Here's the early version of a story that appeared in Thursday's editions:
The more Bears players learn about Mike Martz's offense the more enthusiastic they seem to be about what it and they can accomplish.
"It spins every day," receiver Devin Hester said when asked if he has gotten his head around the new offensive coordinator's schemes. "There's a pop quiz every day. We go home and study and have a test coming up the next day."
The Bears are going back to school this summer. The Xs and Os they have been digesting appear to be paying off, as the offense appeared much more polished during Wednesday's organized team activity that it had during a veteran minicamp held in mid-May, although it remains very much a work in progress.
The Bears have another week of organized team activities before coaches and players take time off before reporting to training cap in Bourbonnais on July 29.
"He has got 50 to about 100 different formations and you can run five or six plays out of each formation," Hester said. "It's a lot of plays."
Earlier Wednesday, quarterback Jay Cutler continued to rave about his receivers during an interview on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" on WMVP (AM-1000). It has been a common theme since Cutler arrived before last season. This time, the quarterback said the team wasn't in need of a veteran such as Terrell Owens.
"[Devin Aromashodu] is having another great camp," Cutler said during the interview. "Juaquin [Iglesias] has definitely stepped up his game from last year. He's shown some great improvement. We've got four or five guys that are really battling it out and doing well in this system."
One receiver who has received much attention is Rashied Davis, who shined during Wednesday's workout, catching two touchdown passes during drills. He would've had three if he hadn't juggled a ball in the back of the end zone.
Davis has primarily been a backup and special teams player during his six-year career.
"I don't know," Davis said when asked how much of Martz's offense the team has learned thus far. "I'm not in that man's head. You have to ask Mr. Martz. I don't know how many plays there are. We have a lot. I don't know if that's half of the playbook or what."
In other news, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told senior writer Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com that he won't pursue free-agent safety O.J. Atogwe.
"He's a good football player," Angelo said during his bi-monthly interview on the team's website. "We've evaluated him and we like him. But at this point, we're set. We drafted Major Wright and traded for Chris Harris. We also have Danieal Manning, Craig Steltz and Josh Bullocks, all of whom have started in this league. We have five pretty good safeties, four of whom have a goodly amount of experience within our scheme. We feel good about that position."