The Chicago Bears opened up their training camp with their first practice on Friday.
Immediately, the difference between new head coach Marc Trestman and former head coach Lovie Smith was on display. Reporters in attendance at Bourbonnais noted the change in pace of Bears’ practices under Trestman. A change that Trestman believes will benefit the team on Sunday.
“What we’re trying to do essentially is slow everything down on Sunday and this is not unique to us. But the faster we go and the more chaotic we can make it for them, the easier things are going to be on Sunday,” he explained. “Things happen so fast on Sunday that if we can create that environment as much as possible here – more game-like – we hope that they’ll play better and we believe they will. So that’s the reason for it.”-Marc Trestman, www.hubarkush.com
Similar to the change in practice times, this presents another change that figures to better prepare the Bears on Sunday. Football games are fast-paced. If the Bears are practicing at a fast pace with a quick-tempo, the team will grow accustomed to that style of play and anticipate it during games.
- Another interesting note during the Bears’ first training-camp practice was that Devin Hester did not participate in any of the team’s offensive plays. Hester worked exclusively at returning punts during practice and it appears that the Bears are standing firm in their stance of not having Hester be a part of the team’s offense.
- First round draft pick, offensive guard Kyle Long received first team reps during Friday’s practice. Long is expected to compete with James Brown to be the team’s starting right guard. Long is determined to win every rep that he gets during practices
“They want to see me on film because they didn’t have an opportunity to see me at OTAs or the minicamp, so it makes sense,” Long said after practice. “I don’t think anything of it. I Just want to go out and win every rep and that’s what I’m here to do.” - Kyle Long, ESPN Chicago
- With middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Bears’ former defensive leader, retired; the onus is on Lance Brigg to step up as the team’s new leader on defense. Briggs was vocal during the team’s first practice on Friday, though the veteran linebacker is still getting comfortable with his new duties.
“It’s not easy,” Briggs said. “So you just have to get used to it. The biggest adjustment is making sure you know … recognizing every alignment, making all the checks. The biggest adjustment is making sure that it’s my job to get everybody aligned and ready to play.
“I accept it. I was real comfortable in my role before. Very comfortable. Now I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.” -Lance Briggs, Chicago Tribune
The Bears will be on the field once again on Saturday at 9 a.m. Saturday’s practice is the team’s last practice of training camp without pads.