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The Bears Den: February 07, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Virginia McCaskey discusses faith, family and football - Larry Mayer: Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, daughter of the legendary George Halas, is featured in the current edition of Drexel University's alumni magazine.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Readers' Q&A about the future for Hester, Urlacher and the TE position. (T.O. to TE? Srsly.)

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Bears hike ticket prices an average of 4.2 percent - Brad Biggs: Most tickets will go up $3 to $10 as team maintains it needs increased revenue for competitive reasons. Adam L. Jahns: Fans not pleased. Rick Telander: Parasitic increases leech on fans.

Why can’t Bears solve QB dilemma? - Mike Imrem: If Flacco and Kaepernick were dropped onto the Bears' roster the past couple years they'd be on their way to successful careers selling computer software.

Sean Payton: Cutler can be an elite QB - "He's got a big arm. I like what you see from him in the pocket," Payton said of Cutler. "I'm sure Marc will work on some specifics with him. I think he's a great talent."

Dane Noble: Can Cutler be a top-10 QB?

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Many Bears fans are calling for Jake Long, but Bill Polian and PFF share their reservations.

Mock draft - Walterfootball: "If you've watched Jay Cutler take a beating throughout this past season, you know that they need to find multiple upgrades for their struggling OL."

Bears position analysis: RBs - There cannot be a player on offense who is more excited about the new coaching staff than Matt Forte.

Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr: Roster turnover: RBs

Bob Thomas to receive award at NFF ceremony - Larry Mayer: Former Bears kicker Bob Thomas to be presented with the Distinguished American Award.

Will Matt Forte get to run the ball more in the new offense?


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Matt Bowen: The Players Page - NFL vets beware: the offseason cuts are coming.

Five lessons we should take from Super Bowl XLVII - Clark Judge: There were lessons that should serve as guidelines for the future, and here are five of them.

Six observations from '12 season - Michael Silver offers his thoughts from the season, including this sobering one: "While parity provides poorly run franchises with the occasional opportunity to break through and contend, good ownership usually shows itself over the long haul."

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: The Packers need to clear salary-cap space so they can offer potentially monstrous contract extensions, but Aaron Rodgers is content to let Joe Flacco set the bar.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Dunne: Is Charles Woodson worth an $11M salary?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert looks at the case of Percy Harvin, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract and who, it's fair to say, is also classifiable as being high maintenance.

Laugh at the Lions - Brad Biggs: Titus Young says he is better than Calvin Johnson; character concerns for receiver only reinforced. (He might be an ex-Lion, but it's still fun to laugh at them.)

A game of two halves at the weekend, as one team scored shortly after the second half kicked off to establish a commanding four-score lead, then had to fight off a furious comeback; Ireland held Wales off though, thanks to a Man of the Match performance from their very own talismanic 34 year-old Brian (O'Driscoll), who's been the face of the team since bursting onto the scene in 2000...