The Bears Den: April 09, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Jamie Squire

Hester: "OK" with being just a returner.

DJ Williams eager to make most of fresh start with Bears - Larry Mayer: The surroundings at Halas Hall are still a bit unfamiliar to recent FA acquisition D.J. Williams. But after the most difficult year of his NFL career, the change of scenery figures to reinvigorate the veteran LB.

Hester admits training fell off, trying to get 'swagger back' - Larry Hartstein: Now strictly focused on special teams, Hester wants to re-assert himself as the game's premier return man. His 18 career return touchdowns are an NFL record.

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Tim Jennings bullish on new DC Mel Tucker - Mark Potash: Though some have worried that the Bears would lose their ''elite defense'', Jennings is confident the Bears can maintain their excellence.


Steve Ronkowski: Bears Playbook - The Mel Tucker 4-3 Defense

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: The one-year contract the Bears signed D.J. Williams to gives the club protection.

Safe or Surprise Draft - Chris Burke breaks down who the safe and the surprise picks would be for each of the NFCN teams.

Mock Draft - Dan Pompei has the Bears going LB at #20.

Mock Drafts - Moon Mullin talks about a couple more mock drafts out there that have the Bears going DT and LB.

Draft preview - Kevin Seifert: With speed in the sideline-to-sideline range, Arthur Brown enters Bears' MLB discussion. Jeff Dickerson: Scheduled to visit Bears.


Steven Schweickert: 2013 NFL Draft: Linebackers

NFP: Draft tendencies of NFL teams - Jerry didn't draft from small colleges often enough for the Bears to be among the top 5 teams in that regard.

SI.com's biggest NFL draft busts of all time - Click through to the #19 slot.

Forte should have a big year ahead in the Trestman offense...

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Here's hoping brilliant NFL idea to overhaul Pro Bowl happens - Clark Judge: The NFL's idea to change the format of the Pro Bowl is so good that it could do the improbable -- namely, make people watch the game.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Patra: The breakdown of the Lions' best and worst draft picks should read Best Picks, Worst Picks and Millen-esque Picks.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Barring a trade, the 2013 draft might not offer the Packers a strong opportunity to elevate their situation at LT.

Know Love thy enemy: Vikings - Michael Rand: Love Boat from infamous Vikings scandal is set to cruise Iowa waterways.

My next gridiron fix was Cinemaware's "TV Sports: Football" on the Commodore Amiga. The Amiga version let you play an NFL season, but this video shows the play selection screens. WARNING: turn the audio off, partly because of a couple of F-bombs late on but mostly because the clueless Britons' whiny commentary is Martzing annoying.

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