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The Bears Den: January 9, 2012


"...where we're like NFL referees...with all our brain cells."

Tice excited about assuming new role Newly appointed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice discussed his new role on ESPN 1000's "Carmen, Jurko and Harry Show".

Lovie goes with Tice that binds Jensen: The Bears still plan to hire an offensive line coach as well as a quarterbacks coach who will be consulted on the passing offense.

Bears might look at Giants exec Marc Ross for GM job Jensen: Ross is wrapping up his fifth season as the Giants’ director of college scouting. Around the NFL, the Giants are respected for their player evaluation, consistently capitalizing on the draft to build their roster.

Follow WCG on Twitter: Take a load off.

GM plans, week 2: Bears in no hurry Moon: As the Bears enter week 2 of their search for a new general manager, one thing is clear: they're in no rush. They've yet to formally interview anyone. Could it be their choice is already part of the franchise? Thoughts from a wild-card weekend.

Bears' Smith doing it his way Parr: While there was no general manager in place to offer consultation, the Bears entrusted Lovie Smith with the power to hire their new offensive coordinator.

Time to hold Lions to a higher standard Seifert: After returning to relevance this season, the Lions have earned themselves big-boy treatment moving forward.

Breaking down NFL Wild Card weekend Matt Bowen has three things from each game that you should be talking about.

Tebowmania lives in Denver ... but the real world intrudes King: Not the greatest weekend for start-to-finish drama, but the Denver-Pittsburgh overtime thriller made up for those earlier 21-, 17- and 22-point playoff games.

"The Weight":