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The Weekend Bears Den: January 31, 2015 - Postseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Groh returns as receivers coach - Larry Mayer: After serving as Bears receivers coach the past two seasons under Marc Trestman, Mike Groh will remain in that role on John Fox’s staff in Chicago.

Roster analysis: Linebackers - Dan Durkin: Injuries and youth played a part in the group's collective struggle, but players were also playing out of position. How does the current group of players under contract fit in the potential new scheme?

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Tough decisions, strict philosophy key - James Neveau: The Patriots' model for success has netted them three Super Bowl titles and a place in NFL history, but if the Bears want to take cues from New England, it won't be an easy process. Mark PotashThomas Davis' 'guarantee': Bears will be better under Fox.

Urlacher a 'huge fan' of John Fox - Larry Mayer: Count former star Brian Urlacher among those who believe that the Bears made a very wise decision in hiring head coach John Fox.  Rich Campbell: Explains his beef with Phil Emery ... [Audio]

[Video] - Jim Miller and Tom Thayer are joined by Brian Urlacher on the Bears All Access radio show.

Tillman: Cutler 'can be a success' - Michael C. Wright: Charles Tillman on his desire to return for a 13th season with the Bears, whether he thinks Jay Cutler can finally shed his enigmatic persona, and more.

Jared Allen: Jay Cutler gets too much 'crap'' - Patrick Finley: Former Viking knows how fiercely competitive the QB is from having competed against him, says Bears "don’t need guys that are rah-rah guys" across the board.  Lauds Bears' 'win-now type of staff'.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright : If Bears can field mediocre defense, offense is talented enough to take team over the top more times than not in 2015.

[Video] - Martellus Bennett chats with Jawn Murray at the NFL Fan Pass set.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel: In a star-filled class, Boise State running back Jay Ajayi stands out.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Greg Jennings says Adrian Peterson is wanted back by everyone in the organization, from ownership on down.  2015 Hall of Fame finalist: Mick Tingelhoff.

Know thy enemy: Packers - (AP): Packers fire special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum after gaffes.  Rob Demovsky: 2015 Hall of Fame finalist: Ron Wolf.

The evolution of the Super Bowl halftime show - Joe DeLessio: Before the Super Bowl morphed into a capital-E Event, its halftime had all the pageantry of a small-town high school football game. ( Super Bowl XX on the list of the 10 worst halftime shows.

Food & Drink - (USAToday): The only 10 Super Bowl recipes you will ever need.

Cheerleaders - Pro Bowl cheerleaders courtesy of (bonus: behind the scenes gallery) ... past Puppy Bowl pics.


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