The Bears Den: July 03, 2012

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"...where we need a new term for DJ Moore's position so ThorCo doesn't go all 'I love all types of Nickelback!' on us every time it's mentioned."

Kellen Davis set for bigger role - With Martz gone, Kellen Davis will be asked to do more than block and should thrive in an expanded role.

[Video] NFL Live debates Mike Tice getting rid of the seven-step drop - Former DE and OL players explain why the seven-step drop is so hard to pass protect for / easy to tee off on. Who was it the other day who left a comment disparaging the problem with Martz' deep dropbacks?

Hot-seat meter: Ranking the NFL coaches - Lovie in the bottom third of NFL head coaches in terms of job security going into 2012 season.

Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook. Chad Kroeger approves.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com: Rookie minicamp, part 5 - Final segment of five-part video series features the last of three practices and highlights safety Brandon Hardin and QB Matt Blanchard.

NFCN training camp battles - An early look at the biggest training camp position battles. For the Bears, it's at left tackle between J'Marcus Webb and his nation and Chris Williams.

Comparing the NFC North's top WRs - Megatron's the one Lion I actually like.

Bennett's 'drop rate' tops in the NFL - Moon Mullin: Cutler has never finished better than 13th in completion percentage in his five years in the league, but perhaps this shows there is more to the story... whenever he isn't throwing to Bennett. (Marshall was catching passes from Chad Henne and Matt Moore, though...)

[Video] NFL32OT: Can Bears Be Contenders? - Damien Woody: "No question" Bears are primed for success.

NFL.com: Unsung heroes of special team - Gil Brandt provides 10 unsung heroes of special teams. Speak for yourself, Brandt; Bears fans know who gets it done.

ProFootballFocus: Three Years of Drop Rate: TEs - Former Bear Greg Olsen among the most sure-handed TEs over the past three seasons.

Will the Holdout Curse affect Forte? - "Nine times out of 10, a running back who holds out totally falls flat. Either they got paid, so they stop trying, or they're not properly conditioned, so they get injured."

Mr. Elusive? Forte can't be confused as such - Moon Mullin: The best running backs in the NFL often use a variety of moves and speed to avoid would-be tacklers. While Forte is among the best backs in the NFL based on normal stats, he isn't based on the elusive rating.

NFL.com: Which 2011 playoff team will fall apart in 2012? - Michael Lombardi: Every year, there's a playoff team from the prior season that can't handle success. Will the Lions play that role in 2012?

Know thy enemy - Toby Gerhart's showing last year could earn him an increased role this season, even if AP returns on time.

Know thy enemy - Vikings QB coach sees major progress from Christian Ponder.

Know thy enemy - Was Lions HC Jim Schwartz' new contract merely a short-term band aid?

Buccaneers CB Eric Wright arrested for felony DUI - Just Dave: "He forgot he wasn't with the Lions anymore."

Do You Suffer From Forte Fatigue? - Yes. Yes I do, Maggie Hendricks, and thank you for writing a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the situation and how... oh. That's your entire article?

Mailbag: Letters and reaction to Peter Schrager's Top 100 NFL players - Not to do with the Bears, but it amused me. In response to a typical Tebowite defense-and-running-game-ignoring "Where's Tebow, you idiot?" rant, Schrager's response: "I don’t value fullbacks as highly as the NFL Network does."

Time for a change of underpants!

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