The Bears ratcheted up the intensity level in practice Monday, much to the delight of coach Marc Trestman.
“If you love football, you had to love this practice,” Trestman said. “This was a vicious practice, a highly-competitive practice. The offensive and defensive lines created the intensity today. I thought it was outstanding. I thought it was probably one of our best practices, maybe in the top three, during camp.”
The defense continued to make big plays. Cornerback Charles Tillman intercepted a Jay Cutler pass that squirted through the hands of running back Michael Bush, linebacker Lance Briggs made a juggling interception and nickel back Isaiah Frey caused an incompletion by ripping a pass away from receiver Brandon Marshall.
The offense clearly remains a work in progress, but Trestman is not discouraged.
“We’re still in training camp,” he said. “We’re still installing our offense. When you’re in these situations it’s good to understand that we’re stressing our offense as much as they could ever be stressed with what they’re seeing defensively, the fronts we’re seeing, the blitzes we’re seeing.
“I really don’t spend much attention on the failure at the moment. I’m paying a lot more attention to what happens after the failure because we can control a lot of that through game plan and proper play selection. We’re more calling plays than we are trying to beat the defense because we need to get things practiced.
“Obviously it’s a great defense to play against because we’re not going to play against much better throughout the season. So as we move forward here onto the last three [preseason] games and into the season I think we can clean a lot of those things up. I know we can, and I’m optimistic.”
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