Bear Report's Training Camp Story Tracker

If you want to follow the Chicago Bears during their entire stay on the lovely campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for this season's training camp, then you need to bookmark this page. Here is where you will find links to every story Bear Report produces from start to finish.

Thursday, August 20

Glass Still Half Full for Smith Thus Far
It seems like only yesterday that the Chicago Bears were reporting to training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. After three weeks, the Monsters of the Midway wrapped up their stay in Bourbonnais with an abbreviated afternoon practice. As always, Bear Report was on hand for the proceedings. ... CLICK HERE!

Blitzing Bear Blog
Bear Report's Blitzing Bear Blog always keeps you in the loop each and every day of the week with all the very latest news, notes and quotes with regard to the Monsters of the Midway. Hirings and firings, comings and goings, thoughts and musings – the BBB is the place to be for your Chicago Bears. ... CLICK HERE!

BR Twitter Tweets: Twitter.com/BearReport
If you are looking for all the latest news, notes, and quotes with regard to your Monsters of the Midway, then you need to follow Bear Report on Twitter.com. There is simply no better way to get everything you need to know about the Chicago Bears as fast as a 140-character Twitter tweet can be produced. ... CLICK HERE!


Wednesday, August 19

Training Camp Report: Day 20
After a brutal performance by the offense Tuesday afternoon, Devin Hester and Co. came back strong Wednesday evening. One of the rookies continues to impress most everybody down in Bourbonnais. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: WR Brandon Rideau
Despite the fact that Brandon Rideau has been in the NFL since 2005 and around the Chicago Bears organization since 2006, he is yet to make his first catch. Look for all that to change this year. Here is what Rideau told Bear Report after a morning mini practice Wednesday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!

Gilbert Rookie Diary: 6th Entry
The Chicago Bears prefer to rotate their D-linemen liberally, so it looks like Jarron Gilbert will get a lot of playing time. In another installment of his Rookie Diary, Gilbert writes about the speed of the game in Buffalo, getting ready for his debut at Soldier Field and finding a place to live. ... CLICK HERE!


Tuesday, August 18

Training Camp Report: Day 19
We give out a Stud of the Day and a Dud of the Day following every practice in Bourbonnais. Fans will be ecstatic to hear who got Stud honors Tuesday. As for the Dud, those same fans will not be happy. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: DT Anthony Adams
One of the more underrated Chicago Bears the last few years, Anthony Adams is again in the running to be the starting nose tackle. Always affable both on and off the field, his personality is unique and refreshing. Here is what Adams told Bear Report after practice Tuesday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!

X-and-O Show: Bears vs. Bills
Jeremy Stoltz, our very own Prince of the Playbook, goes to the film room once again and breaks down one offensive snap and one defensive snap for the Chicago Bears from Saturday's 27-20 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium to Dick Jauron and the Buffalo Bills in the exhibition opener. ... CLICK HERE!


Monday, August 17

Training Camp Report: Day 18
Now that the preseason opener is in the rearview mirror, the Midway Monsters have a much better idea what they need to work on the rest of the way. Which of the Windy City QBs was perfect Monday? Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Front-Four Pressure Paramount in 2009
Unless the Chicago Bears start putting much more pressure on the enemy quarterback, Lovie Smith's version of the Cover 2 isn't going to be all it can be. D-ends Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye know they need to be more productive in 2009. Get the Inside Slant from the NFL experts at Scout.com. ... CLICK HERE!


Sunday, August 16

Interactive Chat: CHI vs. BUF Review
While it doesn't really matter that the Chicago Bears dropped their preseason opener to the Bills 27-20 in Buffalo, what does matter is that Jay Cutler was not very sharp and the pass defense struggled mightily just like it did last season. JC joins subscribers for a postgame INTERACTIVE chat. ... CLICK HERE!

What We Learned: Bears vs. Bills
The Chicago Bears have a lot to review after losing the preseason opener 27-20 to the Bills, specifically Jay Cutler struggling to put drives together and the pass defense being shredded by four Buffalo QBs. What did we learn at Ralph Wilson Stadium? Start with these five observations ... CLICK HERE!


Saturday, August 15

Bears Go Down 27-20 in Preseason Opener
The Chicago Bears have one of the most talented passers in the NFL after trading for Jay Cutler, but it's going to take a little time before he gets into a rhythm with a new supporting cast. Cutler was up and down in his Midway Monster debut Saturday, a 27-20 loss at Buffalo in the preseason opener. ... CLICK HERE!

JC's Gameday Blog: Bears vs. Bills
In the first game of the '09 preseason, the Chicago Bears travel to Buffalo to take on former coach Dick Jauron and the Bills. For an insider's take on all the activity inside the Ralph Wilson Stadium press box, be sure to visit JC's Gameday Blog following every quarter for all the news and notes. ... CLICK HERE!

