Bears Bites: Tillman Nominated for Walter Payton Award

Also, how will the Bears' defense look after the NFL Draft in May?

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In this Monday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at some of the Chicago Bears’ thought processes that are going into the upcoming NFL Draft, a player who thinks that the team’s iconic uniforms are in need of an update, and take a quick peek at the Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

-We start out with the Bears’ defensive makeover, which hasn’t really begun in earnest but has already generated a ton of buzz. Will the team look to draft players to fit them into a hybrid system that mixes 4-3 and 3-4 fronts? Dominique Blanton tackles that question. [Chicago Bears Huddle]

-With the Senior Bowl looming, Bears scouts are heading to Mobile, Alabama looking for one thing: difference makers on the defensive side of the football. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-The Bears have one of the classic looks in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped Martellus Bennett from making a slew of suggestions about how the look can be improved. [CSN Chicago]

-In Brad Biggs’ eyes, statistics show that the Bears’ special teams unit might be “better than the final outcome might suggest,” and he goes into detail here to back up his assertion. [Chicago Tribune]

-Cornerback Charles Tillman was named one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award on Sunday, with Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis and Arizona Cardinals K Jay Feely serving as the other two nominees. The winner will be announced on February 1st. [ESPN Chicago]

-Terry McAuley has been chosen to serve as the referee at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey on February 2nd. This will be his third Super Bowl. [CBS Chicago]

-Finally, the Seahawks and Broncos’ Super Bowl matchup may end up featuring one of the closest gambling lines ever, as the Seahawks were only favored between one-half and two points in the game. [Shutdown Corner]

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