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The Bears Den: October 09, 2013 - Week 6 news and notes

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Corey Wootton adapting to new position on line - Larry Mayer: Switching from DE to an every-down DT to help the Bears fill a void caused by injuries, Corey Wootton has had to alter his game. Moon Mullin: Versatility could improve his market value.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether Cutler ran a read-option play versus the Saints, why the Bears didn't throw a Hail Mary pass on the last play of the first half, and the Bears' record on Thursday Night Football.

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Game preview - Moon Mullin: Bears need to win turnover battle against Giants. Short turnaround this week.

Game preview - Steve Silverman looks at how the Bears and Giants match up. Dan GrazianoDavid Wilson out, Brandon Jacobs to start.

Know thy enemy - Steve Silverman: The Bears are a better team than the 0-5 Giants, probably by a sizable margin. But the Giants are good enough to win games in the NFL and they have the firepower to put points on the board.

Giants won't duplicate Cutler feast - Mike Mulligan: The Giants sacked Cutler 9 times in one half in 2010, but their rush isn't as good now and the Bears pass protection is much improved.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Bears keep Giants winless? [KAPCON: 5]

Defense looking to extend Giants’ turnover epidemic - Patrick Finley: The Giants might be the panacea for a defense that failed to force a turnover for the first time since Nov. 19 in the loss Sunday to the Saints.

[Video] Game preview - Lance Briggs' keys to a victory against the Giants.


Trestman views Marshall as ultimate team player - Larry Mayer: Brandon Marshall has voiced his frustration following losses to the Lions and Saints the past two weeks. But Bears coach Marc Trestman doesn't think the receiver has been a distraction.

Marshall continues to sort things out - Bob LeGere: Frustrated WR explained his recent dissatisfaction, but it wasn't necessary for Marc Trestman, who says the Pro Bowler has been an exemplary teammate since Day One.

Marshall says mental health issues are behind him - Adam Hoge: Marshall's coping mechanism is communicating what’s on his mind, which is probably why his frustrations over not getting the ball enough in the last two losses came to a forefront.

Bears don't question Marshall's motivation - Doug Padilla: WR still seems to have a tough time balancing the desire to produce with the logic of why things might not always go his way. Mark Potash: Hard to find a formula for success with Marshall.

Given green light, Brandon Marshall shoots from lip, as usual - Dan Wiederer: Star WR opens up during lengthy news conference.

Marshall's next statements should be toward the good of the team - David Haugh: Public pouting over his role doesn't further his goal of promoting mental health awareness.

Is Marshall becoming a distraction to the Bears? - James Neveau: Brandon Marshall has been making some headlines this week for his comments, but is he becoming a distraction to the team?


Q&A - Phil Emery hosted an hour-long session on the homepage of during which he answered questions from fans.

Time not on Julius Peppers' side - Steve Rosenbloom: After the Bears failed to force Drew Brees into a turnover, Julius Peppers said he didn't have the time to explain the pass rush to the media. How about if he explains it to the D-line then?

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Crash course in DT for Wootton; injury updates; possibility of playing in London and 'Hard Knocks'.

Joniak's Journal - Thoughts on Brandon Marshall, the Bears' special teams, and more from Halas Hall.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Paea wants back soon; injury updates; Tucker happy with Wootton and Bass.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Bears fit three days of work into a nine-hour work day ahead of TNF; injury news; Bears on 'Hard Knocks'?

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Eric Allen discusses whether Alshon Jeffery can be a legitimate No.1 WR, and what his emergence means for Brandon Marshall.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 8: The perfect cure for what else[sic] the defense could be the NY Giants.

Gould's eight years in Chicago have been historically great - James Neveau: Eight years ago Tuesday, the Bears inked Robbie Gould to a contract, but little did they know they'd be signing arguably the greatest kicker in team history.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson with his look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling.

Game review - Kip Lewis: Issues on D-line; Cutler did a good job by not forcing the ball to Marshall. Around the League - Gregg Rosenthal tells fans in Chicago to relax as part of his "What we're not overreacting to after Week 5".

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: A look at the NFL’s latest high risk/high reward position, and more from around the NFL.

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: An informal poll of ten experienced agents identifies the teams they trust doing business with the most.

Ex-Bear news - Former Bears QB and Lake Zurich native Matt Blanchard is headed to Kansas City for a workout with the Chiefs.

Know thy enemies - Lions 9, Packers 22: game report and [Video] highlights from PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review ... Preparing for Clay Matthews' absence.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein's Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Minus Calvin Johnson, Lions need more from WRs; impacts Reggie Bush's productivity ... O-line struggles with Packers.

Same Old Lions - Michael Rothstein: Center Dominic Raiola apologized to Wisconsin's marching band Tuesday for inappropriate comments made to band members before Sundays game against the Packers.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Freeman signing puts Ponder on notice. Ponder's and Freeman's fates blown by drafts.

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