That job has been more difficult for the NFL, since the 2004 regular season schedule is delayed in its release. The problem of making a schedule work was made considerably more difficult last month.
The person in charge of the NFL schedule-making, Val Pinchbeck Jr., 73, died March 6 outside the NFL offices in Manhattan and, while much of the preliminary work had already been done, his successors are scrambling to make a schedule that fits using the formula already in place.
The Bears preseason schedule has been finalized.
7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12 at St. Louis
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 21 vs. San Francisco
7:30 p.m. Friday, August 27 vs. New Orleans
7:00 p.m. Friday, September 3 at Cleveland
All game times are Central Standard Time.
There is also talk that Lovie Smith will take the Bears to Macomb, Ill, the site of the Rams training camp, for a scrimmage before the two sides meet in the preseason opener.
At this point it appears the Bears will report to Bourbonnais on July 22nd with training camp opening on July 23rd.