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The Bears Den: January 10, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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Emery must fix defense - Bob LeGere: How does the Bears' brain trust rebuild on the fly and construct a playoff-caliber defense before age and the salary cap take its toll on the offense?

Is there enough dough for the defense? - Chris Boden: Where are the Bears going to get enough quality bodies with the $11 million that’s left?

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Jeffery added to Pro Bowl roster - Larry Mayer: Alshon Jeffery was rewarded for his breakout season when he was named to replace Lions star Calvin Johnson in the Pro Bowl.

Jeffery named to replace Johnson in Pro Bowl - Bob LeGere: The argument could be made that Alshon Jeffery should have been voted to the Pro Bowl right off the bat.

Jeffery deserving of Pro Bowl honor - Michael C. Wright: Alshon Jeffery helped he and Brandon Marshall become the franchise's first WR duo to make the Pro Bowl in the same season.

Photo galleries from of Pro Bowlers Alshon Jeffery - Brandon Marshall - Matt Forte.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson, Jon Greenberg: Will Marshall get a new deal before next season? Are the Bears the winners in the Cutler contract? Has McCown has played his way to a bigger paycheck somewhere else? And will the Bears will have two new starting safeties next season?

Why George McCaskey should love Cutler's contract - Steve Rosenbloom: Phil Emery put himself on the clock. Cutler's deal is a road map and a timeline, a three-season window in which the Bears either win a Super Bowl or fire the GM.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Where do the Bears go with Mel Tucker? [KAPCON: 5]

Rookies showed much promise in 2013 - Rich Campbell: Some members of the group led by Kyle Long and Jordan Mills are positioned to become major contributors in their second seasons if development continues. Moon Mullin: Long selected to Mel Kiper’s all-rookie team.

[Video] ESPN - John Clayton shows how fast a team can spend their salary cap space by looking at the Bears' recent maneuvers.

X&Os - Michael C. Wright's #4 of 10 plays that shaped the season: that FG attempt on second down.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - 5 bold predictions for the 2014/15 season.

Lovie Smith to apply lessons learned - Larry Mayer: As he takes over as head coach of the Buccaneers, Lovie Smith plans to draw on the situations he experienced during nine seasons in the same role with the Bears.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky with an early look at the Packers' draft needs: TE, safety, DT.

NFCN Blog - Ben Goessling: Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh top most-feared player survey; Adrian Peterson comes in 7th. More from Rob Demovsky, Michael Rothstein. Michael C. Wright: While Megatron might actually be somewhat feared by the Bears, perhaps Suh is simply hated.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Lorenzo Reyes: The Lions have the NFL's two most-feared players. How did they not make the playoffs? Moon Mullin: Dilfer believes new coach needs to curb Stafford’s 'recklessness'.


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