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SEATTLE — It was only a preseason game. But it was brutal. The Bears limped home with a lot of work to do after a 34-6 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Friday night. ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:38:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ flop at Seattle is reason to be afraid ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — You hate to make any sweeping judgments off the Bears’ preseason game Friday night because the Seattle Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions and Russell Wilson can make any defense look bad, but . . . OH, MY GOD!!! The wide-open Seahawks receivers! The out-of-position Bears defenders! The stupid penalties! The horror! OK, I feel better for venting. Actually, no, I don’t. The Bears will tell you that their first-team defense is a work in progress, but when you think about it, so is a compost heap. That’s how bad the ‘‘revamped’’ ‘D’ looked Friday night in a 34-6 … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:22:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jay Cutler sacked twice, Chris Conte leaves with concussion in blowout loss ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Before the Bears even left for Seattle, coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler did their best to dissuade any measuring-stick contentions about their exhibition against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Friday. And it was the same message they tried conveying after getting blown out 34-6 – highlighted by the Seahawks’ 31-0 rampage in the first half when the starters played – at CenturyLink Field. “We got to look at this game as it was,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We went on the road. We didn’t start fast. We allowed the home team to take this … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:12:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears on the bubble taking nothing for granted ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Kelvin Hayden has spent the last 10 years of his life defending the pass. He might spend the next 20 encouraging it — in the fast lane, trying to get packages to Indiana, Michigan and Missouri on time. The Bears cornerback has founded Double H Logistics, a trucking company based in Chicago that serves as an independent contractor for UPS. When Hayden’s cousin, Ben Henderson, a truck driver, became disillusioned with the business, Hayden asked him what he’d do if he had his own rig. He’d spend more time with his son, a football prospect about to enter … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:21:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ 10 Bears to watch vs. Seahawks ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Answers to two of the Bears’ biggest questions might come in their smallest package. Chris Williams — all 5-8 of him, though that listing is generous — returned to practice this week from an injured right hamstring. On Friday against the Seattle  Seahawks, he’ll resume his bid to make the team as a receiver and return man. The Bears need both. They were so unhappy with the competition at those spots that they released receiver/returner Eric Weems last week and signed receiver ­Santonio Holmes and specialist Darius  Reynaud. Where Williams fits amid the roster math is ‘‘out of … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jimmy Clausen is the favorite, but Jordan Palmer still in hunt ]]> Lead story image

With his youth, skills and apparent ability to learn quickly, Jimmy Clausen still looks like the favorite to win the Bears’ backup-quarterback job. He just gives coach Marc Trestman more to work with. “I feel great,” Clausen said when asked about his progress in the preseason. “I feel like I’ve come a long way, being here for a few weeks during OTAs and then training camp. I feel real comfortable with the offense.” But veteran Jordan Palmer can’t be counted out, especially after he led two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lead the Bears to victory against the … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:40:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shea McClellin getting ‘more comfortable’ at linebacker ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — When it comes to turning Shea McClellin into an NFL-worthy linebacker after two seasons as a hand-in-the-dirt end, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker offers a simple solution. “Just keep playing,” Tucker said. That’s it? “Just keep playing,” Tucker said. “I thought he took a step forward in this last game [against the Jacksonville Jaguars]. That was just a week. He’s got a passion for the game. He’s talented. He’s tough.” It’s apparent that McClellin still is learning the nuances of the position, and the Bears’ exhibition ­Friday against the Seattle ­Seahawks could be quite a learning experience. But the … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:40:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: Drafting Ray Rice should give owners pause ]]> Lead story image

A Bears fan awaits his turn to make his first-round pick in a fantasy-football draft. He has the sixth pick, a potential turning point in many drafts. Does he continue the run on running backs that begins many drafts? Or does he stem the tide and take a quarterback? Making his decision more gut-wrenching is his allegiance. Packers running back Eddie Lacy should be available at No. 6, but having to root for a sworn enemy makes the fan’s stomach turn. He couldn’t possibly celebrate a touchdown by Lacy as he would with other players. Fantasy football owners deal with … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:36:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ Chris Conte out to silence critics vs. Seahawks ]]> Lead story image

Safety Chris Conte just wants to read and react, cover and tackle. His plan is to zone in on plays and zone out last season’s woes. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’? ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears expect Alshon Jeffery to keep up feats of 2013 ]]> Lead story image

Two preseason games had passed last year without much from Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, and it was worrisome. His one catch for 13 yards didn’t support the glowing declarations that fellow receiver Brandon Marshall and others had confidently made about his future stardom. Plenty of smoke, but no fire. Five scoring drives by the Bears’ starters in the first half of their next game against the Oakland Raiders changed that. Jeffery’s star flashed with seven catches on eight targets for 77 yards. ‘‘I was just working hard every day in practice,’’ a reflective Jeffery said. Flash forward to Wednesday, … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:55:06 -0500