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The Bears Den: September 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 3 news and notes


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Ezra Shaw

Bears' defense takes step in right direction - Bob LeGere: The defense did at least as much as the offense to win the 49ers game, an early indication that this group is capable of making the nightmarish 2013 D a distant memory.

Ferguson, Sutton making early impact - Adam L. Jahns: Not only does D-line coach Paul Pasqualoni completely trust his two rookies when they are called upon, but the Bears are confident enough to play them together, too.

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Chicago Bears - New York Jets

Game preview - Steve Silverman looks at how the teams match up.

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry: Previewing the Bears' Week 3 opponent, the New York Jets, who are led by their up and coming QB and ferocious defense.

Know thy enemy - Mark Potash: Defending Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will be arguably the key matchup for a Jets defense that is unsettled at best in the secondary.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin with everything you ever wanted to know about the Jets but were afraid to ask.  Young Jets secondary preparing to battle Bears’ ‘monsters’.

O-line has eyes on Jets DT Sheldon Richardson - Patrick Finley: At 6-3, 294 pounds, the reigning defensive rookie of the year anchors a 3-4 front that has allowed 105 rushing yards, fewest in the NFL.

View from the enemy - Brad Biggs: Former 2,000-yard back Chris Johnson prepares to face Bears, doesn't see them as a 'bad defense'.

[Video] ESPN - Jon Gruden looks forward to how this guy and this guy's offense will match up against that guy's defense on Monday Night Football.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - What to expect from Bears vs Jets? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - Tom Thayer and Larry Mayer preview the Bears' prime time match up with the Jets in New Jersey on Monday Night Football.

Rex Ryan denies reports of Santonio Holmes disrupting team - Michael C. Wright: Jets head coach on Wednesday disputed the notion that Santonio Holmes was a divisive player in the locker room during his tenure there.

The 10 most Jets moments in Jets history - SportsonEarth: Same old Jets. How many times have we heard that phrase uttered, no matter how many new ways New York's long-beleaguered franchise find to shoot themselves in the foot?

Brandon Marshall

GM: Marshall has Bears' full support - Larry Mayer: After a lawyer rehashed allegations from nine years ago against Brandon Marshall, Phil Emery released a strongly-worded statement in support of the receiver.

Marshall’s past revisited as Gloria Allred blasts NFL - Adam L. Jahns: Attorney claims league, Roger Goodell did not properly investigate Marshall’s incidents with ex-girlfriend Rasheedah Watley, which led to arrests in 2007 and 2008 when he was with the Denver Broncos.

Brandon Marshall still can't escape his past - Dan Wiederer: When domestic violence topics surface around the league, Marshall’s name often gets lifted from the footnotes, his turbulent past including a pile-up of domestic incidents that nearly derailed his career.

Attorney sideshow distracts from NFL abuse issue - David Haugh: Reasonable people can abhor domestic violence and still object to Allred dredging up an incident from seven years ago which does not provide fair or accurate context for judging Marshall in the present, which Allred invited America to do now without acknowledging the different person he has become.


Mundy brings experience, winning background to Bears' safeties - Patrick Finley: Marc Trestman likes the fact that Ryan Mundy knows how to practice like champions practice from his time with the Steelers, and he does it every day.

Fuller wins DPOTW - Larry Mayer: Kyle Fuller has been named the NFC defensive player of the week for his performance in Sunday night’s comeback win over the 49ers, the first Bears rookie corner to win the award.

Rookie watch - Moon Mullin: Rarely has a draft class made as dramatic a collective statement as the defensive members of the 2014 class made last Sunday night,

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the cornerback situation after Charles Tillman's injury.

Tillman remains bullish about Bears - Rich Campbell: Charles Tillman said he must wait to determine whether surgery is required to repair his triceps. In the meantime, his focus will transition to helping the Bears in any capacity.

Tillman’s injury could mean the end of his Bears’ career — again - Patrick Finley: Charles Tillman sounded much the same as he did last year, encouraged by his own play but unsure about his future with the team.

[Video] - Lance Briggs, Rashied David on Charles Tillmans' leadership and options going forward.

Bears want Willie Young to go fishin’ more often - Moon Mullin: Willie Young doesn’t have a sack dance. He does, however, take advantage of sacks to work on his casting techniques – "casting," as in fishing. And "techniques," plural.


Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Wednesday signed Chris Williams, TE Blake Allen and CB Jordan Sullen to their practice squad. Bears saw movie before road game.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson and Jon Greenberg on whether the Bears' running game is a concern, Tillman's place in team history, how much dropoff there will be with Fuller replacing him, and if special teams will cost the Bears at least one game.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As.  Is Willie Young the real deal, and which starters are in a contract year?

Football Outsiders - Jay Cutler’s performance wasn’t the best of Week 2. But it was probably the most fascinating.

Xs&Os - Matt Bowen breaks down Brandon Marshall's third touchdown that gave the Bears an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

Game reviews - Greg Gabriel: If the Bears had lost this game and started 0-2, it would have been difficult for Chicago to get back into the NFC North race; Matthew Stafford is overrated.

[Video] - D.J. Williams was mic'd up Sunday for the Bears victory over the 49ers.

Harris adjusting to new role with Bears - Mini-Larry: Chris Harris, the Bears' defensive quality control coach and former safety, talks about his life on the sideline after a career on the field.

[Video] '85 Bears still draw a crowd - Jay Hilgenberg, Tom Thayer, Emery Moorehead and Matt Suhey reminisced about that famous year for an audience that remembers it well.

George McCaskey enjoys the anonymity of life far from Chicago - Not-Hub Arnold: In a NFL front office world filled with big personalities and sometimes even bigger egos, McCaskey holds down his leadership role with the Bears with the same small-town values he and his family have found in their rural community.

Polish sausage

The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: Other factors, and other people, influence the league's decisions, and the NFL owners also deserve some of blame currently being heaped on Roger Goodell.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Adrian Peterson's relationship with the team that drafted him has been permanently changed, and the question now is how much longer it will last. Jason La Canfora: Vikings may try to terminate deal.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Clay Matthews wants to be known as more than just a pass rusher, and thinks his new role will help him accomplish that.

Bears Lions doing good things - Kenley Young: Ziggy Ansah to help homeless musician who lost trombone in mugging.

Ex-Bear news - Last spring, Tim Shaw learned why his body was weakening before his 30th birthday: He has Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In his own words, his plan for boldly living a full life.

NFL health & safety - Linda Carroll: Could brain injuries be behind the NFL rap sheet?

NFL player arrests since 2000 - USA Today with a database of NFL player arrests since 2000 (tip: you can sort by team to revisit some Bears history).

NFL players Simpsonized - Tip o' the hat to David Taylor.