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The Bears Den: September 11, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 2 news and notes

Jerry Angelo ‘You have to question (Lance Briggs') judgment, certainly his leadership.’

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Attempted Cutler makeover fizzling - Dan Bernstein: Sunday was a disaster in many ways, but Jay Cutler’s dismissive turn at the postgame media session rankled Bears officials almost as much as the careless, reckless passes.

Briggs wants Bears to rekindle old us-vs-world attitude - Mark Potash: Now the Trestman Bears are in a position where the Lovie Bears thrived — the whole world is against them.

In depth: Multi-sport Bears - Moon Mullin: The path to the gridiron in today's NFL more often than not takes players onto the fields and courts of other sports during their high school and college years. What do Phil Emery and his coaches look for?

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Chicago Bears - San Francisco 49ers

Bears begin prepping to face 49ers - Larry Mayer: Three days after their disappointing loss to the Bills in the season opener, the Bears return to the practice field to prepare for Sunday night’s road game against the 49ers.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak breaks down four keys to Sunday's match-up between the Bears and 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Game preview - Rich Campbell: Five storylines to follow as the Bears'[sic] prepare to play the 49ers

Bears hope to contain Kaepernick - Larry Mayer: The Bears know that they must contain Colin Kaepernick and the potent 49ers offense Sunday night to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2003.

Kaepernick to test Bears' discipline, skill - Not-Hub Fishbain: It’s no secret ploy that the Bears' plan is to work to keep Kaepernick between the tackles, which then puts the pressure on the Bears and their discipline.

Bears defenders confident they can contain 49ers - Rich Campbell: Why are the Bears optimistic about their ability to defend 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and the zone-read option? Moon Mullin: Mel Tucker: Zone-read wasn’t the problem vs Buffalo.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - How will Bears defense fare vs 49ers? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin talks Bears defense and Lance Briggs.

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry previews the Bears' Week 2 opponent, the 49ers, who feature a strong defense and a familiar face on the sideline.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: The 49ers are once again among the league’s elite and pose a huge challenge for the Bears this Sunday night in the inaugural game at Levi’s Stadium.

Know thy enemy - Paul Gutierrez: 49ers starting corners Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock not practicing.

[Video] Game preview - Jason Taylor talks Bears-Niners.  Is it a must-win game for the Bears. and can they defend the read option?

[Video] - Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer and Larry Mayer discuss the how the Bears will over come their opening loss on the first segment of Bears Roundtable.

[Video] - Roundtable pt.2: Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer and Larry Mayer discuss the Bears' O-line and the blocking ability of Matt Forte.

[Video] - Part 3: Joniak, Thayer and Mayer discuss the how the Bears will defend Colin Kaepernick and the read option.

[Video] - Part 4: The trio discuss the 49ers' new stadium and the challenges the Bears will face in their first road game.

49ers vs Bears: Under-the-radar players on each side of the ball - In case you missed it, our sister site NinersNation joined forces with Kev to take a look at unheralded players who could make an impact on Sunday.

Lance Briggs

Briggs not hitting panic button - Michael C. Wright: Lance Briggs said the criticism he’s received lately "doesn’t bother me at all" as he and the team focus on beating the 49ers. Patrick Finley: Briggs says he is not afraid to commit.

Briggs addresses off-the-field questions - Bob LeGere: Seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs is having to answer a lot of questions about his off-the-field behavior, especially after an unimpressive performance by the defense in last Sunday's season-opening loss.

Briggs, Bears out to prove doubters wrong - Dan Durkin: According to Briggs, there’s no shortage of confidence, and any outside noise about the team’s deficiencies are sources of motivation.

Angelo on Briggs - David Just: Jerry Angelo addressed reports that Lance Briggs was out partying until 4 a.m. Saturday morning, saying ‘You have to question his judgment, certainly his leadership.’

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Is age a concern for Bears? [KAPCON: 4]

Is Briggs on right track or laugh track with Bears? - David Haugh: There is no Bears player more likable than Briggs, but not even natural charisma can obscure the fact he hasn't been the same since Urlacher left. Circumstances changed. Has Briggs' approach? Is he all-in?

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Fishbain: Lance Briggs continues to take heat from the media after his actions last week, which some say questions his dedication to the team.


Expect Allen to bounce back vs 49ers - Adam L. Jahns: Jared Allen had a rather uneventful debut as a Bear, but history suggests they shouldn’t worry about their big offseason addition.

Briggs: Fans unfairly criticize Conte - Lance Briggs break down Chris Conte's interception and Fred Jackson's late run [with Video].

Hey, it wasn't just Cutler who was bad and stupid - Steve Rosenbloom: What kind of blame does Brandon Marshall deserve on the game-turning interception?

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were held out of Wednesday’s practice in advance of Week 2’s critical road game.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the challenges on the O-line, where injuries are a cause for concern.

Injury news - James Neveau: The Bears have four starters on offense dealing with injuries, but is it the O-line or the WR corps that's more effected [affected - Den] by the ailments?

Team notes - Adam Hoge with everything you need to know on a defensive-centric day at Halas Hall.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Bears shuffle the deck with receivers; DeCamillis not thrilled with return game production; injury news and other team notes.

Team notes - Not-Hub Arkush: Bears leaving for San Francisco one day early; Trestman expressed confidence that Cutler will learn from mistakes; Trestman consistent on players' behavior in wake of Ray Rice incident.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Bears down to one healthy receiver in practice; Slauson, Garza still out; film review kind to linebackers.

After Rice fallout, Trestman pushes good behavior to Bears - Dan Wiederer: Marc Trestman acknowledged Wednesday that the topic of off-field behavior continues to be prioritized, expecting the Bears to hold themselves to a higher standard of accountability.

[Audio] - Tim Jennings joins Adam Hoge and Jarrett Payton to break down a few plays in the game and discuss Lance Briggs missing a practice last week to open a restaurant.

Bears mailbag - Q: Will the Bears bench Cutler? Brad Biggs: /facepalm.

Polish sausage

The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: The NFL hoped and expected that after a stellar opening weekend of exciting games, the first real football action in seven months, the football world would be abuzz with chatter about the action. Good luck with that.

Robbie Gould: New NFL drug policy could be in place soon - Brad Biggs: The Bears' NFLPA rep says the NFL is close to putting a new drug policy in place that would enable them to begin testing for HGH.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Almost every talented receiver in the league now is compared to Calvin Johnson since he is the benchmark, so the discussion of whether or not his career ends in the Hall of Fame is starting to pick up some validity.

The most underrated sports video games of all time - SportsonEarth writers unearth the less heralded sports titles that could use a little more love.