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RICK MORRISSEY: There is at least one thing at work here that mitigates any concerns the Bears might have about Marshall’s commitment: He’s well on his way to making the Hall of Fame, with no drop-off in sight in his production. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:31:33 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30044739-606/brandon-marshall-delivers-whatever-the-distractions.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30044739-606/brandon-marshall-delivers-whatever-the-distractions.html <![CDATA[ Bears hold on for 27-19 win, improve to 2-1 ]]> Lead story image

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It took an interception returned for a touchdown, another corralled in the end zone and a recovered fumbled punt to mask the Bears’ worst offensive game of the season. It took two backup safeties to make up for shoulder injuries to Ryan Mundy, who returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game, and fellow safety Chris Conte. And it took the Bears being able to move the ball, despite a rushing attack that would have shamed the old T Formation crowd, to defeat the Jets, 27-19 Monday night at … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:23:14 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30051117-606/bears-hold-on-for-27-19-win-improve-to-2-1.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30051117-606/bears-hold-on-for-27-19-win-improve-to-2-1.html <![CDATA[ Jets’ ‘D’ tries variety of looks to confuse Cutler and Co. ]]> Lead story image

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Coach Marc Trestman didn’t want to make out Monday night’s game against Rex Ryan’s New York Jets as a match of renowned wits. “I don’t look at it like my X against his O,” Trestman had said. But it was. There was no denying that the Jets’ defense posed certain challenges, ones that the Bears freely admitted were of the difficult, confusing-causing variety throughout their preparation. The Jets, with their bevy of looks and blitzes, were a particularly a good early gauge for the Cutler-Trestman combo, which became more complicated after receiver Brandon Marshall missed part … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:14:38 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30046581-606/jets-d-tries-variety-of-looks-to-confuse-cutler-and-co.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30046581-606/jets-d-tries-variety-of-looks-to-confuse-cutler-and-co.html <![CDATA[ Bears’ defense on an upswing ]]> Lead story image

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Chris Conte and Kyle Fuller combined for four of the prettiest interceptions you’ll ever see in the Bears’ first two games. But safety Ryan Mundy just happened to be at the right place at the right time Monday night — and made it count. On the New York Jets’ second play from scrimmage, quarterback Geno Smith threw to a space on a screen, and Mundy just happened to be filling it. Smith hit Mundy between the “2” and the “1” at the Jets’ 45-yard line, and Mundy followed a clear path to the end zone for … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:20:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30044333-606/bears-defense-on-an-upswing.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30044333-606/bears-defense-on-an-upswing.html <![CDATA[ Sutton gets off to bad start ]]> Lead story image

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie defensive tackle Will Sutton started in place of the concussed Jeremiah Ratliff on Monday night against the Jets. He made an impact quickly, the wrong way: on the first play of the game, he was flagged for unnecessary roughness after hitting Jets quarterback Geno Smith late on the sideline. “I was just running to the ball. I had committed,” he said. “Second play, we get an interception to the house. It didn’t hurt us that bad.” Sutton said that, while the Jets “were a real physical team up front,” the Bears’ front “smacked them in … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:27:33 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30044446-606/sutton-gets-off-to-bad-start.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30044446-606/sutton-gets-off-to-bad-start.html <![CDATA[ Phil Emery’s Bears came up big against 49ers; they must do the same vs. Jets ]]> Lead story image

General manager Phil Emery was the biggest winner last week when the Bears rallied improbably to beat the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. The enthusiastic high-fives Emery was giving players in the celebratory locker room said this was more than just another game. The comeback had Emery’s fingerprints all over it — rookie Kyle Fuller made two Pro Bowl-caliber interceptions to turn the game around. Jared Allen forced a fumble. Less-heralded free agent acquisition Willie Young had two sacks. Brandon Marshall caught three touchdown passes. Shea McClellin — the most glaring blot on Emery’s draft-day record — not only played better … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:17:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29934727-606/phil-emerys-bears-came-up-big-against-49ers-they-must-do-the-same-vs-jets.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29934727-606/phil-emerys-bears-came-up-big-against-49ers-they-must-do-the-same-vs-jets.html <![CDATA[ Bears vs. Jets: Matchups, key players and X-factor ]]> Lead story image

