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The Bears Den: February 14, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Will Bears be able to boost OL? - Bob LeGere: Over the last 10 years, the Bears have used just two draft picks in the first three rounds on offensive linemen. They're long overdue to begin devoting more resources to that position.

Melton to Dallas? - Kip Lewis: If there's one team that could interest Melton, it may be the Cowboys. He's from the area and they are switching to the Tampa-2 scheme, with mentor Rod Marinelli now the DL coach in Dallas.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Chicago Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: Defensive Tackle

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Hands-on coach Marc Trestman might need to back off - Sean Jensen: Now that he’s finally fulfilled his ultimate dream — NFL head coach — Trestman will have to resist his instinct to be his own QBs coach at the detriment of his overall responsibilities.

[Video] CTL discussion - Who's back for the Bears in 2013?

Bears position analysis: Safeties - Brad Biggs: Turnover at QB was a consistent theme in the first half of Lovie Smith's tenure with the Bears but that was minor compared to the almost regular rotation at safety.

Idonije voted to USA Today's 'All-Joe' team - Larry Mayer: Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije has been selected to USA Today's 21st annual "All-Joe" team, which honors unsung NFL players who have never been voted to a Pro Bowl.

[Video] CTL discussion - The panel look ahead to the NFL combine and discuss who the Bears could target in the first round.

Kiper discusses draft issues during conference call - Larry Mayer: ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. shared his thoughts about a weak QB class, Manti Te'o's stock and other key issues regarding the April 25-27 NFL Draft.

[Video] NFCN Blogger Blitz - Kevin Seifert talks about whether or not the WR position is a top priority for the Bears this offseason.

Dane Noble: Current list of Chicago Bears wide receivers

The Who and What of the late Johnny Knox - Tim Baffoe: There is little, in fact, to praise about Knox. What was he? A drone much like any other, facemasked and faceless as we belched and screamed.

NFP's draft blog - Russ Lande offers insight into the character questions that could affect Georgia LB Alex Ogletree's draft stock.


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Matt Bowen's playbook - Bowen's All-22, chalkboard breakdown of the toughest route for a safety to defend, particularly in a Cover/Tampa 2: 4 Verts vs. 2-Deep.

Former EIU player is suing the NCAA, alleging maltreatment - Rick Telander reports on a federal suit filed against the NCAA; a sign of things to come for the sport?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - The Vikings exercised an option to extend coach Leslie Frazier's contract by a year, through to 2014. Kevin Seifert: Another 'prove-it' year for Frazier.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - PFF analysts go toe-to-toe to debate the merits of trading for Minnesota's explosive star Percy Harvin, amid rumors he could be on the move. Kevin Seifert: Vikings must find way to accomodate Harvin.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Jason Wilde takes a look at the Packers' RB situation.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert takes a look at the Lions' RB situation. For a team that faced six or fewer defenders in the box nearly 74% of the time, they didn't get much out of the ground game. Megatron is a beast.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson's top five roster decisions facing the Lions this offseason.

Ex-Bears GM Angelo publishes column giving drafting advice - "Angelo, as you remember, was fired predominately for failing to execute successful drafts and build depth on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football." ("Those first three picks have to be guys you can count on to win with.")

UrsusMaritimus, from the first preseason in-game thread:

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Violets are blue
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