The Weekend Bears Den: February 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears NFL Combine news & notes

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Can the Bears get more out of Bush? And who doesn't want more Bush?

Bears will tailor defense to personnel - Larry Mayer: The Bears plan to employ a 4-3 base defense that possesses the flexibility to take advantage of what their players do best. But without knowing who those players will be, it’s premature to discuss specifics.

GM for a day - The challenge for Phil Emery isn't just to put together a Bears team that can have a successful regular season, it's to collect a roster that can kick down the playoff door. Here's how Dan Pompei would go about it.

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Emery sounds like he's shopping first-round pick - Michael C. Wright: GM will certainly field calls from teams looking to trade up, but he's got to find an offer enticing enough to strike a deal and potentially gain a pick.

Countdown to Combine: Center - With Roberto Garza set to reach free agency, Michael C. Wright looks at three players the Bears could be targeting in the draft.

Can Bears maximize Bush? [Giggity - Den] - Jeff Dickerson: It’s unclear whether the Bears believe second-year back Michael Ford is ready to assume the role as the team’s No. 2 tailback.

[Video] - Bears all in on defense in NFL Draft? Not so fast, say Moon Mullin and Jim Miller.

[Video] - Jim Miller: Will McClellin succeed at linebacker?

Seahawks won’t franchise Bennett as Bears ponder moves - Moon Mullin: Situation warrants attention because of the Bears’ uncertainty at DE.

[Video] ESPN - Ben Goessling, Michael Rothstein and Michael C. Wright deliver the latest news for the NFC North.  Nobody invited Rob Demovsky.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon talks Bears from NFL Combine. Is NIU's Jordan Lynch a target?

Ex-NIU QB Jordan Lynch meets with Bears - Jeff Dickerson: Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is determined to prove he can be an NFL QB.

Draft preview - Matt Bowen compares Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, and offers his thoughts on McClellin's move to LB. Emery needs to land impact defensive rookies who can produce in 2014 .

Mock Draft - Bucky Brooks' second mock draft has the Bears taking Timmy Jernigan, while the Vikings fail to land a QB, the Lions get a sidekick for Megatron, and the Packers take a D-lineman whom some tout for the Bears.

Draft preview - Dan Pompei: Chances of Bears drafting Aaron Donald? Greg A. Bedard: Aaron Donald-Geno Atkins comparisons are legit, says Atkins.

Draft preview - Dan Pompei: Is RB/WR/KR/PR all-in-one De'Anthony Thomas worth a Bears late round pick? Mid-round safeties the Bears might target.

[Video] Inside the Bears - LifeSource recently held their annual blood drive at Soldier Field, giving fans a chance to tour the Bear locker room. Dan Hampton, Robbie Gould, and other Bears were on hand for photos and autographs.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Ray Austin played DB for the Bears in the late nineties. He turned to acting when he retired, landing a number of roles in television shows and commercials.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL teams concerned about record number of underclassmen entering Draft - Adam Hoge: It's difficult for front offices to evaluate underclassmen who[m - Den] they didn't expect to declare. Jeff ReynoldsSteelers GM fears deep draft also 'immature'.

NFL to adopt 15-yard penalty for use of racial slur? - Jason La Canfora: Head of diversity group expects NFL competition committee to enact rule calling for on-field penalty for use of racial slur. [Dan Snyder throws a fit - Den]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Wiederer: Rick Spielman has hinted he's willing to wait until the second day to draft a QB. Jason La CanforaCould Jared Allen remain with Vikings?

Know thy enemies - Dan Wiederer: Jim Caldwell is taking over the Lions. Mike Zimmer is the new Vikings coach. Both have designs on making an impact in the wide open NFC North.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Lions looking for connection like Trestman-Cutler. Michael Rothstein: Importance of 'quality' receivers for Lions.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Mike McCarthy denies defense will get smaller; position switch for Nick Perry? Josh KatzowitzPackers won't change because of Kaepernick.

NFL cheerleaders will run the 40-yard-dash at Combine - Nick Schwatrz: Since 2005, NFL Network host Rich Eisen does the 40-yard-dash at the NFL combine in his work clothes. This year, he'll be joined by a few NFL cheerleaders. [#reasontowatchcombine - Den]

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The hula hoop cam is a thing, especially when at least one potential future Mrs Spongie is involved.  Mother of Ditka, why isn't this an event in the Olympics?

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