Found October 03, 2011 on The Fan Manifesto:
Darrell Horwitz highlights the two head coaches in yesterday's Bears vs. Panthers game.

Can Lovie Adjust Scheme to Compensate for Elite Receivers?

Lovie Smith ought to be ashamed of himself. Steve Smith is arguably the best receiver in football pound-for-pound.  He is a ferocious competitor and impossible for any corner to handle man-to-man.  Lovie Smith does not have to imagine what it’s like to battle against Smith because Smith singlehandedly eliminated the Chicago Bears from the 2005... Read more »

Frustrated Panthers coach Rivera: 'Time to grow up'

(By Scott Fowler, As all head coaches must, Ron Rivera found out Sunday exactly how bad it feels when you are the man in charge and your team messes it up just enough to lose a game it never should have lost.The rookie Panthers' coach saw Chicago edge Carolina, 34-29, on Sunday despite the Panthers outgaining the Bears by a whopping 226 yards.

Ron Rivera defends decision to kick to Devin Hester

A day after Chicago's Devin Hester had two long returns that swung momentum in the Panthers' 34-29 loss, first-year coach Ron Rivera defended the decision to kick to the most prolific returner in NFL history. Rivera said the Panthers coaches saw the Saints and Packers keep Hester in check by kicking short, rugby-style punts that he was forced to fair-catch. That was the Panthers...

Bears running game, special teams come out of hiding vs. Panthers

Ron Rivera, the Carolina Panthers coach, knows all about the Bears. So Rivera — a former Bears player and coach — recognized what transpired Sunday at Soldier Field, where his homecoming was spoiled in a 34-29 loss.

Know thy opponent: Panthers vs. Bears

Well there is a lot of crossovers in the Carolina Panthers forth game of the season between the Panthers and the Chicago Bears. Panthers new head coach Ron Rivera used to be the defensive coordinator in Chicago and played with the Bears back in the day.  Also, Greg Olsen makes his first trip back to Chicago after being traded to the Panthers this offseason, plus there is Julius...

Bears running game, special teams come out of hiding against Panthers

Ron Rivera, the Carolina Panthers coach, knows all about the Bears. So Rivera — a former Bears player and coach — recognized what transpired Sunday at Soldier Field, where his homecoming was spoiled in a 34-29 loss.

Bears ditch pass-happy offense in win

You bring in your own Brett Favre, because Chicago has always wanted one. Then, you bring in a passing-game guru to change a Neanderthal franchise, the Chicago Bears, into something modern. And what do the Bears do with quarterback Jay Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Martz, The Genius? They lose. They get Cutler killed. They can't run the ball, get run over and look like...

Rivera asks NFL for explanation on Shockey penalty

(By Ron Green Jr., Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has asked the NFL for an explanation of the offensive pass interference call against tight end Jeremy Shockey Sunday that nullified what would have been a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of the Panthers' 34-29 loss at Chicago.Shockey asked for an explanation after the game and...

Bear Bites: Smith Unhappy With Defense

Good morning and welcome to Bear Bites. Lovie Smith was not happy with the defense on Sunday. (ESPN Chicago) The good news is the defensive flaws are correctable. (Chicago Tribune) If you miss a tackle, Devin Hester will make you pay. (National Football Post) Do you agree with these grades given to the Bears? (ESPN Chicago) If Steve Smith confounded...

Devin Talks About the Record Setting Return

The Bears punt returning phenom tells us what it takes to make it. Also, Lovie Smith gives props.

Bears Notebook: Final thoughts on the Bears-Panthers game

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during conversations that took place between Lovie Smith and Mike Martz any time after the Saints and Packers games. I’m curious to know whether the Bears’ complete reversal in play calling on Sunday against the Panthers from the previous two weeks was a mandate from Smith or whether the crafty offensive-minded Martz saw an opportunity...

Bears' Spencer breaks bone in hand

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Chris Spencer has a broken bone in his right hand. Coach Lovie Smith says Spencer suffered a "small fracture" early in Sunday's 34-29 victory over Carolina. He returned in the second half, and Smith says he will "hopefully" be ready for next Monday night's game against Detroit. Spencer made his third straight start at...

10 observations on the Bears

AFTERNOON SPORTS CLUB: The Bears’ victory over the Panthers would be a lot easier to celebrate if the Bears looked like they could beat better teams than the Panthers with 224 rushing yards and Jay Cutler throwing 17 passes. Unfortunately, there’s no way that was the formula Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith had...

It’s hard to say what Bears are doing well on offense

The game Sunday featured a mobile, strong-armed and poised quarterback operating an offense tailor-made to exploit his strengths. He had time to throw behind a veteran offensive line. He had two solid running backs, an obvious  No. 1 receiver and two Pro Bowl-caliber tight ends that give him big targets...
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