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The Weekend Bears Den: August 10, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

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Plenty of positives for Bears to build on in opener - Larry Mayer: Defense appeared to be in midseason form, while the offense rebounded from a rough start in Friday night's 24-17 preseason-opening loss to the Panthers.

Bostic makes impact play in first NFL game - Larry Mayer: It took Jon Bostic a couple series to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. But once he did, there was no slowing down the rookie MLB.

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Bears 17, Panthers 24

Larry Mayer's Game Blog - Larry Mayer: Frisbee dogs at halftime!

Bears show there’s work to do in preseason loss to Panthers - Adam L. Jahns: There still are kinks to work out and jobs to be won, but Trestman and Bears players would have told you that win or lose — 28 points scored on offense or zero.

Bears' preseason opener quite a mixed bag - Bob LeGere: An excellent example of why the NFL is considering reducing ticket prices for preseason games, the sloppy game featured 7 turnovers and a lot of players who won’t be around when the regular season opens.

Offense not clicking yet in exhibition opener - Brad Biggs: Cutler was intercepted on his first pass, Webb was beaten for a sack and the Panthers easily diagnosed a screen pass as the Bears lost their exhibition opener 24-17.

Offense, defense don’t look sharp in Trestman’s first game - Hub Arkush: The offense failed to take care of the ball, turning it over three times in the first three quarters, and the defense was mediocre at best. Marquess Wilson provided a bright spot.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright's quick thoughts following Chicago's 24-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Friday in the preseason opener. Cutler recovers from early interception.

[Video] game highlights; Box score.

Dane Noble: Quick Recap: Bears lose Melton, Mannelly in loss

Exactly what you’d expect from Offense in first preseason game - Adam Hoge: Interception on first play the kind of thing you work out in the preseason; Cutler had success while enjoying freedom in the offense; RT still a worry.

New coach, same old issues for Bears in pre-season loss - Steve Reed: The Carolina Panthers spoiled Marc Trestman's NFL head coaching debut with a 24-17 win over Friday. Defense looks strong without Urlacher, Smith.

Game notes - Jeff Dickerson: Offense still a work in progress; rookie LBs look like they belong; struggles at RT; defense miles ahead of offense; which depth guys stepped up?

Game notes - Moon Mullin: Offense remains a work in progress; OL still needs to get it "right"; Bears LB pipeline is stocked; more observations.

[Video] View from the Moon - More positives than negatives; Trestman's first experience as an NFL head coach.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Bostic showed both promise and inexperience; Hester sighting; second-team units both look sloppy; injury report.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Injury news, Hester cameo, O-line fairly disciplined, more notes. Bostic makes most of debut.

Game notes - Brad Biggs: Webb could get some competition at RT; injury news; more observations.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: McCown relishes role, injury news and inactives, lineups, and minimis(z)ing false starts.

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: Melton left the game with a concussion, Pat Mannelly a rib injury (and Harvey Unga paid tribute to #65 by also suffering a rib injury - Den).

Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: QB admits to bad pass on first-play interception, comes back to finish 6-for-8 for 56 yards and was sacked once.

Rookie watch - Michael C. Wright with a look at how the Bears' rookie class fared in their first preseason game, forgets about Jordan Mills. Fred Mitchell: Bostic makes most of opportunity with pick-6.

Bears quotes - Quotes from Cutler, Trestman and Briggs on their 24-17 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Photos from Panthers vs. Bears; from the Tribune; more from the Daily Herald.


Trestman takes small steps to start long race as Bears coach - David Haugh: Looks focused on sideline against Panthers, but opener provides reminder of how extensive the job is for an offense a long way from clicking.

Defense believes Trestman’s new-look offense stands up - Adam L. Jahns: While the preseason opener against the Panthers wasn’t exactly a rousing beginning for the offense, the defense like what they’re facing on a daily basis in camp.

ESPN Chatwrap - Michael C. Wright talks Bears in this reader Q&A session.

#15 wasn't playing last night but forget him not with these BMarsh-themed tops. You know Jay won't have forgotten the bromance!


Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach's thoughts on what Trestman wants to see in his preseason games, training camp injuries, who he would take in a fantasy draft, and da Ditka Sausage. That's right: da Ditka Sausage.

Polish sausage

...will return next Den, but it doesn't feel right to have "Ditka" without "Polish sausage".

New Order + teh Hass?  My cup runneth over!  It. Runneth. Over.