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The Bears Den: February 18, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Five pressing decisions for Bears brass on eve of combine - Patrick Finley: Are the Bears simply remodeling their roster, or are John Fox and Ryan Pace engaging in a full-scale rebuild?

Sticking with Cutler better option for Bears than Mariota - David Haugh: John Fox knows Jay Cutler can direct an NFL offense effectively under the right circumstances. All anybody knows about Marcus Mariota is he can make defenses in the Pac-12 look silly — but what about in the NFC North?

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As.  Which are the most important positions in a 3-4 defense?

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Draft preview - Michael C. Wright takes a look at three defensive tackles the Bears could target in the draft.  Rich Campbell: 3-4 defensive plan needs a strong nose tackle.

[Video] - Not-Hubs Arkush and Fishbain preview the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Greg Gabriel on possibilities for Bears with seventh pick ... Best player available or fill a need for Bears at No. 7?

The receiver Bears need more than Brandon Marshall - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears have too many big, slow targets; Randall Cobb is the kind of fast target they desperately need to take the top off the defense.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - How long will Charles Tillman play football for?

Bears share Combine memories - Larry Mayer: With the NFL Combine kicking off Wednesday, 2014 Bears draft picks Kyle Fuller, David Fales and Pat O’Donnell share their experiences about attending last year’s event in Indianapolis. [Video] Matt Slauson on his experience at the combine.

Bears have the best coaching staff in the NFL - Matthew Schwerha: ...or at the absolute least, an exponentially better staff than the one the team had under Marc Trestman.

Urlacher: Bears will regain identity - Larry Mayer: With the arrival of John Fox, Brian Urlacher is confident that the Bears will regain their identity on both sides of the ball. [Video] Larry Mayer catches up with Urlacher .... [Video] NFL Total Access.

Urlacher appears at Waukegan school - Larry Mayer: Brian Urlacher appeared at Abbott Middle School in Waukegan Tuesday in conjunction with the release of his new book, which is intended for middle school students [Video] ... doesn't expect to see his jersey retired ... still doesn't like Cutler ... "was never not a part of the Bears".

Son of ex-Bear Peterson passes away - Larry Mayer: A.J. Peterson, the 7-year-old son of former Bears running back Adrian Peterson, has lost his battle with brain cancer.

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What really happens at the NFL combine and what's at stake? - Dan Wiederer: Team interviews. Medical exams. 40-yard dashes. Four experts discuss the nuances of the NFL combine.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: How Vikings could go about keeping Adrian Peterson at $15.4 million against the salary cap.