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The Bears Den: September 17, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 3 news and notes

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Fuller has chance to shine, but losing Tillman hurts - Patrick Finley: Throwing rookies in the fire has long-term benefits, but the Bears were a better defense with Tillman than they will be without him. Ryan Baker: It's Fuller’s moment to shine now.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry Mayer discusses where Sunday night's win over the 49ers ranks among Bears comeback victories, how a San Francisco penalty resulted in first-and-one, and Kyle Fuller's college stats.

Lunch With Larry - Larry Mayer's weekly fan Q&A session. Q. Will Conte play Sunday? Larry: Not unless he gets traded.

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Still room for improvement after win - Larry Mayer: Marc Trestman liked a lot of what he saw while watching tape of the Bears’ thrilling comeback win over the 49ers. But there were also key areas the coach knows his team must improve.

Nothing bothers these Bears - Mini-Larry: Marc Trestman and Brandon Marshall explained how the team brushed aside distractions and injuries to earn a Week 2 win.

What we learned about Bears in Week 2 - Rich Campbell: Kyle Fuller is an impact player; Bears display mental toughness and confidence; Tillman’s soft tissue injury an inauspicious start for aging defense.

Cutler’s finest (half) hour - Dan Durkin: When Chicago needed its leader, its franchise QB the most, Cutler stood up and delivered.

Jay Cutler calm, cool, collected against 49ers - Dan Wiederer: Skewered after Week 1, beloved after Week 2. The Jay Cutler thrill ride continues.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Jay Cutler's composure most telling sign through two weeks; good chemistry through team.

History shows: Bears comeback 'W' points toward playoffs - Moon Mullin: In franchise history no Bears team has come from 17 points down on the road to win and failed to make that year’s playoffs.

[Video] - Lance Briggs breaks down defense from Bears' win vs 49ers.

Game grades - Adam Hoge's best- and worst-performing Bears from Sunday, and an X&Os breakdown on why it’s time to give Mel Tucker some credit.

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: Bears grade out poorly in big win over 49ers; Cutler, Marshall and Fuller saved the night.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's stock watch: Defense needs credit for keeping the Bears in the game, despite suffering a ton of injuries to key starters.

Game review - Laurence Holmes takes a look back at the game, and delivers a nod to Charles Tillman. Dale Bowman: Willie Young’s sack celebrations reel in responses.

Team notes - Not-Hub Arkush: Tackling, defensive assignments much improved vs Niners; run game a "very poor performance"; Trestman lauds resilience; roster news.

[Video] - Tom Thayer breaks down a few examples of Kyle Long's blocking in the Bears' victory over the 49ers in week 2.


Kyle Long 'embarrassed' by Bears ground game - Michael C. Wright: The offense took a major step backward running the ball against the 49ers, and faces the league's top run defense on Monday.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Will the Bears running game improve? [KAPCON: 4, possibly a 3]

Trestman shares blame for poor special teams play - Mike Mulligan: Composition of the roster has much to do with the strength of special teams, and Marc Trestman must shoulder some blame.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - What's wrong with the Bears' special teams? [KAPCON: 5]

Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday promoted Isaiah Frey and Rashad Ross from their practice squad and released Shaun Draughn, Matthew Mulligan and Chris Williams.

Rookie watch - Bob LeGere: First-round pick Kyle Fuller was one of the stars of Sunday night's victory over the 49ers, but he wasn't the only rookie who contributed to the Bears' win.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Who will replace Charles Tillman? [KAPCON: 5]

Perfect time to appreciate 'Peanut' - Mike Imrem: If this is the end for Peanut Tillman, the Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson cases make it the perfect time to point out what an asset he has been to his team, league and community.

Peanut the personality will be missed as much as Peanut the player - Tim Baffoe: The world of the Bears and their fans will be a heck of a lot more boring when he’s gone, less cosmopolitan, less funny, less creative and less dynamic.

Team notes - Dan Durkin: Shakeup at kick returner seems inevitable; Frey replaces Tillman on CB corps, Trestman maintains open door policy for Peanut; figuring out optimal DE rotation.

Team notes - Jeff Joniak: Young DBs have a lot to learn from Tillman; Fuller valuable draft pick at corner for Bears; return game stuttering; Bears have drawn the second most penalties from opponents.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Trestman's Bears live in the real world, are aware running game must improve; youth and inexperience factors on special teams; injury and roster news.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Bears know running game needs to improve; Conte among league leaders in INTs since 2012; roster news; sack stats.

[Video] - Kyle Long sits down with Jeff Joniak in studio to talk about his journey to the NFL, and the influence his father's HoF career has had on him.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Matt Forte's training program includes running uphill wind sprints. Anthony Adams runs the hill with him.

[Video] - Dick Butkus recalls growing up on Chicago's South Side and some of his fondest Bear memories.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Ten Bears alumni play the role of GM as they conduct their fantasy football draft at Bears headquarters.

Photos - with a look at the 10 most memorable wins on "Monday Night Football."

Brandon Marshall on E:60 profile: 'They lied to me' - Charlie Roumeliotis: Says he was misled into believing the story would surround a camp he had attended two years ago.

Ex-Bear news - (CBS) Brian Urlacher explains decision to step down from role as an NFL analyst at Fox Sports, talks about Tillman's injury [with Audio]. Rick Telander: Urlacher craves action, not TV talk.


Ditka - Ditka on off-field issues, Jay Cutler's leadership, and the loss of Charles Tillman.

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Know thy enemy: Vikings - (AP) Vikings reverse course, bar Adrian Peterson from all team activities until legal issues are resolved ... Ryan Wilson: Team didn't use 'due process' excuse when they cut player last year ... Robert Klemko: Vikings not alone in turning a blind eye and a deaf ear.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Are NFL players as bad as they are portrayed?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: A few thoughts on the Vikings' 30-7 loss to the Patriots ... Vikings' day turns on Cassel's mistakes.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: A few thoughts on the Packers' 31-24 win over the Jets ... Clay Matthews wasted in new 4-3 OLB role?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: A few thoughts on the Lions' 24-7 loss to the Panthers ... Taking away Tate hurt offense,