Bears Mini Camp Takes on Sense of Urgency

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    The pace of the Bears first veteran mini-camp took on a faster beat Friday at Halas Hall. 

    "There is a sense of urgency, we (Bears) want to improve,' Lovie Smith acknowledged in Lake Forest.

    Watch: Julius Peppers at Mini Camp

    [CHI] Watch: Julius Peppers at Mini Camp
    Lovie Smith says Peppers has blended right in with his new team and hasn't seen any of the criticism that followed the defensive end from Charlotte to Chicago. (Published Friday, May 21, 2010)

    The pace of the offense must pick up so the Bears can improve on a measly 20 points per game average.

    Jay Cutler directed an offense that was eager to put the playbook to the turf and try it out. 

    "As a whole I think it was better than expected, guys lined up in the right spots.  But guys are still thinking a lot.  Thinking about the play, thinking about the protection, what the splits are, nothing's coming quickly to anybody," he said.

    Though Cutler admits the more they get used to it and be able to work it out in mini camps, OTA's and training camp, the easier it will come naturally.

    "Anytime you get a new system its complicated.  We are more words than numbers.  It's a west coast to this system.  It's just a different system, its not complicated," said Cutler

    Cutler wants to digest as much of the playbook as he can before having a more indepth conversation with Mike Martz protege Kurt Warner who he has exchanged text messages with. 

    "Everything everyone's said about the system who has been in it loves it and I can see why.  It's very quarterback friendly."

    While the offense is relying on Mike Martz, the defense is relying on Julius Peppers to bring new life to the pass rush. 

    "We're excited we think we have a good solid team, looking forward to surprising some people," Peppers huffed after his first workout. 

    Lovie Smith says Peppers has blended right in with his new team and hasn't seen any of the criticism that followed the defensive end from Charlotte to Chicago.

    "We've been more thrilled with everything he's done.  Perception and reality can be two different things.  I see a hard worker who's moved into a leadership role real quick," he said, adding "there are some guys who you pay a lot of money for a reason and he's earning every dime."

    The Bears continue with workouts throughout the weekend.

    NOTES:  TE Brandon Manumaleuna did not work out after undergoing knee surgery.  Center Olin Kreutz is also sidelined since undergoing the knife.  DT Marcus Harrison is overcoming an illness and is questionable for the weekend mini camp.  Tommie Harris and Pisa Tinaoisamoa will be limited to one workout a day.