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

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How Bears can follow Spurs' model to multiple championships - Moon Mullin: The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs may provide a template for the strategy that is taking shape through Halas Hall, in terms of both skills and economics.

Bears trying to reverse recent trend at safety - Brad Biggs: After a decade of constant turnover, newcomers Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen are looking to lock down positions.

DBs on "Inside Rookie Minicamp" - Larry Mayer: The second of’s five-part series "Inside Rookie Minicamp" features DBs coaches Jon Hoke and Chris Harris working with draft picks Kyle Fuller and Brock Vereen. [Video]

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Bears minicamp preview - Michael C. Wright with key storylines to keep an eye on at veteran minicamp. Will Jimmy Clausen establish himself as a competitor for the backup QB role?

Kosar lauds Trestman's football IQ - Larry Mayer: After a three-day visit to Halas Hall, former NFL QB Bernie Kosar praised Marc Trestman as having "a brilliant brain for the game of football." [Video]

Trying to get Trestman's point about Cutler - Steve Rosenbloom: Marc Trestman was trying to talk up Jay Cutler's conditioning, but most of Cutler’s injuries last season and in his Bears career were due to protection issues, not fitness. [KAPCON: 5]

[N.B. Expanding use of the KAPCON protocol, which runs from 5 (calm, measured, sensible) to 1 (Stephen A. Smith vs Skip Bayless), to cover non-Kaplan links.  Rosenbloom's not stirring up much of anything here.]

Jordan Lynch won't let challenge, doubters get in his way - Jeff (not Hub) Arnold: UDFA understands the competitive traffic he will have to navigate to hold down one of the Bears' backfield spots.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs answers readers' questions about the D-line, trying Jordan Lynch at safety, and the chances of Christian Jones making the roster.

Key to efficient offense is not "tempo" - Chris Burke: It was a team’s ability to score at a consistent clip, not necessarily how rapid its possessions progressed, that stood as a harbinger of success last season. [Bears ranked 5th in offensive points per play run.]

ProFootballFocus - PFF breaks down QB performance by time to throw and by routeMartz it, just let Cutler go deep.

[Video] - The HBO series "Hard Knocks" selected the Falcons to feature this season, and Mike North thinks not being chosen might turn out better for the Bears. [KAPCON: 5]

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Charles Tillman remains active in community ... Jared Allen building home for injured vet ... Garza, Bostic to host football camp.

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NFL Health & Safety - Tom Pelissero: All 32 teams may utilize technology to tackle concussion issue by 2015.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Dan Pompei: A healthy Aaron Rodgers and some roster tinkering might just be enough for the Packers to close the gap between them and the elite in the NFC.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: The Lions have a need at cornerback, but would Brandon Flowers be a good fit?