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The Bears Den: May 31, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Word of Muth: (Justin Pugh and) Kyle Long - Football Outsiders' Ben Muth's tape breakdown: "He does most things pretty well, nothing great, and nothing truly awful."


Schweickert: The Plan: OL Kyle Long / Ronkowski: Bears Playbook - Kyle Long, Offensive Weapon

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Which ’12 draft picks are poised to break out? - Chris Burke has Alshon Jeffery among his 10 members of the 2012 draft class who should be set for bigger things in 2013.

Re-Watching Alshon Jeffery - Rotoworld's Nick Mensio charted all of Alshon Jeffery's rookie-year snaps and provides his observations as well as 2013 expectations. (With thanks to ArcticPanzerWolf for the link.) Alternative link.


Schweickert: Picks to Improve: Alshon Jeffery / Ronkowski: Predicting Alshon Jeffery's second season

ProFootballFocus - PFF's Steve Palazzolo looks at how QBs perform when faced with various forms of pressure. Cutler had a league-best QB rating when pressured from RG but was among the worst when it came from LG and RT.

ProFootballFocus - PFF's Neil Hornsby gives his point of view on two players he feels were wrongly omitted on the PFF Top 101 of 2012. Notably for us, Tim Jennings.

Top NFL coaches by the decade - Mike Freeman names the top NFL coaches by decade, and enlists the help of NFL guru Ernie Accorsi. That'll be the Ernie Accorsi who says.....


Householder: Urlacher not a "guaranteed" Hall of Famer

Hall of Famer Gale Sayers celebrates 70th birthday - Larry Mayer: Legendary Bears Hall of Fame RB Gale Sayers, one of the most electrifying players in NFL history, celebrated his 70th birthday on Thursday.

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Ex-Bear news - Jon Machota: Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer seeing why Bears players were ‘raving’ to him about Rod Marinelli.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris Strauss: Barry Sanders on Lions adding Reggie Bush: Detroit now has 'a guy who could take it 50, 70 yards,' and that'll affect how defenses play.

NFL's most indispensable defensive players - No Bears make it to Adam Schein's list of the 18 most indispensable defensive players in the NFL? Discuss.