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The Bears Den: January 22, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

Oh, Kellen Davis.....

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Trestman faces a challenge in replacing popular / loose ship Lovie Smith - Melissa Isaacson: "I hate to say it," Dan Hampton said, "but with players whining 'I miss Lovie,' if you want to make the playoffs once in six years, go play in Jacksonville." Fans should be just as dismayed at the unyielding love for Lovie, Gary Fencik said.

Five areas the Bears need to address - Jeff Dickerson's five areas the Bears need to address during the offseason. (It doesn't simply read LT-LG-C-RT-TE, youse wiseguys.)

Peter King's MMQB - "Two compelling championship games produced HarBowl" - Yep, Peter King went there.

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Marc Trestman met all of Phil Emery's criteria for job - Larry Mayer: GM had stated that he was seeking a highly-organized and upbeat individual who has demonstrated excellence while possessing leadership skills.

Will 'bold' work for the Bears, too? - Chris Boden: After seeing Jim Harbaugh make the change to Colin Kaepernick and the Ravens replacing Cam Cameron midway through the season, will Phil Emery's decision to go with Marc Trestman pay off?

First glance at Mel Tucker - Kevin Seifert: Trestman moved quickly to hire one of the league's most respected young coordinators after Rod Marinelli turned down his offer to remain with the team. Tucker has been sought after for years.

Trestman helped Calvillo take game to next level - Larry Mayer: In 14 seasons before the two worked together, Calvillo threw at least 30 TD passes three times and posted a passer rating over 100 on two occasions. Under Trestman, Calvillo passed for 30 TDs in four of five seasons and had a 100 passer rating in each of their first three seasons together.

Bears have – and have had and could have – Super Bowl talent - With this year's Super Bowl participants determined, Moon Mullin looks at a few 49ers and Ravens players who easily could've been on the Bears.

Brendon Ayanbadejo recalls SB XLI - Jeff Dickerson: Ravens linebacker continues to draw inspiration from the Bears team he helped get to Super Bowl XLI.

PFF snapshot - According to PPF's WR Drop Rates statistic, Brandon Marshall caught a higher proportion of the catchable passes thrown his way than the other nine receivers who dropped the most passes.


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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: The Packers fell short of the Super Bowl for the second straight season for the same reason: their defense crumbled again.

Michigan's Denard Robinson presents intriguing options - Brad Biggs: Michigan's former QB Denard Robinson is being explored at the Senior Bowl first as a WR, with some talk about RB and even CB.

Matt Bowen: The Players Page - 5 things to watch on the Senior Bowl practice field: 1-on-1 drills, DB technique and more this week in Mobile.

NFP previews the Senior Bowl - Measureables, players who had a good first day of practice, and players who didn't. also have some of their top Senior Bowl prospects.

Non-gridiron link of the day - Manti Te'o's "dead girlfriend" story could have been worse. Much, much, much worse.

Some Miles Davis for your Tuesday.