Chicago Bears News: Inching Closer to Camp


Happy Tuesday Chicago Bears fans!  The players will descend on Bourbonnais to open training camp tomorrow and the news will turn up a notch.  Good thing you’ve got Bear Dawn to keep you abreast of all the latest Chicago Bears news and headlines.

Hub Arkush previews training camp with some key questions facing the Bears:

"They will arrive seeking a fresh start and looking dramatically different than they did only 12 months ago when they were a popular playoff pick by many. The 2014 Bears struggled through a 5-11 campaign and this new group comes to town with a front office swept clean, a completely rebuilt coaching staff and Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs and Roberto Garza gone, making Robbie Gould the last remaining player from the 2006 Super Bowl team."

In case you missed any of the Tribune’s training camp previews, they’re all here in one handy place.

If you’d like to see how the Bears stack up in the NFC North, the Tribune previews the NFC North training camps.

Ryan Pace is trying to build a closer front office.  To wit, the Bears staff took a trip to Mexico in the offseason:

"Earlier this summer, the Sun-Times reports, members of the Bears’ front office and coaching staff, plus their wives, traveled together for a three-night stay at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. The vacation’s competitive activities included skeet-shooting, archery, zip-lining and fly-fishing."

If John Fox can have any measure of success as Bears head coach, he’s got a good blueprint for opening a restaurant in his approach to managing the team:

"“My experience has been that if players know you genuinely care about them and they know that you can make them better, they’ll do anything for you,” Fox told Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune. “This can’t be that you’re the prison cafeteria worker and you just slop the food out there and say, ‘Eat it or starve.’ You have to have more of a five-star restaurant approach. Your players, your employees better get great service. They better get your attention. Or they’ll go somewhere else. People sense the energy. So you have to create that—everywhere in the building.”"

A couple of the Tribune’s Bears beat writers debate whether the Bears can go over or under the 7-win mark.

The Bears website gives us 5 players to watch in camp, including Jared Allen, Kyle Long and a few newcomers.

Kyle Fuller threw out the first pitch in the Cubs’ exciting 9-8 comeback win against the Colorado Rockies last night: