Chicago Bears: 5 takeaways after week one of training camp

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Football is fun again in Bourbonnais

One thing that has become incredibly transparent in the first week of training camp is that “fun” has returned to this team. Obviously, this team needs to be all business — especially considering they are installing a brand new offense, with a ton of new players. However, that does not mean that they can’t have fun in the process.

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The past few years, it did not seem as though the players were having fun. Aside from all the losing, which obviously isn’t fun, the team just didn’t seem to have the same level of enjoyment that they are having so far in camp.

Maybe it’s a result of the “newness” of it all.  Perhaps it’s a fundamental change in the philosophies of the Bears’ former coach and current coach. More likely it’s a combination of the two, but there’s little doubt the team’s personality is showing much more than it has under John Fox.

However, not only is the fun returning to the players on the field, but to the fans in the seats. If you’ve been following along on social media, there is a renewed enthusiasm among the fans. There has been a palpable buzz in Bourbonnais which is great to see after the malaise that characterized the Fox years.

At the end of the day, these guys are playing a game.  And games are meant to be fun. Fortunately, it seems that the concept may be returning to this team.