Bears begin offseason workouts Tuesday


According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams led by new head coaches can begin voluntary offseason workouts on Monday.

The Chip Kelly-led Eagles will get right to work on Monday. And on Tuesday, the Bears, who hired Mark Trestman in January, will begin their organized training, too, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune noted.

Per the CBA, offseason workouts are divided into three “phases.” The first two weeks, or “Phase One,” is limited to fitness and rehabiliation work, with only strength and conditioning coaches allowed to offer on-field instruction. According to the CBA, “no other coaches shall be allowed on the field or to otherwise par­ticipate in or observe activities.” Quarterbacks can throw to uncovered receivers, and no helmets can be worn; that’s the extent of the on-field play that can occur.

Yes, that’s not especially exciting. But look at it this way: these workouts are a sign that the 2013 NFL season is inching ever closer.

18 responses to “Bears begin offseason workouts Tuesday

  1. Do these baby steps to fitness help or hurt the players trying to make the team? Do these incremental exercises cause injuries when the players really start banging each other? It seems there were a lot more injuries last year after they were implemented. I’m all for reducing injuries but does this system work?

  2. If it’s legal, I give the defense and offense all the plays on an Ipad. The next time they meet, they take a test. If you don’t get a 100 on all plays involving you, you get fined. If you don’t get an A for all other play on your side of the ball, you get schooled. When you break camp, you should know every play.

  3. My prediction: Bears will be horrible this year. Did you ever notice how the Bears start losing games when Brian Urlacher gets hurt? The offense might improve some with the moves they made but the defense will be bad. So new regime same results in the end.

  4. The limits placed on practice are ridiculous but that seems to be what mattered to the players. Less work, more money.

  5. Is it just me or does Trestman look like a creepy child molester?

    Yes he absolutely does. It’s funny because I posted the same thing about him looking creepy minus the child molester part about 30 minutes ago and it got deleted. Censors-what are your standards? Why are you biased against certain posters?

  6. With all these “Trestman looks like a child molester” comments being approved, I suppose that means all pointless, stereotypical comments regarding any persons looks, race, sexual orientation, as well as any other offensive comments that flow through small minds will be approved too…right?

  7. the only down side is that once phase two starts the guys aren’t paying as much attention to the stretching type exercises as they do in phase one. any doctor will tell that those tendons and ligaments do pop and tear when properly stretched, and if a doctor won’t agree then ask a karate teacher.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:50 PM

    “I’m told Cutler has put in a lot of extra offseason conditioning in, and expects all the Pilates classes to really pay off this year.”

    I bet the voices in your head tell you lots of things.

  9. “defense will be terrible”

    WHAT?!?! Lol. They have been a top 10 defense the past 10 years. Sure, Lovie is gone, but the talent is still there. Are we going to be as good as we once were, probably not, but I doubt we’ll have a bottom 3 defense.

    …Also, I’m no grammar freak, but Bears’ new head coach is “Marc Trestman”, not “Mark” as stated in the article.

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