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The Bears Den: July 22, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears Issue No. 2: Bears' issue at QB is more than just Cutler - Moon Mullin: This is probably just coincidence — probably — but after his benching in favor of Jimmy Clausen, Jay Cutler had one of the only two games over his final nine without an interception. Meaning: Maybe a little job jolt is a good thing. [Video]

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5 Bears training camp storylines to follow - Chris Emma: Change is in the air at Halas Hall but plenty of storylines still linger from last season, with greater significance because of the new regime.

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

[Video] - Zach Zaidman's biggest training-camp storylines.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Will Adam Gase be right match for Jay Cutler, ranked 20th-best QB by ESPN?

[Video] - (NFLNetwork): Former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride analyzes how Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler can improve in the 2015 NFL season.

Roster analysis - Son of Hub: That Kyle Long is already among the NFL’s best at his current position, and that most believe he has dominant potential at four of the five O-line positions, speaks to the unique player and person the Bears' new brass inherited.

Roster analysis: Receiver - Rich Campbell: The Bears' restocked receiving corps headlines what could be one of the most diverse and dangerous groups of skill-position players in the NFL.

Roster analysis: Tight End - Dan Durkin: The drop-off from Martellus Bennett to the rest of the group is especially problematic for an offense that heavily utilizes the TE in both the running and passing game.

Roster analysis: Outside linebacker - Dan Wiederer: John Fox and Vic Fangio will have options to mix and match in a quest to find a reliable rotation, but could Willie Young's place on the roster be at risk?

Roster analysis: Linebacker - Not-Hub Fishbain: Need a symbol to describe the Bears' linebackers heading into Bourbonnais? How about "???"

[Audio] - Dan Wiederer on Kap & Haugh, discussing Lamarr Houston winning back the Bears' fanbase.

NFC offseason grades - Nate Davis doesn't like what the Bears did this offseason, having them ahead of only the Lions of the NFC North teams.

2014 Receiving Plus-Minus - Football Outsiders take a more detailed look at passes caught by location. [TL;DR The only Bear to make his top-10 position list is Matt Forte, and even then that's more due to volume.]

Coaches Corner with Clint Hurtt - Larry Mayer: Entering his second year as a Bears assistant and first under John Fox, the returning outside linebackers coach is excited about being part of the new staff.

[Video] - (NFLNetwork): Find out everything you've ever needed to know about Kevin White.

Each NFL team's Mount Rushmore of players - Robert Weintraub singles out Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, and Mike Singletary.

Chicago's greatest athletes by uniform number: 99-80 - David Just counts them down. Part 2: #79-60.

Worst players by NFC franchise in Super Bowl era - Doug Farrar: By the time he was traded to the Dolphins in 2001, 12th overall pick in the 1999 draft Cade McNown was reduced to fighting for Chicago's third-string job with Danny Wuerffel.


There could only be one candidate for greatest Chicago athlete in #89.

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Know thy enemies - Gregg Rosenthal has Mike Wallace and Matthew Stafford on his list of 10 NFC players who are at the crossroads heading into the 2015 season, but not Jay Cutler. [Is mentioned in Stafford entry; seems to be higher expectations for Stafford due to entrenched franchise QB status.]

Know thy enemy: Lions - Alex Marvez' list slideshow of 8 teams that could go boom or bust in 2015: It's hard to find a team coming off an 11-5 season that is generating as little offseason buzz as the Lions.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Flexibility might mean as much as security in new contract tor Adrian Peterson ... Kevin Seifert: The optics of rewarding AP.

Top five medical changes for 2015 season - Dr David Chao neglects to include order of finger importance for each position on the team. Boo that man. Boo him.