The sunny weather was perfect for football Tuesday afternoon at Halas Hall but the windy conditions didn't help out the passing game. More than a few passes sailed out of the reach of receivers.
It's impossible to evaluate line play when players are not in pads, so making a judgment on the running game is a fruitless effort.
But they were back wearing helmets at Halas Hall and a return to action is always a good thing. Here are some observations and notes:
*** Lovie Smith, who we know is going to call the plays on defense, announced he'll also remain in the role he began midway through last season as the coach of the nickel back. That means more 1-on-1 instruction for Danieal Manning. That could be a good thing as Manning made strides in the role in the second half of last season. It's become pretty apparent that is where he will remain.
*** New defensive line coach Rod Marinelli was as advertised when it came to running drills. Granted, the players were not in pads, but he had them on the move. Asked if he was the savior of the line, he repled, ``I'm a football coach who likes coaching football.''
*** Free-agent pickup Frank Omiyale worked with the second team at left guard. If the goal was to get bigger in the interior of the line, he'll be a step in that direction. Of course, with John St. Clair departed Omiyale could wind up back at right tackle.
""I feel comfortable at tackle, but I was at guard today and it felt pretty decent,'' Omiyale said. "I'm just trying to get comfortable where I'm at right now and everything else will just come along."
*** The weather isn't expected to be quite as nice Wednesday and the action could move indoors. Smith reported afterward that there were no injuries.