The Bears Den: January 6, 2012

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"...where we're odd...and fidgety."

Bears seek permission to interview Ravens executive Pompei: All the teams with general manager vacancies are interested in Eric DeCosta, but he has turned down overtures in the past.

Raiders to hire Packers executive Reggie McKenzie as GM Davis: The Raiders will hire Packers Director of Football Operations and former Raider Reggie McKenzie in a General Manager capacity. Video: Chuck on Angelo, more...

Bears inspire little confidence McNeil: Firing Jerry Angelo was a good move but it's doubtful management can select a solid replacement. Esiason: Coach Shouldn’t Hire GM

WCG is on Twitter: Come drive the bus.

"Due diligence" could cost Bears dearly Moon: As Ted Phillips and the Bears sit back and weigh their options for the next general manager, other teams are making moves and grabbing candidates the Bears were likely interested in. New GM means new draft strategies.

Eric DeCosta atop Bears' GM list? Seifert: For those curious, a list of names has begun to emerge. Four GM candidates to keep an eye on.

Bears coach sets timeline Lovie Smith says he talked to Mike Martz before he informed Jay Cutler of offensive coordinator's departure.

Podlesh, punt team excelled this season Mayer: With help from the coverage unit, punter Adam Podlesh recorded a 40.4-yard net average this season, the best by a Bears player since at least 1966.

Baffoe: You Got Your Wish, Bears Fans, But Do You Know What You Got? All hail your supreme football leader, Bears fans. It is apparent that Smith rules Halas Hall with a velvet hammer, fronting to the media and public with his folksy blandness and the stoicism of a Winslow Homer painting, all the while swinging a big stick behind closed doors.

2011 NFL season by the numbers The 2011 season will go down as the Year of the Passing Game, as records were shattered like Bourbon Street revelers after a Saints Super Bowl victory. Kerry Byrne highlights 41 eye-popping passing numbers from the season.

The Greatest Animated Sports GIFs Of 2011 In 2011, fans made hundreds of animated GIFs of the best, worst, silliest, and most amazing moments in the world of sports. Here are the 50 greatest animations we saw all year.

Every face-melting, rock-redefining Nickelback hit, played simultaneously in a cacophony of Canadian awesomeness:


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