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The Bears Den: February 03, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Roster analysis: D-line - Dan Durkin: The Bears didn’t get the full return on their investments they hoped for on the field, and have some potential misfit pieces in their expected transition to a 3-4 scheme.

Roster analysis: QB - Not-Hub Fishbain takes a look at the Bears' free-agent options at the QB position: In a weak field, Mark Sanchez actually might be the best one available.

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2015 important dates for NFL, Bears - Not-Hub Fishbain: With the Super Bowl concluded, the offseason for the rest of the NFL officially began on Feb. 2, as did the waiver system.  Sam FarmerKey storylines for NFL in offseason.

Hard to see Bears as primetime players on TV this fall - Chris Boden: Despite the enthusiasm around here with the GM and coaching changes, it’s probably a safe bet right now that most of the Bears’ work will be done on Sunday afternoons this fall.

Jared Allen eager to work with John Fox - Michael C. Wright: It's unknown how Jared Allen might fit in Chicago's new defensive scheme in 2015, but they should be able to use the Pro Bowler's pass-rushing skills.

Plays that shaped the Bears' season - Michael C. Wright: No. 10: Jay Cutler is picked off and the Bears fall at home to the Bills.

[Video] - Making the Grade: The CSN Chicago panel discuss the Bears' running back situation; Matt Forte was third in the league in yards from scrimmage in 2014.

10 predictions for the 2015 NFL season - Bears to make a giant leap forward? Matt Forte to lead the league in rushing? [Before you get too excited, this is according to Maggie Hendricks.]

Super Bowl contributors set the bar for Bears and rest of NFL - Chris Boden: The Bears' unusually large number of UDFAs on the roster speaks to the troubles they’ve had drafting long-term contributors.  David HaughUnlikely Super Bowl stars provide a lesson about player evaluation.

Imagine that Super game in Chicago blizzard - Mike Imrem: Unfinished Super Bowl business, like XLIX game would have been even better if played in Chicago's weather.  Rich Campbell: Brandon Marshall visits with Roger Goodell during Super Bowl (non-Trib link).

[Video] Inside the Bears - Ryan Mundy shops for the hottest sneakers in the Wicker Park neighborhood with Inside the Bears co-host Lyndsay Petruny.

Patrick Mannelly leaving Score show to focus on football - Ed Sherman: Ex-Bear told listeners that his passion wasn't there to chat about other sports besides football.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel: Is Oregon State QB Sean Mannion ready for the big stage?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: NFC North writers vote Jim Caldwell NFC North Coach of the Year; Marc Trestman did not earn any votes.

Left Shark stole the Super Bowl and Twitter memes - Michael Clair: While the Super Bowl may have come down to a last minute interception, it was Katy Perry and Left Shark that stole our hearts.