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The Bears Den: February 11, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

The most bromantic week of the year?

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Is Trestman the new NFL HC most under pressure to win now? - Alex Marvez: It’s incumbent upon Trestman to quickly get Chicago into the playoffs – something Smith couldn’t accomplish in five of the past six seasons with much of the same core talent.

Kay Paradiso: What it takes to win a Super Bowl - Part 1: Coaches

PFF's Team Needs - The Bears need an infusion of talent at OL, TE and probably LB. PFF suggests some names who would be good fits.

Sam Householder: Bears free agency needs according to PFF

Peter King's MMQB - Ravens, Flacco meeting this week to start hammering out a new contract; more from around the NFL.

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Tim Jennings will get '13 pay raise - Brad Biggs: Jennings and several other Bears hit escalators and incentives in their contracts, increasing their salaries for 2013.

Steven Schweickert: Tim Jennings earned $1M pay raise in 2013

Bears look to find an answer to the Packers, Rodgers - Kip Lewis: Every decision the Bears make this off season, whether through the draft of free agency, will be geared to winning the division, which means being better than the Packers.

Salary cap situations - Bears are mid-table at $10.3M under. The proverbial table is here.

Kristin Cavallari sticks up for Jay Cutler - Kristin Cavallari discusses her Chinese Laundry shoe line, how she overcame her reputation as a reality TV villain and if she ever encouraged fiance Jay Cutler to soften his image.

Former Bears adjusting to life on the outside - Vaughn McClure: 16 starters from the Bears' Super Bowl XLI team now out of football. Photos.


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: A radical idea discussed to make the NFL safer; going from the CFL to the NFL; and all the latest chatter.

NFL propaganda ignores concussion science - Patrick Hruby: The NFL's ad about player safety is like the league's approach to brain trauma. Dishonest. Conflicted. At odds with reality. And even now, more concerned with the health and well-being of the sport than the health and well-being of the people who play it.

Gregg Williams just part of NFL's problem - Jen Floyd Engel: The NFL's reinstatement of Gregg Williams was the right thing to do because the problem is bigger than one man.

Know thy enemies - Moon Mullin takes a look at probable roster moves around the NFC North and the Bears' 2013 schedule.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Vikings "will try to trade Percy Harvin". Five potential landing spots.

Know thy enemies - PFF's assessment of team needs for the Packers, Vikings and Lions. Could Greg Jennings and DJ Moore change teams but stay within the NFCN?

Matt Bowen: The Players Page - Can Rob Ryan bring immediate change to Saints? For the players, it will go much deeper than Xs and Os. (Should apply just as much to the Bears' offense under Trestman.)

Rams interview Mike Singletary for DC - Larry Hartstein: Jeff Fisher and Mike Singletary were Bears teammates in the early 1980s. Will they be reunited in St. Louis? (No word on whether he had to drop his trousers as part of the interview. - Den)

13 storylines to follow in 2013 - Ian Rapoport includes Tebowmania among them. A pity he's unlikely to remain with the Jets; that train wreck was quite entertaining to follow.

There's really only one theme suitable for this week.