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The Bears Den: January 5, 2012

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"...where we create humility."

Several obvious candidates for Bears general manager Dan Pompei has a look at five with solid reputations who the Bears seem likely to pursue. Martz: 'It was just time for me to move on'

Pressure on Bears coach Biggs: Lovie Smith will feel the heat if his fourth offensive coordinator isn't successful immediately.

Conte eager to take next step in career Mayer: After last year's offseason program was cancelled due to the lockout, Chris Conte is excited about continuing his development this offseason at Halas Hall. NFL gives Peppers another half sack

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Clark has strong words about Bears coaches While on Wednesday's edition of Chicago Tribune Live, former Bears tight end had some interesting comments about issues with the coaching staff during his final season in 2010.

The Packer factor in Angelo's exit John Mullin says Jerry Angelo didn't lose his job because of how the Bears ended their season but instead because of the Christmas Day loss to the rival Packers. Jerry-speak: Memorable Angelo quotes

Bernstein: Just Name Lovie GM, Already You can’t simultaneously hire a real general manager and reaffirm the alpha-dog status of your head coach. Not possible.

Former Bears WR Hurd indicted on drug charges Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was indicted Wednesday on federal drug conspiracy and possession charges.

Forte optimistic in wake of Angelo firing Forte, whose public desire for a new contract was one of the challenges facing Jerry Angelo all season, was optimistic he can get a long-term deal done in the wake of Angelo being fired as general manager.

How bad does the Greg Olsen trade look? Seifert: Martz committed the first cardinal sin by not building his scheme around the skills of his players. Angelo committed the second, not only by presiding over that mistake but compounding it by taking his eye off the horizon.

2012 NFL playoffs full of storylines, interesting stats, things to watch Musings, observations and the occasional insight as Don Banks breaks down the NFL's 12-team playoff field.

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