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The Bears Den: January 20, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

Will Josh McCown be starting elsewhere in the 2014 season?

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McCown does not plan to retire - Adam Schefter: In what promises to be a thin crop of free-agent QBs, McCown and Vick will be the top two options for teams searching for someone to compete for a starting job or back up an established starter.

[Video] ESPN - Michael Wright on why Josh McCown has decided not to retire, and the prospects of his returning to the Bears.

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Bears special teams excelled in core areas - Brad Biggs: The Bears took a dip in special teams rankings in 2013, but a close look at the final statistics shows they were better than the final outcome might suggest.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright answers readers' questions on the defense, Marshall's future with the Bears, and the team's positions of need.

Team notes - Moon Mullin with some Bears-related takeaways from NFC, AFC Championship games.

49ers and Seahawks: defensive blueprint for Bears - Rich Campbell: NFC championship game opponents have the strength in personnel from front seven to back four that the Bears need to develop quickly to contend

Martellus Bennett says Bears uniforms need an update - Bennett took to Twitter on Saturday night to talk uniforms. Specifically the Bears uniforms, which he thinks need an update.

Tillman a finalist for Man of Year Award - Larry Mayer: For the second time in three years, Charles Tillman has been selected as one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: Smokescreens and double-talk? Yep, draft season has officially arrived.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - The Senior Bowl, the Shrine Game and the NFLPA Bowl offer a stage for players to rise and fall.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Bill Parcells' advice to Mike Zimmer.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Ron Prince to coach Lions' tight ends, despite never having been a tight ends coach in his life.