Bears’ new togetherness only goes so far

Bears’ new togetherness only goes so far
April 2, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Marc Trestman is introducing a new playbook, new concepts and even some new housekeeping arrangements to his Bears. Instead of players’ locker stalls being assigned by position group, the new staff has scrambled the locker room in an effort to help teammates get to know each other a little better, Trestman told ChicagoBears.com.

That means defensive end Julius Peppers and offensive lineman Gabe Carimi are next to each other, as are quarterback Jay Cutler and defensive end Shea McClellin. As those pairings suggest, some offensive and defensive players may have their spaces next to the exact teammates they will be going head-to-head with in practices…

…such as right tackle J’Marcus Webb having his stall next to that of Corey Wootton, who won the starting job at left defensive end last season. That will be a daily matchup through training camp and during one-on-one work during the season.

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Indeed, Webb-Wootton will be worth watching from the start of training camp on. Both Webb and Wootton, selected by the Bears in the 2010 draft, are in the final years of their rookie contracts.

So this, the first day of the Bears’ offseason program, seemed like the right time to start talking a little smack.

“Sitting next to Corey,” Webb said with a smile, “we’re going to be looking at each other, he’s going to be crying some days, and I’m going to be smiling most of the time, so I think it was a good move…..

“It’s definitely weird but this way we’ll all get acclimated together and have a great time doing it.”