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Bears coach Marc Trestman happy with first minicamp
“It was a good three days, a very good three days,” Trestman said after three days of on-the-field work concluded. “Today, we shortened down. Guys have worked very hard. They’ve run hard here. I wanted to make sure we left with no pulls or any injury-ridden players. I think we got off that really well. That was big.”
Trestman was impressed throughout camp how well — and how quickly — offensive players grasped the plays he gave them. It started with 100 plays on Day 1 on Tuesday. The fact that new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker installed some blitzes on Thursday also pleased Trestman — from an offensive point of view.
“Mel added some blitzes so our offensive line got some new looks that they hadn’t seen and we had a chance to put some blitzes in our installations,” Trestman said. “I said [Wednesday] that we added a bunch of new plays, another game plan essentially, so even though we ran only about 30 plays today in practice or less, they didn’t know which plays were coming out until today. They had to learn everything in the installation, knowing that each group was only going to get 10 reps. The first got 10. The second got 10 and the thirds got 10. So they had to learn everything not knowing where it was coming today, and I thought they did a very good job.”
The Bears focused a lot on special teams throughout the minicamp, placing an emphasis on fundamentals. It was very apparent on the final day.
“As you can see in practice, [it was] a lot of circuits, working with everybody to teach tackling to taking on blocks and things that come out of the cover teams and return teams and so forth,” Trestman said. “I thought we did very good there.”
Trestman said he could have utilized five days of on-the-field instruction, but he felt three were sufficient. Why?
“I thought that was enough. I think we got enough in,” Trestman said. “They’re not ready to play a game yet. They’ve only been working out for a very short period of time. I think we try to measure ourselves by getting enough done on the field to introduce our football to this team. It’s only April and I think we accomplished a lot of what we needed to do over this period of time.”
Trestman said he and his staff will evaluate all the film from minicamp next week, spending “time with each and every concept and really start honing in on the details of it.”
“Everything we’re doing is part of player evaluation: their demeanor, how they handle individual [drills], how we meet them,” Trestman said. “It’s all part of this evaluation process as we put our football team together. Every day is a job interview for every guy in terms of working. We want to put them in a position where they can have the fundamentals and the skills to be able to master their craft on a daily basis.”