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The Bears Den: November 13, 2013 - Week 11 news and notes

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Common sense missing from Trestman’s coaching - Steve Silverman: Rushing Cutler back before he was ready was the mark of an insecure and immature coach. If there’s any question, Trestman must learn to err on the side of caution.

Bears getting very little bang for their defensive bucks - Mike Mulligan: Injured Tillman still expensive, and he was defense's only strong Pro Bowl candidate for a unit that has had at least one make the game since 2004.

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Trestman, Cutler future together?

Trestman made the wrong call on Cutler - Mike North: Marc Trestman has made some very good moves with the Bears so far this season, but starting a recovering Cutler over McCown at could prove to be very costly.

[Video] - Ross Tucker on Bears' decision to stick with Cutler.

Trestman stands by his decision. Sorta. Maybe. Depends - Steve Rosenbloom: How many times can rookie coach Marc Trestman be wrong about the same decision?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The truth about Jay Cutler's injury. [KAPCON: 4]

McCown’s success shows how Trestman’s ‘O’ can be star-maker - Mark Potash: If Josh McCown can thrive in Marc Trestman’s offense, who else can? It does open up possibilities Emery would be remiss to ignore.

Could early return from injury hurt Cutler’s stock in free agency? - Chris Burke: This season is one for Cutler to prove his worth to Trestman and the Bears’ brass. It’s tough to do that from the bench.

Which NFL teams will seek a franchise QB in 2014? - Marc Sessler: We wouldn't be shocked to see Trestman move on from Cutler and stamp his tenure in the Windy City with a hand-picked talent from the college ranks.

Can Bears still make playoffs?

Can Bears' offense rise to the challenge? - Bob LeGere: With a defense beaten down by injuries, there's even more pressure on the Bears' explosive offense to continue to carry the team. But to do that they need a better effort from the O-line.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Eric Allen on whether the Bears will still make the playoffs.

Sorting through Bears playoff chances - Moon Mullin: The math doesn’t work as the Bears are 3-4 in conference, trailing the other second-place teams in other divisions.

Tough schedule, conference could cost Bears playoff shot - James Neveau: The Bears are currently in eighth place in the NFC, and with injuries to Cutler and others ravaging the team, can they possibly make a playoff push?


Lunch with Larry - Larry Mayer's weekly Q&A with fans live on

Game review - Adam Hoge: Missed blocks doomed Bears; best- and worst-performing Bears of the game; more game notes.

Stock Watch - Jeff Dickerson: QB not a factor for Marshall; who else had a good game, and whose stock is falling after the loss to the Lions?

Tillman may be finished in Chicago - Michael C. Wright: If Tillman wants to stay beyond this season, it will likely come down to what he’s willing to accept.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is Tillman the best CB in Bears history? [KAPCON: 5]

Joniak's Journal - Tillman has no plans to retire anytime soon; offense can still propel Bears to playoffs; defense turnover rate falling in line as injuries mount; Earl Bennett valuable as fifth receiving option.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Peanut’s Top 10 biggest moments; lack of execution on 2-point conversion; Lovie might benefit from Rivera’s run.

View from the enemy - Michael Rothstein: Lions say that Marshall's anti-Detroit rant was uncalled for.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Bears bring in DB Sherrod Martin, DE Jermaine Cunningham and TE Zach Miller for tryouts.

Game preview - Steve Silverman takes a look at how the Bears and Ravens match up.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: Another weapon appears to be emerging in New Orleans, and much more from around the league.

Know thy enemy: Packers - game report and [Video] highlights of Eagles 27, Packers 13. Rob Demovsky: Rapid Reaction ... Upon Further Review. PFF's three performances of note.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Without Rodgers to bail them out, the Packers aren't equipped -- or they're not mentally ready -- for another part of their team to step forward. Rob Demovsky: Don't get your hopes up for Rodgers yet.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Matt Williamson: Scott Tolzien was impressive, especially considering the difficult situation he was presented with. Kevin Seifert: Matt Flynn provides emergency relief for now.

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

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions control own fate in tough NFC North ... Schwartz says too soon for playoff chatter.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Ponder plays much better in shotgun than under center. Unfortunately the team is built around a Pro Bowl FB blocking for an elite RB. Brian Hall: Jerome Simpson apologizes for arrest; status uncertain.

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