The Bears Den: January 14, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears sold on Cutler's intangibles - Larry Mayer: His talent was a given. But what convinced the Bears that Cutler was their long-term answer at QB were the intangibles he displayed throughout the 2013 season.

Bears' coaching changes not about scapegoating - Moon Mullin: Having two position coaches take the fall for a nightmare season suggests some potentially key developments coming in 2014.

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Why Tucker wasn’t fired - Adam Hoge breaks down the coaching changes in his second offseason notebook.

[Video] - Adam L. Jahns and Adam Hoge on the Bears' decision to keep Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator.

Let's see what Mel Tucker can do with Bears 'D' - Brad Biggs: This time it has to be about letting Tucker run his defense, not the system that was in place with a prior staff.

Bears actually had people coaching D-line, LBs? - Steve Rosenbloom: Two weeks to fire two coaches is actually a quick adjustment for Bears staff.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears keep Tucker, fire two assistants. The panel discuss. [KAPCON: 4]

X&Os - Michael C. Wright's #6 of 10 plays that shaped the season: Bad start to the Rams game.

Corey Wootton undergoes hip surgery - Jeff Dickerson: Free agent DE recently had arthroscopic hip surgery to correct a problem that had caused him discomfort for the past two years.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Draft preview - Eric Galko with a detailed look at some of the most noteworthy performances from the first day of East-West Shrine Game practice.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions lose out on expected top candidate as Ken Whisenhunt opts for Titans job, now expected to go after Jim Caldwell.

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