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The Bears Den: January 17, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

D.J. Williams wants to return and the Bears need a MLB. Is a deal on the cards?

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry Mayer discusses if Marshall and Jeffery will work out together again this offseason, former Bears assistants Lovie Smith has hired in Tampa, and the most Pro Bowlers the Bears have had in a non-winning season.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson and Jon Greenberg on the coaching changes, Wootten's prospects in free agency, and whether Lovie Smith will lure Bears free agents to Tampa.

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X&Os - Michael C. Wright's 10 plays that shaped the season, #9: The loss of D.J. Williams to a season-ending injury.

Bears interviewing for LB coach amid Pasqualoni report - Rich Campbell: The Bears continue to interview candidates to be their new LBs coach, and one of them reportedly is longtime college and NFL coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Bears LB coach requirement: 'Consistency' - Moon Mullin: Developing consistency in Bostic and Greene, and presumably Shea McClellin in whatever his new role is, will be Job One for Tibesar’s replacement.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears reportedly hire Paul Pasqualoni. Hub likes the move; can McClellin cover the deep middle as a Mike? [KAPCON: 5]

Kyle Long named to All-Rookie team - Larry Mayer: Kyle Long picked up another offseason award when he was named to senior analyst Gil Brandt’s 2013 All-Rookie team.

Photos - with a pictorial look back at Marc Trestman's first year as Bears head coach.

[Video] - Rick Telander joins Kip Lewis to consider three burning questions for Chicago sports fans, including whether the Bears made the right decision in retaining Mel Tucker.

Mock Draft - Stopping the run is a priority for the Bears in 2014, which is why analyst Charles Davis has the Bears taking Louis Nix.

NFLN survey: franchise player - Michael C. Wright: Who would Bears players choose if they were starting a franchise from scratch? Not their most respected player.

[Video] - Do Bears fans have to like Jay Cutler? Two CSN smurfs smurf this smurfing smurfid smurf.

Ex-Bear news - Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was selected as the 2013 Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America.

College award named for former Bear - Larry Mayer: The College Sporting News has named its NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) offensive player of the year award after former Bears RB Adrian Peterson.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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X&Os - Chris Brown with a look at how Pete Carroll has learned from experience to get the most out of Seattle's aggressive defensive scheme. Could something similar be in the works for the Bears? [Helmet tip to Banjo Legs]

AFC title game a case study of how NFL defenses are evolving - Andy Benoit: The days of strong safeties lining up receivers over the middle and delivering knockout hits are over. But that’s not the only reason why zone concepts are being replaced by man coverage.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Steve Silverman: With hiring of hard-edged Zimmer, the rest of the NFC North should know that when they will no longer face a sleepy, laid back team when they have the Vikings on their schedule.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: If Zimmer succeeds in Minnesota, it won't be because he's the opposite of what the Vikings had before. It will be because he can maximize what they have now.