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The Bears Den: September 30, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 5 news & Bears-Packers notes

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Bears' depth, coaching tested again - Barry Rozner: The Bears have been hit hard by injuries, but so have numerous other teams. It becomes a matter of coaches coaching and talent evaluators being able to evaluate. Are the Bears good enough at both?

Bears' issues started, but didn't end, with D-line - Is-Hub Arkush: The Packers may have exposed some things that have been brewing below the surface, and the answers to them might not be on the roster.

10 thoughts on the Bears - Mark Potash: We’re past the point of blaming Jay Cutler for every Bears offensive flaw: This one’s on Marc Trestman. Plus, nine more thoughts after Bears’ loss to the Packers:

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Bears pass rush woes against Aaron Rodgers

Lack of pass rush key factor in loss - Larry Mayer: After watching tape of Sunday’s 38-17 loss to the Packers, Marc Trestman reiterated Monday that a lack of pressure on Aaron Rodgers led to the Bears’ demise.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Arkush: Where was the Bears pass rush?

Game review - Dan Durkin's impressions from Bears-Packers.  Why didn't the Bears blitz more to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers?

Not blitzing Rodgers worked for Lions, not Bears - Patrick Finley: Marc Trestman defended the decision not to blitz Aaron Rodgers often, even if it’s hard to imagine the defense could’ve done any worse.

Did 'continuity' doom Bears? - Moon Mullin: Significantly altering scheme may not have changed the error of the defense's ways, just change the ways of their errors, but how did the Bears' win-with-offense philosophy factor into the thinking?

Trestman: Bears gave Rodgers too much time - Rich Campbell: What lessons from Sunday can the Bears apply to their November rematch against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?

Bears miss Allen's presence vs Packers - Bob LeGere: Jared Allen's return welcome sight for a team that put almost no pass-rush pressure on Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's defeat.

X&Os - Matt Bowen breaks down Aaron Rodgers’ second TD pass to Randall Cobb versus "zero" pressure.

Chicago Bears 17, Green Bay Packers 38

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the Bears' sloppy 38-17 loss to the Packers.

What we learned in loss to Packers - Larry Mayer discusses four things he learned in Sunday's disappointing loss to the Packers at Soldier Field.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears offense strong, not enough to beat Packers.

Game review - James Neveau: The Bears blew a golden chance to make a statement in the NFC North Sunday, but there were some positives to be gleaned from their loss to the Packers.

Game review - Greg Gabriel with the good and the bad from Sunday. (CBS): Stats & info from Bears-Packers.

Game review - Adam Hoge takes a look at the play that led to Alshon Jeffery's TD, shares his highest- and lowest-graded Bears of the game, and thoughts from Sunday. Game officials had a bad day.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Following Lions' blueprint of zone coverage and rushing Aaron Rodgers with only four didn't work; Alshon Jeffery's end-around fake could be used again; Bears to re-evaluate Brandon Marshall's ankle.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Disappointing defense needed more help from offense; Kyle Fuller on rough introduction to Aaron Rodgers; Ka’Deem Carey's debut a bright spot.

Game notes - James Neveau: Poor officiating, pass coverage cost Bears; Cutler's acting helped sell Jeffery TD play.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Bears have Rams to thank for creative TD play; Martellus Bennett still confident he had scored on the final play of first half; Jared Allen update.

Team notes - Dan Durkin: Lapses in fundamentals and communication plagued Bears on both sides of the ball; Martellus Bennett on near-TD; Jared Allen back at Halas Hall.

Trestman: Can't pin Cutler's 2nd INT on Marshall - Jeff Dickerson: Marc Trestman says duo have flexibility to adjust routes, says interception was due to miscommunication on the signal. Patrick Finley: Unlikely to rest Marshall on Sunday, unless ankle deteriorates.

Olin Kreutz disagrees with Trestman calling out Marshall - Former Bears center joined "Kap and Haugh" and said he would prefer to see Trestman keep that a little more in-house; also had problems with officiating in Sunday's game [with Video].

Game grades - Brad Biggs: Willie Young, Lamarr Houston unable to create havoc as no pass rush put secondary in compromising position.

Game grades - James Neveau: Bears' run defense was solid, but how badly did their pass defense hurt their grade in Sunday's game against the Packers?

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright's game ball goes to Martellus Bennett, who had a career day in the passing game.

[Audio] Trestman: ‘Very disappointing loss’ - With a day to reflect, Marc Trestman didn’t feel any better about his team’s 38-17 loss the the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field.

[Video] - Robbie Gould discusses Bears’ loss to Packers.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Charles Tillman joins the panel to discuss the loss to the Packers. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] SportsTalk Live - How big of a problem is the Soldier Field turf? [KAPCON: 4]

[Video] - Charles Tillman joins Pat Boyle to break down the Bears' loss on Sunday, talk about officiating ("It was terrible.") and turf at Soldier Field, and previews Bears-Panthers.

[Video] - Dan Hampton joins "Kap and Haugh" to break down Sunday's loss.

[Video] - Alshon Jeffery was mic'd up during the Bears' loss to the Packers Sunday.

Photos - Inside the locker room ... view from the sideline ... photo journal.

Martellus Bennett

Monday with Martellus: TE puts unique spin on Bears' loss - Dan Wiederer with a sampling of Bennett’s most notable thoughts from Monday. "500 yards and 17 points don't go together. It's like having dessert before dinner."

Bennett off to best start of career - Jeff Dickerson: Despite playing with a torn MCL and separated shoulder, Martellus Bennett set career bests in receptions (65) and receiving yards (759) last season while also catching five TD passes.

[Video] ESPN - Eric Allen discusses Martellus Bennett's statement that he played with injuries during much of his productive 2013 season.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak sits down with Martellus Bennett on Bears Confidential.


Cutler not telling fans to relax - Michael C. Wright: The Bears play three of the next four on the road before their Nov. 2 bye, and Jay Cutler offered no assurances the club would bounce back.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: The consensus was that the Bears would likely be 2-2 at this point of their season. How they got there, however, is perhaps cause for some concern.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Martellus Bennett played through injuries in 2013; Jared Allen back to working out after illness; more notes.

Bulls best pay attention to Bears' season - Mike Imrem: As the Bulls open training camp, some comparisons can be drawn between them and the Bears. They aren't encouraging at this point.

Cutler figured he was off to Washington - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler on Monday confirmed a recent report he thought a reunion with Mike Shanahan in Washington in 2009 "was a done deal."


[Audio] - Ditka talks about the performance of the Bears this season, the pros and cons that come with being a coach and more.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky with a few thoughts on the Packers' 38-17 win over the Bears ... Takeaways save Packers' defense ... Packers' run defense bottoms out.

Know thy enemy: Vikings 41, Falcons 28 - Game report and [Video] highlights from Ben Goessling: Rapid Reaction ... Offense opens up with Teddy Bridgewater.

Know thy enemy: Lions 24. Jets 17 - Game report and [Video] highlights from Michael Rothstein: Rapid Reaction ... Golden Tate proved he can be a primary option ... Nickel defensive wrinkle proves effective.

Laugh at the Lions - Troy Machir: Nate Burleson (pizza). Stephen Tulloch (sack celebration). Lions players just can't get out of their own way, and we can now add Joseph Fauria (urinating puppy) to that list.