Chicago Bears 2013 Minicamp Update: Successful Practices Kick Start Vision for New Offense

By Ryan Heckman
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The Chicago Bears closed out their three day minicamp on Thursday at the Walter Payton Center, and to say the least, the upcoming season looks very promising. Being that it is just a minicamp without full contact obviously doesn’t tell the whole story, but the Bears were able to get a great look at the potential all of their new personnel will bring to the table in 2013.

New head coach Marc Trestman was pleased with the outcome of camp, noting “It was a really good three days. Guys have worked really hard, they’ve run hard here. I want to make sure we left with no pulls or no injury-ridden players.

“Second thing, is we spent a lot of time on special teams fundamentals this week as you could see, circuits and working with everybody to teach tackling and taking on blocks and things that come on with cover teams and return teams and so forth,” Trestman told the Chicago Bears official website.

“(Defensive coordinator) Mel (Tucker) added some blitzes today, so our offensive line was able to see some new blitzes in practice. Yesterday, we added a bunch of new plays, another game plan essentially. So even we only ran 40 plays today or less, they had to learn everything not knowing what plays were coming.”

Trestman has been nothing short of impressive and highly prepared since being hired in Chicago. The fact that he has already installed a great deal of new plays and several different game plans and it is only mini camp is an ambitious vision for his team. What’s even more impressive is that he seemed very pleased with how his offense learned and executed the game plans on such short notice.

Newly hired offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was also pleased with the results of the camp, saying “We’re getting a plan together. We’re evaluating the plan, and all we can do is execute the plan. Guys are here, playing hard and fast. It was a good start.

Jay (Cutler) is a very talented quarterback and we are very excited about the talent we have around him. We’re trying to put an efficient offense in that can score touchdowns. Jay is a very intelligent person. He knows football, he just needs to learn our terms and he is. With the in-depth meetings that we’ve had, he is a lot further along than we had thought he’d be at this point,” Kromer said.

“We need to get the ball out quickly, we need to protect him (Cutler) inside and out and just get a plan of attack for him.”

Kromer has to be happy seeing a familiar face in Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod who also came over from the New Orleans Saints to join the Bears. Bushrod gives them protection immediately on quarterback Jay Cutler’s blindside, something Cutler has not had since joining the Bears. Kromer also noted that they do not have a set starting offensive line, and that they are going to look everywhere to get that established.

“I don’t care if these are guys who were first round picks, college free agents or if we got them off the street and they had been cut by eight different teams like guys that I have started in the past. As an individual, we’ll find a spot that best fits them. If they are one of them (starting offensive lineman), we’ll find that out and go from there.”

Kromer sounds very well-prepared to find the best fit for his offensive line heading into the 2013 season. For Bears fans, this should be a breath of fresh air.

Both Trestman and Kromer are excited and have high hopes for this Bears team that showed flashes of being elite last year. They might finally be able to put together the pieces they have added and get this offense up and running at the level fans have long awaited. If minicamp was any hint at to what is to come, the Bears are absolutely heading in the right direction.

Ryan Heckman is a writer for covering the NBA and NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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