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Bernstein: Pace, Nagy Offer Little Substance

The dearth of Bears headlines at least means no bad news.

Dan Bernstein
July 19, 2018 - 1:49 pm

(670 The Score) ​"I think these are rather common and somewhat predictable," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said as he and his handpicked new head coach sat at a table to answer questions at the outset of training camp in Bourbonnais on Thursday.

Pace couldn't have been more correct about the annual gathering of reporters at Olivet Nazarene University, a perfunctory affair that now serves more as a ceremonial marking point than a source of actual news. The fact that Pace was actually referring to the ongoing contract negotiations with rookie linebacker Roquan Smith doesn't mean he didn't also sufficiently describe the larger proceedings.

No Bears players will start on the physically-unable-to-perform list, those working back from injuries last season and offseason surgeries will be ready to go, camp will be physical but not overly so and optimism across the board is running high.

And that's pretty much it. Asked and answered.

At least it's now affable and boring as opposed to dismissive and boring as it was under John Fox, with both Pace and Matt Nagy nice enough to call regular reporters by name and give the appearance of substantive responses even as they strung together the usual banalities.

For those of us too used to Bears news being more bad than good over the last few years, this dearth of headlines can be considered better than the typical alternative.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​