After a day off, the Chicago Bears resumed practice in pads Friday at Halas Hall.
Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and several players spoke with the media afterward. Here are four things we learned.
1. Tight end Cole Kmet said practice was one of the hardest in which he has participated.
Kmet said the tempo, speed and physicality — and the expectations from coaches that players move quickly from drill to drill — added up to a practice that players had to grind through.
His teammates agreed.
“Today was a day, for sure,” wide receiver Darnell Mooney said. “I was laid out in the locker room after today.”
“You definitely felt it today,” safety Eddie Jackson said. “Me and coach Alan (Williams) were on the sideline, talking like … ‘You can do two things. You can either tap out and stop and cry and complain. Or you can just step up.’ And when you get through stuff like that, that shows what good teams are made of.”
Getsy said coaches set out to challenge the players’ conditioning from the start Friday, and he plans to keep an eye on who fared well — and who didn’t — when he watches film.
“That will be something I’m going to pay attention to, see who lost their focus and who lost their discipline and stuff when they got challenged today,” Getsy said.
The Bears offense played quite a bit against their scout team defense to provide a new look.
“We’ve got two teams in our division that play a three-down, and our defense doesn’t,” Getsy said. “When you’re talking about the big guys up front, everything changes in your rules and assignments when you have three-down. So you’ve got to mix that in.”
2. Eddie Jackson said he is ‘at ease with everything’ as he enters his 6th season with the Bears under a new coaching staff.
The Bears veteran safety and defensive leader has talked about how Eberflus let him know this season was a fresh start. And Jackson said he’s entering that phase feeling good mentally, physically and emotionally.
“You’re at peace and just comfortable with the team we have, the way we’re working, the scheme, everything we’ve been through so far, the coaches,” Jackson said. “I’m just getting that feel that everyone’s comfortable and just ready to work, man.”
Jackson was open about not being happy with his production over the last couple of years. That included no interceptions in 2020 or 2021 after he totaled 10 in his first three seasons. And so he made the decision to embrace the new staff rather than be annoyed he had to start over with another set of coaches.
“I just feel like the years I had, I wasn’t satisfied with them, didn’t live up to expectations and standards that I set for myself,” Jackson said. “So to go out there this year is like a whole new start, whole new season, whole new team. I feel like a rookie coming in again, just learning, soaking up this game, man, and leading my guys the way I …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment