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The Weekend Bears Den: January 12, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

The 49ers cheerleaders' halftime performance to the Village People was a big hit with their home crowd.

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Face of franchise due to become free agent - Larry Mayer: After the Bears hire a head coach, they will have other important decisions to make; Urlacher is among 18 players who are due to become unrestricted free agents.

Pro Football Hall of Fame trims list to 17 finalists - Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp and Jonathan Ogden head a list of players, and are joined by Bill Parcells, on the list of those still eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Seau passes as just another sad story - Jen Floyd Engel: Junior Seau's CTE confirmation is another sad story, but it wont bring about any real changes.

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Could Toub be joining Ron Rivera? - Bears ST coach also to interview with the Chiefs.

[Video] ESPN - Lance Briggs talks about the disappointment of not making the playoffs, finding out Lovie Smith was fired, and how the defense will be affected by a new head coach.

Roster news - Matt Spaeth to have knee surgery, says he will be ready in no time to prepare for next season.


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Marc Trestman named Bears coach? Not so fast, Jimmy - Sean Jensen: Jimmy Johnson's tweet denied by Trestman himself.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin discusses the Trestman rumo(u)r and offers his thoughts on the Bears' search.

Marv Levy thinks Marc Trestman perfect for Bears - Fred Mitchell: CFL coach has followed similar career path as the Chicago native who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls.

Phil Emery nears second stage of interviews - Sean Jensen: GM is scheduled to interview five candidates between Friday and Sunday, and it’s believed he then will move to the next stage.

Phil Emery can't wait too long - Melissa Isaacson: A thorough search is fine, but Bears GM has to act fast when he finds his man.

NFL 'helping' Bears coaching search - Moon Mullin explains how the Bears are getting help in their coaching search while teams are hiring candidates Phil Emery isn't interested in.


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Know thy enemy: Packers - Previewing the divisional round matchup between the 49ers and the Packers. PFF's 3 things to focus on.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Pressure better work deep in red zone: If the 49ers can't rush Aaron Rodgers into making bad play, they are in for trouble.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Bob Wojnowski: We're five years removed from the Matt Millen pox, and the Lions' record is 22-42. This is the offseason we learn if Martin Mayhew is truly clever, or simply an Accidental GM.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - GM Rick Spielman is vague about Vikings' future plans... never mind all that, what I want to know is: Has he ever been seen in the same room as NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson?

Jets GM Candidate: Jerry Angelo - GangGreenNation takes a look at a GM candidate we know and love well here.....

Chargers Garay endorses Lovie Smith for coach - Veteran DT Antonio Garay, who played 10 games in two-plus seasons with the Bears, believes in Smith's tactics.'s Best of the Wild Card Weekend Cheerleaders - ...Tell me that's not Robbie Gould in a wig. Dude.

Non-gridiron link of the day - Apparently, your Congress is less popular than lice, colonoscopies and... Nickelback. Nickelback.

Selected musical obituary of 2012: Robin Gibb died in May, aged 62.