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The Bears Den: January 31, 2013 - Postseason news and notes

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Playing time indicative of great strides Corey Wootton made - Brad Biggs: Bears got tremendous production from Wootton, who placed third on the team with seven sacks playing only 54.5 percent of the snaps.

In trying to support Hester, Drake indicts him - Steve Rosenbloom: I don’t think Drake intended to indict Hester, but he underscored the idea that Hester isn’t smart enough to handle the mental demands of the position while adding to the evidence that he’s short of the first down emotionally, too.

Team report - Marc Trestman hopes his relationship with Jay Cutler is more productive than their initial meeting in 2006.

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49ers, Ravens invest more in O-Line than Bears - Bob LeGere: While the Bears have devoted a total of two picks in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft over the last 10 years to offensive linemen, the Ravens and the 49ers have made the O-line a priority.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Tom Waddle explains why there's no simple answer to whether the Bears should re-sign Brian Urlacher.

Why it's OK if Brian Urlacher isn't a Bear this fall - Maggie Hendricks: While it's nice to be sentimental, everyone on the roster must be comitted[sic] to the Bears' winning a Super Bowl. If Urlacher can't contribute both on and off the field, they shouldn't waste a spot on him.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q&A about Gabe Carimi, the NFL draft, Lovie Smith, the potential of drafting CFL players, and JaMarcus Russell to the practice squad?

Offseason preview - Dan Durkin looks at the Bears' own free agents and what positions they should be seeking to upgrade via the draft or free agency.

Bears free agency preview - Jeff Dickerson looks at potential free agent targets at TE. Kellen Davis has a sad, and another drop.

Sam Householder: TEs available in free agency

Dent to carry Lombardi Trophy on field at Super Bowl - Well, at least one (former) Bear made it to the game and will get their hands on the trophy.


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Matt Bowen's playbook - All-22: A closer look at the base run game from the 49ers' Pistol offense.

Matt Bowen's playbook - All-22: Can Ravens disguise pressure vs. 49ers? Taking a look at Baltimore's multiple blitz fronts.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Dunne: It's time for Packers to add a little mean streak. Somehow, they need to identify and draft players with an edge.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert takes a look at the Packers' salary-cap space and asks where they will find the salary-cap space to absorb their presumed deals.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Warren Sapp remains unimpressed with Suh: 'He's a blind dog in a meat house.' Not a fan of their coaching hire Jim Washburn, either.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Stafford saw a significant drop in production this year, but ex-QBs agree that he's the least of the Lions’ worries.

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: 5 reasons NOT to go to the Super Bowl; the experience can be a blast for some but usually a nightmare for many.

Deer-antler saga just more bad publicity for defensive NFL - Rick Telander: Head-trauma issues have made the great American sport begin to become marginalized. And Lewis, who is connected to two murders from a decade ago, is not the kind of hero you want being tainted by drugs. Any kind of drugs.

NFL must save players from themselves - Rick Morrissey: Current NFL players understand football is a violent game. They don’t seem to understand that being spoon-fed strained fruit 30 years from now is a possibility.

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