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The Bears Den: January 04, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

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"It was this big, dude. Damned thing got away before I could reel it in."

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Emery happy with Shea McClellin - Adam L. Jahns: Emery liked what he saw regarding his first-round pick's ability to disrupt the passer, with the Bears averaging 9.5 disruptions when McClellin played and 6.5 when he was out.

Explosive Bears’ Defense anything but a given for new coach - Steve Silverman: The Bears have problems on the OL and with the production of skill-position players on the offensive side of the ball, but the other problem the new coach will have to contend with is the aging defense.

Team report - Phil Emery has never hired a head coach before, but he knows who he's looking for to replace Lovie Smith.

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Head coach search

Bears busy lining up coaching interviews - Vaughn McClure: Although two special-teams coordinators are on the Bears' preliminary list, most figure Emery will target an offensive-minded coach such as McCoy, Clements, Sullivan or Carmichael.

Emery's update on coaching search - GM described the first few days of the Bears' hunt for a new head coach as "fast, furious and thorough" Thursday during a radio interview. [Audio]

Want a big name Bears coach? First, choose the right prism - Moon Mullin breaks down the big-name candidates for the Bears' head coaching position, explaining just how much their records compare to Lovie Smith's.

Breaking down Bears' coaching targets - David Kaplan presents an extended list of coaches that may wind up replacing Lovie Smith, and the likelihood of each.

[Video] CTL discussion - Dan Pompei joins the CTL panel to run through the list of potential HC hires.

Temper the enthusiasm (and expectations) for Lovie successor - Moon Mullin breaks down a list of candidates PFT's Mike Florio listed to potentially fill the Bears' head coaching position.

How much can change? - Moon Mullin: As the search for a new head coach continues, GM Phil Emery outlines what he's looking for in a candidate. But can enough change be made with the team's current roster?

He's not the real McCoy, he's the real deal - Brad Biggs: Denver OC Mike McCoy appears to excel in all the categories Bears want in a new head coach.

Special teams a special case - Steve Rosenbloom: Suddenly, special teams coaches are hot coaching candidates, so what about the Bears special teams genius?

Of teams with coaching vacancies, Bears boast the most - Sean Jensen: Seven NFL clubs are looking for new coaches, and the Bears believe they have the most to offer. The appeal of the Bears is three-fold: a commitment to success, an appealing environment for a coach and, perhaps most important, a franchise-caliber QB.

Four Downs - Do the Bears need to hire a head coach with an offensive background? Will money and/or Cutler play a part in the decision?

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Other Bears news

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the Bears' 2013 opponents, where the Bears pick in the first round of the draft and whether the Bears will operate a 4-3 or 3-4 defense next season.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q&A on the coaching search, Pat Fitzgerald's potential as an NFL coach, and a contract extension for Jay Cutler.

Perfect time for Bears to pursue hosting Super Bowl - Rick Telander: Think big, Bears. Right now. Become a dynasty like the old 49ers, like the current Patriots. Like the hated Packers are trying to do. Hire a great coach. Build a great stadium. Get the Super Bowl. Play in the damn thing and win it.

How did Ditka fare against winning teams? - Dave Wischnowsky breaks down the win-loss ratio against winning teams of Ditka, Wannstedt and Jauron.

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Polish sausage

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Lions GM admits it's "quite possible" he misjudged the defense's talent level entering the season, and said it needs more playmakers.

Know thy enemies - Kevin Seifert: Would consistent eight-man boxes against Adrian Peterson cause the Vikings to shift more responsibility to Ponder?

Matt Bowen: The Players Page - Does the 'cross-country' trip impact NFL playoff teams?

Your coach sucks at managing the clock. Does it really matter? - (pointing me to this link) David Taylor: I haven't read it yet but it talks about Lovie, I'm sure. me: "It talks about Lovie"? He's only whose pic they use at the top :D