Those that have watched the Chicago Bears practice in past years during training camp know that former head coach Lovie Smith was a man of few words most of the time. It didn’t matter if countless mistakes were made or an individual made a spectacular play, Smith was fairly reserved with his demeanor.
That seemed to be the case regardless of where Smith was. Not only in training camp, but during games and press conferences he was soft-spoken and more of a quiet spirit.
Enter: Marc Trestman, new head coach of the Bears.
The team has had a brand new style of practice implemented during camp so far. It is much more fast-paced and there is plenty of chatter and direction given by Trestman every step of the way.
Trestman has liked to split the players up in their respective positions for a few minutes at a time to work on specifics at the individual level. Those short periods of time are followed up by a team segment where they would implement the things they worked on individually for a few minutes.
The Bears would repeat this for a while before finishing most days with running a full-on scrimmage type of segment.
In years past, the team would not come together for a full team scrimmage until the second half or end of the practice. That segment would be a longer-lasting period of time and then the practice would be over more often than not.
With the way Trestman is running the show this year, the team is getting more of a rapid-fire type of learning in. With a completely new playbook and brand new terminology, the players are getting a ton of material thrown their way all day long where they’re expected to put it to use almost immediately.
The coach has been impressed so far with how the guys have responded, saying especially quarterback Jay Cutler has picked up the terminology and the playbook very quickly, noting his intelligence as a huge asset for the 8th year pro.
If the Bears can continue to learn at such a rapid pace, they will be better off by the start of the season. Many anticipate it to take a while for the team and new coaching staff to ‘figure it out’ in the regular season, but Trestman would like to prove that notion otherwise. Like I said, if they keep it up at this rate, they will have a great shot at doing just that.