BOURBONNAIS – The Bears wrapped up 2013 training camp in Bourbonnais on Tuesday on a quiet note, as the team practiced without pads for the first time since putting the pads July 28.
With a home preseason game Thursday night against the Chargers, head coach Marc Trestman treated practice like a Friday during the season.
The key to camp was installing the new offense, among other things, and the positive Trestman – to no one’s surprise – was pleased with how his first camp went overall.
“We’ve been able to operate each and every day to the max and execute the plan of what we wanted to get accomplished in training camp,” he said. “Moving people around, getting our offense installed, having to go up against a terrific defense each and every day, seeing our young players develop – a lot of good things.”
Jay Cutler wouldn’t go into detail on where he thinks the unit is with the new system after three weeks of camp, but said he can see the improvement.
“We’re moving along. I don’t think I can pinpoint exactly where we’re at, but we’re definitely getting better each and every day,” he said.
Trestman pointed out the offense when summing up camp and the players’ ability to learn the language and maintain their focus.
He also is well aware of the ongoing challenge of improving a team that went 10-6 a year ago.
“Just the work ethic of the team I think was built,” Trestuman said. “We got a chance to have a real strong backbone. It won’t be the same team as it was last year, but we think it can be better. We’re working to be better and that’s a good thing.”
Webb of concern: J’Marcus Webb remained the second-team left tackle Tuesday, and reading between the lines of offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, Webb has work to do to simply make this team.
“He moved to the left side, and he had been working the right side, so it did take him a little time to adjust,” Kromer said. “But if he’s going to be on our team, if he makes our eight, then he’s going to have to play more than one spot, and this is a great opportunity for him to get those reps.”
Quick hits: Jonathan Scott was not present at practice. Trestman said Scott’s injured knee was “aspirated over the last couple days” and they are positive about getting him back next week. … Tuesday’s practice was run predominantly from the sideline, allowing the players to practice transitioning on and off the field efficiently. … Tim Jennings picked off a Cutler pass at the goal line and returned it to the opposite end zone, then bowed for the fans.