If there is any time in where football fans over-analyze their team, it would be during training camp and pre-season.
That is already the case for the Chicago Bears.
Starting quarterback Jay Cutler has opened the first two practices of training camp by throwing an interception.
Had that been any other quarterback besides Cutler, the interceptions probably would have went unnoticed.
But this is Jay Cutler that we are talking about. The quarterback who people love to criticize for the pettiest of things.
There is no story in the fact that Cutler threw two interceptions. As Allen Iverson once said, “We talkin’ about practice. Not a game; not a game; but practice.”
Though speaking of interceptions, after two days of practice, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman is a placing a priority on protecting the ball.
“Last thing, as I told the team, we’ve got to take care of the football offensively. It’s never going to get any tougher to take care of the football than it is at our practices with our defense. If we can take care of the football there, we’re going to feel good about taking care of it each and every play. So that’s the No. 1 priority is that when you’re watching practice out here that these guys are putting the ball away and we’re keeping the ball off the ground.”-Marc Trestman, Chicago Tribune
Despite the interception, Trestman also characterized Cutler’s play as “sharp” during the Bears’ practice on Saturday.
- The early reviews on the Bears’ revamped coaching staff is that the coaches are vocal while being filled with high-energy. That is one aspect where Bears’ general manager Phil Emery should be applauded. The Bears’ general manager surrounded Trestman with experienced, high-energy coaches that should be able to get through to the Bears’ roster.
- The play of the day during Saturday’s practice was wide receiver Brandon Marshall making a diving, sideline catch.
The Bears will practice with pads for the first time on Sunday at 9 a.m.