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The Bears Den: February 20, 2015 - NFL Combine Chicago Bears news & notes

"September 3rd, 1978; Walter Payton carries the ball under pressure from St. Louis Cardinals linebacker Mark Arneson (57) at Soldier Field."

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GM's comments suggest where Bears will look first at No. 7 - Moon Mullin: While Ryan Pace was able to cite two candidates for nose tackle, they have no outside linebacker with anything close to a resume for a pass rusher.

10 thoughts on Bears from NFL combine - Brad Biggs touches on the QB situation, the coaching staff, switching to a 3-4 defense, the likelihood of Charles Tillman and/or Lance Briggs returning... but no mention of Brandon Marshall.

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Three things we learned at combine - Michael C. Wright: Some teams would love Chicago’s QB problem; Willie Young, Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston will be LBs; how did the Bears hire Marc Trestman after they interviewed Bruce Arians?  More from Team Hub-or-not-Hub.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak with a day 2 update on the major storylines at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bears' pass-rushers hope to emulate Peppers' success - Jeff Dickerson: Julius Peppers ought to serve as an inspiration to the handful of veteran Bears DEs who are expected to switch roles.

Bears: Long has skill set to switch to tackle - Patrick Finley: Kyle Long has made the Pro Bowl in both his seasons in the NFL. Would the Bears risk muddying a good thing by moving him to tackle? They’re considering it.

Ryan Pace talks contract extensions - Jeff Dickerson: Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery enter the final year of their respective contracts and will no doubt push to have offseason dialogue with the team.

Marcus Mariota to Bears not impossible - Michael C. Wright: ...But are Fox and Pace being realistic, considering they've got an experienced and talented, yet inconsistent QB already in the fold?  Is-Hub ArkushBears need to draft a QB, just not right away.  Mini-LarryMariota on decision to throw at Combine.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright, Rob Demovsky, Michael Rothstein discuss the futures of Jay Cutler, Ndamukong Suh, and Randall Cobb, and whether they'll remain with their current teams.  Ken WoolumsCost-benefit of possible outcomes involving Cutler.

Attention, NFL: Bears' garage sale is on - Steve Rosenbloom: It's not just Jay Cutler or Brandon Marshall. It sounds like the entire Bears roster is available, with Ryan Pace and John Fox needing to move roster pieces for draft choices as they switch to a 3-4 defense.

[Video] - Moon Mullin talks Bears' plans at Combine.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush looks ahead to Bears' draft plans.

[Video] - Larry Mayer catches up with former Bears QB Jim Miller at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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John Harbaugh: Trestman 'a very, very good football coach' - Adam L. Jahns: Despite what happened with the Bears, Marc Trestman’s work with QBs still remains valued and respected in league circles.

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