Training camp is not only time where NFL fans are able to watch their favorite team practice up close, but it’s also a time for each respective team to work out the kinks and fill holes in their game-play. This can be an encouraging time, as it’s a preview of how awesome your team is. Training camp can also be a vulnerable variable in fan morale. In the Chicago Bears‘ case, training camp will set the tone for the rest of the season. Too many things are being thrown at the Bears at once: Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are becoming free-agents next year, new head coach Marc Trestman, and the retirement of Brian Urlacher.
The only other QB the Bears have on the roster is Matt Blanchard. With only one year experience, Trestman might be smart to utilize him during training camp and put him in to play a few preseason games. Jay Cutler is a great quarterback, but if this is his last year in Chicago, it would be stupid not to invest in Blanchard as his possible replacement.
This leads to the Bears’ new head coach. Trestman has a couple potential problems to work out. He needs to plan ahead for Cutler’s free agency all while working with Cutler to get the best out of him this season. Also, he needs to transition himself and his staff into being able to coach the veterans as well as the rookies. Finally, Trestman needs to navigate how he’s going to keep the defense strong with the remaining Pro Bowl players and the new replacements. The second round pick, Jon Bostic, will not be able to fill the hole as middle linebacker even though he is still someone to watch. He has the ability to tackle and to be a power force. Bostic has a hard time shedding blocks and lacks the intensity to recover and keep going for longer plays.
Everything being thrown at the Bears can be fixed before the first kickoff. The only fear is that they will not be full Bear potential. Training camp will definitely be first look into how these trials are handled and the future of the season.