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Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Begin Off-Season Program

Chicago Bears football is back. Ok…well, may be not exactly, but Bears players and coaches are once again at Halas Hall.

For the first time since early January, Bears players and coaches are at Hals Hall on Tuesday. Today marks the start of the Bears off-season workout program–a nine-week program.

Remember back to the first day of school. That is essentially what today is for the Bears. Today is the day for players and coaches meet with one another and begin their preparations for the 2014 season.

This also may be the time that the Bears begin to define what type of defense they will be playing in 2014. After a historically bad 2013 season on defense, Bears head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery have promised changes. Though, those changes have yet to be discussed publicly.

The Bears have drastically changed their defensive line since the end of the 2013 season. The Bears have revamped their defensive line this off-season with the additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young.

Meanwhile, most of the offensive players remain intact for the Bears. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler signed a 7-year extension with the team in the off-season and it appears that wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the next in line for an extension. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will be entering his third-year in the league after a sophomore season that saw Jeffery become a human-highlight reel.

The Bears still are in need of backup running back to Matt Forte and that need will likely be addressed in the draft. Speaking of the draft, the Bears are believed to be targeting defensive lineman and safeties for their 14th overall selection in the first round.

In any event, the Bears beginning their off-season program is the relief Chicago sports fans need with a long-summer looming for both the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs.

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