BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--Talk about football weather.
It's been alternating between drizzle and light rain this afternoon with a little bit of wind. Welcome to August.
The Bears will put on pads this evening for the first time, and it should be a good practice to watch. If you're planning on attending, you better show up early. There are only so many seats in the stadium and the rest are left to jockey for position around the outside of the track. Danieal Manning is expected to be in action so he'll get his first time at free safety this year. Josh Beekman started with the first team on Friday and our guess--just a guess--is that Frank Omiyale may see time with the ones at left guard this evening. Stay tuned.
*** Over at the National Football Post, Matt Bowen takes a look at tight end Greg Olsen and one way the Bears can deploy him more this season.
"When the Bears align Olson as a wide receiver, a safety will be put over him -- usually in off-coverage -- on Olson's outside shoulder, as his help will be toward the middle of the field. What this does for the Bears is allow Olson to run a multiple of inside breaking routes and use his big body to shield the defender from the football. We saw some of this last season in offensive coordinator Ron Turner's weekly game plans, but with Cutler now at quarterback, the ball will come out faster and it will be on target. Expect Olson to be Cutler's No.1 option in 2009."
*** Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a sprained MCL in practice this morning. No word how serious is is right now. Maybe the Bears can use an open roster spot to sign Brett Favre as a backup before the Vikings re-enter the picture for him. OK. We were just kidding.
*** The Bears have a guest with an awful lot of NFL knowledge with them. Former head coach and offensive line guru Jim Hanifan is at camp. He's worked with some of the premier left tackles in the history of the game--Dan Dierdorf, Joe Jacoby and Orlando Pace. Hanifan and Lovie Smith were on the same staff in St. Louis when Smith left to become coach of the Bears. That 2003 season was the final year Hanifan spent in the league. Hanifan and pro personnel director Bobby DePaul were both coaches in Washington in 1991 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.