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The Bear's Den: September 14, 2016

"I'd just like to point out that every newspaper in the country has picked us to finish last. The local press seems to think that we'd save everyone the time and trouble if we just went out and shot ourselves. Me? I'm for wasting sportswriters' time." Lou Brown, legendary coach...

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Fishbain: All-22 Slideshow Chicago Bears' offense starts hot, struggles late in loss to Houston Texans - Pro Football Weekly - Using the All-22 camera angle, we see how the Bears succeeded early on in Week One

Perez: Pro Football Focus names Bears LB Jerrell Freeman to NFL Team of the Week | Bears Wire - Pro Football Focus identified Bears LB Jerrell Freeman's performance against the Texans as one of the best from Week 1 in the NFL

Mullen: Kevin White struggles; Alshon's unneccessary yards; Whitehair a positive | CSN Chicago - John Mullin's notebook from Bears-Texans includes a struggling Kevin White, Alshon Jeffery maybe catching too many passes, and Cody Whitehair's debut.

LeGere: Chicago Bears defense new and improved? Not yet - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears' "new and improved" defense was trumpeted often in the off-season, but it didn't look much better in Sunday's season-opening, 23-14 loss to the Texans. For every positive, there was at least one negative.

Biggs: Lack of pass rush against Texans stands out - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears sacked Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler twice Sunday, but otherwise he worked in a mostly clean pocket.

Campbell: NFL reveals Bears-Packers color rush uniform combinations - Chicago Tribune - The "color rush" game between the Bears and Packers on Oct. 20 won't be rough on the eyes, at least as far as the uniforms are concerned.

Brad Biggs Annoying Slide Show: NFL power rankings for Week 2 - Chicago Tribune - With Week 1 in the books, who is No. 1 in the NFL? The Tribune's Brad Biggs ranks 'em all (previous week’s ranking in parentheses). Ken's Note: C'mon Brad, know know we love you, but slideshows are like medieval ugly dudes, totally bogus and non-triumphant!

Jahns: Film Study - Leonard Floyd's versatility on display in first start - Chicago Sun-Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 23-14 loss against the Texans in Week 1.

Da Coach on Cutler, Cubs, Kaepernick and ... pot - Chicago Sun-Times - Four Downs With Ditka.

Emma: John Fox Admits Fault In Failing To Challenge Pivotal Play In Bears’ Loss To Texans - CBS Chicago - Fox made it known that there was a mistake on the Bears' end.

Boden: Bears In-Foe - a well-rested Eagles D to face Bears Monday night - CSN Chicago - The Eagles defense was on the field for less than 21 minutes in a Week 1 win against the Browns and will be rested for the Bears.

Mullen: Upon further review, John Fox would have thrown the challenge flag - CSN Chicago - If Bears head coach John Fox had to do it all over again, he would have thrown the challenge flag after a crucial third down conversion by the Houston Texans in Week 1.

Rosendoom: John Fox's second straight season of 'What's My Line' is going to injure Jay Cutler - Chicago Tribune - John Fox can’t make a major move on his offensive line the week the season starts unless he can coach it well enough to deliver a professional performance.

Fishbain: John Fox on Leonard Floyd's debut and the missed challenge - Pro Football Weekly - Fox recaps what he observed from analyzing the Bears' opener

Performance Metrics Week 1 - - takes a look at key performers, stats and game notes from the 23-14 loss to the Texans at NRG Stadium.

Perez: John Fox indirectly blames Bears’ coaching staff for Week 1 loss - Bears Wire - Bears coach John Fox pointed to the Texans' ability to adjust in the second half as a key reason for the team's Week 1 loss.

Mullen: Young Bears needing steady hand from Jay Cutler - CSN Chicago - The Bears have a lot of youth on their offense and all those inexperienced players are looking toward Jay Cutler for leadership.

Potash: Glenn, Hall could push Kyle Fuller at cornerback - Chicago Sun-TimesFuller figures to keep his starting job when he returns. But, with a lot to prove, his leash might be that much shorter.

Jahns: Kyle Long on shoulder after Texans game: 'I can play football' | Chicago Sun-Times - Bears right guard Kyle Long is playing with a shoulder injury.

Mullen: Young Bears needing steady hand from Jay Cutler - CSN Chicago - The Bears have a lot of youth on their offense and all those inexperienced players are looking toward Jay Cutler for leadership.

Lunch with Larry 9.13.16 - - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discussed the Bears season opening loss, wide receivers, offensive line and the week ahead.

Mayer: Fox says Bears had opportunities to win - - After studying tape of Sunday's season-opening loss to the Texans, coach John Fox said he felt the Bears are "really close" but still have a lot of work to do.

Perez: Bears vs. Eagles 2016 odds: Chicago favored by 3 in home opener - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are early favorites for their Week 2 Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles

Finley: Bears O-line knows 'house is on fire,' searches for answers - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ offensive line needs time. And they don’t have it.

Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Season 2, Episode 6: Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Texans (1:45 mark), talk about going out of bounds (21:54), discuss offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and preview Week 2's matchup with the Eagles and rookie QB Carson Wentz.

NFL Power Rankings: Just how bad are the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where various NFL "experts" rank the Chicago Bears in their NFL Power Rankings.

Zeglinski: Bearish and Bullish Week 1, Chicago Bears vs Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - We have the first Stock Report of the season... Come see who we're bearish on, and who is categorized as bullish.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - 1) What a fun opening week of NFL football. We saw numerous games come down to the wire, the Oakland Raiders went for the win with a 2 point conversion, three quarterbacks threw for 4 touchdowns,...


Sherman: The Los Angeles Rams still haven’t scored since 1994 - - A 22-year scoring drought continues.

Maske: Roger Goodell says officials 'missed at least one' illegal hit on Cam Newton, discipline coming - Chicago Tribune- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged Monday that the game officials "missed at least one" illegal hit on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Ken's Note: Ya think?


Chassen: Eagles are still trying to replace franchise kicker David Akers - Bleeding Green Nation - It's been six years since the franchise kicker was released and the team is still trying to find his replacement.

Dickerson: Can Chicago Bears stop the Carson Wentz hype? - ESPN - QB Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick, won in his debut against the Browns, but the Bears should present a stiffer challenge on defense.

Day: Jaguars vs. Packers, Who was at fault for each sack in Week 1? - Big Cat Country - The offensive line did pretty good in the regular season opener, all things considered. Ken's Note: Here's another team's SACKWATCH to get you by until Lester spills the beans on our own Sackwatch horrorfest.


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