a top-5 pick. Cunning!)

Laugh at thy enemy: Lions - Self-destructing Lions lack self-awareness; after seeing their momentum slip away Sunday after an excessive celebration penalty, it's only natural to question: Why, exactly, is this team celebrating?

Kev's guest "Punk Covers of Popular Songs" week - The Killing Moon Covers Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know" (salty language warning)
(Den: The singer is male but the lyrics remain unchanged. Being angry about lezzerbians is my new gold standard when I think about punk! :-D )