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The Bears Den: June 30, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Matt Cavanaugh on Jay Cutler: 'I've seen incredible progress' - Chris Boden: QB coach charged with cleaning up Cutler's fundamentals says #6 has embraced every suggestion, and the difference "is like night & day."

Paul Pasqualoni: The 'defensive line whisperer' - Chris Boden: Bears' hopes for return to defensive prominence all starts with a well-seasoned coach and his reconstructed line [Video].

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Khaseem Greene gets quicker in prep for second season - Not-Hub Fishbain: After coming into camp "a bit heavy" last summer, Greene is getting back to the physique he showed off at Rutgers, where he was a two-time Big East DPotY.

Why Bears invested in David Fales - Chris Boden: After Matt Cavanaugh put David Fales through a workout the week leading up to the draft, there appears to be something the QBs coach can at least work with, and hope to mold and shape to have greater value.

Can Jordan Palmer or Jimmy Clausen be this year's Josh McCown? - Chris Boden: Conceivable the Bears could keep both to back up Cutler, unless Fales shows so much that he doesn't start on the practice squad.

Roster analysis: Offensive tackles - Michael C. Wright: Credit Phil Emery for stocking the roster with so much depth at offensive tackle from the top of the depth chart to the bottom.

Mark Green enjoying second career - Matt Simeone: Former Bears RB Mark Green followed teammate Neal Anderson's advice, and is enjoying a successful second career as the director of diversity and Inclusion at AbbVie.

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X&Os - Matt Bowen's NFL 101 breaks down some of the basic route combinations that show up on the tape inside of the 20-yard line.

NFL history - Elliot Harrison's ranking of the top 20 NFL players of the '90s contains members of the Packers, Vikings and Lions, but none of the Beloved. Bearsss.

First rounders from 2011 draft paying contract penalty - Jarrett Bell: JJ Watt's case illustrates the effective penalty that comes with being a first-round pick, forcing many to wait an extra year to truly cash in.

Know thy enemies - Mike Tanier ranks the NFL's best and worst special teams, and includes one competitor in the NFCN in each category.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Teddy Bridgewater has imported the Vikings' playbook into his Madden NFL football game, which allows him to take "virtual reps" by practicing with the Vikings' offense against defenses he'd see in an actual game.


Bobby Womack died on Friday, aged 70.