BE: Lions vice chairman calls Bears 'thugs'

Happy Wednesday, folks. Here are some Bears Essentials to help you get the day started.

-- Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. called the Chicago Bears “thugs” during a charity dinner, and then a team spokesman called the media to inform them he was “joking.” Not sure what to say about this one, but having covered this team for a few years they’re certainly not a “bunch of thugs” as Ford said.

Here’s the story.

-- ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson delivers this week’s Stock Watch feature, and he’s pretty high on receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Dickerson writes: “Jeffery did a little bit of everything in the Week 4 loss in Detroit. He came up with a tough touchdown catch despite blanket coverage (he dropped a sure touchdown the play before), showed the ability to beat a defense deep with a 44-yard reception, and proved he can also be a weapon in the run game with a 27-yard end-around. With the exception of the Bears' win against the Vikings on Sept. 15, Jeffery has been a reliable target for Jay Cutler the entire season. Jeffery figures to reach 60 catches in 2013 if he continues to avoid injury -- he missed six games his rookie season. Jeffery's confidence seems to be growing every week.”

-- Melissa Isaacson does a very thorough feature story on Bears linebacker D.J. Williams. If you haven’t already, check this one out. It’s good.

-- John “Moon” Mullin takes a look at the defense at the quarter mark of the season.