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The Bear's Den, July 20, 2016

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Life goes on in the "Season of the Previews" following the retirement of one of the most talented and beloved players in Chicago Bears history.

Greatness exits
Greatness exits
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Ken's Note: Before we get into the Den material for today, I would like to take a moment on behalf of the staff of the Windy City Gridiron to thank each and every one of you good people for choosing to come here and spend a part of your day with us. We realize that you have many choices for Chicago Bears and NFL content on the web, and we are honored and grateful that you have chosen to come here and to be a part of our community. What we do here is a labor of love, and without your continued support we would not be here. Many of you have thanked me and the other staff members, and we do appreciate that very much. I just wanted to drop a note to express how much WE appreciate YOU folks hanging out with us, even through the dregs of the endless off season. You people truly are the best!

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

PEANUT

Video: Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman’s career highlights - Bears Wire - A look at the career highlights of Chicago Bears' great Charles Tillman

Ottochian: Why Charles Tillman deserves to be in the Hall of Fame - Bears Wire - Listen as Bears Wire discusses why Charles Tillman deserves to be in the NFL Hall of Fame after his historically dominant career.

Cox: Former Bears react to Charles Tillman’s retirement on Twitter - Bears WireCharles Tillman's former Chicago Bears teammates reacted to his retirement on Twitter, thanking him for the time they spent together.

Stuart: Charles Tillman Retires: A Dominant and Unique Player - Football Perspective - Charles Tillman announced his retirement on Monday, marking the end of a remarkable career. From a game-saving interception (video here) during his rookie

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts On The NFL: Charles "Peanut" Tillman Edition - Windy City Gridiron - My Ten Thoughts this week are going in a different, more Peanut-centric direction.

BEARRRSSSS

Perez: Kyle Long says Bears offensive line has ‘something to prove this year’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long said on Twitter that the offensive line has a lot to prove in 2016

Dwojak: Retirement is not in Bears kicker Robbie Gould's plans - Chicago Tribune - Bears kicker Robbie Gould is now the third-longest tenured Chicago athlete.

WIltfong: See where the Chicago Bears' rookies were ranked on the Dallas Cowboys' draft board - Windy City Gridiron - Once again, thanks to our sister site that covers the Dallas Cowboys, Blogging The Boys, we have access to most of the Cowboys' 2016 draft board, so we'll take a look at how Jerry Jones and company had the Chicago Bears draft class slotted.

Baxter: The Chicago Bears Bests…and the Worst in 2016 - NFL Spin Zone - As NFL training camps draw near, it’s time to take a look at how the Chicago Bears fared this offseason. What were the highs and what was their worst move?

LIVING IN THE SEASON OF THE PREVIEWS

NFL bold predictions: Going out on a limb with each NFC team - NFL.com - Elliot Harrison provides a fearless forecast for each team in the NFC. Will Dallas get a full 16 games out of Tony Romo? Will Carson Wentz even get to sniff a meaningful snap with the Eagles in 2016?

Arthur Arkush: 2016 Bear Necessities, No. 6 S Adrian Amos - Pro Football Weekly - Bears showing great faith in Amos after he was defensive ironman as fifth-round rookie in 2015

Fishbain: 2016 Bear Necessities No. 5, OG Kyle Long - Pro Football Weekly - Another Pro Bowl season for Long should line him up for a big contract from the Bears

Mullen's Bears Camping Out 2016: After Matt Forte, Jay Cutler, Bears 'O' need a security blanket - CSN Chicago - With the Bears moving on from Matt Forte, how will the running back situation look entering the 2016 season?

Campbell's Bears position preview: Outside linebackers - Chicago Tribune - At its best, the Bears outside linebackers group could comprise quite a formidable rotation in their 3-4 defense.

Wiederer's Bears position preview: Wide receivers - Chicago Tribune - For the Bears wide receivers everything boils down to whether Alshon Jeffery can prove his long-term worth and Kevin White can justify his high draft status.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: How will the QB depth chart play out - Windy City Gridiron - Today kicks off our in-depth look at all the training camp position battles for the Chicago Bears. We begin our 11 part series with the quarterback position, where just like last offseason, the only real battle taking place is for the #3 job.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Gantt: Tony Dungy thinks teams aren’t upholding the spirit of the Rooney Rule - ProFootballTalk - Few would argue that the NFL's Rooney Rule is a bad idea. But numbers from recent hiring cycles shows that its implementation is still very flawed, and that the path to progress for many minority coaches is still blocked. According to Mike Sando of ESPN.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Smith: Vikings D-Line Showcases Depth, Work Ethic - Vikings.com - If there’s one unit that shows off the Vikings depth, it’s the defensive line. In fact, the talented group was recently ranked as the seventh-best defensive line in the league.

Twentyman: Detroit Lions 2016 training camp preview, Wide receiver - DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman previews the wide receiver roster outlook heading into Detroit Lions training camp.

Spofford: Countdown to Camp: Packers have options at linebacker across the board - Packers.com - Multiple choices at inside, outside spots important for Dom Capers' defense

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EDIT: Go give Lester a listen on The Maximus and The Bartender show, his segment starts around hour 2. He talks Tillman, Jefery, the Bears D and much, much more.

Perhaps this one will help people in thinking about the poll question of whether Peanut is a HOF type player: