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The Bears Den: August 01, 2012


"...where we walk the line."

Left tackle still a tossup - Tice: "At this point, right now, in all honesty, no one has jumped out at me."

Bears will stay the course with rookie McClellin - Moon Mullin looks at McClellin's strengths and the reality of his learning curve in the NFL.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - On Jason Campbell's training camp, if Bears will sign a veteran safety, and mocks Broncos' paltry fan attendance at practice.

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Listening to players important to Tice - Mike Tice believes in listening to input from his players before making key decisions: “Why call things they’re not comfortable with?" Somewhere, Mike Martz shakes his head and mutters.

Tice, Cutler maintain open dialogue - Tice: “He’s from (Indiana), and I’m from New York. He doesn’t get all my jokes much or understand much of my English."

Jay Cutler lauds Mike Tice’s receptiveness - If Cutler wants to take a dig at Martz, I'm all for it.

Tice and Cutler developing good chemistry - OC and QB seem to be on the same page.

[Video] Cutler hairwatch 2012 - Also talks about working with OC Mike Tice.

Kellen Davis wouldn't have returned if Mike Martz remained OC - Tice’s new system places a high emphasis on his position in the passing progressions.

Marshall learning from – and ‘schoolin’ – the rookies - Hester: “Just sitting back and just watching him working his mechanics and the way he works as a receiver, it kind of leaks off on me and I just try to copycat everything he’s doing.”

Marshall learning from rookie WR Jeffery - Jeffery humble about progress, credited coaches for pointing out the smaller details in ways for him to improve.

Carimi a force early at RT - Moon Mullin: Early on in training camp, Gabe Carimi is looking like a force at right tackle. Carimi had one of his best practices on Tuesday, dominating in both run and pass blocking.

Bear Facts: G/T Chris Williams - Lou Canellis: "All the chips are down this year, protect Cutler's backside at left tackle and maybe Chicago remains home for another 3-4 years."

Bear Facts: G/C Roberto Garza - Entering his 8th season with the Bears, Garza is a team captain and a stalwart on the offensive line, starting in 101 out of 110 games played.

[Video] Can Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall re-create Mile High magic? - Heath Evans and Charles Davis analyze whether or not former Broncos teammates Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall can establish the same success in the Windy City.

[Video] Offensive tale of the tape: Chicago vs. Green Bay - The Bears-Packers rivalry dates back to 1921, but who has the advantage on the offensive side of the ball in 2012? Scott Hanson, Charles Davis, and Heath Evans break it down.

Jeremy Bates will bring explosive element to offense - To be honest, I'm not sure what Joe Cowley is gibbering about.


Bears are still a defense-driven team - A great year by the defense always has translated into a great season under Lovie. [Video] Marshall: If it's not broke, don't fix it.

Tim Jennings shows ball skills in practice - Larry Mayer: The shortest player on the Bears roster made a big impact in Tuesday's practice as Tim Jennings intercepted a pass and made other plays on the ball.

Tillman, Jennings strong at Bears practice - CBs Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, as well as RB Kahlil Bell, were among the stand-out players during Tuesday's training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene.

Hayden hopes stretching keeps him on field - Has gone to great lengths to prepare his body for the unavoidable rigors of an NFL training camp.

Safety depth chart has question marks - If a starting safety get injured, Lovie will be forced to decide between Hardin and Steltz. Will he opt for potential or experience?

Competition won't change Idonije's focus - Knows team will want to replace him at some point, but won’t change his approach, and not planning to concede anything.

Paea earns a share of job as starter at nose tackle - First time Paea has been inserted in the starting lineup, in place of Matt Toeina.

Price struggles in first practice with Bears - Lovie: “As much as anything, we wanted to get Brian into the mix to just let him see how it feels to be a Chicago Bear practicing. So we made that step. He set the bar today, and we’ll hopefully make progress from here.”

Bear Facts: LB Lance Briggs - Lou Canellis: "Briggs will earn his 8th straight Pro Bowl invite and has a very good chance to finally win that Super Bowl ring."

Camp chatter

Camp Chatter: Tice, Cutler breaking barriers; Price debuts - Moon Mullin rounds up Tuesday's camp action.

Bears Camp Watch - Darryl Drake thinks Alshon Jeffrey will make impact as rookie; Tice grading LT candidates against Peppers and Idonije.

Camp round-up - Price off to slow start, DeCicco getting bigger and more comfortable at backup MLB role.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q&A. Includes the nugget that a more running offense will favour Webb at LT.

[Video] Brad Biggs talks Bears - Observation and discussion from Tuesday's practice.

Training Camp Notebook - After a day off, the Bears were back on the practice field Tuesday and things looked, well, rusty. McClellin, Price struggle, CBs impress, James Brown getting some reps at LT, Carimi's pass protection needs to step up.

Photos - Bears training camp - Photos from Tuesday's camp at

Bears Bourbonnais Diary - Day 7 - Dionne Miller tells us about ONU's kitchens and reveals that 300lb+ guys up front eat a lot.

Special-teamer Costanzo feels right at home - Blake Costanzo appreciates his new team's appreciation for special teams.

[Video] Blogger Blitz: Super Bowl Bound? - Kevin Seifert thinks the Bears and the Packers both have the talent to head to take them to the Super Bowl.

Everything else

Film Room: Understanding Cornerbacks - Football Outsiders's breakdown of the types of and responsibilities of different types of corners. Nothing about elite ball-punchers. Lovie immediately plays the disrespect card.

Training camp: developing the 'Nickel' corner - Matt Bowen: Five keys to getting production from the position.

Taking Today’s NFL Players Out Of Harm’s Way - Silverman: Training camp is nothing like the violent world it used to be in the NFL.

Sifting through the rubble of remaining free agents - Hey, Roy Williams is still unsigned!

Bowman hoping to find fit with Vikings - When the Bears closed a door on Zack Bowman last winter, the Minnesota Vikings opened one.

Know thy enemy - NFCNBlog CampTour'12: Packers Day 2. Interesting nugget: the Packers' OL are practising diving on loose balls. Coming from a rugby background, I can tell you that gridiron players are bad at this.

Know thy enemy - Packers' Major Wright Morgan Burnett ascending.

Know thy enemy - Packers sneaking in on off-field bad boy action.

Know thy enemy - Vikings' Zygi Wilf: "I expect to be division champs." Follows up with "Man, I'ma had a LOT to drink... tell Suzy Kolber I want to kiss her."

Olympic link of the day - Italian Women's Beach Volleyball duo Greta Cicolari & Marta Menegatti. You're welcome.

You can't mistake that guitar.