Bears don’t need Trestman to be a ‘QB Whisperer’ - Dan Durkin: Trestman’s objective is simple: coordinate an offense that puts the talent in position to make plays, while not being dated (Turner), stubborn (Martz), or unimaginative (Tice).
Plenty of questions heading into first game; which Bears will answer? - Hub Arkush: It’s possible the RT, third-wideout and nickel-back jobs will be claimed against the Panthers.
Trestman not on radical change in preseason - Moon Mullin: Trestman is trusting in the remainder of training camp and the preseason to be a sufficient crucible for fashioning a team ready for the regular season. [Video] Should Bears play starters more in preseason?
Position battle - Brad Biggs: After Martellus Bennett, TE jobs wide open with Steve Maneri, Fendi Onobun, Kyle Adams and Leonard Pope likely battling for 2 roster spots.
Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bostic, Frey getting unexpected opportunities in 1st exhibition game because of injuries to others, will provide teaching tape to study as the preseason progresses.
Bears position preview - Bob LeGere: The O-line, already in transition, will be further affected in tonight's preseason opener by injuries to Bushrod and Scott.
Emery remains supportive of Long - Jeff Dickerson: Kyle Long's mixed bag of results in camp has not discouraged Emery, who expects him to continue to develop and compete with James Brown.
Journey to 53 begins for longshots Blanchard, Wilson - Scott Krinch: Duo are confident their chemistry and additional work will translate when they take the field Friday night. Mark Potash: Blanchard looking to leave a mark.
Roster notes - Bob LeGere: WRs, safeties in a numbers crunch as 9 of the former and 6 of the latter vie for maybe two roster spots at each position.
McCown enjoying rebirth of his NFL career - Larry Mayer: Josh McCown is excited to return to North Carolina for the Bears' preseason opener after coaching high school football near Charlotte the past two years.
Trestman must adjust to NFL clock - Brad Biggs: Bears coach hopes to get in rhythm during preseason after living by different rules in CFL, will lean on hand-picked assistants.
What Bears players did on their summer vacations - Maggie Hendricks gets to the real news that you want to hear.
The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: August is the cruelest month, when the NFL’s brutal numbers game makes it as tough on the front office as it is on the players.
Power Rankings - Joe Fortenbaugh with the preseason power rankings. Yes, you read that right: preseason power rankings.
Know thy enemy: Lions - PFF takes a look at the Lions and doesn't forecast them making the playoffs, due to an inability to gain quality depth through the draft. Kevin Seifert: The myth of Stafford's mechanics.
Know thy enemy: Lions - Peter King: It’s been eight years since the Lions last had a 1,000-yard rusher, but Reggie Bush could help them in the locker room as much as on the field.
1989's "Technique" has been described as the perfect synthesis of New Order's abilities as a punk-influenced rock band (Love Less; Run) and as synthpop pioneers (Round & Round; Mr Disco). I could have picked any of half a dozen tracks, such as Vanishing Point, from this nine-song album and been happy with my selection.