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The Weekend Bears Den: January 05, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

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Bears looking for coach who can walk the walk, and talk too - Rick Morrissey: How a coach carries himself is important. He represents an entire corporate entity. What board of directors would want vacant looks out of its leader, especially when other, better brands are beating him on a consistent basis?

Jeremy Bates might be QB keeper - Adam L. Jahns: Assistants Bob Babich, Tim Spencer and Darryl Drake appear destined to head elsewhere. Bates, though, might have one of the best chances to stick, considering Emery believes Cutler has the potential to be a franchise QB.

Bears assistant coaches: Who stays, who goes? - Phil Emery uses Pro Football Focus; applying the same player data to look at how the Bears’ main assistant coaches fared in 2012.

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Head coach search

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Looking at potential head coaches being thrown around and whether or not each guy is a good fit for the Bears.

Durkin’s Coaching Breakdown - Dan Durkin takes a look at Mike McCoy and what he could bring to the Bears.

Spaeth: Arians helps QBs succeed - Jeff Dickerson: TE Matt Spaeth played four years in Arians' offense with the Steelers, and describes it as a mixture between a powerful running attack and a passing game designed to thrive when the QB is outside of the pocket.

[Video] CTL discussion - Can college coaches command the respect of pro players, and is Pat Fitzgerald a legitimate candidate?

Cowher ‘Perfect’ fit For Bears - Boomer Esiason doesn't think Bill Cowher wants to return to coaching but says if he does, only a handful of franchises have the history and tradition to tempt him.


Other Bears news

Playoffs putting some wrinkles in Bears’ interview plans - Sean Jensen: The Bears already have interviewed at least three candidates to be their next head coach, but a few others will be a bit more complicated because they’re employed by playoff teams.

Is it Jay Cutler's fate to be the next Jeff George? - David Haugh: Short-term Chicago QB showed all the physical talent in the world but was an abject failure in leading his teams to the playoffs.

Cutler's fundamentals 'horrendous,' must change - Jay Cutler has “horrendous” fundamentals and the new Bears coach will have to “tell him you gotta conform to what I want,” said former NFL QB Boomer Esiason.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert with some thoughts on Ron Jaworski's final 2012 QB rankings.

Peppers set for $16M cap hit in 2013 - Jeff Dickerson: It's never too early to look at next year's player salary information and try to identify any potential cap casualties. (This Julius Peppers t-shirt will remain valid, in any case.)

Roster news - Bears sign WR Brittan Golden to reserve/future contract. I seem to recall him making a play or two in the preseason.....


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Matt Bowen: The Players Page - NFL playoffs: Speed of the game increases with rings, money on the line.

Know thy enemies - Kevin Seifert with five nuggets of knowledge about Saturday's Vikings-Packers wild-card game. So... meteor?

Game preview - The Packers did everything they could to avoid Saturday night's rematch with the Vikings, though they couldn't overcome Adrian Peterson's determination to push his team into the playoffs.

Game preview - The Packers are coming off a loss, but their offense is rounding into shape. Gregg Rosenthal dives deep to preview Vikings-Packers. PFF's 3 things to focus on - There's much more to this than Rodgers vs. AP.

Know thy enemy: Packers - DuJuan Harris has revived the running game for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in time for the NFL playoffs.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Dan Pompei: Green Bay's offense clicks behind Aaron Rodgers, Tom Clements, Mike McCarthy, even in loss to Vikings.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Nick Shepkowski: According to PFF. Matt Kalil allowed just 18 pressures on his QB in the 411 times he pass blocked this season, a percentage (96.7) good enough for eighth best in the entire NFL.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Charles Woodson can help force Christian Ponder into making risky hot reads.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Jeff Seidel: Who should stay and who should go from the Lions' defense, and whom should they target in the draft?

5 traits of an NFL dynasty - Jack Bechta: Observations from top football people all agree on these five components in building a dynasty. Thanks, Jerry.'s Best of the week 17 cheerleaders - Eh, so-so this week.

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