The Bears Beat: Chicago Bears news and views (08.31.11)

August 31st, 2011 - 6:59 pm
The Bears are testing Amobi Okoye's versatility and whether he can play some downs at defensive end.

The Bears are testing Amobi Okoye's versatility and whether he can play some downs at defensive end.

A look at Chicago Bears news and views for August 31, 2011, including Amobi Okoye getting repetitions at defensive end, Mike Tice’s view on the development of the offensive line, and how Dane Sanzenbacher will fit into the game plan at receiver.

Okoye getting some reps at end position
With Corey Wootton temporarily sidelined, the Bears are beginning to give defensive tackle Amobi Okoye some reps at the end …

Venable pushing hard for roster spot
In most lines of work, being labeled an ‘intense, high-strung headhunter’ would be considered anything but a positive. But …

Tice is pleased with line’s development
According to position coach Mike Tice, the Bears offensive line delivered its best performance of the preseason across the …

Bears Team Report (Yahoo! Sports)
Wed Aug 31 17:15:16 2011
Heading into training camp, the biggest concern for the NFC North-defending champion Bears was an offensive line that could …

Bears’ last preseason game ‘not meaningless’
Wed Aug 31 16:57:37 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — On-the-bubble players pay attention to this. It’s truly possible a breakout performance in the …

Would Bears take the ‘Singletary’ approach with Lance Briggs?
Wed Aug 31 16:19:10 2011
AFTERNOON SPORTS CLUB: The Bears hold all the cards in Lance …

Don’t expect Bears’ stars to face Browns
Wed Aug 31 15:47:39 2011
<!–photo1–>LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith declined to divulge the players the team plans to hold …

NFC free-agent moves, by team (ProFootballWeekly.com)
Wed Aug 31 15:14:23 2011
Updated at 4:14 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 31 Note: UFA means unrestricted free agent; RFA means restricted free…

Bears roster breakdown: Heated battles remain
Wed Aug 31 14:09:00 2011
The number crunching has started for the Chicago Bears and they’ve already got a good idea how 80 will turn into 53 come …

Flacco, Kitna the best QBs for the buck (Yahoo! Sports)
Wed Aug 31 14:08:00 2011
Sometimes there’s just no substitute for experience.

Bears’ Podlesh kicked cancer, ‘little things’
Wed Aug 31 13:40:19 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — There is a brief moment between the time the football leaves his hands to when it meets his foot, explains …

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Wed Aug 31 13:12:12 2011
Former Bears DE Alex Brown, who played the past two seasons in New Orleans, was cut by the Saints on Tuesday, but the Bears did …

NOTES, QUOTES
Wed Aug 31 13:12:08 2011
Last season Mike Martz made Todd Collins the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback ahead of Caleb Hanie. Then, even after Collins was …

INSIDE SLANT
Wed Aug 31 13:12:03 2011
Heading into training camp, the biggest concern for the NFC North-defending champion Bears was an offensive line that could …

Ex-Bears WR Davis stunned by Knox’s demotion
Wed Aug 31 12:38:00 2011
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — When Rashied Davis heard Johnny Knox had lost his starting job, he told him to keep his head down and keep …

Can the Bears find room for Dane Sanzenbacher?
Wed Aug 31 11:19:00 2011
Like it is with a lot of NFL teams, the Bears’ don’t have enough depth for the last few cuts down to 53 — the ones that will …

Bears RB Taylor falls on sword, returns to practice
Wed Aug 31 10:59:00 2011
Chester Taylor was back practicing with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, and he took the blame for a misunderstanding that left …

Chicago Bears Hope DE Corey Wootton Returns for Season Opener
Wed Aug 31 09:02:22 2011
It’s possible that Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton will return from his knee injury in time for the regular season …

The Bears Den: August 31, 2011
Wed Aug 31 07:00:57 2011
“…where we’re known for our trademark surliness.” Tice is pleased with line’s development | chicagobears.com Larry Mayer: …

New-look o-line key to Bears’ big expectations
Wed Aug 31 05:08:50 2011
Bears was an offensive line that could have been sued by quarterback Jay Cutler for non-support in 2010]]>

Brown reunion with Bears appears unlikely
Wed Aug 31 05:08:50 2011
Bears DE Alex Brown, who played the past two seasons in New Orleans, was cut by the Saints on Tuesday, but the Bears did not …

Bears repeating history with Knox demotion
Wed Aug 31 05:08:50 2011
Todd Collins the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback ahead of Caleb Hanie.]]>

Former Bear Alex Brown would fit in at end
Wed Aug 31 02:12:44 2011
Lovie Smith called former Bears defensive end Alex …

New Bear Adam Podlesh’s cancer fight gives punter fresh perspective
Wed Aug 31 02:12:38 2011
Engaging and hard-working, Adam Podlesh has endeared himself …

Dan Pompei’s Bears mailbag
Wed Aug 31 02:00:00 2011
The backup QB situation, Chris and Roy Williams and retired numbers are among the questions tackled by the Tribune’s Bears …

Bears’ Taylor takes blame for mix-up
Wed Aug 31 00:26:00 2011
LAKE FOREST – Bears running back Chester Taylor took responsibility Tuesday for misunderstanding Lovie Smith’s comments about …

‘Dinger’ shows he’s got game
Wed Aug 31 00:24:00 2011
LAKE FOREST – Dane Sanzenbacher has made a name for himself with an impressive college career at Ohio State and a strong …