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The Bears Den: July 10, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry on Brandon Hardin's role this season, the likelihood of Matt Blanchard becoming the Bears’ No. 2 QB and if rookie Jon Bostic will start this season.

Team report - A roundup of the state of the franchise as we look ahead to training camp.

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Cavanaugh driven by will to win Super Bowl - Larry Mayer: Matt Cavanaugh has won three Super Bowl rings, two as a player and one as an assistant coach. But the Bears' first-year QBs coach isn't satisfied.

Bears training camp: DTs - Brad Biggs: Henry Melton's play will be key to his future wealth and team's fortunes in 2014.

Sam Householder: Confidence check: Defensive tackles

Prospects for NFCN QBs - Kevin Seifert: Cutler's leadership skills are questionable at best, but the Bears would be setting a high standard if they decide they can do better at the position. Ron Jaworski: Cutler too undisciplined for week-to-week consistency.

Depth chart breakdown - Adam Hoge: Emery worked hard in the offseason to upgrade the Bears’ biggest weakness, but there’s no guarantee the O-line will be able to protect Cutler this year.

Sam Holdhouser: Confidence check: Offensive tackles / interior OL

Now-or-never teams - Gil Brandt looks at six teams who might be facing their last, best shot to win for some time, and lists the Bears as his #3 team most likely to hit hard times come 2014.

Training camp - Christian S. Kohl with a roundup of notable developments for NFC teams heading towards training camp.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Chris Wesseling: The Packers boast the NFL's best QB and a top pass rusher in Clay Matthews, but an improved defense is vital to their chances of a Super Bowl run in 2013.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Cian Fahey breaks down Clay Matthews's sacks from last season in some detail; 6 of his 17 were against the Bears. Tyler Dunne: Will Packers regret releasing Desmond Bishop?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Lions, Matthew Stafford agreed to a three-year contract extension. Kevin Seifert: Going rate for second-tier QB who is 1-22 against teams that finished the season with winning records.

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