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The Bears Den: February 11, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears release list of offseason dates - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday released a list of important offseason dates, beginning with next week’s NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

John Fox sets Bears' offseason schedule - Chris Boden: Teams with new head coaches are allowed to conduct an extra, voluntary veteran minicamp, and Fox will conduct those Tuesday, April 28th through Thursday, April 30th at Halas Hall.  Brad BiggsKey dates.

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Roster analysis: Linebackers - Not-Hub Fishbain: No position has more questions than this one; which free agents could the Bears target to supplement or replace Jon Bostic, Christian Jones, or Shea McClellin in 2015?

[Video] Making the Grade - The CSNChicago panel takes a look back at the promising year the Bears D-line had in 2014.

Chris Harris won't be back with Bears in 2015 - Michael C. Wright: Defensive QC coach, who spent considerable time the last two seasons assisting with the safeties, is currently mulling multiple options elsewhere.

Plays that shaped the Bears' season - Michael C. Wright: No. 4: A fake punt goes awry with just 10 players on the field, and the Saints blow out the Bears.

NFC North free agency and draft storylines - Doug Farrar: The Bears accomplished one of the more remarkable assistant coaching upgrades in NFL history when they replaced Mel Tucker with former 49ers mastermind Vic Fangio.

Team Report - Adam Rank: The 2014 NFL season sure didn't turn out the way Bears fans had planned on, but 2015 is bound to be a better season.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Growing up as a child, Matt Slauson was bullied and picked on for a speech impediment. But with the help of football, Slauson stopped the teasing.

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Draft preview - Dave Miller picks out the most interesting players to watch at the NFL Combine.

Ndamukong Suh leads list of top 25 free agents - Chris Wesseling with an early look at the best players due to reach free agency.  Dan HanzusMark Sanchez headlines exceptionally weak pool of free agent QBs.

I loved this man (even though I never met him) - Steve Rosenbloom: Ed Sabol and his son, Steve, invented and refined ideas that made NFL Films a legendary project and helped launch the NFL's popularity. [N.B. This article shows Rosenbloom can write without being a tool. He simply chooses not to 97% of the time. - Den]

Know thy enemy: Packers - Ross Tucker: If Mike McCarthy is indeed giving OC Tom Clements the play-calling duties it's because he thinks that will help give the Packers a chance to win more games -- not because he wants Clements to have a better job someday.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Dye: Some think the Lions made a mistake by drafting Eric Ebron with the 10th pick overall last year, but it would be just as wrong to write him off based solely on his rookie year.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Daniel Williams: Given all that the team has gone through over the past year, Vikings fans have much to be proud of and 2015 is only going to be better.