We’re back at it after a weekend off from giving you the Bears Essentials.
The Bears snapped a two-game skid Thursday night with a victory over the New York Giants and received a much-needed minibreak to heal up some of the nagging injuries to players such as cornerback Charles Tillman, defensive tackle Stephen Paea and linebacker James Anderson.
The club begins preparations Monday at Halas Hall to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday, before receiving a week off leading into a Nov. 4 matchup at Green Bay.
Let’s get into some Bears links.
-- The NFL will fine receiver Brandon Marshall $5,250 sometime this week for a uniform violation due to the lime green shoes he wore during Thursday night’s win over the Giants, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. So in all, it will likely cost Marshall a total of $10,500.
Marshall expected all along to receive a fine for wearing the shoes in honor of Mental Health Awareness week, and plans to pay that, in addition to matching it with a donation to charity. Marshall, coincidentally, wore the shoes during a time when many NFL players wear pink to support breast cancer awareness and caught nine passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns during a 27-21 victory.
In addition to paying the fine and matching it with a charitable donation, Marshall will also be auctioning off the shoes he wore in the game in support of his foundation. At the time of this posting, the auction was already up to $2,150, and closes at the conclusion of the Monday night game between the Colts and Chargers.
You can take a look at the shoes here, and perhaps even make a bid if you’re so inclined.
-- The situation, especially on defense, has forced many of the younger players into the limelight. The key now, however, is for them to deliver. The Chicago Sun-Times examines the situation.
-- This Jon Greenberg column is a little dated, but I figured it was worth revisiting because he perfectly captured the scene in the locker room after Thursday night’s game.
Greenberg writes: “So when Lance Briggs said he was happy, naturally, after the Chicago Bears’ 27-21 victory over the New York Giants, you believe him.
"But really he just looked exhausted.
"Briggs was the last starting linebacker standing by the end of the game. He's the survivalist on a fading defense trying to subsist on a steady diet of interceptions and blind faith that it will rise to the occasion at the end of every game. Man cannot live on bread alone, but the Bears sure can survive on interceptions.”
-- In case you missed them, here are grades from the game from ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson.
-- The Chicago Tribune takes a look at the relationship between quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and Jay Cutler. The two seem to be an ideal pairing, one that head coach Marc Trestman calls "a good match."
I spoke to Cavanaugh last month about his relationship with Cutler, and here's why he thinks they seem to click:
“I don’t think either one of us are really outgoing. I think we’re maybe contemplative before we speak. I’ve noticed that about Jay, and I love that about him. He doesn’t just talk the talk. He’s usually thought something out, and that’s whether you ask him a question or he’s got a question for you, he puts a lot of thought into it. He’s a little introspective that way, and I think I am, too. I’d rather listen first than just pop out an answer if I’m not sure what I’m saying. So I think it allows us to communicate pretty well, and sometimes, it’s quiet around the two of us. We’re not saying a whole lot, but we’re both thinking.”