The Bears Den: March 31, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Nate Collins among the losses that led to the Bears' D-line being the most injury-affected in the league last season, according to Football Outsiders' advanced metric.

Bears want retooled defense to be flexible - Rich Campbell: Signing of Jared Allen could be key to unit's ability to show different alignments, pressure packages.

CSN to air Jared Allen's introductory Bears press conference - Comcast SportsNet will carry complete coverage of the 1.30pm press conference and you can also catch the live stream on CSNChicago.com.

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Trestman details ideal Bears' backup QB - Kevin Patra: Looking at the grim group of replacements, the QB whisperer might know he doesn't really have a better option than current No. 2, Jordan Palmer.

Marshall doesn't want Megatron or Larry Fitzgerald money - John Breech: Brandon Marshall, entering the final season of his contract, wants to stay in Chicago and he'll do it for less than what other top WRs are making.

Extend Brandon Marshall, or sign DeSean Jackson? - Dan Pompei: Marshall has produced and has been an outstanding leader. Jackson was a problem in the Eagles locker room. If the Bears are to sink money into the position, what kind of message would it send to to pay Jackson and not Marshall?

Football Outsiders - Football Outsiders uses an advanced metric to quantify how much teams were affected by injuries. Not surprisingly the Bears' defense - in particular, the D-line and LBs - fared badly.

Bearsss - Nate Davis' definitive list of the true Super Bowls each of the past 48 years points to the 1985 AFC title game in which the Patriots upset the Dolphins 31-14. Bearsss.

Ex-Bears doing good things - Local product Tom Zbikowski is on the waiting list to join the Chicago Fire Department and, in the meantime, is bringing firefighters closer together in his role as the CFD football team's DC. With [Video].

Miss out on Bears news going into the weekend? Still thy breast; the Weekend Den has you covered.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Larry Hartstein: Jim Caldwell believes Matthew Stafford can take a big step forward, but Stafford has lots of bad habits to break.

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David Taylor suggested a week of country music. I don't think it's because he hates y'all.

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