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The Bears Den: October 14, 2013 - Week 6 news and notes

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Injuries have forced Bears’ youngsters into prominent roles - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears wanted to get younger, but on their terms. Injuries make for an interesting reality for the Bears: Their young players are gaining invaluable experience, but they’re still a team built to win now.

Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag - Readers' Q&A: Bears, Y U no try to bring back Brian Urlacher / sign top D-linemen off street / use massive $3M salary cap space to sign everyone to extensions?

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Trestfense?  TCO?

With ‘D’ beset by injuries, offense has bigger burden - Mark Potash: Under Marc Trestman, the Bears are an offense-first football team, and unless Mel Tucker is a magician, it’s only going to get more lopsided this season.

Much rests on Bears' offense - Bob LeGere: The Bears have scored 24 points or more in five of their first six games, and that has only happened once before in the previous 17 years, during the 2006 Super Bowl season.

Trestman not worried about Bears' balance - Moon Mullin: Where the previous administration talked about, sought and won with balance, Trestman does not see that as axiomatic to success, but rather more as coincidence if it so happens.

Cavanaugh is Cutler's human reset button - Dan Wiederer: QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh wants Jay Cutler to feel protected on field, sideline.


Bears in contract year can’t afford to play scared - Patrick Finley: It’s a truth of the business that players — from stable stars to players in the last year of their contracts — came to grips with a long time ago: Injuries happen, and so do extensions.

Leadership "buy in" was critical in prep for Giants game - Moon Mullin: Some players arrived at Halas Hall ahead of the coaching staff the day after the loss to the New Orleans Saints, to get ready for the Giants.

As Bears' offense grows, defense falters - Barry Rozner: As good as the offense has looked at times, the Bears’ defense has looked old, slow, hurt and ineffective, something Trestman and Emery had to suspect would occur in a rebuilding year.

Bears see glimmer of hope for D-line - Rich Campbell: On one play Thursday night, at least, the pressure on Eli Manning forced an errant throw that Zack Bowman picked off easily.

[Video] - Bears are paper-thin at inside linebacker. Kip Lewis and Jim Miller discuss.

[Video] Inside the Huddle - Michael Bush joins Kip Lewis to discuss a number of topics on the Bears and the rest of the NFL

Game grades - Brad Biggs: D-line remains a huge issue as once again it failed to gain any traction, this time against a week Giants line,

Bears doing good things - Robin Robinson: Brandon Marshall opens up about Personality Disorder, bringing attention to mental health. Will pay $10.5K for wearing green shoes.

Peter King's MMQB - Readers nominate their Hall of Fame candidates. Jay Hilgenberg and Jimbo Covert represent.

Bears history - Chet Coppock: The Bears traveled to Los Angeles to defeat the Rams 52-14 and improve to 5-0 at the start of their 1963 championship season.


Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach on why Cutler has been so improved under Marc Trestman, why the increase in offensive weapons hasn't translated into points, the inexperience of the O-line, and his passion for food.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: It looks like the Bills found a steal in MLB Kiko Alonso; more from around the league.

NFL Health & Safety - Mike Imrem: Watching Sunday's games should have been a little less comfortable than normal for anyone who saw last week's "Frontline" documentary "League of Denial," which was more chilling than Bear weather.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Packers 19, Ravens 17: Packers' defense holds off Ravens' fourth-quarter rally.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Lions 31, Browns 17: Matthew Stafford throws 4 TDs, steers Lions past Browns.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Panthers 35, Vikings 10: Cam Newton's 4 total TDs lead Carolina past Minnesota.

All 32 Quarterbacks As Their Team Name! - David Rappoccio, who seems to be KissingSuzyKolber's Smudgers, does some photoshopping. [Hat tip to Sam Householder]

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