Chicago Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman is ready to run his first training camp with the Chicago Bears.
Entering training camp, one of the noticeable changes under Trestman is the start time of practices.
Under previous head coach Lovie Smith, practices during training camp were held during late afternoon hours or at night.
That is no longer the case for the Bears under Trestman.
Considering the fact that the Bears have twelve games on their schedule with a noon kickoff time, Trestman felt a change in practice time during training camp would best prepare the team for the season. Practices during training camp will be starting at 9 a.m.
“I’ve just felt that with our 12 o’clock starting (times), we want to build a habit,” Trestman said. -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
This could prove to be a successful decision for Trestman. One of the common criticisms of Smith during his tenure, was that the head coach repeatedly admitted that he did not have his team prepared for the games in which they played poorly.
There is merit to the idea that practicing in the morning would put the team into a habit in where they are used to playing at noon.
“We’ve got to get up early,” he added. “We’ve got to get ourselves and our body functions moving the right direction so we can be ready to come out of the gate at 12 o’clock and be ready to play. This allows them to do that.” -Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Trestman went on in his press conference to talk about the physicality of practices.
The Bears will not practice in full pads until Sunday, that is when Trestman explained there will be physical play and see plays continued through the quarterback. In addition, the Bears’ head coach explained that players will remain on their feet and scrimmages will not occur.
There will be collisions, however, Trestman says there will be no tackling and limited tipped balls.
Thursday will mark the Bears’ first day on the practice field.