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The Bears Den: August 27, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

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Trestman puts faith in coordinators - Adam L. Jahns: Preseason games might not be a true indicator of what teams will be, but it would be hard to argue the assistants Trestman chose to be the leaders of his staff aren’t doing some things right.

Team notes - Mark Potash with 10 observations as roster takes shape heading into the final preseason game.

Bennett has 'heart-to-heart' with Onobun - Michael C. Wright: Bennett and Onobun sat on a couch for four hours engaged in what veteran described as a "heart-to-heart" conversation with fellow TE who was feeling down after dropping what should have been a TD against the Raiders.

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Bears roster news & analysis

Roster analysis - Adam Hoge with a look at those who were let go by the Bears Sunday. Sixteen guys competing for seven spots. James Neveau: Why did the Bears cut Devin Aromashodu?

It's the last chance for some Bears - Bob LeGere: Thursday night's preseason finale will be the last chance for players on the bubble to convince coaches that they're worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster. Rookies may see some action.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin on bubble players, Hester's impact on the Bears, D.J. Williams could get playing time vs Browns.

Position battle - Moon Mullin: Swing tackle: Scott vs Webb; #3 RB: Allen vs Ford.

Team news - Brad Biggs: Trestman stops short of confirmation, but Bostic, Long, Mills looking good to start vs Bengals; Onobun still in plans, for now; more news. Blanchard could be next Bear to go.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Kyle Adams could be the odd man in for the Bears; injury news.

Who will the NFL's breakout players be this season? - Mike Tanier: McClellin is one of the new breed of DEs who are fast enough to drop back and make plays at the safety level, a perfect piece of a zone-blitzing puzzle who can line up all over a defense with multiple fronts.


Jim Miller impressed with Bears offense - Mark Strotman: Former Bears QB-turned-analyst believes Trestman's ideas may pay huge dividends for a Bears offense needing improvement.

’13 Cutler already ahead of ’12, other recent versions - Moon Mullin: Cutler already is producing better than at any preseason time since joining Bears. Perhaps not coincidentally, while the personal chemistry was lacking, his OC then was a West Coast proponent.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What to make of Bears' performance in Oakland. [KAPCON: 5]

Rosenmoan - Steve Rosenbloom: A sign of Cutler's growth (maybe, hopefully, perhaps).

Bears defense looks primed, as usual - Brad Biggs: No drop-off evident for ball-hawking unit under Tucker, but real tests coming soon.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: As expected, most of the Bears' key players will not play at all Thursday night against the Browns in the preseason finale; injury news and more team notes. [Video]

Team news - Larry Mayer: Trestman has been impressed with Bostic but isn't ready to anoint the rookie an opening-day starter; injury news; more Bears news. Most starters won't play vs Browns.

Injury news - Brad Biggs: Henry Melton should be available for Bears' season opener (non-Tribune link); D.J. Williams shows signs of improvement.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - August 26: Its[sic] the final week of training camp. The roster is already 14 players lighter and a cut day looms at the end of the week. Around the League - [Audio] Jump to 20 mins into the podcast to hear what the writers have to say about the Bears and the rest of the NFC North.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Forte one of three NFCN players ranked between 41-50 in ESPN's #NFLRank project.

Thanks for the memories, Grizzly Detail - NBC Chicago reporter and Den favo(u)rite Maggie Hendricks says farewell as she heads to fresh pastures. New Bites > Old Bites. Den > * Bites.

Michael C. Wright's new daily look at Bears headlines - "We want this to be a one-stop shop every day where you guys can take in a nice-sized sampling of Bears news." Click on the Den and weep, Michael. Could Blanchard take an injury settlement, and on Urlacher & the media.

Bostic hit redux: Bring 'intent' into the discussion - Moon Mullin: Game officials are not consulted on fines/punishments being handed out. Giving the player another "voice" in the room just seems worth a phone call to see that the right call ultimately is made.

The five most important useless facts about the Bears - Chris Strauss: Jay Cutler's costume skills, Marc Trestman's early gigs and more details about the NFC North stalwart.

Ex-Bear news - Rick Morrissey: Brian Urlacher is now a media member, but not everyone will forget how he treated media like crap when he was a player.

What every team would do with No. 1 pick in 2014 NFL Draft - Daniel Jeremiah: A once-in-a-decade pass rusher or a franchise QB? WWDD?

Or you can get a t-shirt of our existing do-it-all pass rusher or (hopefully) existing franchise QB tops courtesy of WCGer Sackman.

Reminder: Red Robin offer valid today

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

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Agent's Take: Understanding the next few days of the NFL calendar - Joel Corry with a look at important considerations of the key events taking place in the coming days:

X&Os - Dan Durkin’s Football 101: Gaps, techniques & alignments.

How do first-year head coaches fare in Week 1? - Joe Fortenbaugh: Eight teams enter the 2013 campaign with new bosses at the controls. History demonstrates that a 1-0 start won’t be easy to come by.

X&Os: The Quarterback Curve - Chris Brown: What the newest class of star QBs needs to master on its way to becoming Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. [With thanks to Mike Ditka's Cigar]

Madden - Brett Molina: The offensive schemes that dominated the NFL last season -- the Pistol formation and Read Option -- make running the football more fun in Madden NFL 25.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tim Baffoe: The NFL’s cruel version of the law of averages is more likely than ever to find its way to Aaron Rodgers, and Vince Young quarterbacking that Packers team would invoke shades of Chicago’s recent past.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Game report and [Video] highlights of the Vikings' 14-34 preseason week 3 loss to the 49ers. Ben Goessling's observations. PFF: Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Andy Benoit's Vikings preview: Adrian Peterson is hellbent on breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. But to make the playoffs, he may have to sacrifice touches and hope his young QB can carry the load. [Video] Peter King's training camp report.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert reviews some of the biggest personnel issues the Lions have been working through this summer. Chris McCosky: Jim Schwarz unconcerned about unsettled O-line.

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