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The Bears Den: June 18, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Key dates ahead on Bears, NFL calendar - Brad Biggs: Bears report to training camp on July 24th (Non-Tribune link).

Dane: What would make 2013 a successful season?

Peter King's MMQB - Peter King is taking his annual vacation; guest columnist Steve Gleason on his life with ALS, mission for a cure. Atlanta radio station fires hosts for skit mocking Gleason.

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Brandon Marshall tabbed 27th best player in NFL - Larry Mayer: Marshall is the fifth Bears player—and only member of the offense—to be included on the NFL Network list of the top 100 players.

ProFootballFocus - The Top 10 pass rushers to have roamed the NFL over the past five years: Before joining the Bears, there were those who questioned whether Peppers was worth the investment.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert's quick roundup of news from around the NFCN's recent minicamps: Carimi, Hester, Bishop, Lions' OL, Louis Delmas' knees.

Lester: Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Best remaining free agents - Includes one Israel Idonije, but the signing of Sedrick Ellis and the Bears' tight salary cap situation means it's highly unlikely we'll see him return.

Football Outsiders - Matching Up to 11: How defenses dealt with the most common offensive personnel grouping (RB, TE, 3 WRs).


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The magic number - Joe Fortenbaugh: Average a combined total of 50 rushing attempts and completions per game and a winning season will likely follow. Mike Martz: 3 rushes, 47 completions is ok!

[Videos] NFL Network - Kurt Warner reveals his top 10 QBs list on the "Top 100 Reaction Show"; no place for this guy but a few names may surprise you.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Packers release ILB Kevin Desmond Bishop, Vikings could well be interested in picking him up to man their MLB spot if he's healthy.

Ouch - Perhaps ice hockey fans at games should be issued with hockey and gridiron helmets?

Would it ruin the poignancy of the video if I said I may have found the future Mrs Spongie between "Perfection" and "Binge"? :-D