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Bears, Buccaneers will clash in London

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Bears, Buccaneers will clash in London

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Posted: 6:14 p.m.

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

Perhaps its only fitting that the year that Bears defensive end Richard Dent is enshrined in pro footballs Hall of Fame, his team is picked to open the preseason with the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.

Of course, whether there will be a preseason remains problematic with the impasse on labor issues between NFL owners and players. But the plan right now is for the Bears to face the St. Louis Rams in a game that last featured the Bears in a win over the Miami Dolphins to start the 2005 preseason.

The Bears also will play in London for the first time since the 1986 season, facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the UK, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Hall of Fame game will start a five-game preseason at a time when players and owners have negotiated on the matter of downsizing the preseason to two games. The Bears shouldnt mind, however. They have posted a winning regular season four of the last five times they have been handed a five-game preseason.

After the Rams in Canton, the Bears will play the Buffalo Bills in Soldier Field on the Aug. 11-14 weekend.

The league indeed has a macabre sense of humor, sending the Bears out east to East Rutherford, N.J. for a Monday Night game Aug. 22 against the New York Giants. It was a Sunday night game last season, against the Giants in New Jersey, when Jay Cutler was sacked a record nine times in the first half and was forced to miss the second half and the next game with a concussion.

That game is followed by a third road preseason game, this one in Tennessee against the Titans in the Aug. 25-28 window. The preseason will conclude at home for the eighth straight year against the Cleveland Browns Sept. 1-4.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Mitch Trubisky on A-Rob: 'He's starting to look like the old Allen Robinson'

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Mitch Trubisky on A-Rob: 'He's starting to look like the old Allen Robinson'

The news surrounding Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson has been nothing but positive as the team kicks off training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

First came coach Matt Nagy, who said Robinson is physically and mentally ready to go after the receiver's recovery from a torn ACL last September. Then it was quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who said Robinson is getting back to his playmaking form.

"He got healthy and he's starting to look like the old Allen Robinson," Trubisky said Thursday. "He has great hands, we know he will go up and get it.

"He can be a really special player for us."

Trubisky described Robinson's traits, ranging from his ability to create separation to his knack for the acrobatic catch, with giddy excitement. In fact, Trubisky used the word 'excited' several times when discussing the Bears upcoming season.

Chicago kicks off training camp practices on Friday, with the first padded session slated for July 21. Robinson will finally have a chance, on the field, to turn excitement and anticipation to performance and production.

Ryan Pace calls Bears' offseason 'aggressive' and 'energizing'

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Ryan Pace calls Bears' offseason 'aggressive' and 'energizing'

The Chicago Bears won the offseason. At least, that's what the national opinion seems to suggest.

General manager Ryan Pace may not have read all the news clippings, but he offered his thoughts on the job he and the front office accomplished since January 1.

"It's been aggressive, a lot of work has been done, very exciting and energizing," he said at Bears training camp from the campus of Olivet Nazarene University Thursday. "There's a lot of new pieces and it's really neat to see the assets come together."

Pace and his team certainly did do a lot of work. The Bears made headlines in free agency with the signings of Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton, three players expected to provide a huge boost to the Bears' passing game.

In addition to what he did on offense, Pace exercised his option with the transition tag placed on Kyle Fuller and matched the Packers' offer for the ascending cornerback. It was a big-money deal that showed players in the locker room he's willing to reward hard work and effort. It also showed the fans that he wasn't going to let the Packers steal a homegrown talent.

It didn't stop there. Pace strengthened the defense even more with the selection of linebacker Roquan Smith in the first round of April's NFL Draft and gave the offense yet another weapon in the second round when he traded up to select Anthony Miller, a receiver who could challenge for a starting job as a rookie.

Yeah, it's been an aggressive few months.

And let's not forget the biggest change of all: Matt Nagy.

Pace's tenure as Chicago's GM will likely be defined by the last few months. He invested in his hand-picked quarterback and made his first "real" coaching hire after a few years of experience on the job. He'll sink or swim with those two decisions. He knows it, and he went all-in this offseason.