Familiarity helps Bears excel in minicamp

Familiarity helps Bears excel in minicamp
April 17, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Bears defense looks very similar to what we've seen in the past.

The players have expressed that much of the terminology and scheme has remained the same from the Lovie Smith era, allowing them to easily adjust to the new staff. The veterans don't have to go through the process of learning something new and can instead stick with something that has been very comfortable for them.  As for the younger players, this allows them to keep growing and build on what they've already learened. The familiarity keeps the thinking out of each play allowing them to simply react.

Just like the offense, the defensive players are being constantly drilled on hustling on and off the field and in and out of the huddle. It's been clear that the staff is trying to set the tone at the very beginning for what they expect from the players.

Both Chris Conte and Major Wright look like guys who gained confidence from the experience they gained last year. Conte has been all around the ball in the first two days of camp.

It's hard to get a good feel for what is taking place after only two of the minicamp practices, but it definitely looks like the players have bought into what this new staff is selling.