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The Bears Den: November 05, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 10 news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses if the Bears will keep rotating their captains, the likelihood of Marquess Wilson playing against the Packers, and the plan to replace Lamarr Houston.  Lunch With Larry.

Little room for error for Bears - Bob LeGere: There will be noticeable changes moving forward, starting with Sunday night's game in Green Bay, a huge test for a Bears team that doesn't have much room for error if it hopes to remain relevant in the playoff picture.

Second half of Bears' schedule difficult due to rematch problems - Moon Mullin: In the flow of questions whether Trestman’s offense has become either too predictable or simply figured out, teams that have seen the Bears before have had little trouble with them.

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Bears prepared for 2nd half challenges - Mini-Larry: Following a bye week that was spent evaluating what went wrong in the first half, Marc Trestman and the Bears returned to work looking forward.

Bears working to improve after bye - Larry Mayer: The information gleaned by coaches in self-scouting sessions during the bye week is now being disseminated to players as the Bears prepare for Sunday night’s game in Green Bay.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the biggest storylines surrounding the Bears heading into Week 10.

Ground underneath Marc Trestman's feet shaky - David Haugh: Until the last second of the 16th game ticks off the clock, any response a Bears official offers about management's faith in either Trestman or Emery moving forward is based on an incomplete picture and, thus, irrelevant.

What's Emery's effect on Trestman's play-calling? - Steve Rosenbloom: Phil Emery said the Bears need better run-pass balance. Marc Trestman previously said he doesn’t believe in the need for balance, just the need to win each play.
Is the GM disenchanted with his coach’s play-calling?

Cutler and Trestman reputations on the line - Mike Mulligan: It's easy to vilify Jay Cutler given his seeming indifference to his own mistakes, but he's far from the only problem. Matt Forte can save Cutler's reputation and Marc Trestman's job if given the chance, if given the ball.

Jay Cutler is a poopoohead - "We now have a toxic Jay Cutler in the locker room who is the target of resentment of many of his teammates." [Tip o' the hat to Bear4Ever; I haven't seen a hair of this from any of those weak news sources that I use, and I sort of go through quite a lot of Bears stuff, but I've clearly been half-arsing my role here if I've missed something as big as this. - Den]

Grading Trestman, Emery - Is-Hub Arkush: Marc Trestman scores poor midterm grade, but how much of the blame for what ails the Bears more rightly belongs to Phil Emery?

Defining moments of Bears' 3-5 breakdown - Dan Wiederer: Lance Briggs' absence, Jay Cutler's meltdown, Kyle Fuller's emergence and more.

Cutler could be throwing more on the move - Michael C. Wright: The Bears may try to utilize Jay Cutler's athleticism in the pocket on Sunday against the Packers.  Rich CampbellQB had success doing so in Mike Shanahan's scheme.

Willie Young poised for starter's role - Michael C. Wright: With Young and Jared Allen now the starters following Lamarr Houston being placed on IR, look for the Bears to utilize Cornelius Washington, Trevor Scott and David Bass as rotational players.

Trestman will keep rotating captains - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman considered naming permanent captains during the team’s bye week, but decided to maintain the rotational system he put in place at the beginning of the season.

Bushrod: ‘All the guys are still buying in’ - Jermon Bushrod joined the Mully and Hanley Show and came to the defense of his coach [with Audio].

[Audio] - Ryan Mundy: 'We're still following the direction of coach Trestman'.

[Video] - Ross Tucker: No indication players are tuning out Marc Trestman, but he needs to get wins; previewing Bears-Packers.

Joniak’s Journal - Jeff Joniak: Bye week beneficial to team, but will it translate to the field? Plus, more thoughts.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Do Bears have the makeup of a winning team? [KAPCON: 5]

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Bears work out former Illinois and Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, former Vikings safety Mistral Raymond.

Ola has been 'Mr. Versatility' for Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Michael Ola’s luck runs out when playing Madden, according to close friend Willie Young, but it's a different story on the field, where the rookie has stood up to some of the best D-linemen in the league.

Best and worst free agent signings - Chris Burke has a Bears D-lineman in each category, one of whom is a front-runner for Don Banks' Preventable Injury of the Year award at the midway point of the season.

[Video] - Highlights of the best sound bites from mic'd up players during the first half of the Bears 2014 season.

[Video] Inside the Bears - The 2014 rookie class helps build a Chicago Bears Fitness Zone in West Chicago. The Bears team up with The United Way to bring awareness to the issue of youth health and fitness.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Charles Tillman hosts his 5th annual "Celebrity Waiter Night." Joined by current and former teammates, the event benefits Tillman's Cornerstone Foundation.

Photos - The Bears and Packers will meet for the 190th time this Sunday. Here's a look at 10 players who have worn both uniforms, listed in chronological order.


Ditka - Trestman losing Bears? ‘No. That’s a lot of B.S.’  Plus, thoughts on Joe Maddon, and more.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Heading into their game against Miami this Sunday, there is a lot that must be fixed for the Lions.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Teddy Bridgewater and Cordarrelle Patterson need to do a better job of getting on the same page in the passing game ... Offense has changed in Adrian Peterson's absence... Spielman not giving up on Matt Kalil.