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The Bears Den: May 15, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Fear not, Bears fans: Patrick Mannelly was in attendance at OTAs.

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Trestman is already an upgrade over Lovie Smith - Mark Potash: The Bears’ 2013 draft class was given mostly Cs by the experts — no better than most of the draft classes that helped get Jerry Angelo fired. But one factor the draft experts rarely if ever take into account when analyzing the draft stock of a player is who gets to coach him.

Peter King's TMQB - Charles Woodson a good veteran fit for Broncos; remembering Muncie; mail.

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Tucker impressed with rookie LBs - Larry Mayer: Young LBs Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene made a positive first impression on Mel Tucker over the weekend at the team's rookie minicamp.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Early thoughts on the 2013 draft class in the wake of rookie minicamp.

Forte excited about new Bears offense - Larry Mayer: While learning a new offense has almost become an annual ritual for Matt Forte, the Bears RB is excited about the system that's being installed by first-year head coach Marc Trestman.

Matt Forte embraces all the concepts in new offense - Dan Pompei: Bears RB enthused about being utilized more as a runner, receiver and pass-blocker.

Forte expects return to form in new offense - Michael C. Wright: Forte called the team's new scheme "more challenging to me personally" because in addition to learning his own responsibilities, he has to know the jobs of others, not to mention the "why" behind what he's doing.

Bears OTAs - Adam Hoge: Forte was very active in Tuesday's OTA practice at Halas Hall and believes new head coach Marc Trestman's offense will suit him better; more observations.

Bears QB coach is impressed with Jay Cutler - Dan Pompei: Matt Cavanaugh says Jay Cutler is "borderline football brilliant" and rates his arm as one of the best he ever has been around. Bears coaches want Cutler to feel comfortable enough in the pocket to use that arm. [Video] CSNChicago discussion.

Kev: Jay Cutler is (sort of) a genius

Bears QB depth chart firming up into OTA’s - Moon Mullin: What the new coaching staff was seeing in Matt Blanchard may have contributed to them not feeling undue pressure to add another veteran backup, or take a late-round flyer on a prospect.

[Video] ESPN - Herm Edwards discusses the spring goals and decisions facing new NFL head coaches, and thinks Trestman is the one in the best position to have early success.


Wherefore art thou, Carimi?

Carimi clouds Bears' future by missing OTA - Brad Biggs: Gabe Carimi stayed away from the Bears' organized team activity Tuesday at Halas Hall, leaving the O-lineman's future with the team murky. Missed time could be critical.

Will Bears send Carimi packing? - Bob LeGere: Carimi continues to work out on his own in Arizona, while teammates learn a new offense under Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer.

Lester: Is Gabe Carimi making a mistake missing OTAs?

Gabe Carimi remains a no-show at OTAs - Jeff Dickerson: Former first-round pick Gabe Carimi missed his second consecutive OTA on Tuesday, raising questions about his long-term future with the team that made him the 29th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft. [Video] JD & Michael C. Wright.

Gabe Carimi taking huge gamble by skipping OTAs - Adam Hoge: Carimi still has upside if he can get his knee healthy and that may be why he is playing this card to keep the Bears guessing.


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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Hanzus: The Vikings have question marks at ILB, but Brian Urlacher is not an option at this time. Ian Rapoport reports that the team is looking at in-house options. [Video] Herm thinks he's a good fit. Kevin Patra: Leslie Frazier: Vikes 'at this point' not chasing Urlacher.

Les: Urlacher may sign with the Vikings

Know thy enemy: Lions - Josh Katzenstein: Father says ex-Lion Titus Young has brain disorder, needs help. Dan Hanzus: Arraigned on eight charges. Kevin Seifert: Brandon Marshall wants to help.