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Trestman embraces Bears’ training camp opener
BOURBONNAIS — Day 1 of Bears’ training camp looked different Friday than it did one year ago, when Marc Trestman coached his first NFL team.
For one, the music blared. From AC/DC to Bob Marley, players jammed to music during team workouts. The coach said it was to increase the players’ energy level and “have a little fun.”
Unlike last year, the workouts were scattered across two fields at Olivet Nazarene University.
“So we get more reps, more opportunity to get guys on tape and give them a chance to perform and to run plays,” Trestman said. “So that was good.”
The team’s first practice went to the defense; it recorded two interceptions and a forced fumble in the first 12 plays. Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller had two interceptions on the day.
“A lot of good things happening out there,” Trestman said. “That’s a good start defensively. Obviously, offensively, we don’t want to go in any game with a fast start like that. but a lot of good things happened. A good ebb and flow to practice. Our guys had to pick themselves up when things weren’t going well. Guys had to manage the success they had as well.”
Trestman called the crowd that lined up before dawn “great” and said he could tell how excited they were.
“You can feel their energy certainly from the start,” he said. “I think it’s great for our team to have our fans around us. It makes for a more fun and entertaining way to get our work done.
“As you can see, the guys stayed focused on their work during practice. After being with them last year, they’re really active after practice getting around our fans and getting them some time, they’ve been really good with that.”