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The Bears Den: September 09, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 2 news and notes

Did Marc Trestman's over-reliance on the passing game cost the Bears on Sunday?

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Trestman's questionable play calls cost Bears Sunday - James Neveau: The Bears' offense got off to a hot start on Sunday, but when Marc Trestman tried to get a bit fancier with things, the decision ended up costing the team.

No time to panic, but Bears must run the ball - Mike North: Marc Trestman needs to shore up the offensive strategy to protect the defensive flaws if they expect to finish with a winning season. Rich Campbell: Trestman not second-guessing his play-calling after heavy pass attack.

A little fire and passion from Trestman wouldn't hurt - Mike Imrem: The Bears could use a little more fire and it wouldn't hurt if once in a while a vein popped out of the neck of cerebral, composed, measured head coach Marc Trestman.

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Chicago Bears 20 - Buffalo Bills 23 (OT)

Disappointing loss stings a day later - Larry Mayer: To Marc Trestman and his players, the sting of the Bears’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills in Sunday's season opener had not subsided a day later.

[Audio] - The morning after a 23-20 loss to the Bills at Soldier Field to open the season, Bears coach Marc Trestman called the result "excruciating" in an interview on WBBM-780.

What we learned from loss to Bills - Larry Mayer: Four things we learned from the Bears' 23-20 overtime loss on Sunday at Soldier Field. Rich Campbell: What we learned about the Bears in Week 1.

Game review - Greg Gabriel with a look at the positives and negatives from Sunday's game.

Game review - Dan Durkin: This was a winnable game the Bears let slip away. The positive is there’s 15 games left in the season, but the way this game was lost was very reminiscent of last season.

Defense fed up with 'maybe’s,' has multiple run-stop issues - Moon Mullin: The Bears were badly gashed for two long runs because of players being in wrong gaps, taking wrong angles or simply reading and reacting too slowly. And they tackled poorly.

Bears stress there’s a lot of season left - Chris Emma: No game is more important than the next, the Bears continued to say, but this was one they desperately needed. The greater problem is that nothing seemed changed from their tumultuous 2013 season.

Game review - Dan Durkin: Marc Trestman took the podium after reviewing film and spoke about Cutler's interceptions, as well as defending the zone read.

Game grades - Brad Biggs: Jay Cutler can't make the grade with costly mistakes in loss to Bills; D-line didn't live up to offseason investments in opener.

Cutler, Conte deserve criticism, patience in loss - James Neveau: The Bears dropped a tough 23-20 decision to the Bills on Sunday, and while it may be tempting to heap blame upon Chris Conte and Jay Cutler, there were positives to take out of their performances...

They said it: Bears-Bills - What national publications had to say about the Bears' season-opening loss against the Bills in Chicago.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Is the Bears' Week 1 loss worrisome? [Is creepy uncle Mark Potash about to have an aneurysm? -Den] [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - Charles Tillman was mic'd up for the Bears over time loss to the Bills.

Photos - with a look inside the locker room ... from the sideline ... Bears-Bills photo gallery.


Bears' issues start with Jay Cutler - Michael C. Wright: If the Bears expect to succeed against San Francisco on the road Sunday night, Marc Trestman needs to administer some tough love to his $126 million QB.

Jay Cutler isn’t about to become a great QB - Rick Morrissey: At this stage of his career, he shouldn’t be making the mistake he made in the Bears’ brutal loss to the Bills in the season opener Sunday.

Cutler's reassurance comes off as hollow - Dan Wiederer: Jay Cutler's fourth-most productive passing day as a Bear soured with one bad decision, but was his proclaimation of "We're going to be fine" needed reassurance or hollow promise?

[Video] ESPN - Jim Basquil and Eric Allen talk about why Jay Cutler will always be Jay Cutler: Physically gifted QBs over-reliant on those gifts.

[Video] - David Haugh: I think Cutler regressed on Sunday. (Plus, things learned from Sunday's game.)

Dan Hampton: Time for Cutler to begin accepting Bears' blame - Hall of Famer joined the Kap & Haugh Show to discuss who should take responsibility for the 23-20 home defeat [with Audio].

Olin Kreutz: Jay Cutler trying to make plays is what Bears need - Former Bears center checked in with the Kap & Haugh Show to give his support for the Bears' franchise gunslinger [with Audio].

Cutler: 'I've got to do something better' - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler joins Waddle & Silvy for to break down the Week 1 loss to the Bills, his costly late interception and more. [Audio]


10 thoughts on the Bears - Brad Biggs: Turnovers, familiar mistakes do in Bears in season opener.

10 thoughts on the Bears - Mark Potash: The Bears are an 8-8, non-playoff team until they prove otherwise. Too many untimely errors. Too many holes to fill. Too many questions unanswered.

Injury news - Brad Biggs: How are the Bears handling injuries to four key offensive starters as they move toward Week 2?

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: In the wake of the injuries to Roberto Garza and Brian de la Puente, the Bears brought in Eben Britton on Monday for a visit at Halas Hall. Moon Mullin: Bears have already used short-term IR designation on Marquess Wilson.

Roster news - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears signed rookie safety Ahmad Dixon off the Vikings' practice squad and waived corner Demontre Hurst.

Defense has to adjust on fly - Jon Greenberg: The revamped defense failed its first test, particularly its woes against the zone read, and there's no relief in sight with the 49ers up next.

Game preview - Moon Mullin: Bears heading for rendezvous with dangerous 49ers offense, will be facing zone-read danger in three of the next four games. Patrick Finley: Colin Kaepernick offers more zone-read challenges for Bears’ ‘D’.

Tough loss behind them, Trestman gets Bears refocused - Bob LeGere: Marc Trestman and his team must refocus and prepare for a challenging trip to the West Coast to face a powerhouse 49ers team that has won 36 games over the previous three seasons.

Team notes - Jeff Dickerson: Marc Trestman alters travel schedule in Week 2 vs. 49ers.

[Video] Game preview - Jeff Dickerson talks about what the Bears are doing to prepare for their trip to San Francisco.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: High ankle sprains will sideline Roberto Garza, Matt Slauson; Bears sign Ahmad Dixon off Vikings’ practice squad.

[Video] - Mike North: If the Bears only manage to score 20 points a game like they did against the Bills, don't expect them to win many games.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Lamarr Houston sat down with Jeff Joniak to discuss joining the Bears and what he is looking forward to in 2014.


[Audio] Ditka - Mike Ditka recaps the Bears' loss to the Bills and Week 1 of the season.

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