The Bears Den: January 16, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

Charles Tillman attempts to recruit Donald Driver for "Ball-punching With The Stars"...

Trestman hired as 14th coach in Bears history - Larry Mayer: Trestman will be entrusted with fixing a Bears offense that regularly ranked in the bottom third of the NFL in total yards under Smith, including 28th this season.

Marc Trestman chosen to be Bears' new coach - Brad Biggs & Dan Pompei: The 14th head coach in team history is a somewhat unconventional choice, having been out of the NFL for eight years, but is also a proven winner.

A lot to like about Phil Emery's coaching choices - Steve Rosenbloom: The GM saw the same miserable offense that you suffered through and decided that changes would have to start at the top. Emery is dragging the heritage franchise into this offensive millennium.

It's official: Dave Toub joins Kansas City Chiefs - Adam L. Jahns: Toub, as expected, was officially named the ST coordinator of the Chiefs on Tuesday afternoon. He leaves the Bears after nine successful seasons in charge of their special teams.

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Brandon Marshall may miss Pro Bowl - Michael C. Wright: WR will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his hip.

Is Jay Cutler ready for a QB specialist? - Kevin Seifert: The idea would be to transform a good QB into a great one. Part of it depends on the coach, and some of the responsibility will lie with Cutler.

Jay Cutler is most important person in Bears’ coaching search - Neil Hayes: Regardless of what anybody thinks of the current Bears QB, Emery has made it clear that he is the franchise player he will build the offense — and the team — around moving forward. If that’s the case, it’s essential Cutler is on the same page with the new coach from the very start.

Cutler looms large in Bears’ coaching search - Mike Imrem: Jay Cutler: Problem or solution? Cutler isn't Sosa. Not as overtly he isn't, anyway. But he has been entitled by the Bears to clash with OCs while being awarded his personal QBs coach, WR and license to annoy.

Daughter’s illness leads Charles Tillman to help hospitals - "I knew something was wrong when Coach Smith walked over to me and said, 'They're taking your daughter to the hospital. You need to go home.'"

Grizzly Detail Awards - Maggie Hendricks lauds Tim Jennings as the Bears' Most Improved Player for working to improve his hands during the offseason. Maybe him hogging the Juggs machine is why our receivers dropped so many balls.

Injury report - Jeff Dickerson: Lance Louis and Craig Steltz have been rehabbing from injury at Halas Hall recently.

Dave Toub on his exit: Bears tenure was a 'great run' - Brad Biggs: Emphasized he was leaving on good terms and is excited that his assistant O'Dea was allowed to depart with him. Larry Mayer: Toub's unit ranked among top nine in NFL each of the past seven seasons.

Bears' ST job may interest DeCamillis - Jeff Dickerson: Dallas ST coach Joe DeCamillis may be interested in the same now-vacated role with the Bears.


(The next) Ditka!

Trestman named new Bears coach - Moon Mullin: Few coaches on Emery’s list had the depth of experiences on offense, most of them positive.

Marc Trestman's career timeline - Marc Trestman may be new to a lot of Bears fans, but he's well-known in NFL circles. Here's a brief look at his rise from Golden Gophers backup QB to Bears head coach.


(Pre-Trestman hiring links are now obsolete but I'd already included them and you might like access to the information, for the sake of completeness)

Bears go deeper into coaching search - Dan Pompei & Brad Biggs: Second interviews are ongoing as Dave Toub leaves to join the Chiefs.

Mike McCoy to Chargers would add intrigue to Bears' search - Brad Biggs: With the Chargers reportedly close to hiring Mike McCoy as their next head coach, it eliminates one possible landing spot for a finalist in the Bears' search.

Bears’ coaching search seems down to Trestman, Bevell or Arians - Sean Jensen: The Bears’ coaching search took another step Tuesday as they wrapped up second interviews with three candidates. The question is, how significant was that step?

Profiling the Bears' head coaching candidates - Moon Mullin breaks the three remaining coaches down. Interesting tidbits on Bears head-coaching finalists.

[Video] CTL discussion - Any surprises with the Bears' final three candidates?

Will Bears buck the NFL's age trend? - Kevin Seifert: Fans tend to gravitate toward the "young, innovative mind" narrative -- especially for first-time head coaches. And quite frankly, NFL teams do as well. That undeniable fact makes the Bears' other two known finalists -- Marc Trestman and Bruce Arians -- unique.

Marc Trestman right guy for Bears head-coaching job - Jon Greenberg: All three finalists can make Cutler better, but Marc Trestman is the real deal.

Why is Trestman so highly coveted? - The Bears seem to favor Marc Trestman over Bruce Arians and Darrell Bevell. That has Kip Lewis questioning Phil Emery, based on Trestman's history in the NFL.

Arians most qualified man to be next Bears coach - David Haugh makes the case for the Colts' OC. Sam Farmer agrees.

Durkin’s Coaching Breakdown - Dan Durkin with a look at Darrell Bevell’s strengths, scheme and what type of skill position players the Bears would need to add to properly execute his system.


Polish sausage

Matt Bowen's playbook - All-22: How did Kaepernick target the Packers? Breaking down two big time throws from the QB.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Feisty Mike McCarthy defends Dom Capers, but has yet to complete his annual review of the coaching staff.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Cliff Avril turned down a three-year, $30-million offer from the Lions last summer. Is that a decision he'll come to regret?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson's response to the final question in this Q&A session is thoroughly recommended.

Eh, nobody's interested enough in the Vikings to report on them, apparently.

We've reached the rerun stage of NFL coaching moves - Mike Tanier: Last week's episode of 'America's Next Great Head Coach, GM or Whipping Boy" featured fresh new personalities. Unfortunately, this week marked a return to formula, as NFL owners rehashed past highlights in search of the tried, tired and retired.

In-game decisions are crucial aspect of coaching search - Steve Silverman: A great teacher will pay dividends and so will a coach who understands strategy and how to use his timeouts.

Q&A with NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith - DeMaurice Smith's thoughts on HGH testing, Lance Armstrong, injury management, and the NFL's alcohol policy.

NFP previews The East West Shrine Game - Tuesday Afternoon's East West Practice Notes.

Top draft prospects - Bucky Brooks unveils his initial Big Board of the top 50.

It's time for teams to hire game managers - Joe Fortenbaugh: Game management blunders happen far too frequently in the NFL. Just look at the Divisional Round as an example. Photos - Best of the Super Bowl. Bearsss. Ditka. Super Bowl XX.

Guest video week, courtesy of Just Dave and his students. (What I took from this is that ducks are dicks - Spongie)

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