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The Bears Den: July 14, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

Defensive coaches want Brock Vereen to communicate more from the safety position.

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Forte looks to build on his success - Larry Mayer: Matt Forte will be looking to build on one of the best seasons by a running back in Bears history, while a fierce competition will take place to determine his backup.

Superlatives guide to Bears training camp - Rich Campbell: 2014 is shaping up as most interesting preseason in quite some time with more storylines than available roster spots.

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Training camp preview: O-line - Not-Hub Arkush: The NFL is a league of attrition, and expecting starters to stay healthy two seasons in a row would be foolish. Thus, Bourbonnais will be a critical audition period for backups. Dan Wiederer: If O-line can stay healthy again, unit is poised to shine.

NFL's 10 most dangerous offenses for 2014 - Vinnie Iyer: Marc Trestman accomplished his first-year mission of making this one of the league's smoothest, fun-to-watch offenses and, with better team results, Matt Forte could contend for MVP honors in 2014.

Training camp snapshot: D-line - Rich Campbell: The professionalism and leadership of Allen, Ratliff, Paea and Houston at practice and in meetings should lift the whole defense; much will depend on how quickly Ferguson and Sutton develop.

Brock Vereen already a Bears draft gem from 4th round - Moon Mullin: Perhaps the most pleasant surprise through the offseason, Vereen has virtually established himself as the player to beat out for the No. 1 free safety position.

Player profile - James Neveau: What can the Bears expect out of former Packers starting safety M.D. Jennings?

Marc Trestman honored by Montreal Alouettes - (CSNChicago) Coach's former CFL team saluted his success that saw three appearances in the Grey Cup and two title-game wins.

Richard Dent: 'I could go out there right now' - Moon Mullin: The Colonel said that, at age 53, he might not make a play... but a lot of the current players at his former position aren't making plays, either.

Bears history - Michael C. Wright: Not only was Walter Payton's 1977 run against the Chiefs the best play in franchise annals, it’s arguably the top run in NFL history.

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Redshirting rookies a growing NFL trend - Lindsay H. Jones: Now clubs like 49ers hope to reap payoff after investing in injured talents like Marcus Lattimore.

Know thy enemies - The ESPN NFCN reporters with their teams' most memorable plays: Bart Starr's sneak to win the Ice Bowl ... Barry Sanders' TD run in the playoffs against Dallas (Rothstein thinks it should be the Orlovsky safety) ... Gary Anderson's miss wide left.


This seems like a good time to raid Germany's musical cupboard, starting with an 80s classic from Nena.  If you prefer, there's also the German language original.