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The Weekend Bear's Den & Open Thread, July 23-24, 2016

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Bears fans, it's the LAST weekend before football preseason gets underway! Enjoy your final off-season Weekend Bear's Den & Open Thread, we switch back to the regular schedule & status next weekend. Remember to Open Thread Responsibly.

RB Robert Green against Dennis Green's (background, right) Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in 1995. The Bears won the game 31-14.
RB Robert Green against Dennis Green's (background, right) Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in 1995. The Bears won the game 31-14.
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Ken's Note: We note the passing of another great NFL mind. Dennis Green, at Minnesota, had 97 wins and 62 losses, and only failed to make the playoffs twice in the decade he was there. He won the division four times. He inherited a dreadful Arizona team with a long-term losing culture and really bad management, and couldn't make that work... but that's nothing new for that franchise. Dennis Green was an outstanding coach and a quality person. RIP.

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

DENNIS GREEN

Glover: Dennis Green Has Passed Away - Daily Norseman - Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green died early this morning after suffering cardiac arrest, per friend Ray Anderson. He was 67.

Dennis Green's famous press conference - NFL Videos - Former Cardinals head coach Dennis Green gives us one of the most famous press conference moments in NFL history following a Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears in 2006.

Perez: Remembering Dennis Green, ‘The Bears are who we thought they were’ - Bears Wire - Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green passed away at the age of 67. He'll forever be remembered for his postgame rant in 2006.

BEARRRSSSS

Householder: Alshon Jeffery is the most overrated Bears player - Windy City Gridiron - A writer recently picked his most overrated player for every team.

Photos: Charles Tillman retires as a Bear - Chicago Tribune - Photos from Charles Tillman's retirement ceremony with the Bears at Halas Hall on July 22, 2016.

Mayer: Porter looks to build on resurgent year - ChicagoBears.com - Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter looks to build on a resurgent 2015 season and help the Bears secondary produce more impact plays.

Wiederer's Q&A with Kyle Long: 'The culture is changing' - Chicago Tribune - Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long, one of the faces of the Bears and an important piece in the rebuilding effort, recently sat down for an exclusive interview.

LIVING IN THE SEASON OF THE PREVIEWS

Fishbain's 2016 Chicago Bears training camp preview: Safeties - Pro Football WeeklyAmos taking the leap: Ryan Pace’s first rookie class is set to make lots of contributions this season with several starters, but none has Amos’ pressure. After starting every game last season and missing only three snaps, Amos should have a great understanding of Vic Fangio’s defense and has had an offseason to make the Year Two jump that NFL teams hope for from its rookies. Amos leads a young group of Bears safeties into camp...

Perez: Predicting which inside linebackers will make the Chicago Bears’ final roster - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears upgraded their inside linebackers this offseason leaving very few roster spots up for grabs this year.

Arthur Arkush: 2016 Bear Necessities No. 2, OLB Pernell McPhee - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' offseason defensive transformation might not matter if McPhee's knee less than 100 percent. - Perez: Top 25 most important Bears of 2016: No. 12 Adrian Amos - Bears Wire

Second-year safety Adrian Amos will be one of the most important Chicago Bears in 2016 because of his role as the leader of the safety group

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: How many wide outs will they carry? - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at all the wide outs on the Chicago Bears’ roster that are fighting for a job in our latest Training Camp Preview.

Mullen: Bears Camping Out 2016, Jay Cutler needs to improve from career-best year - CSN Chicago - To have success in 2016, the Bears need Jay Cutler to improve on a career-best season in which he delivered a 92.3 passer rating in 2015. Ken's Note: As my wife would tell her students, "needs are not mechanisms". They really aren't.

Emma's Bears Position Preview: Uncertainty Awaits On The Offensive Line - CBS Chicago - The spotlight is on young Bears linemen Hroniss Grasu and Cody Whitehair.

Fishbain's 2016 Chicago Bears training camp preview: Cornerbacks - Pro Football Weekly - Fuller, Porter lead Bears CB group that has to create more turnovers. What’s next for Porter?

Cambell: Bears position preview, Special teams - Chicago TribuneRobbie Gould spent the offseason eating junk food to try to put on weight. Presumably to gain strength and durability, he said he wants to weigh 191 pounds.

GREEN BAY BACON POLISH SAUSAGE

McGuire: Vikings installing massive horn in new stadium - TheComback - The Vikings' new horn in their brand new stadium is massive - much larger than the one they had that shattered during the playoffs last season. Ken's Note: Bear's Den Contest - Who can come up with the best name for Minnesota's dumbass new horn? Remember, this IS an open thread.

McGuire: Green Bay Packers opening a concession stand dedicated to bacon - TheComeback - If you go to a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field this season and have a craving for bacon, the cheeseheads will have you covered.

Bears by the Dozen - The Student Conservation Association - Katmai National Park's famous Bear Cams let you watch live as wild bears feed on migrating salmon on Alaska's Brooks River.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Who has a more tortured fan base: the Detroit Lions or the Buffalo Bills? - Pride Of Detroit - Is it better to have won and lost than to have never won at all? Ken's Note: Do we get a vote?

Perez: J.J. Watt’s back injury makes his status versus Bears unclear - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears might face a Texans team without J.J. Watt in Week 1 because of the superstar's recent back surgery.

Hirschhorn's 2016 Packers roster predictions: Green Bay sticks with the safeties they know - Acme Packing Company - Acme Packing Company projects the Packers keep the same four safeties from last season.

Infante: What J.J. Watt's injury means for the Bears - Cover32 - J.J. Watt may miss Houston's Week 1 game against the Bears due to surgery. How will this affect the Bears when they face the Texans?

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