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The Bears Den: July 31, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

With no practice yesterday, time to catch our breath and take a look at things not directly related to camp battles, as well as a lap around the NFC North.

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Getting to know Marc Trestman - Adam Hoge: The initial reviews on the first-year head coach are positive and Bears fans should be encouraged by what he is preaching, but it’s still very early.

Read-option a possibility for Bears - Brad Biggs: The building blocks for the read-option are right out in the open for everyone to see in the first week of training camp, and the new league trend could be a good fit for Cutler to confuse defenses a little bit more.

Less read-and-react: Bears increasing tempo after the snap - Moon Mullin: The Bears have gone away from reliance on receivers “reading” specific coverages as they come off the line at the snap of the ball, thereby speeding up the play according to HoF TE Kellen Winslow.

Steve Ronkowski: Bears Playbook - Two Plays to watch for

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Training camp (Open thread at 9am)

Team report - The state of the Bears after 4 days of practice at Training Camp.

Observations from Training Camp - Adam L. Jahns and Mark Potash round up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

WCG's Training Camp recaps: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Bears’ early injuries could have lasting effects - Hub Arkush: Team is now dangerously thin at DT and DL positions, while Bushrod's calf strain could hinder formative O-line's cohesion.

Bears defense is coming together quickly - Fred Mitchell: With same scheme and Lance Briggs gaining confidence in calling the plays, transition to new coaches relatively seamless. FootballOutsiders: Bears had best pass D last year both with and without pressure.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Adam L. Jahns joins the panel to discuss how different Camp Trestman is to Camp Lovie, Wootton getting the better of Webb, and whether or not Cutler is someone the Bears can build around.

Bears position preview - Moon Mullin: Bears' exits and injuries expand DE competition as Bears hope Jamaal Anderson can emerge as Izzy's replacement, and Cornelius Washington replaces McBride as 2nd team LE.

Current Bears camp not as fan friendly - Tim Yonke complains that the morning schedule implemented by Trestman is sad for fans as there's less opportunity to interact with their heroes. Because that's the primary purpose of training camp, especially one in which your new coaches are working with the team for the first time.



Receivers other than Marshall must step up - Adam L. Jahns: As great as last season was for him, Brandon Marshall knows it was a bit ridiculous that he ended up with 74 receptions more than his closest teammate. Larry Mayer: Joe Anderson taking advantage of chances in camp.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 2013 Position Battles: Wide Receiver

OL must develop if Bears are to have a real chance - Steve Silverman: No matter how well-thought-out his gameplan is and no matter how creative he gets with his play-calling, Trestman knows it won’t matter a bit if his O-line can’t do the job.

[Video] Waddle & Silvy - Marc Silverman and first face on Mt. Lunchpail Tom Waddle share their thoughts on which Bears newcomer will make the biggest impact in 2013.

Sam Householder: Which Bears players have impressed so far?

Bears position preview: safeties - Mark Potash: Conte faces increased expectations in his third year; Wright entering final year of rookie contract.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: After sitting out last two seasons with injuries, Brandon Hardin wants to show what he has learned in the film room on the field; DeCamillis pleased with core group of ST veterans; team replaces McBride with UDFA DE Josh Williams from Kansas.

"Alberto Adventure": Bears Playbook - What's the deal with Brandon Hardin?

Tim Jennings not short on tenacity - Bob LeGere: 5-foot-8 Jennings makes up for his lack of size with lots of other attributes, including a toughness and aggressiveness that helped him earn his first Pro Bowl berth last season while leading the NFL with 9 interceptions.

Player profile - Robert Klemko: Corey Wootton talks about love, football and what it’s like to fight for your job every summer.


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The decline of the workhorse RB, and much more from around the league.

"Salvador A. Covert Jr.": Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

The NFL’s knowledge gap - Peter King: After learning the hard way that dual-threat QBs like Kaepernick, Griffin and Wilson can’t be spied with a LB or bull-rushed by an end, defensive coaches went back to college to catch up fast.

How to defend the read-option - Chris Brown with some excellent X&Os. (Tip o' the hat to 75bearsfan)

NFL Health & Safety - Gary Mihoces: With player safety preeminent in college football and the NFL, more attention is on helmets.

"Antonio Calamity": What if the NFL took away helmets?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Andy Benoit's 2013 Lions preview: Where the Lions once generated controversy, it’s now only indifference. The offense hasn’t been the problem, but it also hasn’t been strong enough to carry this team the way it was built to. Doug Farrar: Lions are in transition, and it starts at the top.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Football Outsiders wonders if the signing of Reggie Bush wasn't a reactionary move and if they couldn't have addressed more important needs.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Bob Wojnowski: 22-42 Schwartz knows job is at stake if team falters. Drew Sharp: A little more humility should make Schwartz a better coach, if he really is a changed man.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky reviews the Packers' offense so far in training camp; ditto for the defense.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Doug Farrar previews the 2013 Vikings and thinks they are unlikely to return to the playoffs.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Some context for Adrian Peterson's semi-serious prediction that he will break the NFL's career rushing record before the end of the 2017 season. So, about that Christian Ponder.....