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The Bears Den: September 19, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 3 news and notes

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'Yo, Adrian!' Like 'Rocky,' Bears begin to define identity - Moon Mullin: That identity involved playing suddenly elusive "Bears football," the exact nature of which players and coaches admitted hadn’t been established through a halting preseason and bumbling opening loss to the Bills.

Frey’s move back to nickel is ‘second nature’ - Mark Potash: Isaiah Frey’s experience at nickel allows Kyle Fuller to start at corner and Tim Jennings to play corner full-time.

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Chicago Bears - New York Jets

Bears begin prepping to battle Jets - Larry Mayer: Four days after their exhilarating comeback win over the 49ers, the Bears return to the practice field Thursday to prepare for Monday night’s road game against the Jets.

Seven Bears sit at Thursday practice - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears still have two more days of practice before the team departs for the New York/New Jersey area on Sunday afternoon.

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry: The Jets bring a strong run game into a matchup with the Bears, but may have trouble dealing with Chicago's passing attack.

Game preview - Not-Hub Fishbain with a look at how the two teams match up in key areas.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Roster and injury notes as the Bears prepare for the New York Jets,

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Rushing attack will face tough test vs Jets; Rex Ryan has good memories of Santonio Holmes; injury and roster news.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears shift focus to Jets' stellar rushing attack; injury update.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Santonio Holmes makes a point to tune out former team; Trestman not concerned about Marshall's focus for Monday; injury news.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Bears prepare to face NFL's top rushing offense and rushing defense; injury updates.

Photos - Photos of the Bears at practice preparing for the Jets on MNF.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak breaks down four keys to the Bears' week 3 match-up with the Jets in New Jersey on Monday Night Football.

Know thy enemy - Jeff Fedotin: Is Dee Milliner, self-proclaimed best cornerback in the NFL, a complete bust? Jets hold out hope ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft can bolster beleaguered secondary.

X&Os - Andrew Garda: How did the Jets hold the Packers to nine points for almost an entire half Sunday and why were the Packers able to come back?

[Video] - Trailer for the Bears' week 3 match-up with the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Bears history - Not-Hub Fishbain with a look back at some of the Bears’ memorable games in the Meadowlands against both the Giants and Jets.

Brandon Marshall news conference

Marshall discusses domestic violence - Larry Mayer: During a 40-minute press conference Thursday, Brandon Marshall expressed disappointment that ESPN didn't present both sides of the story and lied to him about an old feature that was re-aired this week.

Marshall: Don't rush to judge players - (ESPN): Brandon Marshall spoke out about domestic violence in the NFL, urging people not to rush to judgment before they hear both sides of a story.

Marshall news conference - Michael C. Wright and Jeff Dickerson live-reporting from the press conference.

Brandon Marshall goes after ESPN for pouring salt on old wounds - Bob LeGere: Brandon Marshall vented for 40 minutes on Thursday, specifically about what he considered an unfair portrayal of him by ESPN, but he touched on several other topics as well.

Marshall defends himself against past domestic violence accusations, rips ESPN - (CBS) Demands apology from ESPN, saying the outlet "sensationalized" the story and framed the narrative against him by not using any of the documents available to it that would have supported him.

Marshall says domestic violence is a problem in all of society, not just NFL - Patrick Finley: Brandon Marshall’s 40-minute news conference Thursday was nuanced, emotional and, at times, bizarre.

Marshall goes on defensive - Not-Hub Arnold: WR says domestic violence is more than NFL problem,

Marshall details long, long past with domestic violence - Rick Telander: Marshall seemed more interested in setting his own story straight than in condemning the epidemic of domestic violence now wracking the NFL.

Marshall had a point — he just lost it - Adam Hoge: ESPN was lazy and unfair. And Brandon Marshall had a point. Unfortunately, that point was lost Thursday at Halas Hall, and it was Marshall’s own doing.

Why did Brandon Marshall do that? - Steve Rosenbloom: If Marshall wanted to portray himself as an example of change -- and that opportunity was there -- he blew it by careening into woe-is-me and I-hate-ESPN.

What is Marshall trying to prove? - Hub-Arkush: When it comes to Brandon Marshall, the real issue is forgiveness. He should have just let the whole thing go. [Video] 'Confusing' message.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - What was Brandon Marshall trying to accomplish?  Was it all about his brand?  [KAPCON: 5]  Moon Mullin: Three takes on Marshall's Thursday presentation.

Brandon Marshall wants his name back - John Kass: Gloria Allred reached into Brandon Marshall's painful past to make the  receiver into a weapon against Roger Goodell, as if all Marshall has done to rehabilitate himself doesn't matter. Marshall has a reason to talk about it at all.

Marshall furthers dialogue on abuse issue - David Haugh: To dismiss the valid points Marshall made because he lacked diplomacy or brevity during his occasionally self-serving stream-of-consciousness meanderings would be wrong. The issue is complex, and the answer is to keep talking.

[Video] - Brandon Marshall's press conference in its entirety. (CBS) transcript.

[Video] ESPN - The 2009 Outside the Lines story that's angered Marshall, in which John Barr reports on his alleged violent past and the response from the Broncos and the NFL.

NFL Network film focuses on Marshall's turnaround - Ed Sherman: NFL Network's "A Football Life" at 8 p.m. Friday examines Marshall’s turbulent career and his battle to overcome borderline personality disorder, rather than ESPN's focus on previous issues.


Roster news - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears used their final open roster spot to re-sign cornerback Demontre Hurst, the team announced on Thursday.

Why you can't call Cutler an elite QB - Mike North: It's fun to speculate, but we can't put Jay Cutler in that category. He's very capable but his inconsistencies don't spell elite to me. Just when you think he has everything down pat, he plays a poor game.

[Video] - Hines Ward breaks down Jay Cutler's 'gutsy' performance in San Francisco.

The best NFL QBs in the two-minute drill - Keith Goldner's advanced analytics finds Jay Cutler listed among both the best individual-game performances and the best performers at crunch time since 2000.

Xs&Os - Dan Durkin: Kyle Fuller’s second interception really showed this rookie is savvy beyond his years and playing experience.

Bears mailbag - Q: Will Michael Ola make Matt Slausen[sic] expendable? Brad Biggs: /facepalm.

[Video] Bears mailbag - Mark Potash and Adam L. Jahns with a readers' Q&A session. Will Brian de la Puente retain the starting center role?

Stats & Info - (CBS): Advanced projection model put Bears' playoff chances at 40%.

Ex-Bear news - Randy Hollis: 37 years later, former BYU star Jim McMahon finishes up requirements for graduation.

Bears history - Josh Katzowitz: Seventy-five years ago, eventual Hall of Famer Sid Luckman had a big decision to make: NFL or trucking business?

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Ex-Bear news - Chris Strauss: Devin Hester got a ridiculous penalty on his record-setting TD return in which he broke Deion Sanders' long-standing mark. Adam Hoge: 'Wasn't happy' last years in Chicago.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Mike Triplett and Ben Goessling preview Vikings vs Saints. Marc SesslerVikings release Jerome Simpson after third off-the-field incident since 2012.

Know thy enemies - Michael Rothstein and Rob Demovsky: Lions-Packers is a rivalry filled with dirtbags, scumbags, stomps and a winning streak going on longer than some NFL rookies have been alive. And that is just the past few decades.