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The Bears Den: July 25, 2012

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"...where it's training camp, Ditka be praised."

Bears Camp Watch - Seifert: "One thing I'm certain of: Jay Cutler will demonstrate that he is the Bears' quasi-OC. And that's not a bad thing."

CBSSports's 2012 Bears Season Preview - Mike Freeman: "The Bears have introduced poison into their system ... when they signed Brandon Marshall." What, they're trying to kill themselves with no potential gain? Are they, Mike? Also, an AFC scout claims "Cutler could implode". Quoi? Pourquoi?

Peter King's TMQB - Bears not listed on his training camp radar. Lovie immediately plays the disrespect card.

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Bears 2012 training camp (with alternative, non-Tribune links)

Jeff Joniak talks expectations for new Bears on Bourbonnais Day - The excitement was high Tuesday, as players reported to the site for physicals and meetings.

Forte is excited to rejoin teammates - Eight days after signing a four-year contract with the Bears, an excited and relieved Matt Forte arrived at training camp eager to catch up with his teammates.

Cutler eager to play with his 'new toys' - Jay Cutler grew up in Santa Claus, Ind., but that's not why the Bears quarterback had jolly old Saint Nick on his mind Tuesday when he arrived at training camp.

Bears Bring Creature Comforts to Camp - "Just like college kids moving into dorms, the Bears showed up at Olivet-Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Tuesday." Includes link to photo of Awesome member of Bears.

Lovie’s Message As Camp Starts: ‘Why Not The Bears?’ - Admits that this is the most talent he’s had at the skill positions since he’s been the head coach in Chicago. Naturally, with that talent comes high expectations and pressure.

Emery non-committal on Urlacher's contract - Brian Urlacher's contract set to expire the following the 2012 season.

Cutler 'most comfortable' he's ever been heading into training camp - "Jeremy (Bates) has come in and helped install some stuff we did in Denver, some stuff that I'm really comfortable (with). Mike Tice has got a really good feel for what I like to do, of how to put guys in position to be successful."

Bears not shrinking from high expectations - Offseason additions put Lovie Smith on hot seat to deliver playoff appearance. Plus, something about a big stick. Do they mean "shirking"?

Emery: Matt Forte deal a 'win-win' - Cutler not concerned about Forte getting up to speed: "I think after this week one install he's going to be fine."

Emery says Johnny Knox progressing - Team will make a decision soon about whether to place him on the active Physically Unable to Perform list.

No more excuses for Cutler, Lovie - Moon Mullin: There have been a lot of excuses made for Jay Cutler in his time with the Bears, even though he wasn't asking for them. This season, with a new coordinator and wide receiver in his arsenal, the excuses will end.

Webb the early leader to be Bears starting LT? - Moon Mullin: The Bears starting LT position appears to up for grabs with J'Marcus Webb and Chris Williams battling for the position, but early indication shows Webb being the leader.

Lovie Smith’s tenure always seems tenuous - Few have mastered the art of speaking to the media for 15 minutes and not saying a thing like Bears coach Lovie Smith. But as evasive as Smith can be, his grip on the job is a topic that never goes away.

Emery upbeat as Bears open camp - Addressed the media as his team reported to camp Tuesday, answering questions about Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, Jay Cutler and more.

Bears' Smith welcomes pressure to win - Brad Biggs: Considering all the moves Emery has made, including the trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, it’s no surprise Smith is all smiles.

Carimi ready to test repaired right knee - Spent offseason working on his knee, expects to test it in pads on Saturday.

Matt Forte in camp and ready to go - With new contract settled, RB reports for duty and says he will pick up new offense quickly.

Handiwork of Phil Emery evident at dawn of training camp - If there is one significant difference in the 2013 Bears from the 2012 Bears, it is depth. The team whose second string failed has another layer this year.

Lovie Smith brimming with optimism - Brad Biggs: It's obvious on eve of training camp, Bears coach under pressure to win now vehemently believes his re-tooled roster will deliver.

It's Christmas in July for Jay Cutler - QB eager to play with his new toys in the new offense under OC Mike Tice.

[Video] What to expect at Bears training camp - Brad Biggs and Matt Bowen and some Ditkaawful audio quality.

[Video] No big issues as Bears camp begins - Dan Pompei with some much better audio quality.

[Video] The Bears return to Bourbonnais - Cutler, Emery answer questions.

[Video] Moon Mullin reports in from camp - Moon's thoughts on the state of the team entering training camp.

[Video] Bears arriving to training camp - Kip Lewis and Moon Mullin recap the day's press conferences.

Training camp: 42 reasons to love this roster-shaping process - With the season just 42 days away,'s Jeff Darlington has 42 reasons why he cherishes this roster-shaping process of the coming weeks.

Bears Training Camp Survival Guide For Fans - " I always feel bad for the specialists. A great majority of practice has nothing to do with them ... but those guys still have to look busy. So they create all sorts of challenges for themselves."

My training camp advice for rookies - Bowen: Five things I would tell every rookie as they begin practice.

Everything else

CBSChicago's Most Important Bears: No. 2 Julius Peppers - If Peppers isn’t healthy and on the field, the Bears’ Cover-2 could be a mess.

ProFootballFocus: 2011 Route Efficiency: WR Screens - Tillman among the league's best at shutting down WR screens in 2011.

Know thy enemy - Lions released second-year OT Johnny Culbreath, but not for disciplinary reasons. About as monumentous in that regard as JT Thomas not making it to the 53-man roster.

Know thy enemy - Seifert's Lions Camp Watch: "Something tells me the Lions won't open training camp in a good mood."

Know thy enemy - Seifert's Packers Camp Watch: "I'll need an updated copy of the Green Bay Packers' roster when I watch their defensive practices."

Know thy enemy - Seifert's Vikings Camp Watch: Will Percy Harvin flip out again? (There's not much else going on.)

Ditkavsworld asked for some Jackson 5. Whalla!