Bears News: John Fox To Address His Players For The First Time

The John Fox era of Chicago Bears football is ready to begin in earnest, as the new Bears head coach is set to make his first address to his new players (as a whole) in the Windy City.

Here's Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune with the Monday morning report:

The new-look Chicago Bears gathered formally for the first time Monday morning at 8 a.m. to start the club’s nine-week voluntary offseason program. Coach John Fox is scheduled to address his team for the first time at 10 a.m., and coaches finally can collaborate with players in a classroom setting to install their schemes.

Monday marks the start of the program’s Phase 1, a two-week period during which activities are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation. The use of footballs is prohibited, with one exception — quarterbacks can elect to throw to receivers, provided they aren’t covered by another player.

One of the first things Fox is likely to talk about is the change in philosophy that his coaching staff will implement when it comes to the Bears' offseason conditioning program.

“I’d say that we had a lot of soft-tissue injuries last year as a football team,” Fox said by at the NFL owners' meetings last month. “We kind of changed philosophically and the look of our weight room. You’ll see that we’re going to do things a lot different from our offseason conditioning, the approach, to the load, how we handle that.”

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