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The Bears Den: October 10, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 6 news & Bears-Falcons previews

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Jerry Angelo speaks about teams’ silence on domestic violence — are Bears on that list? - Rick Morrissey: Did anyone in the McCaskey family know that, while Angelo was working to keep players in uniform, women were in danger? What about the rest of the organization? Did it occur to former coach Lovie Smith that a girlfriend or wife might be bruised and bloodied because of the team’s inaction? Did anybody care? Why wasn’t there even one whistle-blower inside Halas Hall?

[I thought I would lead in with that chunk of Rick Morrissey pomposity.  Your day can only get better from here on. - Den]

Angelo: NFL hid 'hundreds' of domestic abuse cases - Brad Biggs: Jerry Angelo said he'd make sure no one was injured when told of domestic abuse cases, then quietly move on. Mark Potash: Bears ‘surprised’ by Jerry Angelo comments.

Hard to believe what Jerry Angelo is saying - Is-Hub Arkush: By claiming hundreds of cases of domestic abuse were covered up, but not naming a single player, Angelo is indicting thousands of players over his 30-year career who may or may not be the guys he’s talking about, or at the least were their teammates and did nothing about them.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - The panel discuss Angelo's claims to USA Today. [KAPCON: 5]

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Previewing Bears-Falcons

Falcons offense shows plenty of threats - Mini-Larry: The Atlanta offense can attack defenses in a wide variety of ways, meaning the Bears defense is up for a big challenge on Sunday.

Know thy enemy - Dan Wiederer: Julio Jones delivering high-impact season for Falcons, but the defense is full of holes.

X&Os - Dan Durkin with a look at how the Bears can go about beating the Falcons’ blitz.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak previews his four Keys to the Game for this Sunday's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

[Video] - Falcons' radio voice Wes Durham joins Kap & Haugh to preview Bears-Falcons.  Are the Atlanta front office on the hot seat?

Julio Jones, Roddy White not buying into Marshall-Jeffery battle - Vaughn McClure: Both pairs will be on display Sunday as the Falcons and Bears battle at the Georgia Dome. From Jones' perspective, none of that chatter matters.

[Video] - Trailer for the Bears match-up with the Falcons in Atlanta.

[Video] - Bears Roundtable Week 6, part 1: Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, and Larry Mayer look back at the Bears' loss to the Panthers in week 5.

[Video] - Bears Roundtable Week 6, part 2: Joniak, Thayer, and Mayer discuss the earlier test to the Bears depth.

[Video] - Bears Roundtable Week 6, part 3: Jeff, Tom, and Larry discuss the development of rookie corner Kyle Fuller and dealing with the Falcons' receiving core [or possibly corps, depending on context - Den].

[Video] - Bears Roundtable Week 6, part 4: The three Amigos preview the Bears' upcoming trip to the Georgia Dome to take on the Falcons on Sunday.

Photos -'s photos from practice this week at Halas Hall as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Offense getting healthy, looking to rebound

Bears confident offense will improve - Larry Mayer: The Bears offense hasn't been as productive as it was last season. But with injured players trickling back onto the practice field, Aaron Kromer sees tangible evidence that will change.

Offense sensing a return to form - Dan Wiederer: Everything felt rickety in Carolina, from the pass protection to the route combinations, from the timing of plays to Jay Cutler's ill-timed inaccuracy. Aaron Kromer sensed his group's agitation; he was much more positive after Thursday practice.

Marshall: We’re definitely underachieving - Dan Durkin: Injuries have played a part in the collective struggle, affecting overall continuity; Aaron Kromer feels the offense is as healthy as it’s been all season and is ready to turn things around.

Bears believe their offense is about to soar - Bob LeGere: The Bears' offense believes it is much better than its mediocre showing so far this season, and Sunday in Atlanta provides a tailor-made opportunity to prove it.

Marshall wants to give underachieving offense a boost - Patrick Finley: Brandon Marshall's ankle should have sidelined him for four weeks. had he not persuaded the Bears to let him play, but he's not frustrated by his six catches over the last three games.

Marshall healed from 'four-week' ankle injury - Dan Wiederer: Doctors had ruled Brandon Marshall out for games against the 49ers and Jets.

Marshall explains reason for lack of production - Bob LeGere: Brandon Marshall has not missed a game this season, although he was unable to practice at full speed until last week, and Jay Cutler expects #15's stats to return to his normal levels.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears know offense needs to pick it up; Trestman emphasizing keeping offense on the field on third down, and the Falcons’ offense off it.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses how Chicago is looking for an improvement on offense with the return of some injured players.


Jared Allen steadily regaining health - Larry Mayer: Jared Allen is feeling "much better" and has regained about half of the 15 pounds he lost during a recent bout with pneumonia.

Lamarr Houston regrets telling fans to ‘eat dirt’ - Adam L. Jahns: A five-year, $35 million deal locked Chicago and Lamarr Houston together. And, as is the case with all new environments, it’s taking some time for Houston to get used to it.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Hub is indignant about Lamarr Houston's controversial tweets. [KAPCON: 5]

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Roberto Garza could be back against Falcons; Jon Bostic doing individual drills; more injury news.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Garza eager to be back on field; Gabe Carimi a steadying influence for banged-up Falcons line; injury news.

Team notes - Dan Durkin: Jeremiah Ratliff a full participant in Thursday’s practice; Marc Trestman not focused on getting 3rd/4th receivers involved; finally at full health, offense is fed up with its performance.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Chris Conte back on the practice field just three days after suffering his second concussion of the season; Bears working out different players in nickel package; team and injury news.

Bears mailbag - Readers ask, Brad Biggs answers.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson, Jon Greenberg: Did the Bears Bears made a mistake in letting Devin Hester go? Plus, three more Bears topics.

X&Os - Brad Biggs: Bears get creative with unbalanced formation for field goal.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Should Cutler take accountability for Bears' record? [KAPCON: 5]

Photos - To celebrate Hall of Famer Mike Singletary's 56th birthday, takes a look back at his legendary career with the Bears.

Polish sausage

The ‘blindside block’ and other penalties you didn’t know are real - Adam Hoge: Every new rule the league passes just seems to add more and more obscurity to what is and is not a penalty.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: The protection by the O-line has been suspect, the running game somewhat nonexistent, but Lions OC Joe Lombardi believes the offense is close ... Nick Fairley has been more consistent for Lions.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: It was already a stretch to see Adrian Peterson playing a down for the Vikings this season. Recent marijuana allegations make it a longshot ... Cordarrelle Patterson tries to stay patient as defenses focus on him.