For the past couple of years the Bears have been depicted as near-dottering, so many 30-somethings that it was unclear whether they should be issued helmets or canes.
Now, after the Bears kept 10 rookies on their 53-man roster, a question was put to coach Marc Trestman on Monday whether they are young, i.e. inexperienced, to a fault.
“We expect that you can’t go through a season expecting that there won’t be injuries,” Trestman said, “and you’re trying to develop your young players as much as you can during the course of the week and after practice and extra meeting time, things you have to do to allow them to assimilate as quickly as you can with what you’re going to be running during the games.
“That’s the fun part, is we’ve got to continue on a daily basis develop our young guys. We can’t just assume they’re not going to be in there. We have to assume that they are. That’s why we have to get them ready on a weekly basis.”