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The Bears Den: July 16, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Jay Cutler is on the hottest seat in the NFC North, according to three of the ESPN NFC North reporters.

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Can Bears make the playoffs? NFL history offers hope - Brad Biggs: It will take time for Vic Fangio to work his magic on the defense, but the offensive skill is in place for the Bears and it's more than enough to win with.

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Roster analysis: Wide receiver - Dan Durkin: With a legitimate slot receiver in Eddie Royal and a rare size-to-speed split end prospect in Kevin White, the potential is there for this to become the best position group on the team.

Roster analysis: Wide receiver- Not-Hub Fishbain: The receiver group received the biggest overhaul of any position, adding Kevin White and Eddie Royal while changing the look of this position both on the field and in the locker room with the trade of Brandon Marshall.

Roster analysis - Not-Hub Atkins: It’s been quite some time since the Bears have brought in a safety with the pedigree of Antrel Rolle, a two-time Pro Bowl ball-hawking deep safety with a booming voice.

Bears to face many teams with better rosters - Is-Hub Arkush with a look at the Bears' non-NFC North opponents.

Hottest seat in the NFC North? - Three of ESPN's NFC North resporters think Jay Cutler is on the hottest seat in the division. Hard to argue, though Ben Goessling thinks Aaron Rodgers needs to up his playoff record. Hey, an opportunity to bring some Hochuli.

Coaches Corner with Vic Fangio - Larry Mayer: introduces you to new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, one of the NFL's most highly regarded and experienced assistant coaches.

Power rankings - The quality of Dan Schneier's pre-training camp power rankings can be assessed by his thought that the Bears' O-line needs to play more like it did in 2013 than 2014.  Because injuries had nothing to do with 2014.

[Video] - NFL Media's Rhett Lewis and Lindsay Rhodes join Shane and Brock Vereen to play the debut edition of "Know your Vereen." [Srsly. - Den]

Bears among world's 20 most valuable sports teams - David Just: Chicago is home to three of the 20 most valuable sports franchises in the world, according to data released by Forbes.

TMZ BDZ - John Breech: "LOOK: Jay Cutler in his hometown on the teacup ride with his kids". [Erhmahgerd!]

TMZ BDZ - Blair Sheade: Kyle Long TWeets List Of His Favorite Baseball Players And You Will Not Believe What Seven Of Them HAve In Common With Him OMG It Will Astound YOu

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Ex-Bear news - David Just: The 5-foot-8, 140-pound minor Aaron Kromer allegedly assaulted was eight inches shorter and 75 pounds lighter than him, according to a report.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Hanzus: The Vikings are a franchise committed to family: They have pain to share for all generations. Their penchant for heartbreaking losses lands them at No. 5 on the Pain Rankings. [The JFK-level conspiracy theory with regards to the Herschel Walker trade might at least cheer up the Rencer, if he's still on these boards.]


No video for you, but I strongly urge everyone to watch or listen to Jimmy V's ESPYS speech that Lester posted.  Gets me every time.