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The Bears Den: October 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 8 news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears threw deep on third-and-one against the Dolphins, if Jordan Mills is in jeopardy of losing his starting job, and a fake punt return the Rams borrowed from the Bears.

Emery confident in coaches, Cutler - Larry Mayer: In a Q&A session Tuesday with fans on, Phil Emery discussed the Bears’ coaching staff, the team’s cohesiveness and the performance of Jay Cutler.  (CBS): Emery defends coaching staff, MarshallRich Campbell: Is Cutler really as good as Emery claims?

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Chicago Bears 14, Miami Dolphins 27

Three things we learned about Bears in Week 7 - Rich Campbell: Brandon Marshall's quest for positivity will be challenged by the Bears' inconsistent play; Jay Cutler’s mechanics are breaking down too often; Matt Forte must carry the ball more than twice in the first half.

Game review - Laurence Holmes's 24 Hours Later blog: Things are ugly in Bearsville; do they have the people who have the answers?

[Video] - Adam Hoge on the loss to the Dolphins.

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: Bears lost battle up front vs Dolphins, but Kyle Long and Jeremiah Ratliff still shined.

X&Os - with an All-22 Slideshow from Bears' loss to Dolphins.

[Video] - Tom Thayer takes a closer look at the attention opposing defenders are paying to Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, allowing the Bears' other weapons to get open.

Jay Cutler / Brandon Marshall / Marc Trestman

Marshall dismisses rift with Cutler: 'We're great' - Rich Campbell: On Showtime’s "Inside the NFL," Brandon Marshall reinforced his frustration over the Bears’ 3-4 record but dismissed any notion of a rift between him and Jay Cutler.

[Video] - Ross Tucker comments on Brandon Marshall calling out Jay Cutler.

[Video] - Lance Briggs on why he left during Brandon Marshall's postgame rant.

Bears bereft of leadership and victories - Mike Mulligan: Marc Trestman wasn't hired to put a boot on anybody's rear end and he seems loath to do so, especially when it comes to his stars. Phil Emery has put together a band of mercenaries that Cutler and Marshall lead.

Marshall may not be the leader you want, but he’s the one you got - Tim Baffoe: Brandon Marshall is far less than ideal as a team leader for the Bears, but he’s the one they got. And at this point in a 3-4 season on the brink of full-blown dumpster fire, why not let him be?

Bears' season careening out of control - Bob LeGere: A Bears team that entered the season with high hopes, is already on the verge of becoming irrelevant regarding the postseason, and the player who has underperformed the most was the one being the most vocal about others' performances.

Trestman failing on football decisions - Barry Rozner: Marc Trestman as a second-year NFL head coach is experiencing pressures and hysterics he's never encountered before, and it's understandable, but there are also simple football situations that come up frequently and there is no excuse for failing to act in a logical manner.  Michael Middlehurst-SchwartzTrestman needs to change slow-developing pass plays, properly utilize Matt Forte.

It's doubtful that Trestman can be forceful with Bears - Mike Imrem: If Marc Trestman is this reluctant to be forceful with the media, why does anyone expect him to be more forceful with his players?  [Actual beat reporters, as opposed to columnists who churn out prose when there's an opportunity to moan about how everything is awful, say Trestman has no problem dropping f-bombs on the players - Den]

If Trestman can't fix Cutler, then what's the point of Trestman? - Steve Rosenbloom: Marc Trestman has lost the element of surprise after his first season back in the league. Other teams have watched tape and figured out the Bears. In the offseason, The Bears haven’t done the same.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Are Marc Trestman's mistakes the issue? [KAPCON: 4]

[Audio] - Ryan Mundy: We're hungry; we're not divided by any means.

Looking ahead to Bears-Patriots

Bears look to move past Sunday's loss - Mini-Larry: Kyle Long and Marc Trestman acknowledge mistakes made both during and after Dolphins game, vow to improve moving forward Bears look to move past Sunday's loss.

Game preview - Steve Silverman with a look at how the teams match up.

Joniak’s Journal - Jeff Joniak's thoughts heading into Sunday's game.

Know thy enemy - Chris Boden with a look at the New England Patriots, who field the league's best pass defense.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the biggest storylines surrounding the Bears heading into Week 8.


Injury confusion at Halas Hall grows cloudier by the day - Dan Wiederer: There’s been an obvious edict laid down at Halas Hall for players and coaches to dodge injury questions in every way possible, an approach that seems clumsy at best and has definitely created an amusing sideshow of question-dodging this fall.

[Audio] - Herm Edwards offers his insight on concerns for the Seahawks, the state of the Steelers and the outlooks for the Ravens and the Bears.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak sits down with Matt Forte on Bears Confidential.

Bears old-school TE, Martellus Bennett - Mark Potash: Martellus Bennett is a uniquely oversized personality who is everything everybody thinks he is — whether you like his shtick or not.

Top 10 workhorse backs - Bucky Brooks: Matt Forte doesn't accumulate touches as a traditional workhorse runner, but that doesn't mean Forte should be excluded from a list of dominant feature backs.

Ex-CFLers make their way south to the Bears - Not-Hub Arkush: Cameron Wake is the NFL’s best current example of a former CFL player excelling South of the border, but the Bears hope a couple of their own could be next in line to make successful leaps.

Fans can rip players but players can’t question fans? - Moon Mullin: Why is it that a Long, Urlacher or others are a combination of hyper-sensitive, insensitive and overly defensive if they answer back from the heart?  Is this a fan base that can dish it out but not take it?  John Breech: Fan in critical condition after being beaten at tailgate party.

[Video] - Watch the Chicago Bears Drumline take the field prior to the recent home game against the Dolphins.

Photos - Brock Vereen will play on the same field as his older brother Shane against the Patriots; presents the 10 current and former Bears with brothers in the NFL, listed in chronological order.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Football 101 at Soldier Field is the ultimate ladies night event designed exclusively for female Bears fans. Anthony Adams crashes the event. [Potential future Mrs Spongie in the #15 jersey spotted at 1:47]

[Video] Inside the Bears - Robbie Gould is used to pressure kicks, but hhgregg presented him with a different challenge as part of a commercial shoot, and ITB was behind-the-scenes.

[Video] Bears doing good things - The Bears teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant Sam Mitchaner’s wish to meet Jay Cutler, and they gave the 10-year-old a day he'll never forget.


Ditka - Da Coach shares his thoughts on the state of the Bears' locker room, and reflects on who the leaders were on his Bears teams.

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The FXFL wants to develop future NFL stars - Joe DeLessio: The Fall Experimental Football League doesn't see itself as a rival of the NFL. Instead, it sees itself as a potential feeder league -- a place where players can stay in shape and try to earn another shot at the big-time. But can it survive?

Know thy enemy: Vikings 16, Bills 17 - game report and [Video highlights].  Ben Goessling: Teddy Bridgewater rebounds after two picks ... Defensive progress tainted by long conversions, late collapse ... Vikings allowing too many YAC.

Know thy enemy: Packers 38, Panthers 17 - game report and [Video highlights].  Rob DemovskyAaron Rodgers still not satisfied with offense ... Punt returners should have broken one for score by now.

Know thy enemy: Lions 24. Saints 23 - game report and [Video highlights].  Michael RothsteinLions find much-needed offensive spark in comeback win ... Team needs to restore running game.


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