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The Weekend Bears Den: January 24, 2015 - Postseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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What Bears are getting with John Fox, Adam Gase - Moon Mullin: Unlike a number of Bears seasons with only lip service to balance and the run (Marc Trestman ran the football just 37 percent of the time), Fox's offenses have walked his talk.

Bears Special Teams ranked 26th overall in 2014 - Dan Durkin: From the carousel of return men who didn’t get a kickoff past the 20-yard line until Week 7 to costly penalties to edges surrendered on punt protection to blocked punts, the Bears’ special teams units were anything but special.

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Bears hire assistants Loggains, Pires - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday reached agreements with Dowell Loggains to become their QBs coach and Glenn Pires to serve as LBs coach. [More here.]

Former players laud Fox: 'A player's dream for a head coach' - Mark Potash: There’s a fine line between the coach who takes his players’ concerns to heart and the coach who lets the inmates run the asylum. But Fox has been at this for 13 years in the NFL, so he knows how to balance that often-delicate dynamic.

[Audio] - Ernie Accorsi talks to Waddle & Silvy about his recent job helping the Bears assemble a new staff.

Accorsi on search for Bears' GM-coach combination - Rich Campbell: Ernie Accorsi believes Ryan Pace and John Fox equip Bears to win.  Is-Hub Arkush: Accorsi thrilled with Bears' management search.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright: It's time for Ryan Pace and John Fox to turn their attention to evaluating the players currently on Chicago's roster.

[Video] - Dave Wannstedt on the impact of Vic Fangio.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Are the Bears in rebuilding mode?

Ex-White Sox OF Rowand has empathy for Cutler - Neil Hayes: For a fresh perspective about what Jay Cutler endured during the Bears’ miserable 2014 season, we present none other than … Aaron Rowand?

Welcome to Chicago’s Golden Age of coaching - Dave Wischnowsky: Quenneville, Fox, Maddon and Thibodeau are considered to be among the sharpest coaching minds in their respective sports. As such, hopes around town feel as lofty as they have in ages.

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Pro Bowl - Kevin Zimmerman: Five reasons to watch the 2015 Pro Bowl.   John Breech: 5 rule changes, including no kickoffs.

2015 NFL Draft Big Board - Rob Rang: Prospects take advantage of Senior Bowl week.  Dane Brugler: 10 prospects who helped themselvesCharles DavisWashington's Danny Shelton among 10 Senior Bowl standoutsChris BurkeTomlinson, Shelton standing out as top NFL prospects.

Senior Bowl 2015 - Matt Bowen's Draft scouting and observations from day 1 ... day 2 ... day 3Zac Jackson: Five things we learned from Senior Bowl week.

Analytics in football - Greg Gabriel: Has the use of numbers for evaluation gone too far?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: An early guess at a few areas where the Vikings could look for help, and a look at a few players who stood out during Senior Bowl practices.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Veteran linebackers A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Julius Peppers among Packers' possible salary-cap cuts, would save team millions if released.

Mr Cub: A life like a miracle - Phil Rogers: A power-hitting shortstop ahead of his time, Ernie Banks won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and '59, staking a lasting claim as arguably the greatest player in Cubs history.  Classic photos of Ernie Banks.

Whut - Minnesota man allegedly took dead mom to the bank to withdraw money.

Cheerleaders - The best of the divisional weekend cheerleaders, courtesy of and;'s Pro Bowl cheerleaders photoshoot.


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