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The Bears Den: August 26, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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Concerns linger about the Bears' linebackers and safeties.

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Bears' feet firmly back on ground - Barry Rozner: Marc Trestman preaches humility, and the Bears should be all sorts of humble after last week's beating at the hands of the champs.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how the Bears likely will utilize Trevor Scott, why players wait to have offseason surgery, and if Marquess Wilson will be put on IR.

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Bears backup QB competition resolved

Clausen officially Bears' No. 2 QB - Michael C. Wright: Team liked Jimmy Clausen's experience, mechanics and football smarts, as well as his mental toughness.

Youth, experience gave Clausen edge - Larry Mayer: Marc Trestman revealed Monday that Jimmy Clausen won his job competition with Jordan Palmer due primarily to youth and experience. James Neveau: Palmer signs 1-year deal with Bills.

Bears QB decisions still leave questions - Marc Trestman picked whom noted NFL talent evaluator Steve Rosenbloom wanted to win the backup QB role, but Rosenbloom still finds something to moan about.

Bears resolve Clausen-Palmer duel, Fales situation remains - Moon Mullin: David Fales is a likely fit on the practice squad with the Bears, who don’t particularly need to use a roster spot to prevent him from being snatched up elsewhere.

Fales to start preseason finale - Michael C. Wright: David Fales preps for his most significant action to date as the Bears plan to play him the entire preseason finale Thursday against the Browns.

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Bears release Craig Steltz - Jeff Dickerson: Safety proved to be a valuable special teams contributor over the past six years with 58 total tackles, the second-highest total of any Bears player since 2008. Moon Mullin: Just five Angelo picks left on roster.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - With the Bears waiving Craig Steltz, where does that leave the safety situation? [KAPCON: 5]

Conte still out, but others return - Michael C. Wright: Although Eben Britton, Kyle Fuller, and Isaiah Frey returned to practice Monday along with Chris Williams, Marc Trestman was unsure of their availability for the exhibition finale.

Bears’ old defense seems a step slow - Rick Morrissey: Too many whiffs by former GM Jerry Angelo leaves team with not enough depth, and thus no replacements for starters well past their primes.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is the defensive core's age being exposed? [KAPCON: 4]

Bears defense turns page on ugly exhibition - Dan Wiederer: If Friday's problems in containing mobile QBs persist, September could become a vicious cycle of frustrating breakdowns followed by intense week-after probing.

Trestman, Tucker need to get bail-out buckets ready - Actually-Hub Arkush: When all we get is the glass is half full, when in fact it was 90 percent empty, it is officially time to worry.

If Bears can learn from blowout loss, then it was worthwhile - Mark Potash: Thanks to the Seahawks, the Bears know there’s more work to do than they might have thought.

Sorting through aftershocks of Bears debacle in Seattle - Moon Mullin with the good and bad, and a look at key roster battles. Lineup changes add roster intrigue to preseason finale.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is there cause for concern after loss in Seattle? [KAPCON: 4]

Special teams still littered with questions - Not-Hub Fishbain: While the hope on defense is that the mistakes in Seattle are correctable, continuity in personnel will help shore things up on special teams before Week One. (CBS)Robbie Gould: "I’m not concerned yet."

Team notes - Adam Hoge with the 10 most important things you need to know from Halas Hall Monday (includes injury updates). What Bears' first roster cuts mean.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Trestman felt Clausen better choice; encouraging signs in run defense; roster and injury updates.

Roster analysis - Michael C. Wright's latest roster projection [prior to Craig Steltz' release].

Bears preview - Chris Burke: Secondary still may be overmatched on most days, but explosive passing game will be able to counter, perhaps enough times to get the Bears to the playoffs.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Age question follows Julius Peppers, but veteran appears to take it in stride every time he is asked how much he has left in the tank after 12 NFL seasons.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Decision to start Cassel curried favor with players weary of QB instability after last season, and provided more time for Bridgewater to learn in a forgiving environment.

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