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The Bears Den: July 07, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

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Team Report - Greg Gabriel: Can Jay Cutler and company grab control of the NFC North? [Steven Schweickert's thoughts from the weekend here.]

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Roster analysis: Cornerback - Michael C. Wright: If the Bears stick with five corners, Isaiah Frey will have to hold off Sherrick McManis, a star on special teams who shows plenty of potential at corner.

Roster analysis: Safety - Michael C. Wright: If Adrian Wilson shows he’s back to form during camp, Craig Steltz could become a victim of the numbers game.

Bears boast NFL's top WR tandem - Ashley Fox: The brilliant play of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will deliver an NFC North crown to Chicago. [Hat tip to MannellyMullet]

Rookie watch - James Neveau: What do the Bears hope they will get out of sixth-round draft pick David Fales?

Ex-Bear news - Matt Simeone: Former Bears O-lineman Kurt Becker is entering his third season as head coach at East Aurora High School, his alma mater.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Doug Farrar's offseason report: Can the secondary cover anybody? There's nowhere to go but up, and reforming secondaries is one of Mike Zimmer's strong points.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Carlos Monarrez: Calvin Johnson builds solid foundation, takes low-key approach to help others.

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So, it's a bit quiet at this stage of the offseason.  I'm re-watching the BBC series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; obviously it's quite dated, having been first broadcast in 1981, but it captures the feel of the radio series and novels incredibly well.  The 2005 film was rubbish, potential future Mrs Spongie (née Deschanel) notwithstanding.