First Practice - Inside Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp Part 3

May 11, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith (middle) watches as players stretch during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The Bears are giving us a glimpse behind the scenes at Halas Hall with their web series “Inside Rookie Minicamp.”  It’s about as close as we’ll get to a Hard Knocks for the Bears.  It’s been a really interesting look at the new crop of rookies as they embark on their NFL journey.  Give the video clip a spin after the jump.

Here’s what jumped out at me while watching this episode:

I haven’t commented on this before, but in the intro, Lovie Smith says “The dream you’ve had, it kind of starts today.” Well, actually Lovie, it doesn’t “kind of” start today.  It actually starts today.

I like how the Bears keep the rookies in the basement “rookie locker room” until they make the team.  Feels like they have to earn their way up from the kiddie table.

I am really starting to believe that the Bears got a steal in second round pick Alshon Jeffery.  As Lovie points out, he didn’t drop a single ball in that practice.  I think we would have been thrilled if the Bears had only gotten Jeffery in the draft and the addition of Brandon Marshall took a little of the luster – and a ton of pressure – off of Jeffery.

I think I noted this last time, but I’m growing more and more impressed with Rod Marinelli.  I know that I made fun of him when he was brought in as “the best defensive line coach” a couple of seasons ago but it wasn’t until Julius Peppers showed up that the D-line actually did anything.

I think old Rod ‘Miyagi’ ought to have Shea McClellin go wax his cars and paint his fence with all the hand moves he’s teaching him.  I can’t wait to see McClellin’s version of the ‘Crane Technique.’ As a side note,  I’d love to get a set of those blue hand cones that Rod was using with McClellin.  I think I could drive my three year old crazy.

Poor Harvard had coach Marinelli picking on him the whole practice.  Little does Marinelli know that he’ll be administering his pension some day soon.


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