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Chicago Bears Training Camp Primer


The players have all reported (except Sedrick Ellis).  The GM and head coach have spoken, though many of us are still trying to figure out what the hell it is they said.  There will be no contract negotiations and the players aren’t all too happy about it.  Everyone has supposedly passed their conditioning test accountability exercise.  Now, it’s time for some football!!!

If you’re going to camp, my friend Adam over at Chicago Bears Huddle provides some great tips for a great camp experience while the Tribune’s Travel Section has a nice article on the hot spots in and around Bourbonnais.

First practice is today at 9AM, although the first padded practice isn’t until Sunday morning.     Here is the full schedule:

ThursdayJuly 25No practice – closed to the public
FridayJuly 269:00 – 11:30 am
SaturdayJuly 279:00 – 11:30 amVamos Bears Xfinity
SundayJuly 289:00 – 11:30 am
MondayJuly 299:00 – 11:30 am
TuesdayJuly 30No practice – closed to the public
WednesdayJuly 319:00 – 11:30 amLadies Day
ThursdayAugust 19:00 – 11:30 am
FridayAugust 29:00 – 11:30 amBears BBQ Bash
SaturdayAugust 36:45 pm – 8:45 pm (Soldier Field)Family Fest
SundayAugust 4No practice – closed to the public
MondayAugust 53:15 – 5:00 pmArmed Forces Day
TuesdayAugust 69:00 – 11:30 am
WednesdayAugust 79:00 – 11:30 amYouth Football Day
ThursdayAugust 8No practice – closed to the public
FridayAugust 9No practice – closed to the public
SaturdayAugust 10No practice – closed to the public
SundayAugust 113:15 – 5:00 pmRun with Staley
MondayAugust 129:00 – 11:30 am
TuesdayAugust 139:00 – 11:30 am
WednesdayAugust 14Break camp – closed to the public
All practices will take place on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL unless noted.

You’ll notice quite a difference in the practice schedule as compared to Lovie Smith.  Trestman will conduct most of his practices in the morning, before the heat of the day really kicks in.  There has been a lot of talk about player safety and Trestman’s actions and the schedule reflect that idea.

I expect this camp to have really strong attendance as fans and wannabe experts like me try to get their first look at the Bears under Marc Trestman.  How will the drills be different?  What does the new offense look like?  Can any of the new guys play?

Be sure to check the Bears website for updates, as practice times are subject to change.

I haven’t been to camp in several years but plan to be there on the sidelines on Sunday morning.  Stop over and say “hi.”