The Bears Den: July 26, 2012

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"...where Walter would have been 58 and a day old today."

[Video] Beard Brad Biggs talks Bears - Discusses all things Bears. Kaplan still clueless.

Former Players Give Their Training Camp Advice - Anthony Adams, Matt Bowen, Alex Brown, Dez Clark and Hunter Hillenmeyer give you the good, the bad and the ugly from their training camp experience.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Discusses splitting playing time between Forte and Bush, Jason Campbell's reps in training camp, and whether the Bears are concerned about Urlacher's knee.

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[Video] 'Cutler Finally Comfortable' - Jeff DIckerson discusses the adjustments Cutler is making with Marshall, as well as how the Bears plan to split carries between Forte and Bush.

Strong 2012 could mean big payday for Cutler - Cutler: 'If you have continued success, the quarterback is going to get paid,'

Urlacher pumped to return to action - For the first time since he injured his knee in last year’s season finale, Urlacher is expected to practice Thursday when the Bears conduct their first training camp workout in Bourbonnais. Expects Bears will be contenders.

Idonije used to being a forgotten man (Not to Hamsters everywhere, he isn't) - Has seen the Bears bring in rookies and free agents each offseason, but nobody has been able to unseat him from his starting role.

Knox being patient in return from back surgery - Bears put receiver Johnny Knox on the active/physically unable to perform list as he continues rehabilitation from back surgery. Stays positive on road to recovery.

Dionne Miller's Bourbonnais Diary - Day 1: "It's worth noting that Chris Williams was the first guy here. I take that as a sign he's serious about competing to start" Day 2.

Bears institute conditioning test in camp this summer - Marcus Harrison gives up dreams of comeback. [Video] Three 170yd-sprints within position-specific times (Robbie Gould: "Everybody passed it.").

Bears to put Jeffery in positions to succeed - Cutler: "Less is more with him. We're going to put him in positions where he can be successful ... not a lot of thinking where he can just go out and play football and play fast."

Hester looking to catch then run - The new Bears' offense could emphasize Devin Hester making plays in space.

[Audio] Earl Bennett on CJH - Discusses his expectation for the coming season and how the Bears are approaching it. For starters, no preseason bragging to guarantee the Super Bowl.....

Hester: Time with Martz wasn't a waste - Devin Hester wasn't happy about Mike Martz' false promises while he was with the Bears, but he doesn't view his time (with) former OC as wasted years.

Clutts looking to carve out spot in Tice system - Tice has done so largely without a fullback in the past, something that creates a considerable challenge for Clutts at the outset of training camp as he battles for a roster spot.

Tim Jennings makes dramatic comeback - Enters Bears training camp as the most valuable defensive player of the offseason.

Four Downs: Will Urlacher hold up? - Will the safeties? Will Melton get extended? Will McClellin be an impact rookie?

[Audio] Gabe Carimi on CJH - Discusses his health (good) and expectations (high).

[Audio] Robbie Gould talks about the first days of training camp - Also discusses Johnny Knox's recovery and the Bears' new offense. "I could care less if I'm the leading scorer or not" ... yes, but how much less?

Placid Bears Camp Ripe For Nonsense - Bernstein: Until there is action that matters, beware silly season.

CBSChicago's Most Important Bears: No. 1 Jay Cutler - No real surprise there. The question is, can the offensive line keep Cutler on his feet?

ESPN ChatWrap: Fighting over Bears WRs - Some good points, some idiots. Meh.

Football Outsiders: 2011 Pressure Plays, Defense - Bears mid-table for defensive pressure on % of defensive plays, still somewhat above average on yards given up.

CBSSports.com Power Rankings - For what it's worth, Pete Prisco has the Bears all the way down in 15th with questions about the OL.

Full PFT Preseason Power Rankings - Ten teams ranked above the Bears.

Owners' support for 18-game slate waning - During CBA negotiations last year, NFL management strongly pushed for an 18-game schedule. Packers president Mike Murphy recently spoke against it, and Mike Freeman is learning that support for the longer sked is diminishing.

NFL officials lockout should be agent for change; put real officials in booth - The NFL officials lockout holds the key to the league's No. 1 issue regarding referees. Pat Kirwan says the real solution is not more money, but revamping the way games are officiated by putting top refs in the booth.

Will the new CBA hurt rookies? - Jack Bechta: Many of the rules in the new CBA limit on-field instructional time for rookies.

Roy Williams will try out for Texans - With little depth at WR Texans will kick the tires on veteran wideout Roy Williams. "Was viewed as a disappointment in Dallas" ... Oh, not just in Dallas.....

Know thy enemy - [Video] Marshall from How I Met Your Mother Peter Schrager takes an early look at the 2012 Packers.

Know thy enemy - Packers release Charlie Peprah, leaving their most experienced safety as Major Wright Morgan Burnett.

Damn, he was pretty good back in the day.

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