Bears Bites: Bears Played with Heavy Hearts Following JFK Assassination

Also, will announcers be able to keep Kyle, Jake, and Chris Long straight on Sunday?

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In this edition of Bears Bites, we examine how the Chicago Bears intend to avoid getting off to a slow start on offense against the St. Louis Rams, what the Bears’ stance is on installing FieldTurf at Soldier Field, and an unlikely hero on a depleted Bears’ defensive line.

- We lead off this edition with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Mark Potash has a fascinating story about what was going through the minds of Bears players as they played the Sunday following Kennedy’s death. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- After getting off to a sluggish start against the Baltimore Ravens last week, Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears are bound and determined not to let that happen again against the Rams, and Adam Hoge has the formula for success. [CBS Chicago]

- With Jake, Kyle, and Chris Long all on the field for the Rams and Bears on Sunday, one can expect that play-by-play and color commentators will have quite a bit of trouble keeping all of the names straight. And that’s just fine with Kyle Long. [CSN Chicago]

- The Bears’ rushing defense has been putrid this season, and it’s something that they’ve got to improve on as the season enters its final stretch. [Daily Herald]

- According to Bears President Ted Phillips, the team is still opposed to installing FieldTurf at Soldier Field, citing team-sponsored studies that suggest that natural grass is safer than artificial surfaces. Judging by how poorly the field held up to Sunday’s deluge, that seems like a hard case to make. [ESPN Chicago]

- Finally, David Haugh has an interesting column about Bears’ defensive end David Bass, who has been opening eyes of the coaching staff, fans, and the media with his play in recent weeks. [Chicago Tribune]

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