Waves of sports cars, SUVs and maybe even a conversion van will roll into Bourbonnais on July 29 as the Bears report for coach John Fox's first training camp.
Optimism overflowed the last time the Bears convened at Olivet Nazarene University. Many believed if the team could patch enough defensive holes to complement Marc Trestman's high-octane offense, Chicago would have a contender.
That theory went down in flames, of course. A dysfunctional 5-11 campaign prompted ownership to gut the team. Out went general manager Phil Emery and Trestman. In came GM Ryan Pace and Fox.
In some ways, the Bears are back to square one. Their defense will feature a 3-4 base front for the...