With the Bears set to begin their first training camp under new coach Marc Trestman July 25, radio analyst and former guard Tom Thayer shares his thoughts about the team.
What excites you most about the Bears heading into camp?
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TT: "Having an offensive-minded head coach is going to provide the potential opportunity for this offense to explode like we've always envisioned in the past with a defensive-minded head coach. Marc Trestman gives each of these offensive players an opportunity to flourish, in time. I'm not saying it's going to be Week 1, but as the season progresses it's going to be exciting to see the growth and explosiveness of this offense."
How quickly can the players pick up the new offense and perform at a high level?
TT: "The best thing is that coach Trestman already has an indication of the talent he's going to have the chance to work with. Each week a different player is going to have the opportunity to excel. But the most important key is for Jay Cutler to know this offense like a quarterback has to know it in order for everybody to succeed. It's going to be a matter of Jay's ability to grasp it so he can say it in the huddle, know what he's saying and then also make use of the weapons he's going to have on each play. I've got day-to-day expectations as far as growth, but when you look at the big picture, like Jay said, it's going to take a period of years until you get the maximum out of this offense."
How much better is the offensive line than it was a year ago?
TT: "It's so much better because you don't have an experiment at left tackle anymore. That's no slight to
TT: "I like the upgrade at tight end with
Who are you most eager to watch in training camp?