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The Bears Den: December 09, 2014 - Week 15 Chicago Bears news & notes

Brandon Marshall's little-known impersonation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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X&Os - Dan Durkin takes a look the Bears’ imbalanced and predictable play-calling, as well as a closer look at the on-field execution (part 1).

Groy set to replace Michael Ola on O-line - Brad Biggs: UDFA Ryan Groy is most experienced at LG but potentially could be considered as a center moving forward, having served as Roberto Garza’s  backup for the last month.

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Brandon Marshall placed on IR; Marquess Wilson to benefit?

Marshall released from hospital - Jeff Dickerson: Brandon Marshall, who was discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Monday, has been placed on injured reserve.

Marshall injury could give Wilson a prime opportunity to step up - Mark Potash: Best chance yet for Jay Cutler and Marquess Wilson to build a foundation that could pay dividends next season.

Injured Marshall describes worst season of his career - David Just: Brandon Marshall joined Waddle and Silvy to discuss his season-ending injury and the disappointing year it’s been for him.

Roster news - Larry Mayer: Brandon Marshall placed on IR, receiver Josh Bellamy promoted from the PS.

[Video] - Tom Thayer breaks down the impact of Marquess Wilson and the benefits moving forward.


Trestman not wasting time lamenting postseason - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman chose not to address his team about its official elimination from postseason contention on Sunday.

Bennett still motivated despite team's record - Michael C. Wright: With the postseason out of reach, Martellus Bennett finds motivation in proving he belongs among the game’s elite at the tight end position.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the biggest storylines surrounding the Bears heading into Week 15.

Despite distractions, Trestman just focused on next opponent - Bob LeGere: Marc Trestman maintains that focusing on the job at hand -- the New Orleans Saints next Monday night -- helps tune out the distractions.

Trestman aware of ‘noise,’ still supports Cutler - Adam L. Jahns: Head coach is less adamant in defending Mel Tucker's future with the team.  Dan WiedererRetaining focus will be difficult for a team facing waves of criticism and speculation.

Marshall supports QB, but 'would have buyer's remorse, too' - Michael C. Wright: Brandon Marshall agreed with the notion Chicago is experiencing buyer's remorse, after signing Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.  Rich Campbell'Ready to move forward to next year'.

Jay Cutler could add 'GM killer' to his resume - Steve Rosenbloom stumbles into an actual gridiron thought in about one in ten articles.  This is one of the other nine.

[Video] - Adam Hoge on the state of mind the Bears are in after being eliminated from playoff contention, and what potential moves the team will make in the offseason.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Jay Feely trying to make most of time with Bears; Brandon Marshall describes injury; more injury news.  Aaron Wilson: Bears work out two cornerbacks.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Brandon Marshall out of hospital, out for season; Marquess Wilson preparing for heightened role in final three games; UFDA Ryan Groy to be fourth starter at left guard this season; more roster notes.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Brandon Marshall will miss rest of season; Ryan Groy, Michael Ola will compete at LG; Trestman optimistic Robbie Gould will return to face Saints.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Marc Trestman focused on Saints, not noise; Brandon Marshall placed on IR; more roster and injury notes.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears eliminated from playoffs due to results elsewhere, have now missed postseason in four straight seasons.

[Video] - Charles Tillman to players worried over jobs: 'Just continue to play' ... discusses players' responsibility to media, recaps winning Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

[Video] - Ian Rapoport discusses potential changes coming for Bears at QB, coach, stir it up some more regarding Cutler.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears officially eliminated from the postseason. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin, Kip Lewis talk status of Mel Tucker, 'buyers[sic] remorse' over Cutler.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak sits down with Demontre Hurst on Bears Confidential.

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Not every sack is the O-line's fault - Ross Tucker: Multiple websites are now devoted to evaluating game film and advanced NFL analytics, yet we still lean way too often on the crutch that is blaming the O-line.

Know thy enemy: Packers 43, Falcons 37 -'s game report and [Video] highlights ... Rob Demovsky: Rapid reaction ... Defensive woes make Packers sweat it out.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Ndamukong Suh is too valuable to Detroit -- the most critical player on the league's second-ranked defense -- to let him walk away to another team.


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