Briggs adjusting to new role as defensive play-caller - Larry Mayer: While there may be some bumps in the road early in training camp, the Bears expect the seven-time Pro Bowler to make a smooth transition in that role. Moon Mullin: Robin taking over for Batman.
Why so much drama already? - Adam Hoge: Down the road — and maybe it has started already — the defensive players who have not bought in to the new coaches could lead to a schism between the offense and defense.
Notes and observations from practice
Cutler Watch - Mark Potash: It’s way too early to judge, but Cutler appears as focused as he has been in five seasons with the Bears, being particularly impressive in drills and apparently getting the hang of the fundamentals instilled by the coaching staff.
Notes from camp - Adam Hoge: On the field, it was obvious even in Friday’s unpadded practice that Cutler is going to target Martellus Bennett a lot.
[Video] View from the Moon - Day 1 at training camp.
Jeff Dickerson: Kyle Long gets reps with starting unit.
McClellin drops weight, 'feeling good' - Jeff Dickerson: Shea McClellin looked noticeably leaner on Thursday compared to the early in the offseason when he admitted to gaining five to seven pounds at the team’s request.
Notes from camp - Brad Biggs: Kyle Long will be in the thick of competition all training camp; Trestman's offense zipping along; more observations from practice.
[Video] Bears training camp - ChicagoBears.com's day 1 highlights.
[Video] Bears training camp - Dionne Miller's back! With a fluff piece, no less.
Team report - A roundup of where the team are at (Bourbonnais, duh) at the start of training camp.
'No one is safe,' says Charles Tillman - Brad Biggs: Tillman played alongside Urlacher for 10 seasons so when the MLB departed this spring, it reinforced a business reality veterans pick up along the way in the NFL. Michael C. Wright: Tillman focused on season, not contract.
Tillman, Briggs stand behind Trestman - Bob LeGere: For the Bears' defense to continue its excellent play, veterans who were loyal to former coach Lovie Smith must buy into Trestman and Mel Tucker. Both Tillman and Briggs appear to be on board. Brad Biggs: Veterans leading transition.
[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What to expect from the Bears this season?
'Old school' Bennett not a fantasy tight end - Scott Krinch: Martellus Bennett prides himself on being a complete player, not a fantasy football TE; is getting used to the city and the team.
Position battle - Kevin Seifert takes a look at a key positional battle for each NFC North team: "The WR position isn't as settled as you might think in Chicago."
Position battle - Moon Mullin: McClellin vs. Wootton: The position 'battle' that isn’t, as the Bears are likely to have them both on the field at some of the same times.
Player profile - Dan Durkin: Jordan Mills won’t be a starter in 2013, but he adds quality, young depth to a group that desperately needs it.