WHEN THE BEARS HAVE THE BALL IN THE AIR This is a good matchup for the Bears, and they’ll be in trouble if it’s not. Ryan uses multiple fronts and a variety of blitzes to keep offenses guessing as to who will come, how many will come and from where they will come. But good offenses can make them pay — the Jets allowed an NFL-high nine pass plays of 50-plus yards last season — and the Bears have one with Cutler, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett. ‘‘We have our work cut out,’’ offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:29:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30033231-606/bears-vs-jets-matchups-key-players-and-x-factor.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30033231-606/bears-vs-jets-matchups-key-players-and-x-factor.html <![CDATA[ Bears returners have work cut out as Devin Hester’s successors ]]> Lead story image

Running back Senorise Perry thought for a second that he might meet his hero. Signing with the Bears as an undrafted free agent meant joining star returner Devin Hester’s team. And then he caught himself. “When I heard I was coming to the Bears, I thought he was still here for a second,” Perry said. “But then I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, he’s going to Atlanta.’ I thought I was going to get a chance to meet him.” As it turned out, Perry was joining a competition to replace Hester and would win the kickoff battle after the preseason. But … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:31:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30031399-606/bears-returners-have-work-cut-out-as-devin-hesters-successors.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30031399-606/bears-returners-have-work-cut-out-as-devin-hesters-successors.html <![CDATA[ Chris Conte has solidified safety spot after rough 2013, offseason surgery ]]> Lead story image

Full of joy and relief, all he wanted to do was run. Chris Conte was the Bears’ deep safety on a third-quarter third down in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. Receiver Marquise Goodwin was bunched to the right and ran a crossing pattern toward the left sideline. Quarterback EJ Manuel rolled left and threw a ball he shouldn’t have. Conte jumped in front of the pass near the Bills’ sideline and caught it. He stumbled out of bounds at the 44-yard line and slipped getting up because he was so excited. He sprinted the width of the field back … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:32:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29974338-606/chris-conte-has-solidified-safety-spot-after-rough-2013-offseason-surgery.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29974338-606/chris-conte-has-solidified-safety-spot-after-rough-2013-offseason-surgery.html <![CDATA[ Bears vs. Jets: Matchups, key players and X-factor ]]> Lead story image

WHEN THE BEARS HAVE THE BALL IN THE AIR This is a good matchup for the Bears, and they’ll be in trouble if it’s not. Ryan uses multiple fronts and a variety of blitzes to keep offenses guessing as to who will come, how many will come and from where they will come. But good offenses can make them pay — the Jets allowed an NFL-high nine pass plays of 50-plus yards last season — and the Bears have one with Cutler, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett. ‘‘We have our work cut out,’’ offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:29:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30033231-606/bears-vs-jets-matchups-key-players-and-x-factor.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/30033231-606/bears-vs-jets-matchups-key-players-and-x-factor.html <![CDATA[ Jay Cutler is a hurry good quarterback ]]> Lead story image

Not much was going right for Jay Cutler against the 49ers last week until he was in the two-minute drill. The Bears were trailing 17-0 and in need of a touchdown to go into halftime with a fighting chance. At the time, Cutler was 7-for-15 for 28 yards — a paltry 1.9 yards per pass attempt. But the desperation of the two-minute drill did the trick. Even with five stoppages — for the two-minute warning and four penalties — Cutler drove the Bears for a touchdown on Brandon Marshall’s spectacular, twisting, one-handed catch in the end zone with 13 seconds … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:35:42 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29993489-606/jay-cutler-is-a-hurry-good-quarterback.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29993489-606/jay-cutler-is-a-hurry-good-quarterback.html