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The Bears Den: October 29, 2014 - Chicago Bears bye week 9 news & notes Chris Williams running on green sand...?

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Marquess Wilson's return nears for Bears - Patrick Finley: Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were proud of how they were able to mold Wilson in the offseason. To do so throughout August, September and half of October was unexpected, but not useless.

Bears focusing on improvement - Mini-Larry: Marc Trestman has been through tough times before, and is hoping his experience can help fix the Bears as the team enters its bye week.

Trestman: Bye week not a vacation - Larry Mayer: Bears players don’t have to report back to Halas Hall until Monday. But just like in other businesses, technology will enable them to continue working while they’re away from the office.

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Patriots were so good, Bears didn't have a chance - Is-Hub Arkush: The Bears were horrible Sunday against the Patriots. But when you study the tape, you realize a big part of that was how good the Patriots were.

Game review - Laurence Holmes' 24 Hours Later blog: Everything is awful.

Game review - Dan Durkin: The Bears must be honest in their self-scouting if they want to have any hope of salvaging the season. Emery and Trestman are resolute to stay the course. In reality, what other option do they have?

Four things we learned about Bears in Week 8 - Rich Campbell: Great QB play makes a dramatic difference; schemes are part of the Bears’ problem; personnel department has much more work to do in the middle of the defense.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's Bears Stock Watch: Matt Forte continues to shine.

Game review - Michael C. Wright's weekly look at what the Bears must fix: Look for the team to work harder to establish Matt Forte and the run game.

[Video] - Tom Thayer takes a closer look at the adjustments made by Stephen Paea Sunday against the Patriots.


Lunch With Larry - Larry Mayer answers fan questions during the lunch hour every Tuesday during the season.

Everything you need to know from the Emery-Trestman bye week press conference - Adam Hoge with, well, everything you need to know from the Emery-Trestman bye week press conference.  N.B. It appears that the franchise is more open to a field surface change than ever before.

Sorting through mixed Bears messages from Emery, Trestman - Moon Mullin: Sometimes the issue is as much the medium as the message. And of course, sometimes it’s both, which is how the Bears’ current situation appears.

Marc Trestman doesn't meet Class of '13 standards - Mike Mulligan: Phil Emery's hand-picked coach is near bottom of group that took over teams before last season.

Re-Marc-able failure - Steve Rosenbloom: Marc Trestman is the substitute teacher. The designated driver. The babysitter. Everything about him is awful.

Much Bears talk with little meaning - Mike Imrem: Nobody associated with the Bears can speak any other language but gibberish this week, yet for some reason they feel compelled to keep yapping. [Oh, the irony. - Den]

Another look at Brady does Cutler no favors - Barry Rozner: If the comparison to a Hall of Famer is unfair, Cutler is at least being paid as one of the elite QBs in the game. [WCG > Rozner - Den]

Cutler's big payday came without earning it - Mike Imrem: Most irritating about Jay Cutler is the fault of pro sports economics: He has received so much during his career and done so little to deserve it.

Bears should admit their mistake with Cutler - [Mike North doesn't understand the concept of guarantees in contracts, nor the notion of how dead money affects cap space. Or the salary cap. - Den]

Rodney Harrison: Bears don't have faith in Cutler as a leader - Tony Andracki: Former All-Pro Patriots safety and current NBC analyst joined the Kap and Haugh Show, doesn't like Cutler's facial expressions and body language [with Audio].

[Video] - Matt Forte discusses the Bears' need to regroup, his take on the team's leadership, and why it took so long for him to be nationally recognized as an elite NFL back.

[Video] ESPN - Alshon Jeffery shows off his high school basketball skills and sits courtside at a Chicago Bulls game.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Brandon Marshall hosts a fundraising event to promote mental health awareness.

Photos - looks at the top 10 players with the most Pro Bowl appearances in a Bears uniform.


Ditka - Da Coach talks Bears: ‘It’s the worst defense I’ve seen in a long time.’

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Five things that may surprise you about NFL players.

NFL roundtable - Devin Hester and Dave Toub join an panel to discuss the future of special teams play in the NFL.

Know thy enemy: Lions 22, Falcons 21 - Michael Rothstein's rapid reaction ... first-half offense lacking ... tough contract decision after Nick Fairley's injury.

How much are Megatron and Suh really worth? - Andrew Garda: Martin Mayhew is going to be facing some really tough decisions this offseason, among them whether to keep Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson.

Know thy enemy: Vikings 19, Bucs 13 - Ben Goessling: Teddy Bridgewater fares well against Bucs' blitz, O-line deserves credit, too ... QB sees signs of progress in second victory ... corners getting flagged too often.

Know thy enemy: Packers 23, Saints 44 - Rob Demovsky: Packers undone by poor red zone efficiency ... run defense back at last in the league ... McCarthy: "Too many missed tackles" ... need more from ILBs.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Did you know all N.F.L. footballs get their start in Chicago? The Horween Leather Company in the Bucktown neighborhood has been the sole tanner and provider of leather in balls for over 70 years.


Less pig-squealy, more... well, see for yourself how the Irish do it.