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Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 24

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Ndamukong Suh's sack of Jay Cutler left the Chicago Bears quarterback with bruised ribs and did nothing to improve Suh's national perception.

According to a Forbes Magazine National fan poll, Suh is the NFL's most disliked player, just ahead of Cutler. Now neither player is likely to care about this. I am confident Cutler does not. Nor should he. But I found it ironic coming two days after fans at Soldier Field gave him a standing ovation for not only getting up from the sack, but for taking off six plays and playing through the injury.

"It was good to hear. Things haven't always been good around here, maybe they're coming around," Cutler said.

Cutler was asked if he thought the weekly radio show on ESPN 1000 was helping public persona. Perhaps, but he wanted to point to the hard fact that "winning is the cure all." It is.

But I argue fans learned a hard lesson last season when Cutler went down to injury and the team collapsed. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder, right? So when fans stood to their feet Monday it was more a recognition just how essential Cutler is. They know the Bears know in order to get where this team ultimately believes they can, they need #6.

Cutler does still believe the hit he suffered was clean. But even if he didn't feel that way, Brandon Marshall says he probably wouldn't tell us.

"I think Jay is in a position with you guys, that anything he says may be taken the wrong way," Marshall said.

He's right obviously. No need to rehash some of Cutler's "miscommunications" with the media. But I love Marshall coming to the defense of his QB.

Let's be real. I just love Marshall with the Bears. Talk about different from public perception. Marshall is the poster child.

And while many hover around him waiting for some "other shoe to drop," I don't. I believe he has changed. He knows who he is. His identity isn't just in football or in borderline personality disorder. It's in something bigger than himself. He knows that.

It's refreshing to hear an NFL player say - I had a $50 million contract, dream house, fancy cars and something still was missing. No one says that out loud unless they have found that missing something. I believe he has. He isn't perfect, but he's definitely gone through a transformation. And I'm excited to see how that translates into his life on and off the field in Chicago.

Tice Talks

Marshall is always a great conversation on Wednesdays. So is Mike Tice who today delivered some great one-liners. About his offensive line-man being "THE GUY" or "the guy" and they've all taken turns. But he loves his QB calling Cutler a "tough SOB"- which cracked me up.

He did admit the offense isn't the prettiest, but they are winning. And as the QB says, "winning is the cure all." Tice's line of the day, "Jay and I were talking in the cafeteria...I actually sat down, and he didn't get up."

Took us all a minute but we got there and laughs all around. Let's hope the laughter and good times keep rolling through a fifth straight win Sunday over Carolina.

Injury Report

Bears didn't practice Wednesday. Had they, Cutler was listed as "limited" though he assures us he will play Sunday and the ribs won't limit him. Sharrick McMannis is back after a hip injury. Alshon Jeffery remains out.

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