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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Behind Enemy Lines: Bears links

By John Keim

Jay Cutler’s demeanor has been picked apart since he entered the NFL and especially with Chicago. But that’s not the case this season, writes ESPN.com’s Mike Wright.

Even Cutler acknowledged this on his weekly radio show on ESPN 1000. He’s clearly in a good spot in both his professional and private life.

“I like the situation I’m in right now with the coaches. Marc Trestman, (Matt Cavanaugh), (Aaron Kromer), all those guys are doing a great job of getting this team offensively where we need to be. Offensive line, I can’t say enough about them. I think they’re the biggest byproduct of where we are offensively,” Cutler said. “We brought in Martellus Bennett, some other guys around us. We’ve got (Brandon Marshall), Alshon (Jeffery), Earl (Bennett), Matt Forte, (Michael) Bush, all those guys are playing well.”

*Where is Julius Peppers? The 33-year-old defensive end is off to a quiet start. With Chicago’s defensive line banged-up, the Bears need more from him.

*An early injury report. The good news for Chicago is that defensive tackle Stephen Paea might return this week. The Bears have been hit hard by injuries along the front and also by players out of position.

*Rookie linebacker Jonathan Bostic takes over for injured D.J. Williams. Bostic made some plays; he’s still learning.

*The Bears’ defensive line, in flux because of injuries, hasn’t produced enough this season. But it was effective in setting up an interception, writes old pal Rich Campbell, former Redskins beat writer now with the Chicago Tribune.

*A look at some defensive woes, from their game against the Giants but also throughout the season. The Bears give up big pass plays.