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The Bears Den: January 16, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

Jermon Bushrod: Better fundamentals than the previous Bears lineman to wear #74. Probably a better vertical, too.

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Emery on hot seat for Bears defense - David Haugh: If Phil Emery can't produce some playmakers in the NFL draft and free agency, he and Marc Trestman must suffer the consequences.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Are the Bears capable of drafting defense under Emery?

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X&Os - Michael C. Wright's 10 plays that shaped the season, #8: A Cutler interception that helped seal an early-season loss to the Lions at Ford Field.

New NFCN coaches pose different issues for Bears - Moon Mullin: The hiring of Caldwell to coach Detroit is not good for the Bears, while on the surface the hiring of Mike Zimmer does nothing to upgrade the Minnesota QB situation.

[Video] - How close are the Bears to being contenders? A couple of CSN smurfs smurf about it.

Mock Draft - Peter Schrager: Injuries to starters and key reserves crippled the Bears' D-line down the stretch and made them one of the worst rush defenses in the league. Solution: draft Louis Nix. Michael C. Wright: Mel Kiper Jr has Chicago taking Timmy Jernigan.

Ex-Bear news - Aaron Wilson: Colts sign Lance Louis to a reserve-future deal.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Mock Draft - ESPN NFCN writers react to Mel Kiper's first-round picks for the Vikings (QB, Teddy Bridgewater), Lions (CB) and Packers (Safety).

Bears might be bad, but Lions remain worse - Steve Rosenbloom: Whatever you think of the way the Bears make decisions, it would appear that the only thing dumber than Jim Schwartz' football team is the football team's bumbling attempt to replace him.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: 5 things Jim Caldwell must do to succeed, one of which is establishing a good rapport with Stafford. Dan Hanzus: New HC confident Lions won't shoot themselves in the foot.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Josh Katzowitz: Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as head coach. Pete Prisco: It's about damn time. Ben Goessling: Zimmer's challenge includes fixing chronic problems at QB. Chris Tomasson: Singletary not returning as LBs coach.

NFL logos if they were hipsters - Tip o' the hat to Notorious P.E.D.