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The Bears Den: July 25, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

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Trestman confident Bears can compete in his first season - Larry Mayer: As he begins his first season as Bears head coach, Marc Trestman isn't interested in lowering expectations or making excuses.

Trestman installing new 'culture' as well as offense - Moon Mullin: Almost as important as installation of Trestman's offensive system is the creation of a new culture within a team that is coming off of nine generally positive years under the ways of Lovie Smith. to provide comprehensive coverage - Beginning Wednesday when players start arriving at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, will provide unparalleled coverage of Bears training camp.

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Emery: No in-season contract extensions

Bears won’t offer contract extensions during season - Adam Hoge: The Bears currently have less than $1.7 million in cap space and Emery will wait to evaluate those players’ performances this season before he makes long-term commitments. Adam L. Jahns: 43 players out of contract at end of season.

Bears really will be playing moneyball this season - David Haugh: Decision to remove ambiguity from contract negotiations on Day One represented a calculated risk. But, refreshingly, it also treats every player in a contract year the same way and underscores 2013 as a prove-it season for everybody on the roster.

For now, Bears' focus will be on the field - Bob LeGere: GM said that with all 90 players under contract there should be no distractions, and everyone should have a single-minded purpose of achieving the ultimate goal: a Super Bowl championship.

Emery lays down law on contract extensions - Brad Biggs: Results this season will establish priorities; a complete rebuild could be ahead if the Bears flop.

Moon Mullin: Decline in salary cap likely to continue through the 2016 season based on cap projections.

Kevin Seifert: Doing nothing also carries risks, as Robbie Gould first to contest Bears' policy.


Will Cutler mystery finally be solved? - Mike Imrem: The Bears finally should know by January whether their QB is the greatest thing since power steering or as big a disappointment as the recent Lone Ranger movie.

Jay Cutler's keys to success - Wanda Wiedman: Cutler needs key people and positions to help him succeed as an elite QB.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr's 10 Most Important Bears of 2013 - #1 Jay Cutler

Trestman has hands full with Cutler - George Ofman on why he's skeptical of the Bears' QB.

Decoding former Bear Tom Thayer's words on Cutler - Steve Rosenbloom: Tom Thayer was asked what Cutler needed to work on personally. He could've cited mechanics. Instead, Thayer talked about being the "ultimate teammate.'' Very telling.

Emery may have to make tough decision on Cutler - Mark Potash: Iif Cutler’s history is any barometer, he could land right in the middle of the pack after the 2013 season — a lot of passing yards and TDs, but no playoff victories. What then?

Cutler knows what's at stake - Brad Biggs: For a big contract to stay with the Bears, QB knows he and the offense must produce. ‘It’s going to work out.’

Cutler 'fine' with playing out his contract - Moon Mullin: Multiple indicators suggest that the Bears are prepared to go into 2014 with Cutler in some iteration, whether contract extension or franchise tag; his play in 2013 will determine the price. [Video]

Steven Schweickert: Have the Bears already made their decision?
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Sam Householder: Bears will be married to Jay Cutler beyond 2013

Training camp

Trestman changing Bears' practice routine - Michael C. Wright: Twelve games on the schedule for the Bears in 2013 feature noon kickoffs, which is part of Trestman's logic in making his team hit the field early for training camp workouts.

Notes from camp - Adam L. Jahns: Hitting will be kept to a minimum; conditioning test on Thursday; no lingering medical issues ahead of Friday's practice.

Notes from camp - Adam Hoge: Brandon Marshall has "no limitations" but could still sit out some practices; no lack of leadership from players and staff.

Notes from camp - Adam Hoge introduces a new CBSChicago-only daily linkdump. Den > Morning Bears Bits. And, as always, Den > Bites.

Bears healthcheck - Michael C. Wright: After arthroscopic hip surgery, Brandon Marshall expects a full workload when the team hits the field Friday for its first on-field workout at training camp. Fred Mitchell: Will take a bigger leadership role.

Photos - Bears players move in at Olivet Nazarene for their first training camp under Marc Trestman. Martellus Bennett is a big dude.


[Video] NFL Network - Stacey Dales reports Jay Cutler adjusting to Marc Trestman and how the new coach is impacting the team as it heads into training camp.

Kyle Long stayed connected in offseason - Jeff Dickerson: Despite missing most of the on-field work in the offseason, Long does have a certain degree of familiarity with certain concepts of the Bears' new offense.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: If the Bears get better production from Martellus Bennett, the assumption is it will come in addition to another good season from Marshall and perhaps a blossoming of Jeffery.

BeardownsoHard: A look at Martellus Bennett: Fringe of Elite

Which teams with new HCs are likely to make the playoffs? - Gil Brandt expects the Bears to be playing in the postseason.

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Know thy enemies - Kevin Seifert with major injury concerns for each NFCN team heading into training camp.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris McCosky: Lions defense banking on brute force from interior line, but is still a little sketchy on the edges.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Bob McGinn: The Packers now have outstanding speed across their young secondary.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dave Campbell: After impressive improvement in 2012, the Vikings face more skepticism and challenges this year.