The Weekend Bears Den: January 25, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the possibility of the Bears re-signing Melton, Bears players who have been named Pro Bowl MVP, and gives a Super Bowl prediction.

Tillman content to bide his time - Fred Mitchell: CB ponders his football options as he could be leaving the Bears as an unrestricted free agent at age 33, after an injury-riddled season

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Position outlook: O-line - Michael C. Wright's review of the position groups reaches the big uglies up front.

Jeffery's TD voted top play of year - Larry Mayer: Bears fans voted Alshon Jeffery's 25-yard TD catch in a Monday night win over the Cowboys Dec. 9 as the team's top play of the season. [Video]

McCown, Slauson on 'All-Joe' team - Larry Mayer: Josh McCown and Matt Slauson have been selected to USA Today's 22nd annual "All-Joe" team, which honors unsung NFL players who have never been voted to a Pro Bowl.

Bears look to the future at center - Brad Biggs: Defense will be a point of emphasis this offseason, but the club cannot afford to ignore a couple of areas on offense, one of them being center.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears fill vacancies at DL, LB coaches. The panel discuss [KAPCON: 5]

One-time liability now an asset for new Bears coaching hires - Moon Mullin: A reasonable assumption may be that Pasqualoni and Herring were hired not in spite of their recent work in a 3-4, but rather because of it.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Are the Bears switching up the defense? The panel (and Patrick Finley's extra chin) discuss. [KAPCON: 5]

Bears would be ideal for ‘Hard Knocks’ - Tim Baffoe lists all the reasons why the Bears would be a great on "Hard Knocks" this summer.

Proposed playoff expansion likely alters Bears, NFL history - Moon Mullin: If a seventh team is in recent playoff brackets, is Lovie Smith still coach of the Bears?

Photos - The Tribune's gallery of Bears at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Photos - ChicagoBears.com takes a pictorial look back at some current Bears players when they participated in the Senior Bowl.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL has a major underclassmen problem - Greg A. Bedard: Due to the CBA in 2011, college players are eager to enter the NFL as soon as possible. The influx is negatively impacting the prospects and current players, with no end in sight.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin's notes from day 4 of Senior Bowl week. Rick Camp: Numbers show Safeties, DTs good to target early.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Moon Mullin: New Lions OC Joe Lombardi on Stafford: What would you expect him to say?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Mel Kiper Jr revisited the Vikings' 2013 draft and said they didn't get quite as much as one would have expected, given where they were picking.

Cities that should host a Super Bowl - Chris Burke thinks London would be a good place for a Super Bowl. [I don't, and I live there.]

NFL.com cheerleaders gallery - Meet your 2014 Pro Bowl cheerleaders ... Aloha! from Honolulu ... [Video] Cheerleaders check in from Hawaii.

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