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The Bears Den: November 06, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 10 news & notes

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Holmgren explains what Trestman is likely facing - Michael C. Wright: Former NFL coach Mike Holmgren offers advice and insight for Marc Trestman, says it will take time for Cutler and Trestman to develop real chemistry.

History is against Trestman - Nick Shepkowski: Based on the near-nothing that Marc Trestman has done with a talent-loaded roster this year, history gives me no choice but to think it won’t be this coach who turns around this Bears team.

Bears need someone to rally around and it certainly isn’t Trestman - Rick Morrissey: They will rally around hostility, slobber, bounties and coaches who bite heads off chickens, but Marc Trestman seems to be a very nice man and I have never known football players to rally around amiability.

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Bears-Packers previews

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry: The Packers and their high-flying passing attack host the Bears on Sunday night, in the second matchup of the season between the longtime foes.

[Video] - Larry Mayer and Tom Thayer preview the upcoming Bears' match-up with the Packers in Green Bay.

Bears seek season-saving win - Rich Campbell: From Jay Cutler to the pass rush, key storylines for Sunday's game.

Game preview - Bob LeGere: Aaron Rodgers just the guy Bears don't need to see, though his protection could be worse this time around and the Bears' D-line better.

Bears' plan against Aaron Rodgers simple: play better - Rich Campbell: Bears hope to contain Aaron Rodgers by applying lessons learned in lopsided Week 4 loss.

Bears defense prepares to try to slow Rodgers - Not-Hub Arnold: As the Bears discovered in the loss earlier this season, they can't allow Aaron Rodgers the time to sit in the pocket and pick the defense apart.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Can Bears defense slow down Aaron Rodgers? [KAPCON: 4]

Team notes - Adam Hoge: 10 things you need to know as the Bears started preparation for the Packers Wednesday at Halas Hall.

View from the enemy - Patrick Finley: The Packers are wary of facing a wounded foe, having fallen 44-23 to a Saints team who were playing for their season; they expect the Bears to play with a sense of urgency on Sunday.  Moon Mullin: McCarthy can relate to where sliding Bears, Trestman are.

X&Os -'s All-22 scouting report of the Packers.

Know thy enemy - Chris Emma: Green Bay has authority at head coach and players to create a positive culture, while Chicago has a coach who has lost control of egos out for themselves. It’s why the Packers have found their winning ways, and the Bears are on a wayward path.

[Audio] - Tim Jennings joins Jarrett Payton and Adam Hoge to discuss Bears-Packers.


Marquess Wilson returns to practice - Larry Mayer: Second-year receiver Marquess Wilson practiced for the first time Wednesday since breaking his collarbone Aug. 4 in training camp. Michael C. Wright: Team has 21 days to activate him.

Mills moves back to right tackle - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman indicated the team has tinkered with the O-line to find the best group, but expects to staff to settle in soon on where the starting five will play.  Not-Hub Arkush: Mills expects to remain at RT for Sunday.

Briggs: Probably in my final season - Larry Mayer: Reflecting on the past and contemplating the future, perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs said Wednesday: "I understand this is probably my last year as a Chicago Bear."

Briggs accepts likely final season with Bears - Michael C. Wright: A seven-time Pro Bowler with a contract set to expire at the end of the season, Lance Briggs sees the end approaching to his illustrious 12-year tenure with the Bears.

Expect more from Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton - Brad Biggs: Duo will be leaned on more with Lamarr Houston out for the season and Sutton could pick up most of Houston's inside reps in the nickel package.

Has Jared Allen found his missing half-step? - Dan Wiederer: Veteran DE has been working on refining his techniques and sharpening his play to become more productive for the Bears in the second half of the season.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Marquess Wilson believes he must prove himself ‘all over again’; Bears continuing to try out combinations on O-line; injury updates.

Midseason report - Michael C. Wright reviews the first half of the Bears' season, and looks ahead at the keys to improvement in the the second half. [Video]

Jay Cutler's most aggravating failure - Steve Rosenbloom: Jay Cutler's interceptions are bad enough, but he compounds it by leading the NFL in fumbles.

‘Jay Cutler gets coaches fired’ - David Just: Amani Toomer joins the Kap & Haugh Show, brings up the Jeff George comparison again [Audio].

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As. Are Brandon Marshall's TV trips affecting his play?

Pasqualoni draws the line - Mini-Larry: D-line coach Paul Pasqualoni examines the strengths of his unit and the challenges in defending mobile QBs in this week's edition of Coaches Corner.

Sweetness' final play - Mini-Larry: No game in Bears-Packers history had a more improbable ending than the one 15 years ago this week. Read the inside story from its key participants.

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The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: In the most anticipated battle of Courtroom Football since the legal skirmishes of the 2011 lockout, Ray Rice will have his days in court this week as he appeals the NFL's decision to suspend him indefinitely.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - 4 reasons why some teams consistently lose and others consistently win. Firing all your coaches and changing scheme every two years is, surprisingly, not associated with success.

Know thy enemies - ESPN NFC North reporters' midseason grades on the Packers, Vikings and Lions.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein Captain Obvious: Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offense overall will benefit from Calvin Johnson's return to the playing field.  Dave Dye: Megatron, Golden Tate arguably league's top receiving duo.

Midseason rookie assessments - Remember when we all wanted Jimmie Ward?  He's given up 15 receptions on 22 targets and three TDs with no picks on 226 snaps.