LAKE FOREST, Ill. —
“We have a really close group and a really close locker room,” Pace said. “I think they enjoy being together. I think they enjoy the competition. And there are tweaks too. With Sean Desai as the defensive coordinator, I think it’s important for us to all be together and continue to grow as a team, especially with our new additions.”
The Bears were among a large number of teams that released a statement through the NFLPA that stated their objection to any voluntary in-person offseason workouts.
“COVID-19 remains a risk both to our team, our family members and to our fellow NFL players,” the Bears’ statement read. “We also saw the health and safety benefits of a fully virtual offseason, as injuries across the NFL were down last year. Players remain unclear about the protocols and protections, and rules remain inconsistent despite the last minute communication by the NFL. It is for these reasons that the majority of our locker room are choosing to exercise our right and not participate in in-person voluntary workouts in order to stay as safe as possible.”