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Bears Bites: Trestman Uses "Negative" Approach to Motivate Bears

Also, Kyle Long is still learning on the job as his rookie year nears its end

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Emery: There's "No Dissension" in Bears' Locker Room

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett celebrates after catching a four-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

In this Wednesday edition of Bears Bites, we examine the change in style that Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has experimented with in recent weeks, as well as the emergence of Alshon Jeffery as one of the most spectacular receivers in the league.

-Mike Mulligan starts out this edition of Bites with some interesting thoughts on the unintended consequences of the NFL’s ability to flex games into the Sunday Night Football slot on NBC, and says that there is a scenario in which the Philadelphia Eagles could rest starters as a result of the switch. [Chicago Tribune]

-According to GM Phil Emery’s interview with Wayne Randazzo on Monday night, there is “no dissention” in the Bears’ locker room when it comes to the decision to start QB Jay Cutler. He had some other interesting thoughts if you want to check out the full interview. [670 the Score]

-Going into the Bears’ Monday night football game against the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks ago, head coach Marc Trestman experimented with a different technique to motivate his players. Instead of staying positive, he ended up focusing on the negative a bit to narrow the team’s focus and get them ready for the harsh outdoor elements. [CSN Chicago]

-Alshon Jeffery is emerging as one of the most spectacular receivers in the NFL, and Jeff Hughes has a great piece on what that emergence has meant in the context of the Bears’ offensive improvements. [Da Bears Blog]

-Bears rookie Kyle Long is getting a great education in his first season with the team. [Daily Herald]

-The Bears made a minor roster move on Tuesday, waiving safety Sean Cattouse. According to sources, they also worked out several players at Halas Hall, including Sherrod Marin and Jerrod McMillian. [ESPN Chicago]

-The Bears are going to have a ton of free agents after the season ends, and if they had all made a huge impact this season, the team could be looking at a financial crunch. However, they didn’t, and Mark Potash says that it could help Emery assemble the roster for next year. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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