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The Bears Den: January 29, 2013 - Postseason news and notes

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Walter Payton drafted by Bears 38 years ago - Larry Mayer: Few imagined that he would become the NFL's all-time leading rusher and arguably the greatest player in Bears history.

Chris Harris back with Bears as defensive assistant - Larry Mayer: Just two days after announcing his retirement as a player, former Bears safety Chris Harris has been hired by the team as a defensive quality control coach.

Steven Schweickert: Bears add three more coaching staff

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What to take away Bears-wise from the Pro Bowl - Moon Mullin breaks down what to take away Bears-wise from the Pro Bowl and what an "aging" defense means for the upcoming seasons.

'What do you think of the Bears' new head coach?' - Moon Mullin says it may be a little early to fully answer that question.

Bears eye free-agent market - Jeff Dickerson takes a look at some of the UFA LBs who may interest the Bears.

PFF: Ranking the 2012 OLs - "However you measure them this line just isn’t good enough, to the point where the best performers are the guys who just don’t get beat with regularity." Hey, we're no longer the absolute worst! Moon Mullin: Bears will do more for OL this offseason than signing discards and UDFAs.

Roster news - The Bears signed safety Cyhl Quarles to a reserve/future contract.

PFF snapshot - "First Downs Allowed is a true measure of a cornerback's impact." but neither Bears Pro Bowl starter makes the top 20. We'll have to wait for Snaps Per Turnover.

Bears must join tight end trend - Sean Jensen: The NFL’s final four playoff teams featured at least one dynamic pass-catching tight end; the Bears certainly will be emphasizing the position in the offseason.

Mock draft - Don Banks's tentative v1.0 draft has the Bears going TE in the first.

Sam Householder: Unless they go for a TE in free agency?

[Video] CTL discussion - Thoughts on Lovie Smith's decision not to coach in 2013.

Kristin Cavallari doesn't want son to play football - Will try to persuade their five-month-old son Cam not to play football when he gets older, although she knows that could be a difficult task.

Does Kristin Cavallari wear one of Sackman's "Property of Jay Cutler" tops? If not, she should do.


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Super Bowl X Factor - Steve Rosenbloom: The Ravens defense hits hard. The NFL might hit back, and that could decide the Super Bowl. Madden '13 predicts.

Matt Bowen's playbook - A look at 49ers 'Inverted Veer' scheme: Ravens have to prep for more than just the Read Option.

Matt Bowen: The Players Page - What's next for the Senior Bowl prospects? The NFL combine is coming... time to train for the 40 and more.

Defense still pays the bills in the NFL - Joe Fortenbaugh: League-wide scoring averages are up, which is why a stalwart defense means more now than ever before.

Top free agents (defense) - Jason La Canfora takes a look at players available on the defensive side of the ball, and says the market for pass rushers is as robust as ever.

Know thy enemy: Lions - When Terrell Owens advises you to reel it in... if you're Titus Young, you might want to consider what that says about your behaviour.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Ndamukong Suh helped rescue comedian Louie Anderson from pool, though whether that's a mark for or against Suh depends on your opinion of Louie Anderson.

Wales has its own national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of My Fathers); an England coach once played it to his team to lessen the psychological shock of facing a packed stadium singing it in chorus. It's glorious, though I suspect most of you would prefer mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins from the 2010 Dr Who Xmas special / 2011 Bears-Tampa London game...