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The Bears Den: January 11, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

"Make that *two* coffins."

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Mark Kolbe

NFL players don't want kickoffs to get the boot - The eight teams left in the NFL playoffs can thank their special teams for a good part of their success. That's one reason players are still upset Roger Goodell has floated the idea of abolishing kickoffs altogether.

Junior Seau had brain disease CTE - Seau suffered from a degenerative brain disease often associated with repeated blows to the head when he committed suicide last May. Was never diagnosed with concussion but suffered his share of brain trauma, according to a former teammate.

Team report - The unit-by-unit analysis of the team describes the Tight Ends as "A veritable wasteland."

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Briggs: Uncertainty toughest part of search - Lance Briggs says he has no preference in the search for a head coach, but the veteran LB who played nine seasons under Lovie Smith acknowledged that the uncertainty of playing for a new leader is the toughest part.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q&A on the head coach search, the draft, and more things Bears.

Why All-Star Games can lead to mistakes in scouting - Russ Lande: Chris Williams' play at Vanderbilt only warranted a second or third round pick due to a lack of aggressiveness and consistency, but he played with a nasty streak the entire week and looked like a definite star left tackle in the making.

Marshall, Tillman named first-team All-NFL by PFW - Larry Mayer: Brandon Marshall and Charles Tillman have been rewarded for their outstanding performances in 2012 by being named first-team All-NFL by Pro Football Weekly.

PFF's All-NFCN Team - Four Bears make it to the list, and one of them is unexpected (but it ain't J-Webb Nation; it's not that unexpected).

Lance Briggs' acting gig coming up - #55 does his star turn Sunday on Happy Endings.

Have you seen Sackman's Lance Briggs t-shirt design?


(Search for the next) Ditka

'Ridiculous' search? Maybe. Maybe not. - Moon Mullin: The Bears' head coach search has now run to 13 candidates, but isn't a wrong hire worse than a slow hire?

Be patient with Phil Emery - Dan McNeil: A head coaching search, coupled with the a roster overhaul Bears GM has in front of him, give ample reasons to be patient.

Looking for a Bears coach that could help Jay Cutler? - Neil Hayes: The biggest difference between the Packers and Bears isn’t overall talent but production from the QB position. Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon is convinced the perfect person to elevate Jay Cutler’s game is Marc Trestman.

Dennison, Bears to huddle - Moon Mullin: Texans OC Rick Dennison will interview with Phil Emery on Friday for the team's head coaching position. In the meantime, Lovie Smith has an uphill battle ahead of him.

The Rick Dennison model: Rushing attack with low interceptions - Jim Miller: Dennison is an ideal fit for the Bears because he will implement the same offense Cutler was drafted for and has been most successful in. But can it beat the Packers?

[Video] ESPN - Lomas Brown on who would fit as head coach and what offensive system would work in Chicago.

[Video] CTL discussion - The panel talks about the six remaining NFL head coaching vacancies, and whether Phil Emery's net is being cast too wide.

Dave Toub in demand - Brad Biggs: If Bears don't promote him to head coach, several other teams will pursue him as a special teams coordinator.

View from the Moon - Moon Mullin breaks down the 49ers-Packers matchup, and reviews the Bears' head coaching search.


Polish sausage

Eagles don't need retread like Lovie Smith - CSNPhilly: Divorce isn’t easy, but it does offer an opportunity for a fresh start. New and different. The team needs that. The players need that. The city and its frustrated fans need that, too. What they don’t need is a recycled head coach.

Jerry Angelo among candidates for NY Jets GM job - Because the Jets just can't help making themselves a laughing stock.

Selected musical obituary of 2012: Donna Summer died in May, aged 63.