Back to work

The Bears practiced on Saturday in readying themselves for a match up with the Minnesota Vikings. Sunday was a day off around the NFL after the league canceled all 15 of its games over the weekend in the wake of the attacks. However, Monday minds were not solely back to football.

"It's still pretty somber and probably will be for an awfully long time," Dick Jauron said. "I thought they were focused on what we need to get done and what our job is. And starting our preparation for Minnesota, we had a little extra time and got a little bit of a jump on it. So things went pretty well today. I thought their effort was good."

The Bears will have the benefit of playing at home this weekend, thus will not have to worry about travel or more specially flying.

"I'm glad to be playing at home all the time. I'd love to play all our games at home in Soldier Field. But whether we played at home or away this weekend, I'm just glad to be back into it, get back starting into the season and its routine."

Going back to the preseason finale against Arizona the Bears will have played every other week through the Atlanta game. The timing of the team could suffer due to a lack of game action.

"It's probably not the best scenario and you wouldn't schedule it that way. But we'll take it as it falls. We have work to do, obviously; we need to get a lot better. The timing part, it would help us to play. We didn't have the opportunity to do that so we've just got to do the best we can with our chances. Take advantage of our opportunities, which we failed to do in the first week of the season."

Jauron is trying to compensate by picking up the pace in practices pace. The team will need a healthy Marcus Robinson against the Vikings. Robinson looked tentative at times against Baltimore, especially going over the middle of the field where his back would be more exposed to being hit.

"In the first ballgame he looked unfamiliar with the game, and that's to be expected with how little time he'd spent on the field against the defense. You can't prepare for the speed unless you're out there. And even being out there all the time in practice, game day is so different. It just is. So he was off, his timing was off. But he's looking better every day.

"We'll just watch it closely. He feels better. Last week we held him out one practice. Tim [Bream, trainer] actually talked about him not practicing today and Marcus came in and said he felt really good and went out and worked through the whole practice. He looks better on the field. He's running more freely, he's running more freely amongst bodies, which is the thing you've really got to get used to when you come back, when you miss that much time. We're really optimistic about it."

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