The Bears’ passing game has taken shape while the running game remains grounded.
Game tape doesn’t lie, and it shows where McClellin struggled against the Eagles.
Robbie Gould’s back, but Chicago’s looking for a new punter, holder, snapper and kick returner.
Keep an eye on how the reserve running backs like Ka’Deem Carey perform.
“If we can add 100 plays to what we already did, that would be a great starting point,” Marc Trestman says.
At most, only six of the 53 players who make the Bears roster with be from the previous regime.
Three rookies are getting meaningful first-team reps on defense.
The Bears held their first padded practice of 2014 on Sunday in front of a raucous crowd of faithful fans.
Fales has quality anticipation and pocket awareness but needs to improve his arm strength.
Vereen is a sure tackler who’s good at reading keys, but his ball skills and footwork need work.
Carey displays great vision and finishes runs, but he needs to work on his blocking and gain a few pounds.
Sutton is quick with good hands, but his conditioning and run defending need to improve.
Ferguson is a stout run defender and light on his feet but needs to better use his hands and pads.
Fuller’s versatile and physical, but his footwork and tackling form have room to improve.
The Bears are good in the red zone in part because of this go-to concept.
The high/low attack can stretch the defense vertically and horizontally if executed correctly.
An important concept worked wonders for the Bears’ offense last season.
Dan Durkin breaks down Marshall’s blocking, release from the line and some tricks of the trade.
Dan Durkin address what we’ve learned, including Chicago’s preference of building a defense front to back.
A San Jose State product, Fales (6-2/212) led the nation in completion percentage (72.5%) as a junior, finishing his career with 8,382 passing yards, a 68% completion percentage and a three-to-one touchdown (66) to interception (22) ratio.