Ex-Bears aide Spencer restless on sidelines

Chicago Bears: 10 Players Firmly on the Roster Bubble

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16:  Blake Costanzo #52 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a tackle against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty

“Id rather be out there working.” The timetable between the Bears decision to part ways with coach Lovie Smith and their decision to relieve some assistants of their duties worked against Spencer. He believed there were about seven job openings he was unable to pursue while still under contract with the Bears. “In the coaching world, sometimes moves are made a little quicker than theyre announced,” Spencer said. “And we werent allowed to talk to anybody.” Once Spencer got released and was able to seek other opportunities, he was a step behind. Regardless, he interviewed for the Cowboys running backs coach position vacated by current-Bears running backs coach Skip Peete. The Cowboys hired former Browns running back coach Gary Brown.

Book Review: Bears: Without Fear, by Kevin Van Tighem

Now he’s the veteran looking to fend off a challenger. Undrafted rookie Michael Ford looks the part. He has good size, is fast and showed flashes of being very good in college at LSU. Allen was a solid special teams contributor last year, but he’ll likely have to show more to make the team this year. Both Allen and Ford showed the ability to return kicks in college. If Ford can equal Allen when it comes to blocking for others and covering kicks, it will come down to contributions within the offense. Outside of a 46-yard touchdown run Devin Hester Nike Jersey against the Jaguars last year, Allen has shown little to suggest he can be an every-down running back. He’ll need to show some more this year or he could be looking for a new team. Jonathan Scott, T Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Scott is what most teams look for in a third offensive tackle, but he might not make the team. He’s a veteran who has played in big games and can play both tackle positions.

Hershey Bears poised for summer free agent season

Syner and Jeff Taffe. But there is more work to be done in putting together a roster for 2013-14. Our potential needs are two or three forwards that can play in our top six, Bears President-GM Doug Yingst said. We need either a veteran or top-notch non-vet right-handed defenseman. The wish list, of course, remains private. Mark Mancari (Buffalo-Rochester), Trevor Smith (Pittsburgh-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), Jamie Tardif (Boston-Providence), Greg Rallo (Florida-San Antonio) and former Bears winger Andrew Gordon (Vancouver-Chicago Wolves) are among the free agents who fit the forward profile. Brett Bellemore (Carolina-Charlotte), Maxime Fortunus (Dallas-Texas), Nate Guenin (Anaheim-Norfolk) and Matt Pelech (San Jose-Worcester) are right-shot veteran defensemen who are scheduled to be on the free agent market. In addition, Simon Gysbers (Toronto Marlies), Matt Corrente (New Jersey-Albany) and Alex Biega (Buffalo-Rochester) are non-vet defensemen with right-handed shots. The departure of Dany Sabourin to Finland also puts the Bears in the market for a veteran goalie to back up Philipp Grubauer and provide organizational depth for the Washington Capitals. Joey Crabb, Patrick McNeill, Mike Carman, Jon DiSalvatore, Boyd Kane, Jon Kalinski, Alex Berry and Barry Almeida are 2012-13 Bears heading into unrestricted free agency. I really hope Patrick McNeill gets a look somewhere, former Bears captain Andrew Joudrey said.

Be a guest of Katmai’s brown bears

Park ranger Roy Wood, seen here at Brooks Falls, has worked at Katmai National Park and Preserve since 2003.

Summer in the Park: Cuyahoga Most magical moment in the park: The first time Wood stood in a river to watch salmon run to their spawning grounds. “We often speak of salmon being the lifeblood of the region and its people,” he says. “When you are waist deep among them, it is easy to see why. At first, the salmon deflect around you. But if you remain still, they gradually accept your presence and resume their normal upstream movement.” Funniest moment at the park: A dominant male bear reclaimed his favorite fishing spot from younger male by intimidating the young bear into falling over the waterfalls. “Bears can be unintentionally funny,” says Wood. “Every now and then their comedic timing is impeccable.” Summer in the Park: Isle Royale A ranger’s request: Katmai is home to brown bears, which are the same species as grizzly bears but have different behavior patterns, says Wood.

Spencer update

2. Failure to establish offensive identity, maintain balance Nobody is quite sure what kind of coach Marc Trestman will be. He’s implementing his schemes in minicamp and training camp, but the Bears are a complex team with many weapons on offense. Both Cutler and Forte are capable of carrying a football game, and neglecting either would be a big mistake. The Bears have to come out and be a multi-faceted team if they are to succeed next year. 3. Injuries or regression in the secondary The Bears don’t have the most depth when it comes to the secondary. They’ve got some aging cornerbacks in Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman , and can’t afford injuries.

3 steps to success: Chicago Bears need to keep Jay Cutler upright and find offensive identity

The problem is that humans have forgotten or disregarded our own stewardship, largely because we think we are the only recipients of Earths bounty. We fail to recognize that we do not know everything. Bears: Without Fear repeats itself in places, which annoyed until I fell sway to these disruptions, and began to read them as a kind of traumatic repetition, as if I were a bear being encroached upon, ogled and alienated from my own territory. One of these fascinating repetitions was bear rub trees. Bears distinguish their home ranges not only with their droppings and urine but by clawing or rubbing against marker trees. Astoundingly, it turns out that these trees are also marker trees for mule and white-tailed deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, wolves, wolverines, martens, squirrels, wood rats and porcupines. In short, all the animals of the forest seem to have found a way to manage space, and to live relatively peaceably through this common language the tree is like a book they all write upon. That is, all the species but us. This was a humiliating moment for me, a moment when I realized how small we really are we humans and how dangerous in our egocentrism. Weve misread everything.

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