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Bears mini-camp recap: John Fox cancels last practice, glows about future

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The Bears now go on a six-week break before training camp as their coach is encouraged by their progress.

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It’s a bit odd to repeat the same pattern of a 3-13 season, but as he did last year, Chicago Bears head John Fox cancelled the Bears’ last practice of mini-camp today after citing being pleased with his team’s progress.

Naturally, with practice concluding just after the Bears were done stretching, there wasn’t much observation of plays or commentary as players ran through their last organized contact with each other until July. No, today was indeed all about Fox, as the next time we’ll see him will be the official start of heavy preparation for a crucial season for the 62-year-old. One that will likely define his tenure. He was the only one who spoke and he made sure his message rang through.

Same old, same old at Halas Hall.

Optimism was a theme in both 2015 and 2016. As the Bears sit here with relative quality health and a step up in progression from several key players such as Jordan Howard and Leonard Floyd, it’s the same story in 2017. Fox, with ever the positive outlook, appreciates where his Bears stand as everyone breaks off for a little while.

As far as why Fox specifically cancelled the Bears’ last practice, well, he just thought they deserved it after the effort consistently put out. No harm, no foul.

It’d be easy to recycle these same “encouraging” thoughts from both 2015 and 2016, but the Bears are a bit more cohesive in year three. And that’s encouraging for the veteran coach. Chicago is on it’s way up, albeit slowly, but you can still see the ascendance.

Fox is a firm believer that the Bears’ 9-23 record in his first two seasons isn’t an indicator of his team’s quality. Why is that? Injuries.

On actual details of perhaps the most intriguing storyline concerning the Bears, Fox also discussed challenges of keeping his quarterback room together i.e. development and repetitions for Mitchell Trubisky, Mike Glennon, and Mark Sanchez.

The Bears do have an interesting dilemma. They have to keep everyone ready and that means allowing Sanchez to learn their offense, while getting Glennon prepared, as well as making sure Trubisky is developing for the future properly. A delicate balance that will define 2017.

Overall, that’s of no concern for now, though. For Fox and the Bears, it’ll be about how they treat their reprieve from each other before an intensive training camp full of competition.

All the Bears and Fox can do at the moment is relax. Professionals take care of themselves after all. The stress, pressure, and summer heat of July and August that relentlessly shines down will ring in soon enough.

Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is an editor for Windy City Gridiron. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.