The Bears are back at Halas Hall for the start of their offseason program. Working in a new environment at Halas Hall, players’ facilities have been expanded and remodeled to include new locker rooms, weight rooms and other “state of the art” features.
The offseason will include three rounds of OTAs (organized team activities) where meetings, practices and other events will take place. The Bears OTAs are scheduled for late May and June. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement controls much of what goes on–limits the time and restricts the type of programs. The Bears OTAs end in the middle of June and then training camp begins in late July.
In the next month, the Bears full season schedule will be released, the Brian Piccolo Award recipients will be announced, the NFL draft will take place, and the OTAs will be in full swing.
Almost all of the Bears starters are set to return, but the team will be looking to add additional critical pieces of the football puzzle in this years draft. The Bears will need an outstanding kicker; they need to add depth to certain positions; and they need to make sure they have the right people filling in the spots lost to free-agent losses. The Bears have gone from the haunted to the hounded according to the football press. But as head coach Matt Nagy knows well, the proof is on the field.
Another change that is perhaps overlooked by many is the adjustment the defense will make after the loss of Coach Vic Fangio and the establishment of Chuck Pagano’s system.