BOURBONNAIS – The Bears may need to play another game. Quickly.
With the start of the regular season now less than four weeks distant, the intensity of training camp ticked up several notches to what coach Marc Trestman terming a “vicious practice.”
Some of the “vicious” was at the expense of the younger Bears carrying some heavy expectations. Rookie right tackle Jordan Mills was beaten several times in practice by Corey Wootton in team sessions, taken to the shed by a veteran defensive end who had seven sacks last season.
Kyle Long and Mills took all of the snaps with the No. 1 offense.
“[Mills and Long] made mistakes just like everybody made mistakes today and as I said to Kyle and Jordan, ‘I’m not concerned about the mistakes, I’m more concerned about the next play after the mistakes right now,’” Trestman said. “And they recaptured their poise, they went back in there and they did a lot of good things against a really dynamic front today.”
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And some of it was at the expense of players who some would suggest should not be struggling at this point of an offseason of working with a new system.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was forced to throw more passes away than in any previous practice, was intercepted by linebacker Lance Briggs when he threw into congestion over the middle, and was nearly picked off by Wootton but for Wootton fumbling away the pick.
“That’s going to happen,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, smiling. “He’s going to have to live through [teammates’ heckling] in the film room too because those plays we usually run back multiple times.”