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The Bears Den: January 21, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

"...Put your hands on your hips, and bring your knees in tiiiiiight..."

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New Bears coach clearly has put a lot of thought into his game plan - Vaughn McClure: After nomadic life in football, Trestman has achieved destination job — and now just has to win enough to keep it.

Marc Trestman has made fast turnarounds a habit - Mark Potash: How is Marc Trestman going to be different to the Bears' previous OCs? Is there something about his approach to instilling discipline that resonates better than the others’?

Bears ready to size up offensive tackles - Dan Pompei: Coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery will get a look at plenty this week at Senior Bowl.

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Joe Flacco a Bear? Very, very long shot, but... - Moon Mullin: As Joe Flacco has proved throughout the entire playoffs, a QB's completion percentage is vital in victory. So can Jay Cutler improve in that area, or should the Bears go after a guy like Flacco? MM seems to have forgotten what Cutler did with a short passing attack against the Vikings....

Bears director of physical development to retire - Larry Mayer: After 28 years in the NFL, including the last eight with the Bears, director of physical development Rusty Jones is retiring.

Babich latest Bears coach to find work before Smith - Moon Mullin: The Bears and Jaguars have effectively swapped DCs, with Bob Babich agreeing to terms to become the Jaguars’ position.


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei's Senior Bowl preview; CFL transplants; notes on Greg Jennings, DeMarcus Ware and more.

Matt Bowen's game notes - Championship Sunday: Flacco, Boldin, Gore: notes from the NFC and AFC Championship games.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Bob McGinn: The Packers' season ended just as it started, in a convincing defeat handed down by an opponent that is physically superior. They're a soft football team, and in a sport that forever favors the tough, soft is a very, very bad thing to be.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Minnesota topped Rick Gosselin's widely-used NFL special teams rankings.

Manti Te'o's girlfriend hoax being followed by NFL teams as draft approaches - Considered at times a potential top-10 pick, Te'o's poor performance in Notre Dame's BCS Championship Game loss to Alabama had already seemed to hurt his draft stock. What do NFL teams think of him now, in light of the recent news?

NFP previews the Senior Bowl - Eight offensive and eight defensive players to watch.

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