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The Weekend Bears Den: June 07, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

Stephen Paea closes in to give Adrian Peterson a double nipple-tweak.

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Bears playoff miss could dial up heat on Emery - Moon Mullin: Another playoff miss would make the Bears the only NFC North team to miss the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.

Clausen intriguing entry in backup QB derby - Michael C. Wright: Jimmy Clausen has thrown 284 more passes than Jordan Palmer, with 147 more completions for 1,499 yards.

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Paea: We're going to run through O-Lines that come into our stadium - Chris Boden: Between free agency and the drafting of linemen Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton, the bell is about to ring, and Paea knows he must answer it.

Bostic in comfort-zone defense - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears are implementing changes under Mel Tucker this offseason, and Jon Bostic thinks they fit his talents much better than their old cover-2 scheme.

Draughn's NFL experience a plus in RB battle - Arthur (not Hub) Arkush: Four players vying to join Forte and Carey, but Shaun Draughn is the only back on the roster other than Forte with a regular-season carry.

X&Os - Matt Bowen with a look at packaged plays that give the QB multiple options within the same concept to attack the defense in both the run and pass game, using examples both by and against the Bears.

X&Os - Dan Durkin breaks down how the Bears use high/low concepts on offense.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: More than 100 members of the Bears organization helped the community of Washington, Ill., Friday in their recovery efforts following the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the area last November. [Video] Peggy Kusinski: Bears owner replaces woman's tornado-demolished piano.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Ditka

NFL history - Elliot Harrison ranks extraordinary moments from the 1960s, including contributions from Mike Ditka and Gale Sayers [with Video].

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John Madden still the NFL's greatest ambassador - Dan Pompei: There really isn't another person who has influenced the NFL in the Super Bowl era quite like John Madden.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings have to be encouraged by signs that Bridgewater is able -- and willing -- to make some of the throws that gave their last first-round QB trouble.

What if NFL team logos were anime? - With author's comments under each logo [though nothing for the Bears'... still, don't miss the comment for the Packers'].

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Who says women don't play rough?  Salty language warning, as Marilyn Monroe takes on a potential future Mrs Spongie.