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The Bears Den: September 21, 2012 - Week 3 News and Notes

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"...where, thank Ditka, there's more news about Bears-Rams than there is about Cutler-Webb."

Cutler must lead by his play on the field - Kip Lewis: Only responsibility is to be the QB the Bears expected him to be when they traded for him. He's not required to win a personality contest, or be best buddies with anyone.

Spotlight shines on Tice, Bates - Moon Mullin: Has the scheme of Mike Tice and Jeremy Bates been a problem for the Bears this year?

[Audio] Steven Schweickert: The Bump Heard Around the World - Our very own Orange Shy Guy pops on just after the 91-min mark to talk all things Bears.

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Bears offense determined to bounce back - Larry Mayer: The unit was limited to 168 total yards and 11 first downs while committing four turnovers and yielding seven sacks in a frustrating 23-10 loss to the Packers.

Bears defense gearing up to face Bradford, Rams - Larry Mayer: In their first four home games this season, the Bears will face QBs who were selected with the top overall pick in the last four NFL drafts.

St. Louis brings high-octane offense to Soldier Field - Kip Lewis: The St. Louis Rams have been surprising everybody in the NFL for the first two weeks with Sam Bradford finally living up to expectations and Danny Amendola coming into his own at WR.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Joins Mully & Hanley to preview the Bears-Rams game. Worth listening to the [audio] for his schematic insights.

Urlacher dismisses "turmoil", looks ahead to Rams - Listen and learn, DJ Moore. If your veteran leader doesn't talk about it, you don't talk about it.

Joniak’s Journal - Jeff Joniak: Bears need to forget Packers, focus on Rams.

ProFootballFocus: 3 things to focus on - Bush in for Forte, the Bears DL, which QB can limit mistakes.

Bears face tall order with Amendola's short routes - Vaughn McClure: Rams WR Danny Amendola tied a team record with 15 catches (160 yards) in a 31-28 win over Washington.

Injury report - Moon Mullin: Matt Forte is making progress but was held out of Thursday's practice, while the Rams are dealing with some injury issues of their own.

Bush ready to fill in - Jeff Dickerson: Bush doesn't expect the coaching staff to alter the game plan much, if at all, when he is in the backfield instead of Forte.

Know thy enemy - Maggie Hendricks: What should you know about the Rams?

Game picks - Even Hub thinks they'll win. Ditto everyone at ESPN, including the Madden '13 simulation. [Video] Mark Schlereth and Brian Dawkins concur.

Cutler (sigh)

Cutler, Rodgers, and the ethics of sideline tantrums - Doug Farrar's feelings hurt because Cutler has a dig at the media. It's a Yahoo writer. 'Nuff said.

Urlacher: Run-ins with teammates are part of football - Joe Cowley: Said the key is turning the page, which never has been a problem with the Bears’ core veterans.

Urlacher: Bears still support Cutler - "It’s not a big deal. You lose your emotions sometimes out there and you get mad. But once it’s over with, it’s over with. We spend a lot of time around each other, so you better get rid of it real quick. It’s going to be a long season if we don’t."

Until Cutler changes his attitude, he'll never be a winner - Gregg Doyel: "His loathsome personality will undermine his ability to lead his teammates and keep the Bears from ever winning a Super Bowl with him under center." Bases all that on DJ Moore's seeking 15 minutes of fame.

Fisher: Cutler is the type of QB you can win a Championship with - Jeff Fisher on Mully & Hanley: "There are not many of those around. Everybody is looking for those. I’m not privy to all the things that are going on there, (but) my opinion is let Jay play "

Do the Bears have a unity problem? - Maggie Hendricks: Cutler was upset because he was sacked seven times, but publicly ripping Webb just showed the Bears' problems ran deeper than missed blocks.

[Video] Are the Bears becoming a house divided? - "Lomas Brown, Rob Parker, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the internal drama with the Bears." I'mma pass on this one. Let us know in the comments if you watch this.

Charles Barkley: Cutler needs to 'win big' to be liked - "For some reason people don't like them and until they win big, every little thing they do is going to be over-criticized." The [Audio] from Waddle & Silvy is worth a listen.

Other Bears news

Bears’ pass rush among NFL’s best - Moon Mullin: With eight sacks in two games, the Bears are tied for second in the NFL, just behind the Packers.

Bears not shoddy in sack department - Dan Pompei: With more depth, and moving Julius Peppers around a bit, Bears already have eight sacks.

Melton, Wootton starting to make impact - Fred Mitchell: Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has been able to rotate linemen to get satisfactory results.

Melton looking for reunion with Bradford - Jeff Dickerson: The two squared off in college in the annual Texas vs. Oklahoma "Red River Rivalry."

Weapons? What “weapons?” Tice points the thumb first - Moon Mullin: After the Green Bay debacle, Tice is taking the blame and knows he needs to do a better job.

Up to Tice to get Bears’ offense back on track - Mark Potash: It’s evident now more than ever that Jay Cutler is Jay Cutler, and the Bears’ fortunes rest more with Tice’s ability to put him in a position to succeed than on Cutler’s ability to overcome obstacles.

With 10 days off, Urlacher expects to make a significant leap - Michael C. Wright: Said the knee “feels fine.”

Lance Louis quietly does his job amid OL furor - Brad Biggs: Has avoided scrutiny after two games, looks like he could be elevating his game early in a contract season.

Jennings making the most of his opportunity - Scoop Jackson: For the past two years he's been the "other" guy, playing in Peanut Tillman's Pro Bowl shadow.

Dave Toub’s special teams will stay aggressive - Sean Jensen: GB's trick play will not affect the aggressiveness of his ST unit. Also, team news.

Hardin opens up on season-ending neck injury - Brad Biggs: Says his neck has felt fine for a couple weeks now but know it looked scary when he was carted off the field.

Durkin’s Playbook - Dan Durkin: Did Cutler give Packers’ ‘Two-Man’ too much credit?

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Is Tice as good an OL coach as advertised? And more.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings from Halas' - September 19: "Six days and loads of Jay Cutler criticism after the ugly Green Bay loss, the Bears are still 1-1. Though the way things seem from outside of Halas Hall they might as well be 0-8."

Everything else

Matt Bowen's playbook - Bowen uses the 'All-22' film to break down how zone pressure led to Tony Romo's INT in Seattle.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Bowen's chalkboard breakdown of Eli's TD to Bennett vs. Cover 1 in the redzone.

Power rankings - For what they're worth, Pete Prisco has the Bears dropping four places.'s QB power ratings - Jay is like a box of chocolate. I like my chocolate the way I like my women: dark and continental.

The UFL & NFL could use one another - Jack Bechta: Could be football's version of Triple-A league for the NFL Never mind that, MOAR Lingerie League.

A little bit of salty language.