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The Bears Den: January 28, 2015 - Postseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Do the Bears have a linebacking corps adequate to play Vic Fangio's defense?

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Seahawks success with young GM and veteran coach a template for Bears - Brad Biggs: John Schneider proof that age is no barrier for Ryan Pace, who now needs to learn people in the building after getting a feel for the roster.

One reason why Pace may have his work cut out for him - Tony Andracki: The Bears have not hit on a lot of draft picks the last few years, which helps to bring down the stock of the franchise's pipeline of young players.  LesterAre the Bears devoid of young talent?

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Bears name Clint Hurtt outside linebackers coach - Michael C. Wright: Under Hurtt’s direction in 2014, the Bears increased their sacks from 31 in 2013 to 39. with 35 of the club’s sacks coming from the D-line.  Dan Wiederer: Likely to install some form of hybrid defense that will allow them to be more unpredictable.

Signs point to Bears shifting to a 3-4 - Dan Durkin: There are benefits to running a 3-4 scheme, both from a talent procurement and schematic standpoint; arguably, the Bears need at least six new starters on defense.  Moon Mullin: Linebackers a bigger concern than D-line if Bears transition to 3-4.

Bears can't roll a '7' after previous draft daze - Chris Boden: While there are still needs in the secondary, this draft appears extremely deep in front seven personnel that requires several key pieces for a 3-4 defense’s future success.  SamHow quick can the Bears build a 3-4 defense?

Accorsi: John Fox's Super Bowl failures are a positive - Michael C. Wright: Ernie Accorsi says losses on NFL's biggest stage will keep the coach motivated.  Patrick Finley: At Super Bowl, Bears get kudos for John Fox hireAdam L. JahnsShould Bears have waited on Seahawks' Dan Quinn?

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Should Lance Briggs return to Bears? [KAPCON: 4]

[Audio] - FOX Sports' Chris Myers thinks it's time for the Bears to move on from Jay Cutler.  That time, presumably, being an exceptionally weak draft and free agent pool for QBs.

Marshall invited back to 'Inside the NFL' - Ed Sherman: The door is open if Brandon Marshall wants to return to Showtime’s "Inside the NFL" next year but John Fox, and perhaps even Marshall himself, might shut that door in 2015.

Bears mailbag - Not-Hub Fishbain answers questions about the 2015 defense and some free-agent options at safety and wide receiver.

[Audio] - Martellus Bennett talks about his ventures outside of football, defenses that play aggressively, Michael Bennett and more.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Charles Tillman and Anthony Adams try to make each other laugh with the help from some helium filled balloons.

Former Bears ballboy is misleading TV about his experiences - Adam L. Jahns: Eric Kester has appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC to discuss the NFL’s ball-deflating controversy, but he appears to be guilty of lying about his own experiences with the Bears.  (CBS): Bears dispute Kester's claims, according to Deadspin.


Ditka - Da Coach talks Deflategate, Super Bowl distractions, the ’85 Bears, and his pick.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel: Is Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings ready for the NFL?  Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson rising on draft boards.

Ravens prefer to learn the hard way - Tim Baffoe: Marc Trestman set the Bears franchise back years with his incompetence. Now he’s seducing Ravens fans with the same hypnotic junk we fell for before he and his phrenology clinic were unceremoniously sent packing.

Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings likely to miss out on Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter.