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Three days after discussing his outburst in the wake of the Bears’ loss to the  Miami Dolphins on Showtime, receiver Brandon Marshall blasted the media for asking him about it. He even used the words ‘‘rant’’ and ‘‘tirade,’’ joking it would be the only sound bite used Friday. ‘‘That’s sexy. It sells papers. It boosts ratings,’’ he said. ‘‘But that’s b.s. And you guys know that.’’ Then what is it? ‘‘Whatever you wanted to call it,’’ he said to reporters. ‘‘You control the masses.’’ While we ponder what verbiage Marshall would prefer, here are 10 question marks for the Bears’ … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:23:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sunday preview: After Brandon Marshall’s fit, Bears don’t see what the fuss is about ]]> Lead story image

Bears guard Matt Slauson played with the New York Jets during the Mark Sanchez era. The fallout from Brandon Marshall’s locker-room rant was just another week to him. ‘‘This has been nothing compared to what I’ve dealt with in the past,’’ Slauson said. ‘‘I’m proud of this team. They haven’t let any of the outside stuff come in. We’ve stayed just as close as any other week.’’ While the residual impact of Marshall’s rant was the story of the week at Halas Hall, the Bears don’t know what the big deal is. Outbursts such as Marshall’s after last week’s loss … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:26:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sunday playbook: Bears’ offense must pass the Belichick test ]]> Lead story image

The Bears’ glut of offensive talent gave New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick plenty to talk about this week. There was outright adoration for running back Matt Forte. Even kicker Robbie Gould, who was described by Belichick as “one of the best, most-accurate guys in the league,” received some love. But that love will be expressed in tough ways on Sunday. No coach knows how to effectively neutralize a team’s weapons better than Belichick. And Bears coach Marc Trestman’s ability to win his chess match with Belichick, the three-time Super Bowl champion, might ultimately decide more than the game Sunday … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dan McGrath: Extreme reactions, gullibility are givens with these Bears ]]> Lead story image

I’ve picked two of their seven games correctly, and you’re coming to me for insight on the Bears? Unwise. Let’s move along, folks; nothing to learn here. I might know very little, but I have spotted a familiar, recurring pattern: a total lack of perspective among the Faithful. Every time the Bears win, it’s 1985 all over again, only better — there’s no containing this new-age Marc Trestman offense. Matt Forte is Sweetness with better hands, and that Jared Allen is another Danimal, I tell you. Conversely, every time the Bears lose, the sky has not only fallen, it’s shattered … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:26:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Title-hungry Bears veterans know turnaround has to start now ]]> Lead story image

The Bears’ locker room had hushed 20 minutes after last Sunday’s loss, and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff sat in front of his locker, pondering a championship and how many more chances he’ll have to reach one. ‘‘For some of us, that window’s closing,’’ the 11-year veteran said. Ratliff let out a long sigh, knowing the Bears were running out of time to right their season. ‘‘It’d be nice to leave this thing with a ring on my hand, to put it bluntly,’’ he said. ‘‘And that’s what it’s all about right now.’’ It was a live, in-person demonstration of what … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:25:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brandon Marshall says he’s using frustration as ‘fuel’ ]]> Lead story image

Receiver Brandon Marshall’s locker-room rant after the Bears’ loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins wasn’t just the emotion of the moment. It still lingers. And that’s just how he wants it. ‘‘It’s fuel,’’ Marshall said Friday. ‘‘You’ve got to take that frustration and use it as fuel. I’m going to be frustrated until we run a few [victories] in a row. That’s the good thing about playing in professional sports: You can let the negative stuff tear you down, or you can take it and build off of it and use it as fuel. And I’ll be determined to get … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:32:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears still looking for Jay Cutler to take the lead ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Jay Cutler was at his weeniest Thursday in his news conference at Halas Hall. ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s time to let Matt Forte be the man ]]> Lead story image

The Bears’ bell cow was seated in the corner of Halas Hall’s media room Thursday, waiting patiently to take the place of the quarterback at the podium. It’s time to feed him. ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:03:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jay Cutler says he was just following what coaches outlined vs. Dolphins ]]> Lead story image

PATRICK FINLEY: Jay Cutler defended his checks, then answered a checklist of questions — about Brandon Marshall and leadership, comments from ex-teammates and his own radio silence — midway through the most tumultuous week of the Bears’ season. ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:24:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kyle Fuller might play against Patriots ]]> Lead story image

Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, who suffered hand and hip injuries in the loss to the Dolphins last week, practiced on a limited basis Thursday and could play Sunday against the Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Fuller had his broken right hand wrapped but was able to catch the ball in drills. It’s the hip pointer that puts his status in doubt. “Kyle practiced the whole day and moved around well,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘He said it went well. We’ll see how he feels [Friday], and we’ll continue to talk to him. “We certainly want him to feel comfortable playing and … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:50:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Brady is elite; Jay Cutler is, well? ]]> Lead story image

ADAM L. JAHNS: It’s a bizarre week to debate whether Bears quarterback Jay Cutler can, will be or already is an elite quarterback. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:24:33 -0500