The Bears had their final night practice and it was a light workout in shells and shorts as they put in the gameplan for the trip to Seattle. A few nuggets:
*** The Bears mean business when they're talking about playing the starters more in the preseason, at least the ones on offense.
"Last week you know we played quite a bit,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "We plan on playing our starters at least a half, possibly into the third quarter this week."
If they go off the plan from last week against Kansas City, you can expect Kyle Orton to replace Rex Grossman at some point in the second quarter. But nothing is official. Stay tuned.
*** Smith has made it clear in the past he'd prefer to stay at Halas Hall in Lake Forest for the entire summer in preparing for the season. He's a routine guy and likes the routine of being around the facility. He alluded to that in answering a question tonight about the benefit of going away for training camp.
"I don't think training camp, going away, is as important s it used to be when you were away for most of the offseason," he said. "We've been together for the most part since we started offseason work in April. But it is still god to get away from everything and not have any distractions and that is definitely the case down here."
Obviously, the decision on training camp is above the coach. The Bears have already signed up to be here at Olivet Nazarene University next summer.
*** Just like the Bears have been unable to select a starting quarterback, they also have not been able to choose starting wide receivers just yet. They've rotated as many as six different guys in with the ones and Devin Hester and Rashied Davis are listed as co-starters at one spot with Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd being co-starters at the other spot.
"We have several guys that we go to," Grossman said when asked if they have a No. 1. "It just depends on the pattern. I think that might work itself. We'll see. In this offense, we have several different routes and some guys do things better than others. We'll call their number when that play's called."
*** Once again, the club donated 23 bicycles used by coaches and staff during camp and 23 new helmets to area youth following practice. Guess the coaches will have to hoof it around campus Thursday morning.