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The Bears Den: July 21, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

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One-on-one with Marc Trestman - Dan Wiederer with a comprehensive one-on-one interview with Marc Trestman, from his relationship with Jay Cutler to the culture of the locker room and beyond, his thoughts on the season just gone and the season to come, and much more.

Jay Cutler has never been in better position to succeed - Mark Potash: There are all sorts of reasons Jay Cutler has won only one playoff game in his eight seasons, but most of them aren’t his fault. A look at Cutler’s first 8 seasons — and the finishes.

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Roster analysis - Larry Mayer: With only perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs assured of a starting position, the competition at linebacker figures to be intense this summer.

Training camp preview: Safeties - Not-Hub Fishbain: No position was criticized more last season — and with good reason — and has more questions heading into training camp than safety, where the Bears could have yet another pair of new starters patrolling the back end.

Bears challenged to keep one area of defense at 2013 levels - Moon Mullin: The Bears stood No. 1 in kickoff return average, one of only two teams to hold opponents to less than 20 yards per return, and No. 6 in punt return average.

Roster analysis: Special-teams experience suddenly absent - Moon Mullin: The 2014 Bears project to go into the season with a long-snapper who has never delivered a football to an NFL kicker, a punter who has never hit an NFL kick and a returner who has never caught one.

Roster analysis - Michael C. Wright breaks down his projected 53-man Chicago Bears roster.

Bears Q&A: Radio analyst Tom Thayer - Brad Biggs: As training camp approaches, former Bears O-lineman gives his take on how the team is shaping up for 2014.

Cutler comfortable in offense, ready for camp - Not-Hub Fishbain: The Bears QB, in his own words, is comfortable, excited and ready to go for camp and the 2014 season. [Video] - Cutler addressing the media from his charity volleyball tournament.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright's readers' Q&A on Ego Ferguson, what Jeremiah Ratliff has left in the tank, wnich under-the-radar player to keep an eye on in camp, and the state of the secondary.

For the Bears to have success, these 10 players will be on the spot - Adam L. Jahns lists the most important players to the Bears’ success this season.  Lester's most important 10.

Roster analysis: Wide Receiver - James Neveau: With Marc Trestman in charge, the team has a ton of weapons to deploy in their offense at the WR position. Alshon Jeffery's To-Do list.

How the Bears could go 10-6 and still miss the playoffs - Moon Mullin: The NFC is the dominant conference at this point in league history, and that is potentially ominous.

[Audio] - ESPN NFL analyst Brian Dawkins covers the outlook for the NFC North, the state of the Packers, the Lions' potential, the Bears' defense, Tim Jennings' abilities, and expectations for the Vikings.

[Video] - A few reasons for you to draft Martellus Bennett to your Fantasy team.

Q&A with 1985 Bear Steve McMichael - Not-Hub Paras: Former Bears D-lineman and 1985 Super Bowl champion Steve McMichael gave an interview at a recent event for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Chicago a finalist to host 2015 NFL Draft [KAPCON: 3]. Mike TannierComparing the candidate cities.

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The key to success - Greg Gabriel: Without strong football character, top talent may be a waste. See: Josh Gordon.

Know thy enemies: NFC North training camp snapshots - Brad Biggs: With Lions and Vikings sporting new coaches and Packers teaming a healthy Clay Matthews with Julius Peppers, things should be interesting. ESPN NFCN bloggers' projected 53-man rosters for the Packers, Lions, and Vikings.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Special teams coach Mike Priefer banned for three games after investigation into inappropriate conduct. Ben Goessling: Vikings' provocation of Chris Kluwe perplexing. Chris Mascaro: Kluwe threatens to air Vikings' dirty laundryMr Rence: /facepalm.


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