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The Weekend Bears Den: May 10, 2015 - Rookie minicamp Chicago Bears news & notes

An extra Weekend Den for rookie minicamp. Is Shea McClellin's best chance to stick at a new position and under a different regime to the one that drafted him?

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Fangio, not edge rushers, key to Bears 'D' - Is-Hub Arkush: Many believe last season was Vic Fangio’s best in spite of dropping to 10th in scoring "D" because of the devastating run of injuries to his best players he had to coach through.

Spring comments heating up fall matchup between Broncos and Bears - Jeff Legwold: John Elway, John Fox and Adam Gase have each exchanged some not-so-hard-to-read-between-the-lines verbal parting gifts.

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Fangio talks defense at rookie camp - Larry Mayer: Speaking to the media Saturday for the first time since becoming DC in January, Vic Fangio covered a wide variety of topics on the second day of rookie minicamp.

Reviving Bears defense not mission impossible to Fangio - Dan Wiederer: New DC wants his players developing into a tough and hard-working group that sparks their efforts with intelligence.

Fangio: Bears must make own building blocks - Patrick Finley: When Vic Fangio began remaking the Bears defense into his preferred 3-4 scheme, then, he did it with eyes wide open.

Bears think McClellin's best fit is at ILB - Jeff Dickerson: Being versatile hasn't helped in Shea McClellin's development says Vic Fangio, who listed McClellin alongside Kyle Fuller, Christian Jones, and Jeremiah Ratliff as returning players he thinks can fit in the new defense.

Fangio sees McClellin fitting in - Patrick Finley: The Bears are moving Shea McClellin to inside linebacker, his third different position in three years ... Rich CampbellDC believes McClellin will benefit from focusing on one position ... Moon MullinLovie Smith refused directive to move McClellin to MLB.

Fangio: Allen can revitalize career at OLB - Jeff Dickerson: Jared Allen still will play some traditional DE when team plays nickel, which Vic Fangio reminds often is used more than a team's base defense.

Rookies look to impress - Mini-Larry: Just a week into their pro careers, Bears rookies are learning about the rigors of the NFL while trying to prove themselves to coaches and teammates.

Eddie Goldman working on the little things - Not-Hub Fishbain: The Bears' new nose tackle got on the field for the first time as a pro this week, and it was certainly better than his flight to Chicago.

Q&A: Hroniss Grasu - Jeff Dickerson with a Q&A with third-round draft pick Hroniss Grasu, who talks about the adjustment to the NFL and Kyle Long's influence.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Vic Fangio willing to stake his reputation on Ray McDonald, has Eddie Goldman focusing on smaller details; more from Saturday practice.

[Video] - John Fox addresses the media Friday Saturday following the Bears[sic] second day of rookie minicamp, talks about Vic Fangio and the defense.  [Video] Day 1 presser.

[Video] - Vic Fangio addresses the media Saturday.

[Video] - See what Adam Gase had to say on Friday following the Bears[sic] first day of rookie minicamp.

[Video] - First-round draft pick Kevin White addresses the media Friday following the first day of rookie minicamp.

[Video] - Second-round selection Eddie Goldman's Saturday press conference.

[Video] - Third rounder Hroniss Grasu answered questions from the media on Friday.

[Video] - Fourth-round running back Jeremy Langford met the media on Friday.

[Video] - Fifth-round safety Adrian Amos' meet 'n greet with the media on Saturday.

[Video] - UDFA QB Shane Carden speaks with the media.

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When we left them, the warriors of Modella had just arrived at the castle of the Lord of the League and were about to do battle for the ring of the Masters of the Gridiron.  The Browns went 12-4 to top the AFC Central in 1986, going on to lose 23-20 when John Elway led the Broncos on "The Drive"; their descendants would have to travel to the faraway land of Bal Ti More and assume new identities in order to get the ring.