The Bears Den: June 12, 2013 - Minicamp news and notes


Marc Trestman's new offensive gameplan revealed: sneak an extra QB, ball onto the field.

Cutler, Bears pleased with progress learning offense - Larry Mayer: The process of digesting a new offense continued for Jay Cutler and his teammates Tuesday as the Bears kicked off their mandatory three-day minicamp with a non-contact practice.

What went wrong with Carimi? - Dan Pompei: Saying Gabe Carimi was not good enough would be oversimplifying the matter. There were a number of steps, or missteps, that led to the first round pick becoming a former Bear.

Steven Schweickert: Gabe Carimi traded to Buccaneers

Peter King's TMQB - Tim Tebow landed in perfect spot with Patriots; mail.

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Cutler says learning NFL offense is 'three-year process' - Brad Biggs: Cutler probably could put together a tutorial on how to learn a new offense; without directly saying it, the Bears QB points out there are going to be ups and downs.

Cutler mixes optimism, realism over offense - Michael C. Wright: QB believes the offense is "on pace" for the regular-season opener, but acknowledged "it takes time" to develop. Moon Mullin: Coach, QB sounding positive about working relationship.

Cutler: We’ve got some guys who can really play football - Bob LeGere: Cutler knows it takes time, a lot of work on the field and studying the playbook to master a new offense. The big difference this time is that he's been given more talented personnel than in the past.

Bears minicamp observations - Adam L. Jahns: Shea McClellin has no lingering foot worries; roster moves. Brad Biggs: Sedrick Ellis likely to get in DT rotation.

Kev H: Bears to sign DT Sedrick Ellis

Bears minicamp observations - Jeff Dickerson & Michael C. Wright on the Bears' roster moves; hamstring sidelines Alshon Jeffery on day 1. [Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin share their thoughts.

Roster Review: Offense - Dan Durkin takes a look at each position group on the offensive side of the ball. Let's hope it's less offensive than it was last season.

Sam Householder: Confidence check: Offensive tackles Around the League - Dan Hanzus: Jay Cutler understands how trading out Lovie Smith for Marc Trestman can improve both his and the Bears' fortunes in 2013. Includes [Video]. Adam L. Jahns: Genuinely appears to appreciate what he has in Trestman. Elliot Harrison: Will Bears' passing attack click?

Who's next to get paid? - Jason La Canfora: Should Cutler get off to a hot start, look for his contract status to become quite the in-season hot button issue.

Chicago and Oakland just can't escape the past - Ryan Van Bibber: The Raiders and the Bears are both trying to give the team a new look and feel, but legacies aren't so easily unwritten.

Patrick Mannelly looking forward to 16th Season, new STs coach - Maggie Hendricks: Though Mannelly loved working with Dave Toub, he is already enjoying working with Joe DeCamillis.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Mannelly is 3rd on Mt. Lunchpail, who will be 4th?

Photos - The Tribune has photos from Day 1 of the Bears' mandatory minicamp.

Photos of Cutler's secret Nashville wedding leaked - And without having to go to the Daily Mail after all.


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Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Five storylines to follow in Lions minicamp.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Vince Lombardi voted the greatest coach in NFL history on ESPN list.

Steven Seifert: ESPN ranks George Halas 4th greatest NFL coach

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