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Brandon Marshall joked Tuesday that, by not speaking to the media Sunday, he was trying to “channel my inner Marshawn Lynch, and it didn’t work for me.” While appearing on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” he apologized for his silence after the loss against the Packers, in which coach Marc Trestman said he ran the wrong route on Jay Cutler’s second interception. “When the media asks for your time, you better give it to them,” he said. “They’re killing me right now. But I have to say, these people in Chicago really treated me good. I need to give them more.” … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:23:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ GRADING THE BEARS: Refs had awful game, too ]]> Lead story image

I spend a significant chunk of my Monday and Tuesday ­afternoons watching, rewatching and grading the tape of the Bears’ most recent game. This week’s were the most unpleasant Monday and Tuesday I’ve spent in quite some time. Normally I’ll focus strictly on the Bears’ individual performances, but first there is something else that jumped off my screen this week. The Packers’ 38-17 victory against the Bears was one of the most poorly officiated games I’ve ever seen. Fortunately, the blunders by the zebras were fairly evenly balanced to punish both teams, but coming from someone who is normally a … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:23:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ 4 Downs With Ditka ]]> Lead story image

1st Down: Just when you think Jay Cutler has it all figured out, he reverts to his old ways. As a coach, what advice would you give him? First of all, the Bears played well, but they got behind. When that happens, you have to go into catch-up mode, and you begin to force the ball. That’s what happened with Jay. The Green Bay Packers’ defense is not the best in the world, but he tried to force a few balls in there. He was just trying to make a play. That’s what gets him into trouble. Then again, it’s … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:23:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marc Trestman dials back criticism of Brandon Marshall ]]> Lead story image

Before addressing the communication between his quarterback and wide receiver, coach Marc Trestman did some of his own. One day after saying Brandon Marshall ran the wrong route — a hook-and-go rather than an 18-yard hook — on Jay Cutler’s second interception in the Bears’ 38-17 loss Sunday against the Packers, Trestman carefully tried to dial back his criticism of Marshall. He said he gives Marshall and Cutler opportunities to change routes with signals before the snap, and the two had a “communication error” before the throw. “You can’t put it on any one person,” he said. That Trestman felt … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:06:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ What’s wrong with Bears’ D-line? ]]> Lead story image

PATRICK FINLEY: Coach Marc Trestman on Monday defended his team’s decision not to blitz Aaron Rodgers often, even if, after a historically dominant performance, it’s hard to imagine the Bears’ defense could’ve done any worse. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:14:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ FIRST-AND-10: 10 thoughts on the Bears ]]> Lead story image

FIRST-AND-10: This one’s on Marc Trestman. We’re past the point of blaming Jay Cutler for every Bears offensive flaw. Plus, nine more thoughts after Bears’ loss to the Packers: ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Martellus Bennett played through injuries in 2013 ]]> Lead story image

Tight end Martellus Bennett has gotten off to a much better start than he did last year. One day after setting a career high with 134 yards on nine catches, Bennett revealed Monday at Halas Hall that he suffered two major injuries early last season. Bennett said he tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee and separated his shoulder in the first three weeks last season. He said neither required surgery. “I was banged up the whole year,” he said. He credited his fast start — Bennett leads the Bears with 295 receiving yards — with renewed health and … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:06:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ pass rushers come up empty, record zero hits on Aaron Rodgers ]]> Lead story image

There finally was some calf-roping and sack-dancing on display for the Bears. But this time, imitation wasn’t the sincerest form of ­flattery. It was a public reminder of what the Bears were missing on Sunday. Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones’ fourth-quarter impersonation of Jared Allen’s famous sack celebration underscored a lackluster pass-rushing performance by the Bears in a 38-17 thumping by the Packers. “We’re going to do everything we can to get pressure on this guy, as soon as we can, as fast as we can,” defensive end Willie Young said. “But even when he’s on the move, … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ FIRST-AND-10: 10 thoughts on the Bears ]]> Lead story image

FIRST-AND-10: This one’s on Marc Trestman. We’re past the point of blaming Jay Cutler for every Bears offensive flaw. Plus, nine more thoughts after Bears’ loss to the Packers: ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jay Cutler is no Aaron Rodgers ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: If Aaron Rodgers is the measuring stick, Jay Cutler should feel about an inch tall right now. What happened Sunday at Soldier Field isn’t all on Cutler, but if he wants to be the elite quarterback the Bears insist he is, then he can’t do what he did against the Packers. ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Martellus Bennett, Josh Morgan ‘non-TDs’ prove costly for Bears ]]> Lead story image

Bears tight end Martellus ­Bennett didn’t just think he got in the end zone on the final play of the first half. He knows he did. “Yeah, I did score,” he said with certainty when asked about the pass he caught at the goal line as the final seconds elapsed in the second quarter and the Bears trailing the Packers 21-17. “I stuck the ball across the goal line — which is the first time I ever tried to do that — but the referee told me on the replay they couldn’t see it because the [Packers player] blocked [their … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:53:46 -0500