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The Bears Den: July 21, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Addition by subtraction? Moon Mullin certainly seems to think so.

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Bears Issue No. 1: Reshaping a losing culture - Moon Mullin: Apart from what John Fox and his staff bring, the need is for players with the combination of talent and personality to lead a team that had precious little leadership over the past two seasons. The previous regime acquired and put up with Brandon Marshall. The new one got rid of him. [Video]

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Roster analysis: O-line - Dan Durkin: The Bears have one blue-chip player (Kyle Long), two above-average starters (Matt Slauson and Jermon Bushrod), a likely stopgap at center (Will Montgomery) and one hole on the right side of the line. This unit will be well-coached, but their concerns are legitimate.

Roster analysis: Running back - Dan Wiederer: Matt Forte will need more help from his line to better the 3.9 yards-per-carry average he had in 2014, but Adam Gase will likely line him out wide at times to make use of his crisp route running and reliable hands.

Roster analysis: D-line - Is-Hub Arkush: The Bears' willingness to welcome the national scrutiny that accompanied acquiring the toxic Ray McDonald speaks to the dearth of ideal fits as Chicago transitions to a 3-4 defense.

Roster analysis: Inside linebacker - Rich Campbell: One of the most intense position battles in training camp features a blend of young talent and veterans with a lot to prove. Can Vic Fangio tap the potential many observers saw in Shea McClellin at Boise State?

Roster analysis - Not-Hub Fishbain: Pernell McPhee five-year contract worth just shy of $40 million with $15.5 million guaranteed is enough evidence to know the former part-time Raven will be a full-time edge rusher and run stopper for Vic Fangio's defense.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears report to camp next week.

Fox's coaching tree growing and will be on Bears ’15 schedule - Moon Mullin: The staff of winning coaches go on to jobs and success beyond them. John Fox’s tree is growing, an indication that more than the Bears have recognized what comes from his programs.

2014 run defense by number of backs - Football Outsiders do their thing and the Bears were even worse at defending the run with two backs on the field than against single-back sets (with a 30th-ranked drop in DVOA between the two).

A day in the life of Robbie Gould - Chris Boden: Follow around Robbie Gould on the day he recently hosted his golf tournament benefiting his charitable organization, "The Goulden Touch Foundation" [with links to videos].

Coaches Corner with Glenn Pires - Larry Mayer: introduces you to linebackers coach Glenn Pires, who's entering his 20th season as an NFL assistant.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams goes behind-the-scenes as players pose for the cameras at the team's annual photo day at Halas Hall.

TMZ BDZ - Blair Sheade: "Martellus Bennett shows off diet and workout plan prior to training camp". [Challenge: TMZ the article description in the comments.]


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