The Bears Den: January 30, 2013 - Postseason news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the connections between Marc Trestman and the assistants he's hired, if Trestman has discussed the Bears' lack of success versus the Packers, and if safety Chris Conte was targeted by opponents.

Darryl Drake leaves perplexed by Hester's woes - Former WRs coach not sure why Devin Hester's package, production never took off with the Bears. Vaughn McClure: "Obvious that Hester wasn’t always on the same page with Cutler."


Steven Schweickert: The Balance Between Coaching and Talent

Peter King's TMQB - Ray Lewis overload, Alex Smith's fate, more mail.

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Urlacher wants to return to Bears, waiting for word from them - Has yet to speak to either Phil Emery or Marc Trestman since the close of the season, but is open to the idea of accepting a hometown discount. Kevin Seifert: "Neither alarming nor surprising that Urlacher doesn't have a deal yet."

[Video] CTL discussion - The panel breaks down what Brian Urlacher's future in Chicago is may be.

[Video] Mike Florio joins CTL - Mike Florio expects Urlacher to explore the FA market, but will remain a Bear. Plus, rehashing doubts on Trestman. For a trained lawyer, Florio sure likes to bang on about a point when he doesn't have knowledge of - or flat out ignores - the facts that are already out there.....

Do Bears and Urlacher want to risk a test of free agency? - Moon Mullin: If they evaluate Urlacher as the best option in the middle, the interests of all may be served by avoiding a go-to-market scenario.

Marc Trestman adds Tim Tibesar as LBs coach - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday hired former Purdue DC Tim Tibesar as their new LBs coach, and added two offensive QC coaches. Moon Mullin: Alouettes connection adds to Bears staff.

What Marc Trestman can learn from the Harbaugh brothers - Maggie Hendricks: While watching the game this weekend, Marc Trestman can learn something from how these two coaches got to the pinnacle of the NFL.

Bears free agency preview - Jeff Dickerson previews potential free agent QB targets for the Bears, but forgot comeback kid JaMarcus Russell. JaMarcus Russell has a sad, and about eight double cheeseburgers.


Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: Quarterback

PFF snapshot - Using the First Downs Allowed stat to identify the 10 best, and worst, LBs in pass coverage. The Bears do well.

Roster news - The Bears added safety depth by signing Tom Nelson to a reserve/futures contract.

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NFL alumni are dying and few care - Jen Floyd Engel: What does it say that the POTUS' questioning of the sport's safety was met with player after player and both coaching Harbaughs turning this into some sort of litmus test of manliness?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Dunne: Despite taking two tackles in the first round of the last three drafts, should the Packers consider OT early again?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Kyle Rudolph's turn as the Pro Bowl MVP served as a reminder that the Vikings have an exceptional TE whose 2012 season went largely unnoticed. Could Vikings be looking at departing Packers WRs?

New Chiefs assistant Toub’s goal is to win games on special teams - The Chiefs being the Chiefs (averaging just over 13 points a game in 2012 while giving up over 26), they might have to. Badum-tssh.

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