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Five questions as Bears report to camp

As Chicago Bears players and staff begin their migration to Bourbonnais for Thursday’s first official training camp practice, the organization is at a crossroads following a disastrous 3-13 campaign in 2016. Whether they can improve or turn things around is part of an overarching series of questions as the football season begins.

Here are five things to think about while the countdown to the regular season opener (September 10) continues:

1. Is this the last year for head coach John Fox and his staff?  Fox is in the midst of his worst stretch as a veteran NFL coach. His two-year Bears record of 9-23 compares poorly to previous stops in Carolina and Denver. Worse yet was last year’s club that went winless on the road and struggled at home. Granted, the roster purge (only 9 players remain from the team Fox inherited) and injuries have contributed to the backslide, but Bears fans are looking for improvement and a clear direction in 2017. Not only is Fox coaching for his NFL career, but a slew of assistants departed after last year’s debacle and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio, a respected presence, enters the final year of his contract. Chicago blocked the 49′ers from interviewing Fangio and possibly bringing him back to his former club. How Fox handles the QB position and development of young players will be key to his future. READ MORE

Bears set training camp dates

Fans hoping to get a glimpse of the 2017 Chicago Bears should mark their calendars now as the club hits the practice field at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais in late July.

The team announced its training camp schedule with most practices beginning late morning and lasting until early afternoon. In a twist this year, the Bears are requiring fans to register online for free tickets that will be scanned at the camp’s entrance. Interest and attendance has lagged the last few seasons as the team has struggled on the field. READ MORE

Bears add veteran Cruz to WR mix

Victor Cruz
Seeking to bolster an unproven wide receiver group, the Chicago Bears signed former NY Giants WR Victor Cruz  to a one-year deal.

Cruz joins holdovers Kevin White and Cameron Meredith as well as free agent additions Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright in a group that is short on both experience and production. Though injury plagued in recent seasons, Cruz gives the Bears a proven veteran who will, if nothing else, be another complimentary piece in the Bears reshaped offense. He also helps offset the loss of Alshon Jeffery in free agency to Philadelphia. READ MORE