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The Bears Den: July 27, 2012

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"...where there's some other sporting event starting today, but I'm more interested in who you think would star in 'Marshall and Cutler Reunited: the Movie'."

Bears trade for Bucs DT Brian Price - Fourth DT the Bears have acquired in the last three months. I'm expecting to see a revolutionary 6-2-3 base defensive formation. High upside potential if he's over his injury problems.

Bears key to 2012 and beyond: The "Flex" Factor - Moon Mullin makes some interesting observations on how the offense and defense may be migrating from what we're used to, or what other teams are expecting.

Position battles to watch in training camp: Webb vs C.Williams - "Webb has been a complete wreck for two straight years now. He allowed 12 sacks and 30 QB hurries last season, which led PFF to rate him the worst OT in the NFL." And he wanted J-Webb Nation to vote him to the Pro Bowl...

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Bears deal for Price, add depth at NT - Moon Mullin: Price is 6-feet, 343 pounds, and projects as a challenger to Matt Toeaina at nose tackle. He was the Pac-10 defensive player of the year in 2009, the year before Paea won the same award.

Forte shows burst in first practice - Larry Mayer: "On one running play Thursday, Forte displayed his patented explosiveness and quickness, bolting through a hole and racing to the end zone." Doesn't add: "He doesn't score from close yardage because it's not enough of a challenge."

Photos - Bears training camp - Photos from day 1 of training camp at

Bears need Webb or Chris Williams to excel at LT - Tice: “If they can’t protect, they can’t play for us.” So, explain J-Webb to us...?

Figure fierce battle at left tackle - Brad Biggs: If Tice keeps true to form, expect the competition at left tackle to be decided sooner rather than later.

Tice: Left tackle battle is wide open - "Chris Williams is talking big as the Bears begin camp. Can he back it up?" Michael C. Wright seemingly oblivious of J-Webb Nation and his plan to dominate the little girly Julius Peppers...

NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Guessing on J'Marcus Webb - Seifert: "Tice takes great pride in identifying and cultivating little-known offensive linemen" ... if Webb doesn't improve, Cutler might say he takes too much pride.

Silverman: Tice Has Chance To Rebuild His Good Name - Bears OC has a chance to get back to the top of his profession if he can help transform the offense into one of the most productive and consistent units in the league.

WRs coach Drake fervently defends Hester - Darryl Drake says Devin Hester isn't to blame for his subpar 2011 season. Some might blame Darryl Drake for Bears' WRs' subpar seasons since 2004.

Bears begin life under Marshall law - "There’s a reason that Marshall won’t be seen walking by himself often. He has been given a shadow, and Cutler has played that role to perfection."

Marshall on life with Cutler: 'Fireworks, but a little fiery, too' - Marshall said it’s not just he and Cutler who have spent time together. He said he has spent more time with Bears teammates in general than he did with previous teams. “You see Jay not only going out to eat with me, but he goes out to eat with the quarterbacks, the receivers, the offensive linemen.”

Marshall: Bond Bromance with Cutler like a marriage - ' They probably can’t help it, given their dorm rooms at ONU are adjacent to one another. Marshall and Cutler are even competing against one another in board games with the quarterback holding a 2-0 record against the receiver in a game he calls “Q” because “I can’t pronounce it.” '

Marshall thinks reunion with Cutler is Hollywood material - No word on who would play duo. Denzel Washington and Vince Vaughan?

Brandon Marshall doesn't worry about past drops - "When Brandon drops the football, it's because he's trying to make something happen before he catches it," Drake said. "We've addressed that. We are working on it."

10 things to focus on at the Bears training camp - Matt Bowen speaks. You listen. Well, read.

NFCN Blog CampTour'12: Day 1 with Bears - Seifert's observations on the Bears' day 1. Considers Price a quality addition, says Alshon Jeffrey looked in shape, and notes TE Evan Rodriguez's strong progression following a shaky rookie minicamp.

