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The Bears Den: February 10, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Taking a look at other bears: Ole Miss Rebels mascot Black Bear.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses which picks the Bears have in the draft, if the Bears will be focusing on defensive prospects at the NFL Combine, and potential impact players in 2015.

If Chicago switch to 3-4 defense, it will benefit some - Is-Hub Arkush: A switch would make it difficult to find spots for Jared Allen, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston and several others, and it makes the re-signing of Stephen Paea, who was their best defender last season, unlikely.

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Roster analysis: Defensive tackles - Not-Hub Arkush: Vic Fangio isn't married to having a massive NT in his scheme; Ryan Pace unlikely to dole out a record defensive contract for Ndamukong Suh when his rebuilding team has so many holes to fill.

Roster analysis: Special Teams - Dan Durkin: Hard to expect positive results when the nucleus is primarily made of UDFA rookies, but potential switch to a 3-4 defense may boost special teams.

[Video] Making the Grade - The CSNChicago panel looks back at what went right and wrong for the Bears' linebackers in 2014.

Plays that shaped the Bears' 2014 season - Michael C. Wright: No. 5: Frustration boiled over inside the team’s locker room after Jay Cutler's interception contributed to a 27-14 loss to the Dolphins, and yelling from Brandon Marshall could be heard from outside the doors.

Mock Draft - Peter Schrager: Danny Shelton was the star of Senior Bowl week, and in a draft light on big DTs, he could go as high as top five this April.  More love for Shelton.

[Video] - Stephen Paea sits down with Jeff Joniak to discuss his love of rugby growing up.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Jared Allen presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, marking the completion of a handicap-accessible home his foundation helped build for an injured war veteran.

Ex-Bear news - Fred Mitchell catches up with Ronnie Bull, who was the 1962 NFL Rookie of the Year as a first-round pick of the Bears out of Baylor, and a member of the 1963 Championship team.


[Video] Inside the Bears - Hall of Famer Mike Ditka shares some of his favorite memories and talks about his biggest regret from the magical 1985 Super Bowl season.

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Trouble hasn't slowed down for NFL in 2015 - (AP): 2015 hasn't brought much relief for the NFL, with at least eight players arrested, a star suspended, an agent indicted, and a Hall of Famer fired.

NFL formalizes panel to assess L.A. stadium plans - (AP): Roger Goodell has established an internal committee to review stadium options in Los Angeles and coordinate any possible move to Southern California, according to a league memo.

Draft analysis - Joel Klatt's top 5 prospects at each position. Big board v2.0.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Jared Dubin: Mike McCarthy giving up playcalling, but is that really an issue for Green Bay?  Mike ImremGives Bears fans smidgen of hope.

Ex-Bears news - Brett Smiley: 9-year-old girl sends Ron Rivera $5 she had received from the tooth fairy after his house fire, Ron returns it with a nice personal note and some Panthers swag.