Training camp might be a marathon, but it started with a sprint
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org July 25, 2013 8:58PM
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) poses for a picture with guests of the Bears' after an NFL football practice Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:41AM
BOURBONNAIS — While there was some debate Thursday about whether every player successfully completed coach Marc Trestman’s conditioning test — three 300-yard shuttle runs with only two-minute breaks in between — the message behind it was received by all.
“It’s all about the commitment,” defensive tackle Stephen Paea said.
“You saw guys that put in work in the offseason,” linebacker James Anderson said.
“It says we know what we’re supposed to do when we’re working on our own,” defensive end Shea McClellin said.
So it can be said that Trestman got the results he wanted by his self-described “accountability test.” Plenty of players were nervous about the test, which Trestman used with the Montreal Alouettes, but some didn’t think it was needed.
“As a veteran, it’s something you don’t really like,” cornerback Tim Jennings said. “But it’s something to kind of let you know where you’re at. We know what it takes and what it feels like to be coming into camp. We’re used to it. We know what’s at stake.
“But coming in here and being told you have to be given a conditioning test . . . it’s kind of like a headache, but it’s for a good cause.”
Jennings and safety Major Wright, two key players in the final years of their contracts, said they have no issues with general manager Phil Emery’s proclamation that it’s unlikely there will be any extensions reached during the 2013 season.
Jennings called it motivating.
“It’s not disappointing,” he said. “I guess it’s just writing on the wall for a lot of guys — no extensions, we’ve got a new front office, new head coach, new coaching staff.”
Veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis did not to report to camp, informing the team he intends to retire. The Bears moved quickly to fill the roster spot, signing veteran defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to a one-year deal. Anderson (6-6, 280 pounds) started 48 of 77 games in six seasons.
Anderson was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this month. He played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and for the Atlanta Falcons from 2007 to 2010. Anderson was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Arkansas.