Bears Fresh Faces Bring High Hopes

Bourbonnais, IL. - The countdown to training camp ended Friday for the Bears. They kicked things off with their first practice. Scott Leber reports live from Bourbonnais, IL. The Bears have made the playoffs only once in the last seven seasons. The last two years they missed out on the final week of the regular season. That's what motivates these guys. That's why we see so many new faces on defense. Three new safeties and five new defensive linemen led by Jared Allen.

"Our goal is to smash the run this year, and get after the quarterback when we have that opportunity and create turnovers," Jared Allen, Bears defensive end.

Another new face on defense, is cornerback Kyle Fuller the Bears top draft pick. He was clearly the star of this first practice. He had two picks.

"Coach has been harping about coming out and getting takeways. So definitely a good start. I've still got a lot of work to do," says Kyle Fuller, rookie cornerback.

Does a day like this give you an added jolt of confidence?
"Yeah you always can take that, but at the same time you've got to make sure you continue to work and get better. You can never get complacent," says Fuller.

If this new-look defense can just become an average unit the Bears could see postseason action, because the offense is loaded. It's that offense that has fans drinking the Bears Kool-Aid this year.

"Being out in the city, and being around people you can tell how excited they are, and how ready they are for this season. We can't let that seep into our mindset. We haven't done anything yet," says Jay Cutler, Bears quarterback.

Marc Trestman says on paper this is a more talented team than last year. We'll see if that's good enough to make the playoffs in the tough NFC.

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