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Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 14

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"Jay Cutler is feeling better." That was the extent of the quarterback update we all got on Wednesday. The Bears did not practice, nor did Lovie Smith elaborate on what 'better' means. So there is a question mark behind center for a big road game in San Francisco. At least for now.

Lets all take a moment and recognize the eery similarities to 2011. Cutler was knocked out in week 10, Josh McCown signed heading into week 11. It was November 18th of last year. An anniversary just four days away. McCown returned to the Bears on Tuesday and today told us he has spent the last 12 weeks coaching the same high school team he coached last year. AND their season ended in the first round of the play offs- losing to the same team they did last year...before he became the Bears back-up to the back-up- for the first time. Did you follow all that?

I asked Roberto Garza about these scary facts and he said there's a difference. "We're better." He's right. No offense to Caleb Hanie, but Jason Campbell is a better Plan B. Had he not been injured last season, Campbell would be a starter somewhere this season. His confidence and experience were evident in one half of football on Sunday night. "He did ok", according to the head coach, "he'll do better this week." They all have to. San Francisco has been a nightmare trip for the Bears who have lost 7 straight in the bay, averaging just 6 points each time they take the field at Candlestick Park.

Their last win in San Francisco was 1985- and we all know the significance of that Bears season.

But this 49ers team is good. Really good. 3-1-1 at home. The tie over the weekend- their first in 26 years. Ironically, Alex Smith also suffered a concussion on Sunday. Though his was early in the game which means he is literally hours ahead of Cutler on the recovery time line.

His status still questionable as well. There is so much time between now and Monday night- stay tuned for details as they become available.

THE GOULD STANDARD: It is clear Soldier Field is not in good shape.

Robbie Gould isn't afraid to say it. The Bears kicker said its the worst its been all season- softer than ever. Not that he's making excuses for missing field goals, nor does he want to get anyone fired, but as Gould said " their job is to take care of the field. Just like my job is to kick field goals, I would think they would take as much pride in that as I do in my job." And Gould is among the most accurate to ever line up for a field goal. Which is why, when he continued it became big news. "

If those are the conditions I have to play in, then I'll have to adjust, but obviously those are things you consider when you think about resigning with a team." Strong words from Gould. Lovie commented only by saying, " It's November in Chicago. If its soft or whatever the surface is, its to our advantage. That's the only way we can look at it."

The grounds crew IS re-sodding the field this Friday- citing the issues the 2 inches of rain caused on Sunday. Though they clearly heard Gould.

Hopefully the field will be better when the Bears return home to host Minnesota on November 25.

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