The Bears Den: January 24, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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Team Report - Michael C. Wright: Bears now turn their attention to three areas: their own free agents, unrestricted free agency and the NFL draft, with drastic improvement of the club’s struggling defense as the No. 1 underlying factor.

NFL draft 2013 redo - Don Banks reprojects the first round of the 2013 draft. The Bears don't take Kyle Long, who's still on the board this time around, too.....

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Bears add Pasqualoni, Herring to defensive staff - Bob LeGere: The defensive staff gained extensive experience Thursday morning when the team made official the hiring of assistant coaches Reggie Herring and Paul Pasqualoni.

[Video] - Hub Arkush joins Pat Boden to break down Bears' coaching hires.

Clint Hurtt to join Bears staff - Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt is heading to the Bears, a sources told ESPN.

Position outlook: Tight ends - Michael C. Wright's position-by-position look at the roster covers the position we hadn't seen much (good) out of since Greg Olsen was traded.

Jeffery's TD second best play of year - Larry Mayer: Bears fans voted Alshon Jeffery's 46-yard TD catch against the Vikings Dec. 1 in Minnesota as the team's second best play of the season. [Video]

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Five Senior Bowlers who could fill Bears’ needs. Brad Biggs: Smallish DT Aaron Donald could fill big need for Bears

Draft preview - Dan Wiederer: Phil Emery wants to upgrade the talent and depth at safety this offseason. At this week's Senior Bowl, Florida State's Terrence Brooks is one of the more intriguing prospects.

Pro Bowl draft splits Bears stars - Larry Mayer: With a new Pro Bowl format, Bears players will be facing their teammates in the NFL's annual all-star game Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - How technology could change the way evaluators scout.

The (other) Pro Bowl problem - Andrew Brandt: Never underestimate the power of ego and insecurity; players will return to the mainland with newfound stances about their ability and, often, post-Pro Bowl contract discontent.

Seahawks used unconventional plan to get to Super Bowl - Steve Silverman: Phil Emery and his team of scouts need to take notice. You don’t need a lot of high draft picks to build a successful defense.

Draft preview - Greg A. Bedard with 20 thoughts from the Senior Bowl: Big year for receivers, not for QBs.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel: With the hitting coming to an end on Wednesday in Senior Bowl week preparation, which players stood out?

Know thy enemies - The ESPN North bloggers with a quick summary of each team's offseason issues for the Vikings, Packers and Lions. Michael Rothstein: In retrospect, Kiper loves Lions' 2013 draft.

Ex-Bear news - Ryan Wilson: After a 1-3 start, Ron Rivera led the Panthers to a 12-4 record, the NFC South title, and the playoffs. And he's the 2014 Coach of the Year.


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