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Bears notes: O-line performs well amidst shakeup

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Bears notes: O-line performs well amidst shakeup

The Bears offensive line went through a few changes this week thanks to injuries. And for the most part, the line had a solid outing.

Jay Cutler was sacked just once and that was when he fumbled and the Bears rushed for 132 yards in their 23-17 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears had to make some switches on the offensive line, including moving Gabe Carimi to right guard. And all things considered, the offensive line was fine.

We didnt give up a lot of sacks and things like that, coach Lovie Smith said. We did what we needed to do to stay in the game. We just needed to get some help in other places.

Cutler said the line was OK. They could still anchor a little better. But they are giving me time.

While the Bears running game got off to a slow start, it ended up producing. Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for 105 yards, an average of 3.8 yards per carry.

They played well, given the switch around, and Gabe playing guard and Ed (Williams) having to be in there, Forte said. They played very well.

But for Roberto Garza, the offensive lines adjustments were of little consolation.

At the end of the day, you want to win the football game, he said. Thats all that matters. We didnt do enough.

SO CLOSE, YET

Major Wright hoped he had caused a turnover in overtime, hoped that he had jarred the ball loose from Seattle receiver Sidney Rices hands before Rice got into the end zone. But it wasnt to be, as officials ruled Rice and the ball broke the plane before Wright knocked the ball loose and knocked out Rice for a moment.

I thought we had a chance, Wright said. But at the end of the day, the refs made a call. They came out and made a call.

Rice said he and quarterback Russell Wilson had practiced the route all week and he knew he scored.

I definitely knew I was in. They just made me stay down because I got a little dinged up, Rice said. I had a couple concussions before. They just wanted to make sure I was all right.

QUICK HITS

-- Safety Chris Conte left the game early due to the flu, and was replaced by Craig Steltz. Safety Major Wright said Conte said he wasnt feeling well early.

It was probably the second series. He said he felt dizzy, light headed, was throwing up. I thought, Wow, I didnt know.

-- Entering Sunday, Jay Cutler was 25-0 when he had a 100-plus passer rating. Cutler had a 119.6 passer rating in Sundays loss to Seattle.

-- The Bears recorded their 300th takeaway since 2004 when Brian Urlacher stripped Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in the first quarter on Sunday. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden recovered the fumble.

Brian Urlacher misses Top 10 of all-time Bears list

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Brian Urlacher misses Top 10 of all-time Bears list

Brian Urlacher played his way into the pantheon of Bears linebackers and the Hall of Fame over his 13-year career in Chicago, leaving no question he belongs among the all-time greats.

Where he stacks up with the best of the best in team history is still up for debate.

Hall of Fame writers Dan Pompei and Don Pierson ranked the top 100 players in franchise history for the team’s official site, and Urlacher fell outside of the top 10.

Urlacher came in one spot ahead of fellow legendary linebacker Mike Singletary, but the greats of pre-merger era earned many of the top spots on the list.

Dick Butkus came in second to only Walter Payton, while old school legends Bill George and Bulldog Turner ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.

It’s difficult to compare linebackers that played 50 years apart, especially when stacking them up with players at other positions.

Urlacher is still near the top of the list of the best Bears ever. They just have so many all-time greats, the likes of Dan Hampton, Richard Dent and Jimbo Covert just don’t have a spot in the top 10.

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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