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Bears Bites: Offensive Success Not Shielding Defense from Scrutiny

Cavanaugh is optimistic that he'll be successful in maximizing Cutler's potential

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Bears Bites: Improved Offense Still Too Inconsistent

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Running back Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by strong safety Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

 In Monday’s edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at the fine levied against Brandon Marshall for his lime-green shoes on Sunday, as well as how the team’s improvements on offense are only shining a brighter light on the team’s shortcomings on defense.

- Laurence Holmes isn’t one for posting his Bears thoughts immediately following games, but they are always worth the wait, as this week’s edition proves. [670 the Score]

- Despite the successes the Bears have experienced on the offensive side of the ball so far this season, they are still woefully inconsistent in terms of getting an even effort through all four quarters of games. [Chicago Bears Huddle]

- The Bears’ offensive success this season has cast a brighter light on the shortcomings of their defense, and even with injuries now ravaging the club in that area, they are still working hard to try to rectify what is going wrong on that side of the ball. [Daily Herald]

- Still focusing on the Bears’ offense, head coach Marc Trestman’s team has been calling pass plays 62% of the time. Even though that is a radical departure from Lovie Smith’s “get off the bus running” philosophy, Trestman still isn’t concerned about the lack of balance in the play-calling. [CSN Chicago]

- Those green shoes that Brandon Marshall wore during Thursday night’s game (and which are being auctioned off through the end of Monday Night Football) ended up costing him just over $10,000, according to league sources. [ESPN Chicago]

- The Bears have a slew of players in the final year of their contracts, including Robbie Gould, Charles Tillman, and Jay Cutler. Despite that contract status, they still can’t afford to play with the fear of injury pervading their heads. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh hasn’t had the easiest time getting through to Jay Cutler during the season, but he is still working extremely hard to unlock his QB’s full potential. [Chicago Tribune]

- Finally, the Bears are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1963 championship season, and Chet Coppock reminisces about the team’s 52-14 victory over the Rams that moved their record to 5-0. [Bears.com]

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