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The Bears Den: June 20, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears hire Mitch Tanney to fill new analytics position - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Monday hired Mitch Tanney as director of analytics, a newly-created position responsible for developing techniques to identify, extract and analyze data.

Steven Schweickert: The role of statistics and advanced metrics

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[Video] Inside Rookie Minicamp, episode 3 - A look inside the defensive huddle with new DC Mel Tucker. Also available: episode 1 (arrival); episode 2 (Joe DeCamillis on the importance of special teams).

Florio: Trestman needs to be careful with expectations - The Bears have yet to play a single down under Marc Trestman, but the new head coach is certainly pleased with what his team has accomplished thus far.

Dane Noble: What would make 2013 a successful season?

[Video] NFL Total Access - Darren Sharper discusses which team in the NFC North provides the biggest challenge to the Packers.

Ranking the top 25 NFL edge rushers - Gregg Rosenthal thinks that although Julius Peppers is on the downside of his career, he's still one of the top 10 in the league.

X & Os - The Bears have liked corners who are good in a zone in the current defensive scheme; PFF looks at why some CBs who play well in man schemes are unable to replicate that success in zone.


Polish sausage - Who has the best defense in the league? Adam Rank puts the kiss of death on the Seahawks'.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Aaron Rodgers wants to halve sack total, after spending the most time in the pocket and also having the worst sack rate of the NFCN's starters in 2012.

Know thy enemy: Packers -'s take on the most underrated and overrated Packers of all time.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Most overrated / underrated Bears ever

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jared Allen sits down with Clark Judge to go over the evolution of the DE position, and whether or not the sack record will fall this season.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Only makes sense Vikings' search for middle LB isn't over. Kevin Seifert: Cordarrelle Patterson has 'definitive step'.

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