The Bears Den: July 30, 2012

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"...where you spell it 'hemorrhoid' and I spell it 'haemorrhoid'."

New Bears DT Brian Price turns tragedy into triumph - Sean Jensen delves into the tragedies and hope in Brian Price's life story.

Peter King's MMQB - News around the league from his first five camps.

USAToday team report - You read! You read now!

Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook. Camp news after the jump.

Defensive line

NFCN Blog Rookie buzz: Shea McClellin - Kevin Seifert: "He had a first step on many of the offensive linemen he faced in 1-on-1 drills before getting pushed around the pocket on several occasions. I viewed the latter as a function of developing technique more than limited skills."

Rough pass rushing day for rookie McClellin - Moon Mullin: McClellin, a speed rusher in every respect, is now tasked with developing a stronger catalog(ue) of moves and counter-moves.

McClellin disappointed despite flashes - Michael C. Wright: But did manage to use speed and burst to blow past Webb, Chris Williams during individual and team drills to get to QB.

Time will tell if rookie Shea McClellin can fill key third DE role - Brad Biggs: In the last 28 regular-season games, since Mark Anderson was released, the Bears' third end has collected just two sacks.

McClellin not happy with start to camp - "There were the usual rookie mistakes from Shea McClellin in practice Sunday. Those can be corrected. But what has to be catching the eyes of Bears coaches, and maybe even raising a red flag, is how dominated McClellin has been through two days of practice in pads." High motor did earn him a "sack", puts pressure on Wootton.

Wootton out to prove doubters wrong - JD: Offseason work appeared to pay off, at least on Saturday night, when Wootton routinely got around offensive tackles during one-on-one pass rushing drills.

Bears' Stephen Paea far ahead of his rookie-year pace at nose - Can play nose or the three-technique DT spots, but for now the Bears appear to have settled on using him at the nose because Price is an ideal three-technique.

Change of scenery may have been just what Price needed - Moon Mullin: Expected to be a strong contender for the nose-tackle job, with Melton and Paea as the two fixtures at the three-technique.

Bears' DL must help Julius Peppers - Julius Peppers accounted for one-third of the Bears' sacks in 2011. To take the heat off Peppers, the Bears need rookie Shea McClellin and others to find a way to get to the QB.

Bears looking for boost up front on defense - Recorded no sacks in two games, and only one in a further six.

Offense & general camp chatter (more in the excellent recap thread)

NFCN Blog CampTour'12: A leaner Gabe Carimi - Seifert: Following a diet designed to increase muscle mass, Carimi has dropped 10 pounds and weighed in here at 308 pounds. He also decreased his body fat from 26 percent to 19 percent.

Carimi passes initial test without problem - 2011 first-round draft pick passed his first real test in his return from a pair of knee surgeries, making it through two days of contact work without physical problems.

Breaking down Brandon Marshall - Matt Bowen: WR was impressive over the weekend in Bourbonnais.

Rodriguez improving, gaining confidence - TE acknowledges that offseason struggles prepped him well for training camp.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin on day 2 of pads - Rookies learning difference between college and NFL.

NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Bears Day 3 - Seifert rounds up some thoughts and impressions, including mention of Michael Bush fumbling twice.

Bears training camp chatter - Moon Mullin's highlights: Henry Melton receiving punts stole the show.

Reserve players hit hard at Sunday practice - DE Thaddeus Gibson makes strong impression as reserve players turned an otherwise mellow session into an all-out, hard-hitting scrimmage near the end of practice.

Everything else

[Video] - Schrager: Bears Preview - Marshall from How I Met Your Mother Peter Schrager takes an early look at the 2012 Bears. Talks up potential of... Nate Collins?

Roster depth will be key to Bears' success - Fred Mitchell: Bears working to improve quality of backups at key positions.

Bears need to lock up Cutler, Urlacher - Dan Pompei: Star players will set their value with performances in 2012.

Packers still class of NFC North - Dan Pompei: While the Bears have made strides in closing the talent gap, evaluators still rate the Packers higher.

Playbook: Defending the 'boot' in Cover 2 - Bowen goes to the chalkboard to talk route, coverage.

Know thy enemy - Lions coach Jim Schwartz “at peace” with cutting Aaron Berry. Well, when it's not a highly-drafted player.....

Know thy enemy - With the Lions becoming the laughing stock of the NFL for their arrest-laden offseason, was Jim Schwartz' contract extension also Not For Long?

Know thy enemy - Suh’s lawyer admits that compensation is owed to passenger. Well, at least he didn't try to decapitate her.

Know thy enemy - Ndamukong Suh eager to move on in 2012. Plans to jump up and down on fallen foe instead of merely stomping them?

Know thy enemy - Jim Schwartz in mid-season form at firing off obscenities. Expect to see him combine it with the the Suh Stomp on one unfortunate opposing head coach by season's end.

Know thy enemy - Jahvid Best: "Concussions ending my career not a concern." Jahvid, dear, that's the repeated concussions talking.

Know thy enemy - Randall Cobb will get a bigger role in the Packers’ offense, including in the backfield.

Know thy enemy - Packers TE claims offseason cow-wrestling has him stronger. I'll admit it, I chuckled when he talked about impressing Wisconsin girls with cow-tipping. How does he know which one to tip?

Judge delays ex-Bear Hurd's drug trial - A federal judge Friday delayed the criminal drug trial of ex-Chicago Bear Sam Hurd until Oct. 9.

Goodell needs to deliver message before drunk NFL players kill ... again - "It's really too late. Drunk NFL players have already killed people. Before it happens again -- with the latest DUI wave, it's only a matter of time." Lions protest "Drunk drivers don't kill people, cars do!"

I can't believe his family wouldn't let this classic be used for a h(a)emorrhoid cream advert...

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