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The Bears Den: January 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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A new Bears Defensive era is here - Adam Hoge: The Bears are poised to switch to a hybrid defense in 2014.

Seahawks’ defense an effective model for Bears’ makeover - Moon Mullin: For what (little) it’s worth, the Bears have in place some of same "types" as the NFL’s No. 1 defense. Just not very many.

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Bears add defensive assistant - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Saturday made another move on their defensive coaching staff, hiring Clint Hurtt to replace Michael Sinclair as assistant D-line coach.

Bears hire defensive assistant from Louisville - Bob LeGere: Assistant D-line coach Michael Sinclair became the third Bears defensive assistant to lose his job Saturday in the wake of an historically bad 2013 season.

Charles Tillman will test free agency - Mike Coppinger: Tillman could be leaving the Bears after 11 seasons. The CB's contract is set to expire, and he will test the free-agent market, Ian Rapoport reported.

Forte, Jeffery, Marshall win Pro Bowl - Larry Mayer: Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall recorded a 22-21 victory over Bears teammates Tim Jennings and Kyle Long in the NFL's first unconferenced Pro Bowl Sunday in Hawaii.

Marshall, Jeffery, Forte on winning Pro Bowl team - A new format brought inspired play from both teams in the 2014 Pro Bowl on Sunday at Aloha Stadium, showing a considerable amount of effort compared to recent years.

Photos - The Tribune's gallery of Bears in action at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright with a readers' Q&A. Will Long and Mills be flipped at their respective positions?

Draft preview - Scott Krinch: 2014 Senior Bowl prospects for Bears fans to watch.

Olin Kreutz enters Polynesian Football Hall of Fame - Brad Biggs: Six-time Pro Bowler one of six players honored at inaugural ceremonies dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of Polynesian football history.

Fridge TD plunge a poor choice for Bears Super Bowl highlight - Moon Mullin: Jim McMahon always regretted not facilitating a touchdown for Walter Payton.

Ex-Bears doing good things - Burt Constable: After an NFL career clearing the way for his Bears teammate Walter Payton, Roland Harper puts that same energy into helping his disabled son and other residents of Little Angels in Elgin.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The copycat nature of the NFL has the league looking at Seattle’s take on the cornerback position; more from around the league.

Knee injuries worry NFL players more than concussions - USA Today poll: Players more concerned by having career cut short than long-term threats.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: While we'd be highly skeptical that Adrian Peterson is leaving the Vikings anytime soon, we'd also be highly skeptical of the notion that it's impossible he could.


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