The Bears Den: July 16, 2012

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"...where misery loves company (often in the form of the in-game threads)."

Forte, Bears ‘extremely close’ to long-term deal - Let's hope to be hearing Man, dat play! in place of Pay da man!. Stay tuned to WCG for any breaking news before the 4pm ET deadline.

A Forte overview: '22' needed to play in 2011 - Moon Mullin with an excellent analysis, the likes of which Maggie Hendricks can only dream of. He may have been mailing it in during the offseason at times but, damn, he can write.

Guest MMQB - Eric LeGrand discusses the Bucs, ESPYs and his recovery.

After 2012, contract issues could be problematic for Bears - Our very own Steven Schweickert caught using the words 'eff you! in front of CSNChicago readers.

Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook. Forte news if/when it comes.

Jim Miller: Reducing sacks on Cutler starts with short-step drops - A breakdown of what to expect in the short passing game.

Bears poised for big production from WRs - Brad Biggs: With the acquisition of Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery to team up with Hester and Bennett, Cutler has some weapons.

Look for a resurgence at TE for the Bears - Brad Biggs: New OC Mike Tice traditionally has made good use of versatile TEs.

Assembling an OL is an interesting task for Bears - Brad Biggs: Bears have a bunch of pieces for an OL but how will they come together?

Ten offseason transactions that could make a huge difference - Bears make the list twice!

CBSChicago's Most Important Bears: No. 9 Henry Melton - "Melton’s improvement in 2012 could be the key for the defense. Can he become the engine of the unit? If he does, the Bears defense could once again become one NFL’s best."[sic]

[Video] Season predictions - Moon Mullin and Matt Bowen give their early Bears predictions for the 2012 season. Moon: "Schwartz... I don't want to call him an enabler, but I will."

[Video] Dickerson on Forte negotiations - Jeff Dickerson thinks that if a deal gets done, Forte's contract demands will have to come down.

Team-by-team cap space as of July 15 - Without the Drew Brees and Tyvon Branch deals reflected. Bears still currently at $3.82M, a number that presumably includes the franchise tag value of $7.7M for Forte, and which should increase if a longer-term deal is made.

Tillman believes Bears' window of opportunity remains open - "It closes when you stop producing."

NFL Films: The Top 5 Wide Receivers - Greg Cosell doesn't find room for Brandon Marshall on his "list to discuss". A pity, I would have liked to have read his breakdown.

Why do DBs get beat? - Bowen: Three reasons DBs give up explosive plays in the NFL.

Playbook: Breaking down the 'Levels' concept - Matt Bowen draws up one of Peyton Manning's favorite routes.

ProFootballFocus: Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency: Centers - Now-retired former Bear Olin Kreutz among the best pass-blocking centers of the past three seasons.

ProFootballFocus: Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency: RBs - Vikings duo among worst in league. Enjoy, Christian Ponder.

ProFootballFocus: Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency: TEs - Remember when we gave Charmin and Manumaleuna grief for poor pass blocking? Matt Spaeth didn't come out too well, either, though TEs not in the Martzfense aren't asked to block edge rushers one-on-one too often. And, ooo, the Vikings signed one of the worst pass-blocking TEs as well. What do they have against Ponder?

Top 10 recent NFL divorces - Includes JC and the Broncos Josh McDaniels. Remember those Denverites coming over to tell us how badly they'd fleeced us? They're all my bitches.

[Video] Pay da Jay? - Jay Cutler says he has a lot more to prove on the field before him and the Bears talk about a contract extension.

Cutler making strides as a personality - Fred Mitchell: "QB may have seemed irascible in the past but he's showing his pleasant side now."

Police Recover Ex-Bear's Super Bowl Ring - The Super Bowl Shuffle's drummer gets his SB20 ring back! Walter's went missing for a few years.

NFL.com: NFL's do-gooders - "While some players are making headlines for the wrong reasons, others made headlines for the right reasons. Here are random acts of kindness performed by NFL players this offseason." Apparently, no Bears have done anything charitable?

Bears' Bell makes pitch for ailing boy - Kahlil Bell made a strong pitch for more playing time at the end of last season. Sunday, the Bears RB made another pitch on behalf of one special little boy.

Know thy enemy - Packers' Greg Jennings openly questions the Lions’ on- and off-the-field maturity.

Know thy enemy - Lions’ Tulloch tells Greg Jennings: "Worry about your own team." Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Know thy enemy: Josh Gordon failed three marijuana tests in college - Lions kicking themselves for not taking him in supplemental draft :-D

#13 is for ThorCo - I got your back, homie.

Well, I had a pretty Dilfy weekend, so I'm subjecting you all to Breakup Song week :-D

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