The Monsters of the Midway can apparently leave their sunglasses, tanning lotion and lounge chairs at home this weekend – "Club Lovie" has made some changes.
The Bears will be at Halas Hall for a three-day minicamp Friday through Sunday, the first mandatory workouts of the offseason for veterans, and coach Lovie Smith has altered his notoriously light schedule of events to some degree. Typically, minicamp has been three days of routine practices, each about two hours and open to the media, although the public is not invited to attend like it is during training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. For the most part, the actual work on the field throughout these three days in Lake Forest is a carbon copy of what transpires in a run-of-the-mill training camp practice in Bourbonnais.
While training camp does have some two-a-days mixed in here and there, morning workouts are shorter in length, heavily focused on special teams and oftentimes occur with bigger-name veterans like Brian Urlacher nowhere in sight – nothing more than walk-throughs, essentially.
However, for the first time during Smith's regime, minicamp will feature two-a-days Friday and Saturday, with a pair of two-hour sessions currently on the docket: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. There will be only one practice Sunday, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
BearReport.com contacted the club's media relations department with hopes of obtaining a more thorough description of what each practice will look like this weekend. While team representative Mike Corbo didn't offer up any details of significance, saying he doesn't usually receive the itinerary until a day or so before these practices actually occur, he did say that each of the five sessions is scheduled to be a full workout and there would be no walk-throughs. Stars like Urlacher are required to be there from start to finish.
It will also be quite interesting to see if oft-injured players like Tommie Harris get more reps in practice than they have in the past, as Smith has chosen extra rest over extra work more often that not in recent years in an effort to keep them fresh on game day – the results have been mixed at best.
Smith said his goal for the three-day rookie minicamp earlier this month was to get the first-year pros up to speed so they know what they need to know and don't slow the veterans down once the full-squad minicamp gets underway, which is clearer now since it appears the Midway Monsters are trying to get more accomplished this weekend than they have in the past.
As usual, BearReport.com will be on hand for the proceedings providing the kind of wall-to-wall coverage that Bears fans simply can't find anywhere else, so be sure to make us a daily destination all weekend long.
Agree? Disagree? Let your voice be heard on our message board RIGHT HERE.
John Crist is the Publisher of BearReport.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
Much More Work at Veteran Minicamp
Bear Report Top Stories
Bears hire Zach Azzanni as WR coachThe Chicago Bears have hired Zach Azzanni, formerly with the Tennessee Volunteers, as the team's new wide receivers coach.
Bear ReportYesterday at 4:23 PM
Bears Scouting Report: S Malik HookerA detailed scouting report on Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, whom many consider the top athlete in this year's draft class, which makes him a contender for the Chicago Bears with…
Bear ReportYesterday at 12:24 PM
Bears add three to coaching staffThe Chicago Bears have announced the addition of three new coaches to the team's coaching staff.
Bear ReportYesterday at 11:45 AM
Combine Research: Guards (Part 2)What top prospect was a 210-pounder in high school? Who weighed about 400 in college? Who are some small-school gems? Those answers and more as we get to know the top guards.
Packer ReportTuesday at 8:39 PM
Combine Research: Guards (Part 1)Who dreamed of being an NHL goalie? Who was born in London and chased his dream in the United States? Who didn't think he'd even play in 2016? Those answers and more as we get to…
Packer ReportTuesday at 8:23 PM