[Video] Pompei, Biggs after Bears 1st practice - Discuss what Price trade says about how they view DT depth. Also model facial hair and sunglasses.

[Video] Kip and Moon on Day 1 - Moon Mullin recap Day 1 from training camp: Tim Jennings making interceptions.

First day camp summary: Sloppy O - Moon Mullin: Bears training camp got off to an exciting start with the presence of Brandon Marshall, but overall the offense left plenty of room for improvement.

[Video] Moon and Miller on Offense - On the state of the Bears offense after Day 1. Miller isn't worried, thinks Marshall should get to at least 90 catches this season.

Tough 1st day for Bears offense at camp - Bears WR coach Darryl Drake refused to sugarcoat the dropped passes by Brandon Marshall. Safeties Wright and Conte seemed to have improved in terms of breaking toward the ball and overall communication.

[Video] Jeff Dickerson previews Bears' offense - Cutler and Marshall making adjustments, how the Bears plan to split carries.

Brandon Hardin has more to learn than other rookies - Not only did he not play at Oregon State last year after suffering a broken shoulder in fall camp, but he is playing safety in the NFL after being a CB to date.

Veteran Tillman not feeling his age - Charles Tillman doesn't feel old despite entering his 10th NFL season, still applying fist to balls like a younger man. No, wait, that's not what I meant...

Hayden set to push Jennings at corner - "The fact that the Bears will pay Jennings $3 million this season would indicate that he should be the starter... Jennings simply solidified his status by having arguably the strongest offseason of any defensive player."

[Video] NFL32OT - Are Bears defense still good enough for a Superbowl run?

Training camps becoming more player-friendly, but at what cost? - Jeff Fisher and other coaches are concerned that, because of the significantly reduced practice time, it will be difficult to find enough reps to go around for the 90 players in camp before cutdowns begin.

D.J. Moore borrows TV from a fan to watch during training camp - Which is quite a fun story, but at the same time you have to wonder why a guy whose rookie deal salary is still quite a few times that of the average American can't just spend a few $...

'Coach wants to see you -- and bring your iPad' - Bears players carrying around iPads with daily video downloads, instead of playbooks. No news on if videos include puppies and kittens doing silly things.

Grading the Bears Training Camp Clichés - Even though there's actually Bears news to report, Maggie Hendricks still manages to write a fluff piece to waste my time. Truly masterful journalism.

Dionne Miller's Bears Bourbonnais Diary - Day 3 - ...and this is nothing to do with her observations, but "alright" isn't a word.

ProFootballFocus's 2011 Route Efficiency: Go Routes - Packers' QB and starting wideouts among the best at go routes. Sweet baby Ditka (with classic Bears sweatervest logo baby clothing and trademark m[o]ustache), I hope our safeties are healthy and good.

Robbie Gould: Big risk for Urlacher to hit free agency - Believes it would be a big risk for the team to allow Brian Urlacher to test free agency after the season.

Owners could be planning to squeeze players into wanting 18 games - Could salary cap force players to approve 18-game season if preseason is cut by 2 games?

In labor dispute with officials, NFL messing with integrity of the game - Replacement officials just won't be up to the job of working an NFL game and the league is in danger of compromising itself over relatively little money.

Know thy enemy - Lions' Jahvid Best still isn’t cleared for contact. Perfect fit with their planned rotation of easily-injured RBs.

Know thy enemy - A passenger in a one-car accident involving Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is suing him for more than $1 million in Oregon court. Eh, if you will put yourself in situations where things can happen.....

Know thy enemy - Charles Woodson opens camp at strong safety after Packers' surprise release of Charlie Peprah.

Know thy enemy - Vikings' Christian Ponder says his confidence was shaken last year. Sorry Mr Rence, there isn't much Vikings news...

Olympic link of the day - Well, I'm going to be watching the USA Olympic Women's Soccer team! :-D

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right...