The Chicago Bears official website reports HC Lovie Smith commented on possible breakout players in 2006. "Airese Currie and Mark Bradley are a couple of players; guys who you know are good football players but just haven't come on the scene yet. Offensively, I would say those two as well as Cedric Benson. We're expecting big things from Cedric this year. Defensively, of course we have high hopes for our rookies, but we haven't actually seen them out there. Beyond the rookies, you need to see a guy like Israel Idonije take another step."
The Chicago Bears official website reports HC Lovie Smith commented on the key starting positions on the team. "Rex Grossman is our starting quarterback. Brian Urlacher is our starting middle linebacker. Mike Brown is our starting safety. But we start every year over and all decisions will be based on performance in general. I love Rex and think that Rex is a heck of a quarterback. He's our starting quarterback. But every starter has to prove himself over again each year. Rex is looking forward to that and Brian Griese is looking forward to competing in training camp, and I'm looking forward to watching it all play out."
The Chicago Bears official website reports HC Lovie Smith commented on RB Cedric Benson's role in the running game opposite starting RB Thomas Jones. "I think that will work itself out. Last year it really wasn't a competition because Cedric missed all of training camp. This year, Cedric has been here throughout (the offseason), the entire time. Everything starts over this year. We really like them both. I think there will be enough carries for three running backs through the course of a tough year."
The Chicago Bears official website reports HC Lovie Smith commented on troubled RB Thomas Jones. "What I can tell you about it is that he has chosen not to participate in the offseason program up to this day. We're disappointed in that. I'm disappointed in that. We would like all of our team members to be here. In terms of how concerned I am about the situation, Thomas has a contract with us, so eventually he'll be here."
From what I can tell... it's looking more and more like Thomas Jones may take a backseat to Cedric Benson, and that's going to happen sooner rather than later.
"90% of the game is half mental" - John Madden