Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 3:45 p.m.
By John Mullin
Right now the NFL players are locked out of their football homes. For the Bears, nothing is really all that different.
And yet everything feels different. The NFL may ultimately be a business but on another level its very, very personal, including relationships with coaches.
Theyre like family, said defensive tackle Anthony Adams. Its separating your family... Its a shame that we have to go through something like this, something that couldve been resolved two, two-and-a-half years ago.
Offseason workouts would only have begun last week, and one player told CSNChicago.com that one start date for the offseason program actually was to have been April 11. Regardless, the first two weeks are devoted to lifting weights and running, which is what players are doing anyway at myriad facilities around Chicago and elsewhere on the States.
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But while its fun, Adams said Tuesday before receiving the 2010 Ed Block Courage Award at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, its just not the same.
Professional athletes are creatures of routine and its awkward for us because were used to being on a set structure, Adams said. Its different but were all professionals and have to handle ourselves as such.
Unlike a number of teams, the Bears have a coaching staff virtually intact and players vested in its systems, for the most part. The Bears do not have the difficulties that will beset Carolina, Denver, San Francisco and other teams with new head coaches waiting to install new systems with a roster that is in a molten state because of a vast group of free agents and a prohibition against signing and bringing in draft choices and other rookies.
The lockout is hurting some of the teams that are just getting started but we have a veteran staff, a veteran team, and its not like we have to be out telling the guys what they need to be doing, said coach Lovie Smith. They know that we eventually have a season and you have to be ready to go once were told to go back to work.
The lawsuit to end the lockout and its expected appeal by the losing side is expected to take weeks to play out. Veteran players who have put in the work to stay in the NFL to this point arent waiting for any court decisions.
Ive been in the league for a while and I understand how hard I have to work, what I need to do, what works for me and what doesnt, Adams said. By me being a veteran, being 30 years young, I understand the rigorous amount of work youve got to do.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.