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REPORT DATE: July 25
SITE: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Forget out of the box, the Chicago Bears went north of the border in an effort to get the most out of their enigmatic but extremely talented quarterback Jay Cutler. Bears G.M. Phil Emery is just the latest NFL general manager to subscribe to the theory that most of the innovation in football, especially offensive football, is taking place outside the league in places like college, the Arena Football League and Canada, where Marc Trestman, who replaces Lovie Smith as head coach of the Bears, was a two-time Grey Cup winner as the pilot of the Montreal Alouettes. It will be Trestman's job to get the most out of Cutler, who some have already labeled a coach- killer, pointing to his troubles in Denver with Josh McDaniels and Smith's departure from the Second City as evidence. Curing Chicago's offensive line woes will go a long way in helping Cutler and the team brought in high-priced free agent Jermon Bushrod to secure the all-important left tackle position, as well as Matt Slauson and first-round pick Kyle Long to bolster the guard spots. Defensively, all eyes will be on veteran D.J. Williams and rookie Jon Bostic, who will compete for the right to be compared with future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, who retired in the offseason after contract talks with the Bears went nowhere.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 9 - at Carolina, 8:00 PM Aug 15 - vs. San Diego, 8:00 PM Aug 23 - at Oakland, 10:00 PM Aug 29 - vs. Cleveland, 8:00 PM