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The Bears Den: January 14, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

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At last: Something newsworthy re. Bears coach search? - Moon Mullin weighs in on Adam Schefter's Saturday reports concerning Chicago's head coaching search and GM Phil Emery's interviewing process namedrops Dean, who's kind of a big deal around here.

Bears' coaching search: End of 1st round? - Kevin Seifert: With 13 known interviews concluded, perhaps this search is best viewed as a physical extension of Emery's meticulous personality.

What playoff losses mean to Bears’ coach search - Moon Mullin: After a Saturday filled with some of the best NFL playoff games in recent memory, the Bears' coaching search is coming into focus as several options are now uninhibited.

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Lance Louis preparing for strong comeback - Vaughn McClure: Guard recovering from knee surgery has high hopes for a new contract with team.

Mock draft - WalterFootball has the Bears taking Brian Urlacher's replacement at 20th overall, then going OT and TE in rounds 2 and 4.

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Bears could act quickly on coach - Dan Pompei: If Mike McCoy or Tom Clements is their man, they're available right now following their teams' dismissals from the playoffs.

Playoff exits push coaching search along - Michael C. Wright: Only Armstrong remains in the playoffs with his Falcons set next week to host the 49ers in the NFC championship game.

Path is clear for Phil Emery in search - Brad Biggs: All but one of known candidates free to talk after divisional playoffs.

Losses by teams in playoffs are boon to Emery - Sean Jensen: Time becomes more important now, as the Cardinals, Jaguars and Chargers have hired new GMs and are aggressively trying to play catch-up in hiring a new coach. The Eagles also are in the market.

Urgency building in Bears’ coaching search - Moon Mullin: At least one other NFL team is privately irritated at the pace of the Bears’ search because it wants to know if it needs to replace its OC. That decision could be coming within a week.

NFL head coach tracker - Gregg Rosenthal breaks down all of the latest coaching news and reports. Bears were reportedly interviewing Bruce Arians yesterday.

Darrell Bevell has come far from time with Vikings - Sean Jensen profiles the Seattle OC, one of the names on Emery's list of 13.

Rick Dennison was more focused on task at hand - Mark Potash: The middle of a playoff week is not the best setting for pursuing the opportunity of a lifetime.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: The Belichick system keeps spreading, best undrafted RBs, and all the latest NFL scuttlebutt.

Matt Bowen's game notes - Kaepernick, Ravens, Manning: Game notes from Saturday's Divisional matchups. Notes from Sunday's games.

Know thy enemy: Packers - 49ers 45. Packers 31: The unproven kid thoroughly beat the former Super Bowl champion and reigning MVP. PFF's 3 Performances of Note.

NFCN Blog Rapid Reaction - Kevin Seifert's thoughts in the wake of the Packers' elimination from the playoffs. Did Dom Capers fail to adjust? Or were the Packers simply outmuscled by the 49ers?

NFP previews The East West Shrine Game - Russ Lande gives insight into eight prospects NFL teams will be watching closely at the East West Shrine Game.

Non-gridiron link of the day - You'll never see Scarlett Johansson or Christopher Walken in the same light again... (if you missed the Weekend Den's NGLOTD, #BlameThorCo.)

Guest video week, courtesy of Just Dave and his students.