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The Bears Den: June 12, 2015 - OTAs Chicago Bears news & notes

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Marc Mariani is in contention to be the Bears' kick returner this season. Hey, anyone who tramples over Lions players is fine by me.

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X&Os: Breaking down a favorite Adam Gase red zone scheme - Dan Durkin: Over the past two seasons, no team has been more efficient at scoring TDs in the red zone than the Broncos, and Adam Gase was calling the shots for Denver’s pass-first red zone philosophy over that time span.

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Bears to practice with Colts in Indy - Larry Mayer: Prior to the Bears-Colts preseason game Aug. 22 at Lucas Oil Stadium, the two teams will conduct two joint practices Aug. 19 and 20 in Indianapolis.

Bears feeling good about new chemistry on defense - Adam Jahns: Vic Fangio’s thoroughness and patience in his instructions have resonated with his players, even ones familiar with 3-4 defenses.

Mariani ready for Bears' return duties - Adam Jahns: Feeling healthy and fresh, Marc Mariani is the clear leader at returner for John Fox and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.

Christian Jones embracing new role as ILB - Not-Hub Fishbain with the usual Hub-or-not-Hub.com fluff article that ekes it out to a single sentence on page 2.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Will Martellus Bennett show for mandatory minicamp, and will Kyle Long's move to RT be permanent?

[Video] - Not-Hubs Fishbain and Bartleson discuss Kyle Long’s taking reps at right tackle.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Is Jay Cutler's contract worst among QBs in NFL? [Couldn't be bothered to click, because repeatedly slamming my testicles with my desk drawer is a great deal more enlightening than hearing Jason Goch and Dave Kaplan talk foam at the mouth about Cutler. Also, I imagine it's a great deal more entertaining. - Den]

Bennett wonders why same ‘silly’ [Sheade] is being written about his OTA absence - Fans wonder why Martellus Bennett is pulling 'silly' (though, admittedly, different) Sheade for a second year.

The glaring positional weakness for every NFL team - Pete Prisco: Kyle Fuller will be a star someday on the corner, but there are questions at the Bears' other spots in the secondary.

One big question facing every team in the NFC - Jason B. Hirschhorn: Does Chicago have enough defensive talent to run Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme?

Scariest players in NFL history - Adam Rank is the Sheadiest writer on NFL.com after Dameshek, but he includes Dick Butkus on his list and thus I am obliged to include him.

TMZ - Blair Sheade: Alot Of People From The Bears Organization Watched Game 4 Of The Stanley Cup Final. The Foto Of The Won Giving His Girlfriend A Kiss In Front Of The United Center Will Make U Cry.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Eddie Lacy has a chance to be just the third Packers running back to rush for 1,100 yards in three straight seasons.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Mike Zimmer is putting a lot on Eric Kendricks' plate, which means the rookie has got an inside track to plenty of playing time.

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