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(Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune / June 11, 2013) Related Tribune report 1:52 p.m. CDT, June 27, 2013 The schedule is out for Marc Trestman's first Chicago Bears training camp, which kicks off with a 9 a.m. practice on July 26. For the 12th straight year, the Bears will train at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. They will arrive on July 24. Most of the practice sessions are open to the public. Admission and parking to RC Training Camp are free. Here is the tentative practice schedule, which is subject to change: Day Date Practice Time (CT) Friday July 26 9:00 am practice (NO PADS) Saturday July 27 9:00 am practice (NO PADS) Sunday July 28 9:00 am practice Monday July 29 9:00 am practice Tuesday July 30 OFF DAY Wednesday July 31 9:00 am practice Day Date Practice Time (CT) Thursday August 1 9:00 am practice Friday August 2 9:00 am practice Saturday August 3 6:45 pm practice (Soldier Field) Sunday August 4 OFF DAY Monday August 5 3:15 pm practice Tuesday August 6 9:00 am practice Wednesday August 7 9:00 am practice Thursday August 8 CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC Friday August 9 BEARS at PANTHERS Saturday August 10 OFF DAY Sunday August 11 3:15 pm practice Monday August 12 9:00 am practice Tuesday August 13 9:00 am practice Wednesday August 14 BREAK CAMP / CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

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He interviewed at both USC and Tennessee, two programs rich in running back tradition. He was unable to land either position. Spencer last coached in college back in 2003, when he was the running backs coach at Ohio State. "One of the things that came up through the course of the interviews was recruiting," Spencer said. ``Recruiting was one of my stronger points. I can relate to players. The rules changes havent been that drastic from nine years ago.

It's significant that Cutler and Trestman are in lockstep for the offense to flourish. CBS analyst Rich Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP with the Raiders under Trestman's tutelage, called their relationship "absolutely vital." "I was telling Marc, watching Jay throw the ball, he's got a lot more talent than I ever had," said Gannon, who visited practice Thursday as a guest of Trestman. "So the big thing I'm going to try to encourage him ... (is) to get to know Marc and develop some trust. "That's really important to be able to trust the guy on the other end, that he's got your back and that he can trust you -- in critical situations, you're going to do the right thing. That's going to be really important in terms of how the Bears start the season and how they finish." Gannon said the Bears were going through the same type of up-tempo, high-volume practice the Raiders did when he teamed with Trestman on a team that reached the Super Bowl. "All the good offenses that you're around and the good quarterbacks in the league, they've got that relationship with the play caller," Gannon said.

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Allen was a solid special teams contributor last year, but he'll likely have to show more to make the team this year. Both Allen and Ford showed the ability to return kicks in college. If Ford can equal Allen when it comes to blocking for others and covering kicks, it will come down to contributions within the offense. Outside of a 46-yard touchdown run against the Jaguars last year, Allen has shown little to suggest he can be an every-down running back. He'll need to show some more this year or he could be looking for a new team. Jonathan Scott, T Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Scott is what most teams look for in a third offensive tackle, but he might not make the team. He's a veteran who has played in big games and can play both tackle positions. He has a lot of value to the Bears, but he isn't the most talented player.

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However, with a new coach and offense, the early games against tough teams will not make things easy to stay around .500. Im also not feeling too good about the Bears going north of 8 wins, just because that is the side with the chalk this offseason, and the Bears arent going to be as good as they were a season ago. Week 1 Cincinnati is going to be a hell of a test to open the season for Chicago, and the NFL Odds reflect that. Chicago is a -3 favorite in this game as it stands this summer, with a total of 45. I am leaning towards a couple of NFL picks this offseason on this game, and unfortunately for my Bears, neither of them are favorable towards them. This should be a defensive game however, as both offenses have their issues, and both defenses will likely be some of the best in the NFL. 45 seems like a bit too much for these two teams. With rust on offense for Chicago, and inconsistency and youth on offense for Cincinnati, I see this as a lower scoring game. The Sharp Pick I could see the Bears going 9-7 SU this season, but that would mean they have to at least start the season at 3-4 SU, and then win at least three road games and almost all of their home games after their bye.

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The LVH has released season win totals for each of the NFL franchises and the Bears are being projected to be fighting for a playoff spot in the NFC by oddsmakers. The NFC is loaded with several good teams this year. The NFC North has three of those teams with the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, all of which won double digit games a season ago. It's probably not likely that those three teams will all get to 10 wins again this season and oddsmakers have tabbed the Bears with an over/under of 8.5 wins for the upcoming season. JayCutler threw for better than 3,00 yards last season, totaling 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as well. His INTs have been well documented by the media and have hurt the Bears a little during his time as QB, keeping them from joining the world of the elite teams in the NFL.