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The Bears Den: July 26, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

Everyone's legs were a bit wobbly after that conditioning test.

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Bye, Lovie; now will Bears buy into Marc? - Rick Telander: There’s no doubt it’s a new day in Bearsville. The question is: Is it a better day? Dan Pompei: Change to Trestman could bode well for Bears.

Who does Phil Emery's no extension policy affect the most? - Adam Hoge: Of the 17 “significant” pending free agents, which ones will be priorities for Emery?

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The Trestman Way?

Bears preview - Kevin Seifert with a look at what's to come as the Bears begin the Marc Trestman era. Chris Burke: High-paced attack that utilizes WCO principles within a spread look should highlight Cutler, Marshall & Forte.

Bears going back to school under Trestman - Adam L. Jahns: Trestman's expectation of discipline has turned the clock back for players; defensive veterans presumed to be experiencing the most difficulties adjusting.

Jay Cutler: ‘Not everybody’s bought in’ to Marc Trestman - Mark Potash: Cutler is confident he and his teammates can succeed under Trestman, but acknowledged that ‘‘not everybody’’ has bought in to his system. Michael C. Wright: Players just need time.

Emery's no-extensions-this-season policy

With no extensions in sight, Bears have incentive - Brad Biggs: Many players view GM's vow not to negotiate new deals during the season as an opportunity for better contract for 2014.

Emery playing dangerous but sensible $$ game - Moon Mullin: The salary cap has stopped going up, but teams' existing expensive and escalating contracts led to the rise in one-year deals this offseason. The ultimate reality is that the market will determine what players are worth.

Emery continues to send the right message - Dan McNeil: It's play-for-pay time for Cutler; the eight-year veteran and all Bears with expiring contracts will be judged at the end of the semester. Marc Sessler: Cutler has all the tools to thrive in new pass-heavy system.

Jeff Dickerson: Gould: "Emery, Bears have no leverage", but "wants to be a Bear for life".

Kev H: Shut up and kick

Gould backtracks on extension rant - Bob LeGere: Robbie Gould was backpedaling faster Thursday afternoon than some of his teammates ran the mandatory 300-yard shuttles earlier in the day.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel look at Robbie Gould's comments on his future, and argue about teams that aren't the Bears.


Notes from training camp - Larry Mayer: Marshall won't mind sharing the workload this year; conditioning test helping players to bond; Long intends to be seen and not heard.

Notes from training camp - Adam L. Jahns: While there was some debate whether every player completed the conditioning test, the message behind it was received by all. Fred Mitchell: Conditioning test part of Trestman's school of thought. Steve Rosenbloom: It's OK to call a fitness test a "test".

Roster news - Michael C. Wright: DT Sedrick Ellis chose the Bears over other suitors, but now he's elected to retire after not reporting to training camp; Bears sign D-lineman Jamaal Anderson.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Sedrick Ellis retires / Bears replace with Jamaal Anderson

Roster notes - Moon Mullin: Long, Brown will duel for last open OL spot.

Hester confident, ready to cash in - Jeff Dickerson: With his NFL stock at an all-time low after a dreadful 2012 season, the kick returner can’t wait to boost it in the final year of his contract.

Bears position preview - Brad Biggs: Does Matt Blanchard have a shot at cracking the roster? If the Bears went with only two QBs, it would create some additional flexibility if the team were to do something like keep a fourth specialist in returner Devin Hester.

Lester A. Cutler Jr.: Bears 2013 Position Battles: Quarterback

Power Rankings - Chris Burke's preseason power rankings has the Bears just outside of the top 10: "An upgraded O-line could be just the ticket to giving Green Bay a run in the NFC North."


Polish sausage

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Wiederer: Former Packers WR Greg Jennings expects to play a large part in the Vikings' success, and intimated that Aaron Rodgers is too over-loved to hold himself accountable.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Judd Zulgad: Defense has plenty of question marks as training camp nears.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris McCosky: By the end of the 2012 season, teams had to do a Google search to learn who Detroit's second and third WRs were. The Lions hope they're more than Stafford-to-Johnson this season.