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The Bears Den: September 25, 2013 - Week 4 news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why Cutler didn't slide on a scramble, why the Bears didn't challenge a play that looked like a TD, and why Tillman sat out late in the game. Lunch with Larry.

Cutler has undergone a transformation under Trestman - Dan Pompei: It is the way Cutler is thinking that could be taking the player to a place he never has been. With the QB whisperer over his shoulder, Cutler is listening and, it appears, growing. [Tip of the cap to Stellarpete22]

Is Jay Cutler finally a legit franchise QB? - Ryan Wilson: Trestman has had an immediate impact on Cutler's performance. The O-line is playing extremely well, imbuing the QB with new-found confidence. Can it last?

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Inside the play - Melissa Isaacson: Tim Jennings breaks down his pick-6 against the Vikings and shows how a big play comes together.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's Stock Watch in the wake of Bears-Steelers.

Game review - Laurence Holmes revisits Bears-Steelers 24 hours later.

Game grades - Adam Hoge with his best and worst performances from Bears-Steelers, and highlights how the Bears' DEs sacrificed themselves to create blitzing lanes for the LBs.

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Undefeated Bears don't feign perfection - Barry Rozner: Genuine sense of humility with this team, an understanding there’s a long way to go before the Bears are considered great.

Who will replace Melton on D-line? - Moon Mullin: The Bears used a blizzard of defensive fronts and there is zero reason to expect that to change now, having nothing to do with Melton.

Cutler still working on being virtuous - Moon Mullin: Patience is a virtue. Jay Cutler is still working at being virtuous, but signs suggest that he’s getting there.

No one wants to see Cutler crunched - Rick Telander: I loved the crazy spirit of Cutler’s big moment, but DBs and LBs are a dime a dozen. Good QBs are at least a few bucks more.

Joniak's Journal - Jeff Joniak: O-line creating optimism; Minter expected to join DT rotation; blitz statistics; snap count trivia.

Cutler: Trestman better than I thought - Doug Padilla: After going through training camp with a new coach and opening the season with a 3-0 record, Cutler said Monday that everything about Marc Trestman has exceeded his expectations.

Balanced Offense key to success in NFL - Steve Silverman: The talent gap is often so small in the NFL that it comes down to a chess match to see who is more effective at deploying athletes. Marc Trestman has won the chess match three weeks in a row.

Bears offense catching up to D’s greatness - John McTigue of ESPN Stats & Info with some, uh, stats & info about the Trestfense/TCO thus far.

Reader mailbag - Adam Hoge with a Bears Q&A.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Eric Allen: Who is most responsible for the Bears' 3-0 start?

[Audio] - Kyle Long joins Carmen & Jurko to discuss the Bears' win over the Steelers, preparing to face Ndamukong Suh and more.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Cutler has played well at Ford Field; ex-Bear of the week; scoring statistics and more team news & notes.

Team notes - Moon Mullin: Pass rush not reaching main priority in Tucker's 'D'; improved turnover ratio; roster moves.

Roster news - Michael C. Wright: The Bears signed OT Roger Gaines and DE Cheta Ozougwu to the practice squad on Tuesday, releasing QB Jerrod Johnson and OT Jamaal Johnson-Webb. Brad Biggs: Also worked out two DTs.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Who's a bigger loss for the Bears: Melton or Tillman?

For Bears, injuries provide first bit of adversity - Bob LeGere: Injuries have given the Bears their first taste of adversity this year, but they won't get any sympathy from this week's opponent.

Tillman critical to Bears defense - Mike Mulligan: If he can't overcome his knee and groin woes to help contain Calvin Johnson again, the defense could have trouble Sunday and beyond.

[Video] Game preview - Michael Bush: Keys to victory against the Lions. [Video] Lance Briggs' keys.

Bears doing good things - Craig Steltz joined team mascot Staley ‘Da Bear’ to lead children through a series of exercises and emphasize the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The Trent Richardson trade, Kansas City’s defense, Detroit’s struggles at Washington and more in this week’s Blitz.

Offenses contributing to high NFL sacks totals - (AP) NFL teams are on a near-record sacks pace. So what gives, other than O-lines that can’t protect passers?

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - A peek inside some nutritional tools that help prolong an NFL career.

Know thy enemy: Packers - NFL.com game report & [Video] highlights for GB 30, CIN 34. PFF: Three Performances of Note. Rob Demovsky: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Atypical showing by Rodgers on, off field as he gets into spat with coach. Aaron Rodgers' lack of success with fourth-quarter comebacks.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - NFL.com game report & [Video] highlights for MIN 27, CLE 31. PFF: Three Performances of Note. Ben Goessling: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz .. Upon Further Review.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Another rocky performance for Christian Ponder leads to fans booing and calling for backup Matt Cassel. Tom Pelissero: Vikings support Ponder, but coach says he must 'suck it up'.

Know thy enemy: Lions - NFL.com game report & [Video] highlights for DET 27, WAS 20. PFF: Three Performances of Note. Michael Rothstein: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz .. Upon Further Review.

Know thy enemy: Lions - (AP) Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday after he reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat. Michael Rothstein: Losing productive veteran presence.

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