In this Wednesday edition of Bears Bites, we put a bow on what happened in the team’s locker room after Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, get Phil Emery’s take on how the coaching staff is doing, and see which player the New England Patriots will be missing on Sunday in Foxboro.
-We start out with Sunday’s brouhaha in the Bears’ locker room following their loss to the Dolphins. While Brandon Marshall and others were getting an early start on Festivus, Lance Briggs apparently walked out of the room. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-In his weekly appearance on “Inside the NFL”, Marshall told the panel that everything is good between him and quarterback Jay Cutler. He ended up thanking Cutler for helping him build a condo. [CSN Chicago]
-Emery gave Marc Trestman a vote of confidence despite the team’s 3-4 record, saying that he has “complete trust” in the coaching staff to turn things around. [CBS Chicago]
-Can Trestman be forceful enough with the Bears to deal with the locker room friction that’s enveloping the team? One Chicago area columnist doesn’t see it as a likely scenario. [Daily Herald]
-What do the Bears need to address before their game against the Patriots? Michael C. Wright hits the film room. [ESPN Chicago]
-Finally, the Patriots will be without their best pass-rusher, as defensive end Chandler Jones (brother of Bears linebacker Christian Jones) will be out for at least a month after injuring himself against the New York Jets last week. [Chicago Tribune]