Bears' Fiammetta playing catch-up

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  1. short faced bear

    short faced bear Assistant Head Coach DBS Writer

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    New fullback learning offense on the fly

    By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter

    7:38 p.m. CDT, July 28, 2013

    BOURBONNAIS — The Bears were poised to go without a true fullback after they released Evan Rodriguez in June following his DUI arrest, but then they added Tony Fiammetta.

    Now, the newcomer is trying to catch up to his teammates learning the new offense. But Fiammetta is working with the first team in two-back sets. He has experience, having played in 34 games with 17 starts over his four-year career, and coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer have been in similar systems that employ a true fullback.

    But it's too early to make roster judgments. Fiammetta will be competing with tight ends, who will also be competing with wide receivers for positions on the 53-man roster. It's all interconnected and the most productive and versatile will win out.

    Tight ends Fendi Onobun, Steve Maneri and Kyle Adams are all seeing time with the first unit as well.

    "I am a little behind the 8-ball getting here late," said Fiammetta, a fourth-round pick of the Panthers in 2009 from Syracuse. "I can't talk about the what-ifs. I am just trying to learn every day."

    Fiammetta, 26, worked out for the Giants in the offseason and was training with the hope an opportunity would come his way. He said it came down to having faith in himself and that a chance would come along. Right now, he has to master the terminology. The rest should fall in place because running plays are largely similar from scheme to scheme.

    Going deep: Alshon Jeffery made an outstretched grab for the biggest cheers in Sunday morning's practice when he caught a bomb from Jay Cutler off a play-fake. Jeffery has been impressive as he seeks to assert himself following a rookie season in which he played in only 10 games.

    "He had a good start, all our guys are doing a good job catching the football," Trestman said. "We've got some strong-handed guys that have shown the ability to run all the different routes we've given them.

    "He's a quiet guy, he's a very smart young man, very high football intelligence, a guy who learns very quickly and he's got good sponsorship with Brandon (Marshall) and some of the other guys around him, so it's been three very good days for him. We just hope he continues to progress and stays consistent in his effort and his productivity."

    Rooting interest: Former Bears quarterback Steve Walsh is helping out a bit in camp and trying to pick up things along the way as he is the head coach at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was recruited to play college ball at Miami by Trestman in 1984 after his high school coach at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., reached out to the Hurricanes assistant. Walsh and Trestman have remained longtime friends.

    "This is a complex offense," said Walsh, who helped the Bears to a playoff victory over the Vikings in 1995. "It's fun, and when they get the concepts, where to go with the ball, it's going to be very good."

    Walsh is moving around to different meetings and has sat in on special teams and defensive sessions.

    "As a high school coach you have to do so much," he said. "It's just a great opportunity to learn from these guys and pick up little coaching points."

    Extra points: Backup nickel cornerback Isaiah Frey came away with an interception when he plucked the ball out of a crowd of players. … Safety Craig Steltz had a strip and recovery. … Eben Britton spent some time at right tackle and James Brown, while sharing time with the starters at right guard, is also playing left guard with the twos. … Defensive end Aston Whiteside had some slippery moves in one-on-one pass-rushing drills. … Earl Bennett caught some punts. … The Bears have recouped the $285,000 signing bonus paid to retired defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis. … New defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson received a $715,000 salary for this season, the veteran minimum and the same as what Ellis was to receive.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0729-bears-bits-20130729,0,7532009.story
  2. Mr. Deliverance

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    They should not have released E-Rod so early in his career...smh.

    Worst personnel move so far by Trestman.
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    E Rod was a waste and i'm not sorry to see him go.

    It sounds like Fendi Onobun is going to take his place on the roster, and it sounds like he's making some noise in camp.
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    Fendi needs to learn how to block at TE before I ever consider having a guy that tall leading out of my backfield. Fiammetta has always had the athletic talent and FB is a position that is notoriously full of late-bloomers (for obvious reasons) , so there's hope for him.
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    short faced bear Assistant Head Coach DBS Writer

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    Unless Kyle Adams magically improves I'd rather keep some semblance of an actual FB.

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