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The Bears Den: December 25, 2014 - Week 17 Chicago Bears news & notes

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Management structure could be biggest hindrance to fixing Bears mess - Mike Mulligan: Why can't the Bears hire an experienced GM and coach who have succeeded elsewhere?

Bears Classics televised on Christmas - Larry Mayer: It's going to be a very "Beary" Christmas on Comcast SportsNet with a full day of Bears Classics programming on Christmas, including a premiere episode featuring the game that turned Jim McMahon into a legend.

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Jay Cutler: 'Everyone could get axed' - Michael C. Wright: QB says he has conditioned himself to 'expect the least expected' as turbulent season draws to a close.  Dan Wiederer: Fair to wonder just how much energy Cutler has left.

Cutler ready to step right back in - Bob LeGere: Not much has gone according to plan this season for the 5-10 Bears or Jay Cutler who, after a one-week benching, finds himself back in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale at Minnesota against the 6-9 Vikings.

Forte eyes milestones - Michael C. Wright: Matt Forte can reach 100 receptions and even set an NFL record with a big day on Sunday.

Long's rapid rise continues unabated - Larry Mayer: After playing only a handful of games at Oregon, Kyle Long's rapid emergence has enabled him to garner Pro Bowl recognition in each of his first two seasons.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Matt Forte disappointed but hardly crushed by Pro Bowl snubbing; Kyle Long progressing in understanding the game; injury notes.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Marc Trestman's focus on game, not on going home; previous Bears-Vikings game at TCF Bank Stadium memorable for being Brett Favre's final game; Detroit loss was Marquess Wilson's most productive day in the NFL; injury notes.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Jared Allen (ribs), Chris Conte (back), Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) and Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) were held out.

Truth hurts, which is way it should be with McCaskeys - Steve Rosenbloom: Don’t be the fan who gives the McCaskeys the easy way out by justifying Jimmy Clausen’s performance as acceptable just because it wasn't Jay Cutler.

How about a day of peace for Bears? - Mike Imrem calls for everyone not to complain about all the bad about the Bears for a day... by reminding everyone what all the bad about the Bears is.

Coaches Corner: Brendan Nugent - Mini-Larry: Offensive quality control coach Brendan Nugent has worked with a changing O-line this season, all while gaining an education in coaching.

Polish sausage

You call Raiola dirty, I call him a football player - You call Rick Morrissey a talentless sh*t-stirring hack, I agree.

A wish for those suffering domestic violence - Barry Rozner: Domestic violence was the talk of the NFL a few months ago, with so many stories written, so many conversations taking place about it on radio, TV and in millions of American homes. And it has gone away with the same speed at which it arrived.


Still the best Christmas song, bar none.  Of course, I may be slightly biased.