The Bears Den: February 26, 2013 - NFL Combine news and notes

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Izzy, 32, likes comic books, maple syrup, and sacking Matt Stafford.

Emery impressed with Trestman's coaching staff - Larry Mayer: The three coordinators—Aaron Kromer (offense), Mel Tucker (defense) and Joe DeCamillis (special teams)—are well-respected coaches who boast a combined 45 years of NFL experience.

Peter King's MMQB - News and views from the Combine.

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Trestman: It's been a really smooth process so far - Bears HC chats with Jim Miller about how things have gone over the last month-plus, even when complications have come about.

Urlacher’s value as a leader could be worth Bears keeping him - Sean Jensen: He’s savvy, an excellent leader and has a knack for generating plays. In 12 games last season, he finished with 68 tackles, seven passes defended, one interception and two forced fumbles. In addition, the Bears don’t have too many appealing options.

Rosevelt Colvin thinks Urlacher should stay with Bears - Vaughn McClure: Colvin, now a correspondent for the Big Ten Network, interviewed some of the top LBs at the Combine. He would be the first to say none of them — including Notre Dame's Manti Te'o — would be a better option at MLB for the Bears next season than Urlacher.

[Video] CTL discussion - Draft talk, and whether or not Cutler deserves an extension right now.


Dane Noble: New regime not going to take any crap from Cutler

ESPN Chicago Chatwrap - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A session on all things Bears.

Phil Emery: Character is a major consideration - Adam L. Jahns: There’s no guaranteeing the Bears would be seriously interested in Alec Ogletree if he’s there for the taking — not with Emery stressing how important a player’s character is to his evaluations. Ogletree has a recent DUI arrest and was suspended four games for a failed drug test in 2012.


Steven Schweickert: Draft Video: Georgia LB Alec Ogletree

Draft preview - Bob LeGere: Could Bears land Oklahoma's super-athletic LT Lane Johnson in the Draft? And will the Bears take a QB?

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With all the over-love for Matt Forte that was going around here this time last year, Sackman should really have male clothing with this design made.....

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NFL draft could see the emergence of a new breed of O-lineman - Jim Trotter: After decades of looking primarily for big, physical, move-'em-out types, might teams now place a greater premium on athleticism?

NFL combine drills don't have much to do with the NFL - Steve Rosenbloom: Even teams that place great emphasis on the combine know that running 40 yards in shorts and shoes isn’t football. What good is a 4.4 if the guy runs patterns like Devin Hester?

Can teams trust troubled players? - Jarrett Bell: When it comes to prospects with off-the-field issues, teams will have to do their homework.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Bob McGinn: The Packers are facing a whirlwind of personnel and financial decisions in the next three weeks that will shape their roster for years to come, including free agent Greg Jennings and potential cap casualty Jermichael Finley.

Steven Schweickert's guest videogames video week: "So many choices, because the Final Fantasy series has had one of the best game composers of all time at the helm. But this one's the one that's stuck with me forever for some reason."

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