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The Bears Den: January 10, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

Meticulous as ever, Dave Toub had prepared the Bears special teams coverage units for Stefan Logan's antigrav boots.

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Robert Griffin III, other NFL players likely fearful of 'Jay Cutler' treatment - Dan Wetzel: This isn't the old media world. Today it's shoot first, criticize first and define a man's heart immediately. The facts can come later.

Bears' 'Viewers Guide' to the Divisional Round - Moon Mullin: Despite the Bears missing the playoffs, Chicago fans will have a lot to watch for as the postseason rolls out, as potential head coach candidates and in free agency targets perform on the big stage.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the Bears players who are set to become free agents, the Bears' MVP this season, and the most Pro Bowlers the Bears have had in a season other than 1985.

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Bears one of the healthiest teams in 2012 - Mark Strotman: Bears lost 23 starts to various players at various positions, the fourth fewest number in the NFL.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Is Cutler a franchise QB, and will this be his last season to show it?

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert looks at the adjusted strength of schedule list (each team's head-to-head result is removed from the combined winning percentage of its opponents). The NFCN had it tough this year.

Cutler confident Emery will find right coach - Michael C. Wright: QB has had dealings with three of the candidates on Emery's list of interviewees.

Jay wants Hester to stay - Michael C. Wright: Says receiver might flourish in a new offense likely to be brought in once the team hires a new coach.

[Video] Jay Cutler's Mailbag - QB joins Waddle & Silvy to talk about some of the head coaching candidates. [Part 2] On the feelings in the locker room when Lovie Smith was fired and why he wants Devin Hester back next season.


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Phil Emery takes solid approach with meticulous search for coach - Dan Pompei: Knowledge gained during seemingly endless quest can only be a help to Bears in the long run.

Durkin’s Coaching Breakdown - Bruce Arians' coaching history and offensive philosophy make him a strong candidate... if the Bears can upgrade their tight ends.

Rick Dennison offers attractive links - Sean Jensen: Texans OC might be inclined to keep several of the Bears assistants under contract, most prominently Rod Marinelli, and has worked alongside Jeremy Bates as Cutler's OC in Denver.

[Video] CTL discussion - Should Mike Singletary be a candidate for the Bears head coaching gig?


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Matt Bowen's playbook - How did Alabama's McCarron beat up Notre Dame's Cover 2?

Matt Bowen's playbook - Are the Texans ready for Patriots' play action? All-22 look at two plays that gave Houston issues in their Week 14 loss to New England.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Packers' All-22: The 'Dagger' route. What can we learn from the tape on the 2-Deep beater?

Know thy enemy: Packers - PFF's 32 Observations cover the teams still in the playoffs.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - After a somewhat surprising 10-6 regular season and a playoff berth, here are seven topics for the Vikings to consider in the offseason.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Justin Rogers' position by position grades for the special teams. Stefan Logan, ho ho ho!

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta breaks down the agent’s role prior to draft day.

Eagles coaching candidate profiles: Love Smith - BGN's take on Love[sic] Smith, and why he's the defensive-minded Andy Reid.

Selected musical obituary of 2012: Adam Yauch died in May, aged 48.