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The Bears Den: January 19, 2015 - Postseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Lucas new director of player personnel - Larry Mayer: The Bears have reached an agreement with Josh Lucas, who has spent the past 10 seasons with the Saints, to become their director of player personnel.  Patrick FinleyWill be Pace’s right-hand man.

When can we expect John Fox to win the Super Bowl? - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears landed the best coach available. Now John Fox has to be better than he ever has been, and history tells us he has to reach the playoffs by season two.

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May be good reasons John Fox was available for Bears - Is-Hub Arkush: While most Bears fans celebrate, there is a significant and growing voice out of Denver from media that cover the team that Fox’s firing is what’s best for the Broncos, as well.

John Fox's exit from Broncos might be red flag for Bears - Adam L. Jahns: But those familiar with Fox’s approach say the Bears and their fans shouldn’t be worried about his desire to win it all.

Raiders mystery part of John Fox's history - Neil Hayes: It is unheard-of for a coordinator to walk away from a team close to the start of the regular season, but that’s what Fox did when he resigned as the Raiders’ DC in 1996.

Bears players eager to work with Fox - Larry Mayer: Kyle Long and Matt Forte are among the Bears players who are excited and eager to begin working with new head coach John Fox.

Jay should listen to Jake about John - Adam L. Jahns: Of all the personnel decisions coming up for Pace and Fox, none will be bigger than Cutler. As it stands now, Cutler is the Bears’ best option, which wouldn’t be lost on Pace or Fox.

John Fox isn't a QB expert, but he manages them well - Rich Campbell: Fox's history with QBs shows he effectively connects with them while devoting much of his focus to defense and letting his OC take charge.

OC/DC candidates Fox figures to target - Bob LeGere: John Fox has begun the process of putting together a staff and, with seven teams having changed head coaches since the end of the regular season, there are plenty of assistants on the market.

Potential coordinators for Bears - Is-Hub Arkush: Kyle Shanahan [Gone to Falcons], Vic Fangio may be best on the all-star list.  Rich CampbellMay come down to Chicago or Washington for Vic FangioJames NeveauTitans deny Bears' request to speak to Mike Mularkey.

Bears OC job a win-win situation - Moon Mullin: Whether Adam Gase, Kyle Shanahan, or another candidate, one NFL insider posited that Chicago is an ideal situation, ironically in part because of Jay Cutler.  Bears QB plans still in a molten state.

[Video] - Moon Mullin: Who[m - Den] could Bears hire as their defensive coordinator?

[Video] - Moon Mullin: Will Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall be on Bears roster in September?

Roster analysis: Special teams - Not-Hub Arkush: Special teams showed inexperience with many struggles in 2014.

Mock drafts - Dane Brugler and Rob Rang have the Bears seeking pass-rushing help with Shane Ray and Alvin "Bud" Dupree, respectively.

'85 Bears characterized as "ultimate cautionary tale" - Not-Hub Arnold: Thirty years after they captured the franchise’s most recent Super Bowl championship, the 1985 Bears are now considered one of the league’s most cautionary tales.

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Know thy enemy: Packers 22, Seahawks 28 - ( Game report and [Video] highlights.  Rob Demovsky: Rapid Reaction ... Colossal collapse will haunt Packers ... Packers never saw fake FG comingTom PelisseroAaron Rodgers still has time to win another Super Bowl.

2015 East-West Shrine Game notebook - Dave Miller: Which players stood out in the longest-running all-star college football game?

Best trick plays of the playoffs - Mike Bertha, Ben Cosman: While no NFL franchise has successfully executed The Annexation of Puerto Rico in a playoff game, many have pulled off plenty of Madden-like feats while playing for keeps.


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