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Matt Eberflus had a very direct message to the players for their one month break


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Vince Carbonneau
June 17, 2022  (2:12 PM)
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Yesterday was the end of the last part of OTAs for the Chicago Bears. This also means that the players will have around a full month of "vacation" before the start of training camp. However, this won't be a true vacation. At least, it should not be. The bears' head coach was very clear that the importance of staying in shape during this break is crucial.

«Get your track shoes ready,» Eberflus repeated Thursday as the minicamp wrapped up at Halas Hall.

«Training camp's not to get in shape,» Eberflus told his players. «You should already be in shape (when you arrive).»

«We will be blowing and going from Day 1,» he added. «That was my main message.»

The effort by players in training camp will all be graded. And reviewed. And reemphasized. The need to become an effort-based football team will continue to be hammered home.
«When we look at the tape, we don't walk by mistakes,» Eberflus said. «We look at it and say, ‘OK, that's not the right effort we're talking about.' Or, ‘That is the right effort we're talking about. Man, that is the standard!'

«That (creates) a mindful eye for the coaches. The coaches have to pay attention to that. I am the ultimate guy who has got to pay attention to that. But for the coordinators and the position coaches, we're going to start a certain way and we're going to finish a certain way. And that's all standardized.»

I can't wait for the training camp to start!
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