The Weekend Bears Den: March 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Bears to face slew of familiar faces - Larry Mayer: When the Bears' 2014 regular-season schedule is released by the NFL sometime next month, it will be filled with former players and coaches.

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Bears Mailbag - Brad Biggs answers more questions about the draft, Earl Bennett's departure, special teams and veteran QBs looking for work

Roster notes - Jeff Dickerson: Free-agent Zack Bowman is close to signing a one-year deal with the Giants; the Bears are believed to have expressed a desire to bring him back.

Dan Pompei Q&As - Why aren't needy Bears bringing in FS Chris Clemons? ... Orton as Cutler's backup? ... Odds of Bears drafting Jimmy Garoppolo?

Draft preview - Mike Tanier with five rookies who could contribute immediately on special teams.

Ex-Bear news - Calvin Watkins: Henry Melton comes home to become the savior for a defense that was terrible last season, but the local kid must block out distractions.

Ex-Bear news - Moon Mullin:  With all his other receiving options Cutler didn't trust Hester enough to throw him the ball, but the Falcons and Matt Ryan have no such notions.

X&Os / ex-Bear news - Chris Burke: Julius Peppers' 'different' role for Packers may look familiar to NFL fans.

Whut? - Julius Peppers' new address has left some Bears fans blazing mad -- literally. with [Video].

Why you don't want to see expanded playoffs - Mike Tanier picks out some of the worst teams who would have made the playoffs in an expanded format, including the 2011 Hanie/McCown-led Martzfense Bears.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Boom or bust: A look at draft probabilities - Tony Villiotti: What are your picks' chances for success?

X&Os - NFL 101: Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the 4-3 defensive front.

Draft preview - Charles Davis: Sammy Watkins among five 2014 NFL Draft slam dunks. QBs falling in the draft?

NFL history - Top 10 upsets in NFL history.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Detroit is working with a somewhat shrinking window to win with its current roster.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Will the Packers get more draft picks?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings finishing bold defensive line remodel, figures to be younger, nastier and tougher up the middle.

NFL Bracketology - enlists your help to determine the greatest QB of all time. Bears fans, turn out in force to vote for... just kiddin'.


Ireland needed to win in France for only the second time in 42 years to take the Six Nations tournament title - no mean feat, but the team were desperate to give retiring icon Brian O'Driscoll a victorious send-off in what proved to be a nail-biting game.

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