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As of right now, there’s no clever name to call this feature. The hope was to find something cool like colleague Kevin Seifert’s "Black and Blue All Over" staple on the NFC North blog, but nothing comes to mind right now.
So let’s keep this thing unnamed until we find something we can deal with on a day-to-day basis. Obviously, this is an attempt to get input from you guys on our daily look at the headlines involving the Chicago Bears. We want this to be a one-stop shop every day where you guys can take in a nice-sized sampling of Bears news. “Bear bites?” “Bear of a breakfast?” See what I mean? I’ve got nothing.
Anyway, let’s go.
-- CSNChicago.com’s John “Moon” Mullins ponders whether this year’s preseason performance by the Bears has provided less perspective on where they are than other seasons. Mullins takes it back to 2012 to explain his point, writing: “The four preseason Bears opponents -- Carolina, San Diego, Oakland, Cleveland -- all had losing records in 2012. The Chargers and Browns fired coaches after the season; the Panthers and Raiders could after this one unless fortunes change.”
“Doubters didn’t trust the 7-1 start last season because of the quality of opponent. Trusting the positives this preseason might be viewed through the same prism.”
I tend to agree with Moon here, but not solely because of Chicago’s bad preseason opponents. I keep going back to the fact that Jay Cutler is in a contract year, playing in his fourth offense in five seasons with a new head coach in Marc Trestman, not to mention a couple of potentially explosive personalities to manage in receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Martellus Bennett. Everything’s good now between Cutler, Bennett and Marshall. But what happens when those guys aren’t getting the ball and the Bears aren’t successful on offense? After all, they'll face some adversity.
It’s also natural to be concerned about the right side of the line, where the Bears will likely go into the regular season with a pair of rookies in Kyle Long and Jordan Mills. Sure, they’ve played solid football throughout the preseason. But inevitably, those rookies will face some adversity. How will they bounce back, and how will Cutler handle that?
-- Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times takes a look at some of the blitzes the Bears employed against the Raiders.
-- The Chicago Tribune’s Fred Mitchell says the Bears showed a sliver of their potential against the Raiders. Basically for the Bears on defense, nothing has changed.
-- Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times takes a position-by-position look at some of the battles for final roster spots.