BOURBONNAIS — After a dismal Wednesday on which the offense conceded being handled in every area by an aggressive, swirling defense, the Bears’ offense rebounded with an attacking day of its own, at one point turning the tables to the point of having the defense confused, if six different players yelling and gesturing at the same time was any indication. That play culminated in a 25-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Eddie Royal.
“This is like going back to college,” head coach John Fox said. “This is like spring ball. One side of the ball is always pissed off. It’s like a boxing match or an MMA fight; you’re not going to land every punch and you’re going to get punched. That (other) guy practices, too. It’s the same way when you compete against each other. The key is that they are competing and understand how to do it, yet make each other better every day.”
Jay Cutler remained turnover-free for the seventh straight practice, again despite the defense presenting a blizzard of personnel groupings, schemes and other details that at time defied chronicling. While training camp stats mean even less than ones from preseason games, this is a marked departure from previous Cutler camps. Jimmy Clausen similarly remained turnover-free for the day as the offense had repeated success getting into the end zone and ripping off long gainers both running and passing.
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Both Cutler and Clausen executed well under pressure that had wilted the offense a bit on Wednesday.
“I think (Cutler is) moving a little quicker,” offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. “I would say jimmy’s probably doing the same thing. He’s a veteran player. He’s able to understand and relate things to what he’s done in the past.
“But Jay being where he’s at and being in a few offenses, he kind of recognized a lot of concepts we’re doing. That makes it easier on him to jump ahead of the rest of the guys.”