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The Bears Den: August 02, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

Last one to the tackling dummy's a rotten egg!

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Bears’ plan is in place — now it’s time to execute - Hub Arkush: For this offense to get better, the system and Trestman will clearly matter, but only if the old dogs like Cutler and Forte can learn the new tricks this coaching staff is trying to teach them.

Marshall 'shocked' by offense's progress in camp - Larry Mayer: Brandon Marshall knows there's a long way to go. But the Pro Bowl receiver is surprised at how well the new Bears offense is clicking in its first week of training camp.

Bearing Down on a new era - Phil Emery's quickfire interview with Robert Klemko on Lovie, Trestman, and his philosophy on how to build a team. John Breech: Either Jay Cutler or Lovie Smith had to go.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Why did Phil Emery fire Lovie Smith?

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Training camp (Open thread at 9am 3pm)

Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: For the second consecutive day, Jay Cutler showed that if he gets the time, he can do some damage against the Bears’ first-team defense.

Offense begins to score on big strikes - Moon Mullin: For much of the first week of training camp the Bears’ defense generally held sway over the offense. But in one three-play brace from the 12-yard line on Thursday, the offense made a statement.

Cutler and Bears looking for diverse offence under Trestman - A team report from Canadian sports site TSN, which really should call itself EhSPN. (Hat tip to beastieboyrich)

Adam Hoge: Is the secondary getting enough tackling practice?

Notes from training camp - Brad Biggs: Marshall plans to play five pounds heavier this season in an effort to gain more YAC; injury news and more from Thursday's camp. Wootton injures hip; Bostic impresses.

D.J. Williams goes down, and Bostic moves up - Brad Biggs: Injury to MLB will give rookie a chance to play with the first unit and possibly start the first exhibition. David Haugh: Let nature take its course with Bostic.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin's Bears update from Thursday's session at Bourbonnais.

Bears Training Camp: Thursday Open Thread & Practice Recap

Observations from camp - Michael C. Wright & Jeff Dickerson round up Thursday's workout: WR battles, TEs making plays, offense taking a few plays to get going.

Observations from camp - Mark Potash with an overview of Thursday's training camp: Injuries, rookies, offense is catching up to defense.

Bears training camp - Trestman on fast pace of practice: “I just want to put guys in a position where they feel uncomfortable on the practice field and they don’t take it for granted.” [Video] From huddle to snap in under 15 seconds.

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears' depleted D-line absorbed another hit Thursday when Corey Wootton left the field before the conclusion of practice due to a hip injury. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and is considered day to day. Moon Mullin: Durability a concern with extra pounding inside. (Giggity.)

Player profile - Bob LeGere: Son of Hall of Fame DE Howie Long still has a lot to learn about O-line play in the NFL, but Kyle Long has already shown he’s a quick study. Time away from OTAs set him back.

[Video] Thursday's highlights and photogallery from; Tribune photos.


Roster notes - Moon Mullin: Emery draft choices squarely center-stage for Bears 'right now'.

Bears evaluating all options on O-line - Larry Mayer: Shuffling players in at different positions less than a week into training camp, the Bears are in no hurry to anoint their starting line.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 2013 Position Battles: Offensive Line

Bears seek to utilize Matt Forte - Adam L. Jahns: Kromer's increased use of zone blocking will give Forte more options as runner, as more of the offense will be funneled through #22.

Julius Peppers feels like a spry young guy - Mark Potash: Peppers, 33, looks spry and as fluid as ever in beating O-linemen with regularity in practice. He had more sacks and tackles for loss at 32 than he did at 25. Michael C. Wright: Setting sights on NFL's first sack award. Adam Hoge: Still working on improving his craft. Brad Biggs: 2014 cap number.

Bears confident race not an issue on team - Fred Mitchell: Players deplore racially charged remark of Eagles receiver Riley Cooper but cite harmony within their own ranks.

Hester says Pro Bowl rule changes ‘suck’ - Chris Burke: A way for the NFL to introduce the elimination of kickoffs from the game?

Kev H: NFL Changes Pro Bowl - Teams chosen like PE class

Mitch Tanney knows the scores behind the score - Dan Pompei: When Bears director of analytics looks at the numbers, things begin to add up.

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