BR Photo Gallery: Bills 27, Bears 20
Two things are apparent after watching the Chicago Bears get beat by the Buffalo Bills in the preseason opener. First, QB Jay Cutler needs some more time. Second, the pass defense is again a concern. Bear Report puts together some of the best photos taken Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. ... CLICK HERE!


Friday, August 14

Behind Enemy Lines: Part I
Our Scout.com experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Tyler Dunne of Buffalo Football Report, go Behind Enemy Lines for a closer look at Saturday's preseason matchup between the Bears and Bills in Buffalo. Let's start off this two-part series with five questions from Tyler to John. ... CLICK HERE!

Behind Enemy Lines: Part II
Our Scout.com experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Tyler Dunne of Buffalo Football Report, go Behind Enemy Lines for a closer look at Saturday's preseason matchup between the Bears and Bills in Buffalo. Let's continue this two-part series with five questions from John to Tyler. ... CLICK HERE!


Thursday, August 13

Training Camp Report: Day 14
With the preseason opener scheduled for Saturday in Buffalo, Thursday's action was little more than a half-speed walkthrough. Instead of a daily practice recap, let's make some general conclusions so far. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: K Robbie Gould
The Chicago Bears have many quesions to answer on both sides of the football, but they are in terrific shape on all phases of special teams. Especially at kicker, where Robbie Gould remains one of the best in the NFL. Here's what Gould told Bear Report after practice Thursday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Wednesday, August 12

Training Camp Report: Day 13
Fans can't get enough of the Wildcat formation, and both Matt Forte and Devin Hester lined up in the QB position Wednesday in Bourbonnais. What gadgets will Ron Turner have up his sleeve for them in '09? Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: CB Woodny Turenne
D.J. Moore, a fourth rounder of the Chicago Bears, was supposed to be making plays in Bourbonnais. But unexpectedly, it's undrafted free agent Woodny Turenne turning heads and threatening to make the final 53. Here's what Turenne told Bear Report after practice Wednesday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Tuesday, August 11

Training Camp Report: Day 12
This is what people in the Windy City want to see in 2009. Ron Turner's offense perfers to throw the ball down the field, and QB Jay Cutler made a lot of big passing plays Tuesday that went for long distance. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: WR Devin Aromashodu
First it was Brandon Rideau stealing headlines in training camp for the Chicago Bears, and now it's Devin Aromashodu. Can these two honestly help what was expected to be a weak receiving corps? Here's what Aromashodu told Bear Report after practice Tuesday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Monday, August 10

Training Camp Report: Day 11
Kevin Payne was supposed to take over as a strong safety full time, but he got a lot of action Monday at free safety with sixth rounder Al Afalava starting at strong. Is Tommie Harris ever going to be himself? Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: S Al Afalava
Sixth-round draft pick Al Afalava was supposed to have a difficult time making the 53-man roster, but now he's getting first-team action at safety. Is he a threat to challenge for playing time come Week 1? Here's what Afalava told Bear Report after practice Monday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!

Olsen Looks Like the Real Deal
If there is any one player that should benefit from the Chicago Bears trading for Jay Cutler, it's Greg Olsen. The former Miami Hurricane looks terrific in training camp and should be in the running for his first Pro Bowl selection. Get the Inside Slant from the NFL experts at Scout.com. ... CLICK HERE!


Saturday, August 8

Cutler and Friends Pack Soldier Field
Saturday was Family Day for the Chicago Bears, as Lovie Smith and Co. took a short break away from training camp in Bourbonais to perform in front of 27,793 fans at Soldier Field. Many of them came to see Jay Cutler, the city's first Pro Bowl passer in a generation and one of the league's elite. ... CLICK HERE!

Gilbert Rookie Diary: 5th Entry
Jarron Gilbert is starting to make some waves with the Chicago Bears, earning first-team reps during training camp at D-tackle. In this installment of his Rookie Diary, Gilbert writes all about Family Day at Soldier Field, playing in hot weather and what he's learned so far from Rod Marinelli. ... CLICK HERE!


Friday, August 7

Training Camp Report: Day 8
The Monsters of the Midway are looking for help at wide receiver, but some of the lesser-known names currently on the roster are doing great. There were also plenty of turnovers Friday because of the rain. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!


