Postcard from camp: Bears
At Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., always a pleasant stop on the camp trip. The Bears have a press room set up in the middle of campus. Practice is on the ONU football fields, and food at the main campus dining hall, all within a short walk. Wish more teams realized the value -- for fans and camaraderie of the team -- of going away to a campus setting for training camp.
I don't recall a starter playing into the fourth quarter in the first preseason game, but offensive coordinator Mike Tice left Webb in until then -- and said Webb just has to play better. He might not be capable, and Tice could be forced to go with 2008 first-round pick Chris Williams sooner than later.
The bad: Dried out, leathery roasted chicken breast. The good: A fruit salad (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe) a Tahitian resort would be proud to serve. Moral of the story: When the fruit looks that good and the breast that sketchy, skip the entrée; double up on the fruit. Grade: B-minus.
Tough short week after the opener, with a Week 2 Thursday-nighter at Green Bay. And a tough road to finish: at Minnesota, Green Bay, at Arizona, at Detroit, which negates much of the potential late-season edge of playing at Soldier Field in the weather. But if the Bears are as good they appear, roadies at Arizona and Minnesota late shouldn't be a disadvantage.