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The Bear’s Den: January 24, 2018

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Chis Tabor excited about working with Cohen, elevating Tarik’s return game next year

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

BEARRRSSSS

Haugh: Alshon Jeffery heads to the Super Bowl - Why didn't the Bears ever replace him? - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery still can make good on Super Bowl guarantee he made on his last day with his old team.

Biggs: All eyes on QBs at Senior Bowl - and that’s good for Bears - Chicago Tribune - The more buzz the quarterbacks create at the Senior Bowl, the better for the Bears. They hold the No. 8 pick, and some wonder if three quarterbacks could go in the top six picks.

State of the Franchise 2018: Offense - Da Bears Brothers - Take a listen as Da Bears Brothers analyze the current state of the Bears' offense including a discussion on which players should be re-signed (and let go).

Talarico: Just How Good is Jordan Howard? (An In-Depth Comparison) - Da Bears Brothers - Jordan Howard's career is off to an incredible start and the sky’s the limit for the running back.

Mullin: Conference championships have their own takeaways for Bears looking to get where these teams are - NBC Sports Chicago - The next-to-last weekend of NFL football for the 2017 season and a handful of notelets present themselves with varying degrees of relevance for the Bears.

Emma: Matt Nagy Worked With Open Mind In Hiring Bears Coaching Staff - CBS Chicago - In identifying his coaching staff, Nagy sought different football backgrounds and a common belief in the Bears' direction.

Mayer: Tabor determined to help Cohen reach next level - ChicagoBears.com - Eager to work with dynamic return specialist Tarik Cohen, new Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor is determined to help turn a good player into a great one.

Mayer: Hicks tabbed as top 3-4 end in NFL - ChicagoBears.com - Based on five categories, Bleacher Report has ranked Bears veteran Akiem Hicks as the best 3-4 defensive end in the NFL for the 2017 season.

Mayer: Who is most underrated Bears player? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the most underrated Bears player, the last time the Bears had two 100-yard rushers in the same game and the last Bears player to record at least 10 sacks in a season.

Hughes: Final Notes on the Bears Coaching Staff - Da Bears Blog - We’ll be moving on to roster stuff and free agency soon enough but I wanted to put a punctuation mark on the coaching staff sentence after making a few phone calls and piecing things together.

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Stites: NFL draft order 2018 pick selections take shape as regular season ends - SBNation.com - The Cleveland Browns own two top-five picks in the 2018 NFL draft.

Kadar's 2018 NFL mock draft: Senior Bowl week brings changes - SBNation.com - With practices starting this week, the draft outlook could change.

Stankevitz: As NFL Draft scouting begins, six players for the Bears to watch in this week's Senior Bowl - NBC Sports Chicago - Senior Bowl practices begin this week, giving the Bears their first opportunity for some up-close draft scouting in 2018.

Perez: No WRs rank in top-10 of Todd McShay’s latest 2018 NFL Draft Big Board - Bears Wire - A look at Todd McShay's 2018 NFL Draft Big Board from a Chicago Bears perspective

Tidwell's Top 10 Free Agents the Chicago Bears Should Pursue - Da Bears Brothers - Expect Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears to be active spenders in free agency this offseason. DeVante Tidwell already has his "wish list" of players.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wiedman: Vikings miss the mark--Eagles Fly to Super Bowl LII - Our Turf Football - #OTFB's Wanda Wiedman talks about the Vikings loss to the Eagles in the NFC Championship game

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: The Giants are reportedly mad they didn’t land Matt Patricia - Pride Of Detroit - Sorry, not sorry, Giants.

APC Mailbag: Mike Pettine’s Packers defense, free agency, and the draft - Acme Packing Company - In this mailbag, I answer questions about who the Packers should and should not be looking at on defense both in the draft and free agency, as well as the new coaching regime on defense.

WLudford: Off-Season Pieces to Put Together - Daily Norseman - What to do, what to do...

Gates: New York Giants officially name Pat Shurmur New Head Coach - Daily Norseman - We knew it was coming

Reisman: Matt Patricia - The king of halftime adjustments? - Pride Of Detroit - Is Matt Patricia really good at adjusting during halftime or is that a myth.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch's WCG Confidence Board 1.2: Top Offensive Prospects - Windy City Gridiron - With ten boards available, it’s time to look a little more closely (just a little) at which draft candidates on offense are inspiring the most confidence.

Zeglinski: Senior Bowl 2018 Bears Primer - Prospects to keep an eye on - Windy City Gridiron - From the highly touted, to the late risers, this year’s Senior Bowl is a talent gold mine for the needs of Ryan Pace’s Bears.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out some of my Thoughts on the NFL This week and leave a few of your own in the comment section!

FANPOSTS

IOftentPanic's 2018 NFL Draft - Updated Mock Draft (with Team Needs) - Windy City Gridiron - Below is my best guess as to how the 1st round will play out after the first college all star games. Obviously free agency will impact draft needs considerably. I tried to list the top 5 most...

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there’s a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

THE RULES

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