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The Bears Den: October 08, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 6 news & notes

"So, am I gonna be Martellus Rex or The Black Unicorn or The Orange Dinosaur or Marty B for reporters after the game? Or. instead of running ahead of Matt Forte on the off-chance that defenders teleport into position, should I block the Panther best-positioned to stop him from scoring?"

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Will Marc Trestman be Jay Cutler's latest victim? - David Haugh: Seeing Mike Tice on Falcons staff is a reminder of what can happen if Marc Trestman doesn't change Cutler's ways.

'Miscommunications' sign of deeper problems in offense - Moon Mullin: If there was one single cause for concern coming out of the 2013 season, it wasn’t the injury-riddled defense. It was Cutler.

Can Trestman coach the game in front of him? - Steve Rosenbloom: Marc Trestman needs something to show he's not as bad at running a game as he is at hiring coordinators.

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Chicago Bears 24, Carolina Panthers 31

Game review - Laurence Holmes' 24 Hours Later look back at the game.  Why was Greg Olsen afforded a free release off the line of scrimmage?

Game review - Adam Hoge: Odd coverages end with bad results for Bears. Plus, highest- and worst-grading Bears from Sunday, and more thoughts from the game.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush and Not-Hub Fishbain wrap-up Bears-Panthers from Halas Hall.

X&Os -'s All-22 Slideshow from Bears-Panthers.

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: Plenty of blame to go around for Bears in Carolina Panthers fiasco.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson: Ego Ferguson tops this week's Stock Watch after harassing Cam Newton and continuing to give the Bears hope about the future of the D-line.

Game review - Rich Campbell: Five things we learned from the Bears' loss to the Panthers.

[Video] - Ross Tucker breaks down Bears' offensive woes.  Has the league adjusted better to Trestman than Trestman has to the league?

Game review - Michael C. Wright's weekly look at what the Bears must fix. The past two weeks, the Bears have been outscored 27-3 in the second half.

Panic meter - James Neveau: The mood around the Bears is sour at the moment, but how worried should fans be after another tough loss on Sunday?

Former NFL referee: Marshall wrongly penalized - Rich Campbell: Even in real time, it was clear Brandon Marshall's block didn't meet the requirements for a penalty.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Did Bears handle Conte injury correctly? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - Tom Thayer breaks down the impact rookie DT Ego Ferguson had on several key plays, including Lance Briggs' interception Sunday.

[Video] - Not-Hub Fishbain with three Vine highlights from Sunday.

Previewing Bears-Falcons

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

Know thy enemy - Bob LeGere: Matt Ryan and his dynamic big-play receivers, Julio Jones and Roddy White, pose another big test for Bears' defense.

Returning memories of Hester a bummer for Bears - Mark Potash: The Bears were right to turn down Devin Hester’s demand for $3 million a year, but they still miss him. What a perfect backdrop for their reunion Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Brad Biggs: Hester revitalized with Falcons.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Previewing the Bears' date with the Falcons. [KAPCON: 5]


Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses two blindside-block penalties the Bears were assessed against the Panthers, Carolina's punt return TD, and the last time the Bears were 2-3. Lunch With Larry.

Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday promoted corner Al Louis-Jean from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, and waived Isaiah Frey and David Bass. Dan Wiederer: Bears work out former Broncos returner Trindon Holliday.

Trestman vows to get ball to Marshall - Larry Mayer: As the Bears begin preparing to face the Falcons Sunday in Atlanta, Marc Trestman is vowing to get Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall more involved in the offense.

Bears confident they can bounce back - Mini-Larry: The Bears know they let an opportunity slip through their hands in a loss to Carolina, and now need to move on and prepare for the Falcons.

[Audio] - Ryan Mundy talks about the Bears' defensive struggles on Sunday, and looks ahead to Bears-Falcons.

Special teams a collective failure - Tim Baffoe: They aren’t going to win you a whole lot of games, but they can easily cost you one.  Special teams did just that on Sunday.

Chris Williams takes turn as Hester heir - Mike Mulligan: If Devin Hester is a symbol of the Bears' last Super Bowl run, then the new collection of returners are emblematic of the offense-driven, special teams-challenged Bears of 2014.

Young says he would like to play with Suh again - Michael C. Wright: Willie Young wouldn't mind if former Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh came to join him in Chicago, and said he might make a recruiting call this offseason.

[Audio] - Willie Young joined Carmen & Jurko to discuss his strong start to the season, potentially recruiting Ndamukong Suh to Chicago, and more.

[Video] ESPN - Jerome Bettis: Willie Young's comments indicating his desire to bring Ndamukong Suh to Chicago could affect the Lions' locker room.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Brandon Marshall says Patriots' bounceback an example for Bears; roster notes.

Rookie Report: Benjamin vs Fuller highlights strengths, struggles - Eric Galko: Since stepping into the starting role for Charles Tillman, Kyle Fuller has been one of the most impressive zone corners in the NFL.

[Video] CSNChicago: Bears Life - Jermon Bushrod recounts Super Bowl memories, new chapter with Bears.

'Crazy road' for de la Puente might settle in Chicago - Patrick Finley: When free agency died down and starters had been cemented – including Roberto Garza, who signed a one-year contract with the Bears – Brian de la Puente was drawn to working with Aaron Kromer again.

After past struggles, Clausen grateful for opportunity with Bears - Not-Hub Arkush: A lot has happened to Jimmy Clausen in just over 12 months, much less the four-plus years since the 27-year old entered the NFL.

I love that Jay Cutler doesn’t care that I love him - Tim Baffoe: In salute of the Bears’ antihero QB  —  for all of his talent, and all of his delicious flaws. [Hat tip to Kev and Lester.]

Photos - Matt Forte needs just 15 yards to become the 20th NFL running back with 7,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards. Here are the other backs who have already reached that milestone.

Bears history - Josh Katzowitz: 30-year anniversary of Walter Payton breaking Jim Brown's rushing record.

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A solution to the yellow-flags epidemic sweeping the NFL - Moon Mullin: It's not difficult to discern intent vs inadvertent, and the solution lies in how infractions are called in other sports.

Concussion horrors clear, but football refuses to see - Rick Telander: Current players must know about concussion dangers and their future lives as potentially brain-damaged ex-athletes because, plainly, nobody else is looking out for them.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - As the game rules change, the CBA evolves and the faces change, here are five things that may never change.

Ex-Bear news - Tony Andracki: Cedric Benson attempting an NFL comeback. [Video] SportsTalk Live.

Know thy enemy: Lions 14, Bills 17 - Game report and [Video] highlights from .... Josh Hill: Bills troll Lions, carry Jim Schwartz off field after win ... John BreechLions investigating laser pointing incident by fan ... Ophthalmologist: Powerful lasers are 'weapons'.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions make both a logical and risky choice with kicker Matt Prater ... Lions must improve pass protection.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Packers can improve on special teams coverage issues, most specifically tackling.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Defensive front got pushed around by Packers' running game. StarTribune: Details emerge of Adrian Peterson's personal life, charitable foundation's contradictory financial records.

#blamethorco - Although Nickelback do not have any scheduled tour dates in UK's capital, one man has set up a Kickstarter campaign to make sure it stays that way.