Before I get into the bulk of my post, let me take a moment to give a quick nod to the people of Boston. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. When will these terrorists learn that despite their efforts to strike fear into us, they cannot break our spirit and in fact, they unify us even more? The acts of bravery and selflessness of the first responders, race participants and spectators were truly inspiring. If you want to help the people of Boston, contact the Red Cross.
The Marc Trestman Era is officially kicking off today at Halas Hall as the Chicago Bears will open a voluntary three day minicamp at Halas Hall. The Bears get an extra minicamp since they’re breaking in a new head coach, who is very eager to work with his new team:
“We’ve seen them on tape and we’ve had a chance to interact with them in meetings,” Trestman said. “But to be on the football field with them is going to be awesome. It’ll give us an opportunity to take what we’ve done in the meetings rooms and get it out on the field and see these guys work.”
The Bears are slated to hold two-hour non-contact practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“We will be installing phases of our offense, defense and special teams, and lay a foundation for that over the three days,” Trestman said. “We’ll get fairly involved.”
Trestman has enjoyed working with Bears players since the offseason program began April 2.
“The guys have been tremendously receptive,” he said. “We’ve had their undivided attention during the time we’ve met with them as a coaching staff.”
This will be a strange situation for many of the veterans on the team, who only know life as a Chicago Bear under former head coach Lovie Smith. They don’t know Trestman and his routine or how he runs practices. It’s going to be quite the learning experience for everyone.