Bennett always open, for passes and conversation

Kromer has to have smooth operation

Aaron Kromer

Any Cutler-led offense needs both. “I expect the ball every single play so if I come back I’ll tell them I’m open,” Bennett kidded. “I know Jay pretty well. I talk to him every single play, completion, incompletion. Communication is the biggest thing.” When it comes to communicating, Bennett arrives with Pro Bowl-caliber skills. Whether the Bears locker room appreciates Bennett’s flair as much as the press room remains something coach Marc Trestman must monitor. When Bennett says he’s always open, he doesn’t just mean on third down. With the Cowboys, Bennett starred in a YouTube video praising Cap’N Crunch. With the Giants, he compared himself to Gandhi and Kim Kardashian. He likes to paint and has written a children’s book.

Martellus Bennett

Based on the ground Long has to cover, it could be a while before a depth chart looks official. “I don’t want to push the process,” Kromer said. “We have to make sure (we have) the right five guys and in the right five positions. That is a lot of pieces to get into an intricate situation.” Slauson is new to Kromer and the organization but he played under Bill Callahan with the Jets and Kromer holds Callahan in high esteem. They worked together, along with Trestman, on the Raiders staff previously. It was Kromer’s introduction to the NFL. “Bill taught me offensive line coaching so it was a smooth transition for Matt coming from the Jets and working with Callahan because the techniques and our language are similar,” Kromer said. “He brings toughness to any group.

Bears Training Camp: Mark Trestman Era Kicks Into Gear For Chicago

Now, it’s time to see how all the moves play out. The Marc Trestman era kicks into a higher gear with the start of training camp this week and the Bears looking for more after missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. A second straight collapse cost former coach Lovie Smith his job. Now, the Bears are turning to Trestman, hoping he can connect with quarterback Jay Cutler and spark a stagnant offense. The offensive line has a new look after getting a makeover, and there’s at least one big change on defense even if the system essentially remains the same no more No. 54. Brian Urlacher, the longtime heart and soul of the team, is gone after his contract expired and the team was unable to reach a new deal with him.

Bears rookie lineman Kyle Long in catch-up mode

Its going to play itself out. Well just continue to do that throughout camp. Long might have one advantage, though. Hes familiar with the scheme Trestman and offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer are installing up front. The cool thing about this offense is there are a lot of zone-read principles, Long said. The zone-read offense is something that we did at Oregon. Overall, it was good just to be on hand for meetings and practices again. During the offseason, Long had to listen in on meetings with Kromer over Skype.

Whether it’s love of dinosaurs or versatility at tight end, Bennett bringing plenty to Bears

That may sound crazy, but I do. And, you know, I go by Martysaurus Rex. You can add Saurus Rex to your name, too. Whats your name? And when he was asked about his new contract, Bennett started off saying it wasnt about the money just like most players. But then, he mentioned how he likes having nice clothes, nice cars and a nice house before steering toward his own legacy away from the field. I want to have my kids I dont have any yet, thank God. The wifes probably happy about that … that I dont have any yet, but really its just about building a legacy, not just being a football player, but being a good person, he said. He added that getting paid gives you a couple avenues to make an impact and finished by saying, Its like the Spiderman quote, To whom much is given, much is expected. When someone pointed out thats a reference to a Bible quote, Bennett responded, Jesus said it.


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