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The Bears Den: June 08, 2012

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Offseason Breakdown: Chicago Bears - Chris Burke on three issues to watch. I'm only really concerned about #2 being, well, a #2.

Defense is fine with buzz about offense - Lance Briggs: "I don’t think I’ll ever have a problem when you’re talking about the Bears being successful."

Contender vs. Pretender - Can Lovie Smith’s team string together a ten-win season in 2012?

Check it out, we're on T-W-I-T-T-E-R; on F-A-C-E-B-O-O-K and the rest is F-L-Y.

McClellin enjoyed first OTAs, still learning Chicagoland - Shared early impressions of the Bears after OTAs and how he's enjoying Chicago so far.

Sanzenbacher proved he belongs, now he must do it again - Even tougher for him to make the 2012 roster, has a tough test ahead of him.

Forte: 'I might have been top 10' - Believes he belongs on the NFL's Top 10 list, but instead was slotted at No. 33. Was his injury in the previous season to blame?

[Video] Bowen's breakdown - Matt Bowen gets on the whiteboard to break down the Cover-2 Fox Fire Zone defensive scheme.

Could 'replacement' refs impact NFL secondaries? - Matt Bowen: Looking at the idea from a player's perspective.

What minicamps don’t tell you - Former NFL defensive lineman Seth Payne explains why minicamps are not the place to evaluate linemen, in particular.

Taylor enshrinement a might-have-been for Bears - The Jaguars will be honoring running back Fred Taylor with enshrinement into the team's Ring of Honor this season. Moon Mullin recalls how Taylor was almost a Bear. Instead, we got... Curtis Enis.

NFL owners and GMs are negotiating on an uneven playing field with RBs - ESPN's Scoop Jackson doesn't seem to realise the franchise tag was agreed to by the players' union.

Jaguars release Aaron Kampman - Seems like Bears made the right choice in throwing bucketloads of money (and Lovie Smith) at Julius Peppers.

Know thy enemy - Lions atop the NFL. In player arrests, that is.

Know thy enemy - Ndamukong Suh’s reputation took a serious hit last year - except, apparently, with his peers.

Know thy enemy - Leslie Frazier: "Very good chance" Toby Gerhart has to carry the load early.

Could Ochocinco end up in the NFC North? - "Look at the (Vikings') depth chart. He’d instantly be the second-best receiver on the roster, behind Percy Harvin." Or Chad Soixante-Neuf, si tu comprends de quoi on parle.

Arrest warrant issued for Charles Rogers - Q. What happens when you draft substance-abusing character risks? A. When you're the Lions, you do it again, and again...

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