Thursday, August 6

Training Camp Report: Day 7
Even though the offense has been getting most of the attention thus far, the defense put its collective foot down Thursday. Two DBs battling for jobs got spectacular INTs in team drills. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: CB Corey Graham
The Chicago Bears have moved Danieal Manning all over the place during his NFL career. They are starting to do the same thing with Corey Graham. Is this helping or hurting their development in the secondary? Here's what Graham told Bear Report after practice Thursday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Wednesday, August 5

Training Camp Report: Day 6
The Midway Monsters have a potential breakout star on offense this year. But on the other side of the ball, one of their most decorated defenders has not made much of an impact just yet. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: LB Lance Briggs
Brian Urlacher is a legend for the Chicago Bears and will be in the Hall of Fame one day, but Lance Briggs is the top linebacker in the Windy City right now. So how does he feel about that? Here's what Briggs told Bear Report after practice Wednesday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Tuesday, August 4

Training Camp Report: Day 5
On the hottest day of training camp, Jay Cutler kept wowing the crowd with his arm but threw two more INTs. Who came up with the picks? Fans should be able to guess based on what they've read thus far. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: OT Lance Louis
The Chicago Bears haven't had very much success selecting offensive linemen in later rounds the last few years, but seventh-round pick Lance Louis has been awfully good so far at left tackle. Here's what Louis told Bear Report after practice Tuesday in an exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Monday, August 3

Training Camp Report: Day 4
Jay Cutler isn't going to look like a Pro Bowl passer every day. Monday was not the strong-armed signal caller's best effort to say the least. But on defense, another Pro Bowler was awfully impressive. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: DT Dusty Dvoracek
After three consecutive years ending up on injured reserve, Dusty Dvoracek decided it's time to make a change. Aside from getting rid of his trademark long locks, is there anything different about him in 2009? Here's what Dvoracek told Bear Report after practice Monday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!

Receivers Anxious to Answer Critics
Not many people out there think the Chicago Bears have enough at receiver, even Green Bay's Donald Driver. If Devin Hester and Co. did not have enough motivation before, all the criticism they're getting is adding fuel to the fire. Get the Inside Slant from the NFL experts at Scout.com. ... CLICK HERE!


Sunday, August 2

Training Camp Report: Day 3
Not many people think Devin Hester truly is a No. 1 option in this league, but the Midway Monsters did their best to disprove that notion Sunday. Also, two familiar names on D were held out of action. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: TE Michael Gaines
Not many teams use their tight ends as much as the Chicago Bears do, which is why the inking of Michael Gaines via free agency made news even though Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark are on the depth chart. Here's what Gaines told Bear Report after practice Sunday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Saturday, August 1

Training Camp Report: Day 2
Since Saturday was one of the very few weekend practices in Bourbonnais with the travel schedule being what it is, a terrific crowd of close to 10,000 people made their way to the campus of ONU. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: LB Pisa Tinoisamoa
With the addition of Pisa Tinoisamoa to play on the strong side, the Chicago Bears now have arguably the best set of 4-3 linebackers in the NFL. How's he adjusting to his new teammates so far? Here's what Tinoisamoa told Bear Report after the mini practice Saturday in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!

Gilbert Rookie Diary: 4th Entry
While he's not sure yet whether or not he's going to eventually be a D-end or a D-tackle for the Chicago Bears, Jarron Gilbert just wants to help the team. In yet another installment of his Rookie Diary, Gilbert writes about how he spends all his time at training camp and his first experience with Bears fans. ... CLICK HERE!


Friday, July 31

Training Camp Report: Day 1
Everyone in the Windy City is expecting big things from Jay Cutler this season, and he looked like the real deal on Day 1 at ONU. On the defensive side of things, two corners came up with INTs. Bear Report had a front-row seat at Chicago Bears training camp and made these observations. ... CLICK HERE!

Camp Chat: QB Caleb Hanie
A lot of NFL experts just figured the Chicago Bears would be in the market for an experienced backup quarterback after getting Jay Cutler. Nevertheless, the decision makers stuck with Caleb Hanie. Here's what Hanie told Bear Report after Friday's training camp practice in this exclusive interview. ... CLICK HERE!


Thursday, July 30

Interactive Chat: Camp Preview
With Jay Cutler now leading the offense and Lance Briggs in his prime on defense, the Chicago Bears look ready for a return to relevancy this year. There are still many issues to discuss with this team, and there is no better time to do so. Join JC for another INTERACTIVE chat on the eve of training camp. ... CLICK HERE!

Smith's Glass Half Full Once Again
Call Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith whatever you want, but never call him a pessimist. With the Monsters of the Midway set to open training camp Friday on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Smith held his press conference Thursday. As expected, he was all smiles. ... CLICK HERE!

Chicago Bears Training Camp Schedule
The Chicago Bears have put together the training camp schedule for 2009. Coming off back-to-back postseason-less campaigns, these Monsters of the Midway have a new attitude and a new Pro Bowl QB in Jay Cutler. Bear Report will be there, giving our unique brand of coverage every day. ... CLICK HERE!


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