When talking to the press, Lovie Smith said that he expects the Bears to score more points and that he wants to bring back the "Monsters of the Midway" brand of football. To bring back the "Monsters of the Midway", the Rush Men need to be dominant.
For the second consecutive year, the Bears made the biggest splash in the offseason. Last year, everyone in Chicago celebrated Jay Cutler Day and the Bears were anointed as Super Bowl favorites. This offseason, the Bears signed Julius Peppers to some serious coin with the hopes that he'll strengthen the defensive line and bring a much needed pass rush to the mix. The Bears haven't been able to consistently rush the quarterback since the Super Bowl year... that's why Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye are now former Bears.
Tommie Harris has been given a clean bill of health and Lovie Smith expects Harris to participate in all training camp activities. If Harris can stay healthy and mentally-prepared for the long haul, the Harris-Peppers combination makes them the most formidable defensive line duo in the NFL.
The most intriguing story of training camp is the position battle between Israel Idonije and Mark Anderson. Izzy has been solidly consistent on special teams and was the most effective defensive lineman last season. He seems to be in amazing shape and is ready for the competition. Anderson has pass rush ability but doesn't play the run as effectively.
Rod Marinelli's Rush Men need consistently rush the quarterback for the entire defense to have a chance in getting more interceptions, deflections and defensive touchdowns.