MUNSTER | Times Media Consultant Bob Cacovski took in the action at Olivet Nazarene University of Day Eleven from Bears Football Camp and shares his insights with readers.
It was hot, steamy and muggy at Olivet Nazarene University. The gentleman next to me had a sweater on. I did not need help sweating!!
Much to Jay Cutler’s chagrin, the defense is not paying attention to the memo about NOT batting passes down!! Two practices attended & two Cutler pickoffs on the first play. I must say, he is consistent.
The morning dew was hanging on and footing was an issue. Brandon
Marshall almost did the splits; thankfully he is ok. Again the defense looked solid as a unit and they really wanted to hit someone. Tim Jennings was seen playfully tackling another defensive back after a play.
If the phrase ‘practice make perfect’ is true, the Bears offense has hope. They do have many weapons and have not had a completely healthy unit for most of training camp. Alshon Jefferey is more decisive in his route-running and after working out with Brandon Marshall in the offseason is looking to make a bigger impact this year. Matt Forte and Michael Bush looked good running and catching passes out of the backfield.
Another formation that should give the offense relief from opposing pass rushers is the shotgun formation. All three quarterbacks ran quite a few plays out of the shotgun.
Once the clouds passed, the sun was beaming down on another fast paced practice. I bet coach Trestman was really good at fire drills in school.
Now the good news; the Bears offense will not be playing against the Bears defense when the regular season starts. I’m predicting the defense will be top five overall this year and will continue winning the turnover battle.
With so many players, including Cutler, in a contract year maximum effort will be given all year. These are not baseball players with guaranteed multi-year contracts; talk about incentive.
On the way out, Roberto Garza was the first to stop and sign autographs. What a classy veteran. I don’t understand why more players can’t give 5 or 10 minutes of their time signing autographs for the people that pay their salaries.
I started going to training camp with my son Noah the year Peanut Tillmann was a rookie. Noah got his autograph then (wish we knew where it is!). This is my last training camp with Noah before he goes away to Indiana State and I would not have spent the day any other way.
Very much looking forward to an entertaining season!
This column is solely the opinion of the writer and not of The Times Media. Bob Cacovski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org