The Bears Den: January 23, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

Adam Bettcher

Still thine fluttering bosoms, Bears fans. Pat Mannelly is expected back in Chicago, if he wants to play another season should he deem his Herculean tasks undone.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses Robbie Gould's pursuit of the Bears' all-time scoring record, the last NFL team to have two 1,200-yard receivers and one 1,200-yard rusher, and the last time the Bears had multiple skill position players voted into the Pro Bowl.

Bears fill coaching vacancies - Michael C. Wright: The Bears will bring on Reggie Herring to take over as the club’s LBs coach as the replacement for the recently fired Tim Tibesar.

Bears finalizing deal to add Reggie Herring as LBs coach - Dan Wiederer: Changes in the defensive coaching staff have been finalized, opening the door for upcoming roster overhauls on that side of the ball as well as potential adjustments to the system Tucker will use.

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Bennett made major impact in 2013 - Larry Mayer: Excelling as both a receiver and blocker, Martellus Bennett proved to be the all-around TE the Bears had envisioned when they signed him on the first day of free agency.

Position outlook: Receivers - Michael C. Wright takes a look at the Bears' wide receiver group going into the offseason.

What can the Bears learn from the Seahawks? - James Neveau: The Seahawks lost in Chicago in the 2011 NFC playoffs, but since then have flown past the Bears. What can Phil Emery learn from the NFC champions?

Long, Jeffery validate key piece of Emery’s draft strategy - Moon Mullin: Bears' two young Pro Bowlers both were drafted in some measure based on their "ceilings," what their upside looked to Emery and his staff to be.

Jeffery's TD third best play of year - Larry Mayer: Bears fans voted Alshon Jeffery's 45-yard TD catch Dec. 15 in a 38-31 win over the Browns as the team's third best play of the season. [Video]

Pat Mannelly expected to return - Brad Biggs: Multiple sources said Mannelly, 38, will have an opportunity to return as the team’s long snapper if he chooses.

Why Kyle Long wasn't expecting Pro Bowl call from Emery - Scott Krinch: In what was a surprise season by many throughout the league in regards to Long, the recognition comes as no shock to his father and his brother.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Bears history

Sayers: 'I probably could've had every record in the book' - Chuck Gardien: Gale Sayers only touched the ball 16 times in his record-setting 6-TD game against the 49ers in 1965.

[Video] - Former players, media still in awe of Gale Sayers' ability. [Video] Reliving Sayers' 6-TD performance.

[Video] - Butkus, Sayers break down 1965 Bears draft.

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Re-evaluating big QB deals - Gil Brandt: Last offseason, Tony Romo and Matt Ryan were part of a wave of QBs who inked lucrative deals with their respective teams. How do those contracts look now? [Spoiler: Better than Stafford's - Den]

Opinions on Richard Sherman seem to be a black-and-white issue - Steve Rosenbloom trolls some more.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge wraps up his time at the Senior Bowl with 10 important takeaways.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel breaks down the Senior Bowl O-line and QB prospects.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Third consecutive offseason involving surgery for AP a reminder that the Vikings should think about how to best manage their star RB.

NFLN survey/Super Bowl player: Chicago Bears - Michael C. Wright: Adrian Peterson received the most votes among his peers as the active player they would most like to see play in the Super Bowl, though Bears' players voted Andre Johnson top.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: If you were a player on another team in the NFL, you almost have to feel for Calvin Johnson, who received the third-most votes for the player others would most like to see in the Super Bowl.

Is anyone surprised this happened in Oakland? - Mike Singer: Raiderettes suing team, allege wage theft, unfair employment practices.

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