The Bears Den: January 30, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bruce Irvin sets bar for Shea McClellin - Brad Biggs: Success the Seahawks' SLB had moving from DE is something the Bears believe his fellow first-round draft pick can replicate

'Senior' moments that might help the Bears' defense - Chris Boden picks out some defensive players who stood out at the Senior Bowl, and who might be in the Bears' plans.

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Linebacker position hurt by injuries - Larry Mayer: After injuries sidelined veterans Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams in 2013, rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene got some on-the-job training.

Position outlook: Linebackers - Jeff Dickerson goes over a group in a state of flux.

McCown wants to remain with Bears - Larry Mayer: If Josh McCown re-signs with the Bears, he would return as Jay Cutler's backup. But it sounds like that's what McCown wants to do, even if he gets a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - McCown's 'heart is in Chicago'; will the Bears be able to keep him?

Matt Forte: Pro Bowl draft led to playful jabs - Michael C. Wright: Despite all the jokes in the background, both Forte and Marshall seemed genuinely offended by their draft position.

Brian Urlacher: Bears 'trying to get rid of Lovie's players' - Michael C. Wright: Tillman's contract paid $7.5 million in 2013, and given the team's salary-cap constraints, it's unlikely moving forward that he'll receive a similar deal from the Bears.

Brian Urlacher sounds catty and correct - Rosenmoan describes former Bears talking about the current team as "an amusing combination of gravitas and and anger, if not also the need to vomit." That also sums up his column, minus the "amusing" and "gravitas".

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Ditka's 'D'-scussion leads to more Bears-Seahawks comparison - Chris Boden: Da Coach said his Super Bowl champion front seven was better than Seattle's but added that these Seahawks had the stronger secondary.

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NFLN survey/Super Bowl QB - Michael C. Wright: With two minutes remaining and the Super Bowl on the line, Tom Brady is the man you want under center, according to an NFL Nation survey of 320 players.

[Video] - Will there ever be a Super Bowl in Chicago? Hub Arkush and Robert Klemko offer their thoughts.

Sapp sacks Strahan, Melton, Suh - Brad Biggs: Spend enough time asking Warren Sapp about the performance of other D-linemen and eventually he sacks most of them. Evan Hilbert: Strahan, Esiason weigh in.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn't a fan of trash talking by his players, especially when it involves his team's biggest rival.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: "The Fred Smoot Love Boat Part 2"? Proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

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