Heading to Bourbonnais for training camp? Here are three things to watch for during coach John Fox’s second camp in charge.
Last year, the music at practice was a new addition. This year, a couple of coaches will be overheard at Olivet Nazarene University.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is more vocal (at least on the practice field) than predecessor Adam Gase. It was the most noticeable difference during the open practices of Fox’s offseason program.
‘‘He’s not quiet at all, and that’s a good thing,’’ running back Jeremy Langford said.
‘‘He’s got a bit of swagger,’’ guard Kyle Long said. ‘‘It emanates through the building, and there’s a trickle-down effect there.’’
The same is true for receivers coach Curtis Johnson, who replaced Mike Groh.
All of it culminated in some banter between offensive and defensive coaches during minicamp, which Fox was asked about.
‘‘This game’s a lot of hard work, and you like to do it enthusiastically,’’ Fox said, smirking. ‘‘A lot of times your players are a mirror of their coach, so it keeps it competitive, interesting, fun.’’
Say hello to receiver Kevin White. The talent that made him seventh overall pick in 2015 will be on full display.
White isn’t only healthy after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin, but he’s confident again. He has overcome every mental and physical hurdle he has faced thus far.
Next up? Hitting. The first full-pad practice is Saturday.
There are only 10 open practices in Bourbonnais this year because the Bears are practicing with the Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, during the second week of the preseason.
The Bears had 12 open practices in Bourbonnais last year and 13 each in the two years under Marc Trestman.