Catching up on the Bears

INDIANAPOLIS -- We've gone a little light Thursday on the Chicago Bears, mostly because coach Lovie Smith spoke with reporters at the same time I was sitting in on an extended availability with Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. But our friends at ESPNChicago.com have had the Bears blanketed all day, and what follows is a synopsis of their work in conjunction with a video report:

I'll weigh in over the next several days on several of these topics, but I wanted to get the basics to you as quickly as possible.