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The Bears Den: December 01, 2014 - Week 13 Chicago Bears news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears didn't run the ball more against the Lions, why Willie Young drew a 15-yard penalty, and the Bears' record on Thanksgiving.

Fourth-quarter results may affect Bears' coaching situations - Moon Mullin: If the Bears fire Mel Tucker and Marc Trestman is perceived as a lame-duck, the question is not exactly "who" they could then get as DC, but whether they could get anyone at all.

Bears' pronounced struggles no longer a surprise - Dan Wiederer: Shaky QB play, an unreliable D. These are the norm for the Bears, who have a way of helping even struggling QBs and their teams stand fully upright again.  Bob LeGere: Offense seems to be getting worse as the season goes along.

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Lance Briggs' legacy, and what now for the Bears?

Bears contemplate life without Lance - Larry Mayer: After returning to the practice field Sunday at Halas Hall, coaches and players lamented the loss of Lance Briggs, who was placed on IR Friday.

Bears lament loss of Briggs - Michael C. Wright: With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Lance Briggs isn't expecting the Bears to put an offer up prior to him hitting free agency.

Bears will miss Briggs’ leadership, look to future - Mark Potash: #55 leaves as one of the greatest Bears in franchise history, but also as a symbol of the awkward transition from Lovie Smith to Marc Trestman and Mel Tucker.

Briggs’ legacy shouldn’t be tarnished by past two seasons - Adam L. Jahns: Lance Briggs may have never been a "Trestman guy" but he was willing to be a coach and teacher for Marc Trestman, helping the other linebackers last year where first-year position coach Tim Tibesar routinely fell short.

Too bad Briggs’ career as a Bear had to end with such a whimper - Rick Morrissey: Fans weren’t happy with Briggs' contract demands or with how much his play had slipped the past few seasons. But eventually the memory of a linebacker making play after play will win out. As it should.

Allen: Briggs is a Hall of Famer - Michael C. Wright: Lance Briggs' NFL career likely isn't over, but Jared Allen believes the linebacker's 12-year tenure in Chicago is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

Big opportunity for Bostic, Jones - Bob LeGere: With Lance Briggs out for the remainder of the season, Jon Bostic and Christian Jones will get a lot more exposure in the Bears' final four games.

LB torch-passing could involve more than Briggs-to-Bostic - Moon Mullin: Whether Christian Jones supplants Shea McClellin as an every down linebacker now becomes a question.

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Bears-Lions

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: Failing grades start with coaches vs Lions.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Tom Thayer breaks down the Bears linebackers[sic] ability to step up and take on a lead blocker in the run game, which will be a key to the Bears' upcoming match-up with the Cowboys.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Willie Young was mic'd up for his first game against his former team, the Lions.

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Bearsss

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the biggest storylines surrounding the Bears heading into Week 14.

Roster news - Michael C. Wright: Bears bring back safety Anthony Walters, add DE Jamil Merrell to PS.

10 thoughts - Mark Potash: Big changes unlikely, Bears' impending free agents, and more.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears spiral down could head toward first 10-loss season in decade.

Stephen Paea’s contract looms at end of DT’s best season - Patrick Finley: 26-year-old wants to stay with the Bears, citing new position coach Paul Pasqualoni, veteran teammates and some technique tweaks as the reason for his success.

Bears still searching for locker room leaders - Barry Rozner: When the guy who is supposed to be your best player is a follower, the rest of the bunch don't know from whom to take their cues.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Playoffs a ‘miracle’ shot, but Bears focused, says Brandon Marshall; Jared Allen didn't get back to normal playing weight until the bye week.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: After struggles in Detroit, physicality an emphasis for Brock Vereen; Jared Allen believes Lance Briggs is Canton-bound; injury news.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Despite bottom-of-roster churning, Joe DeCamillis says fair to judge him on unimpressive results; Marc Trestman on O-line's reaction to last week's game plan, what team will miss with Lance Briggs out.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: New opportunity for Jon Bostic; nice being normal D-line sized again, says Jared Allen; Marc Mariani impresses.

Mock Draft - Rob Rang looks ahead to the 2015 draft and has the Bears taking a versatile Florida Gator DE/OLB.

Ex-Bear news - Neil Hayes: Former Bears DE Chris Zorich has been putting his life back together while watching his former teams fall apart, enjoying being a supervisor for the Chicago Park District.

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Polish sausage

How to ruin a quarterback - Matthew Kory is examining Washington's handling of Robert Griffin, but allowing him to get hit by skimping on his protection and not having a good offensive scheme and coaching sounds awfully familiar to Bears fans over the last couple of years decades.....

Know thy enemy: Vikings 31, Panthers 13 - Ben Goessling with a few thoughts on the Vikings' win at TCF Bank Stadium ... Vikings snap punt-block drought in historic fashion.

Know thy enemy: Packers 26, Patriots 21 - Rob Demovsky's thoughts on the Packers' victory over the Patriots at Lambeau Field ... defense finally carrying its weight ... Don Banks: NFC title will run through Lambeau.

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