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Trestman and the Opportunity of Monday Night

| November 1st, 2013

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We don’t want to overstate the importance of Monday night’s game at Lambeau for Bears head coach Marc Trestman but sometimes we can’t help it. Packers games always feel a bit bigger than others and primetime games are the ones national media members use to deliver their misguided opinions. (Hey, maybe they are a good offense but they weren’t good when I saw them so they’re not good!”) Like it or not, the Bears will dominate the conversation across the sports world Tuesday morning.

Is it a pivotal game for Trestman? It can be. If the Bears deliver an intense, noteworthy performance (especially on defense) all the credit will go to Trestman as his captains have been sidelined with injury. If Josh McCown leads the offense up and down the field against Green Bay, all the credit will go to Trestman for whispering to yet another mediocre quarterback. Nothing is expected from the Bears. Everything they produce will be credited to the new head coach.

That is what comes from being the offensive “savior” in a city starved for offense. Trestman is being given some old-fashioned leeway. A grace period. But a few seasons of defensive futility and Trestman won’t be the savior. He’ll be Lovie Smith, a one-sided head coach. But those conversations are a long way down the road for a head coach who has transformed one of the worst offenses in football into a top ten unit in both yards and points per game.

And Trestman has handled himself well in these days leading up to the Bears return to action.

SAFETY IN BLUNDERS

The regression of Chris Conte and Major Wright has been the most surprising development on the defensive side of the ball in 2013. From Michael C. Wright of ESPN:

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman isn’t ready to jerk struggling safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright from the starting lineup, and made it clear Monday he hasn’t even considered such a move.

The duo entered the season with lofty expectations after a 2012 campaign in which they helped the Bears rank No. 2 in opponent passer rating (71.3), and a 69.8 rating in the 15 games they started together. Wright and Conte haven’t achieved similar success through the first seven games of 2013, but several circumstances induced by injuries (such as the front four’s lack of a consistent pass rush and the team’s inability to stop the run) have contributed.

Asked if Conte and Wright have been letting down the team, Trestman said: “I don’t think that is the case. I think that our performance in all places isn’t where we need it to be,” before adding he hasn’t “considered anything like (making a change in the starting lineup at safety).”

This is not the week to take Conte and Wright out of the starting lineup. Who are you going to replace them with? But if their play continues to decline over the next few weeks, Trestman will be forced to assert his influence on the defensive side of the ball and send SOMEONE to the gameday inactive list as a message that “awful won’t be tolerated”.

Trestman is being pragmatic, not emotional. He is being patient, not impulsive. And that approach leads directly into…

A WEAK OFF?

Here’s a tidbit from an interesting column by Moon Mullin:

Marc Trestman lives a professional life replete with gambles: fourth downs, challenge flags, end-arounds and other play calls, personnel decisions. One that he made during the Bears’ off week, however, had nothing to do with what was happening on the field, and at the same time had everything to do with on-field realities.

Departing from common practice during off weeks, Trestman did not avail his team of “free” practice days and have the Bears spend at least a day practicing only their own schemes, with no direct look toward an upcoming opponent. Teams always self-scout and off weeks typically are brief respites to work on fundamentals, techniques and the basics.

“It really comes down to fundamentals and techniques and an improvement in that area,” Trestman said after last Sunday’s defensive debacle in Washington. “Not an improvement in scheme, not an improvement of structure, just being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing with the fundamentals that we’ve been taught.”

Yet in spite of, or perhaps because of, losing three of their last four games, Trestman and his staff opted instead to give players the entire week away from football. This despite coaches universally stressing that the focus going forward would be re-doubling work on those fundamentals and techniques.

Moon is old school and the old school believes in the symbolic gestures of coaches. “Get in here to work because you need the work!” But players don’t respond to that anymore. The Bears needed to get healthy. They did not need their coach acting like he’d pushed the panic button on a 4-3 campaign.

I titled this post Trestman and the Opportunity of Monday Night and I did that for a reason. What if the Bears win Monday night at Lambeau? What if Bears fans throughout Chicagoland and the country find themselves looking around puzzled as the clock rolls toward midnight, thinking wildly to themselves…

How did we beat the Packers with Josh MCown?

How did we beat the Packers with this banged-up defense?

I think you know what that answer will be.

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  • gpldan

    How did we beat the Packers with Josh MCown?
    How did we beat the Packers with this banged-up defense?

    I think you know what that answer will be.

    Hookers and blow?
    Prayer?
    Cocaine mixed with Vitamin B12 then injected into the heart?
    Secretly replacing the players with the Kansas City Chiefs?
    Tebow?

    • bearsfantillend

      pop rocks and coca cola!!!

  • Waffle

    Bears need 0 turnovers on offense, a huge game from Forte, McCown getting the ball into our beasts quickly and a Devin Hester return.
    Defense has to hold a couple of long GB drives to long field goals and maybe a key turnover.
    No big play missed tackles on post or crossing route resulting in freak 80yd Nelson TD.

    • gpldan

      People walk by my office and see me laughing. They wonder what is so funny. I cannot say “Waffle’s Avatar”.

      • Waffle

        I laugh every time I look at it because all I can picture is him staring blankly into the back of Forte’s head while he licks his lips hungrily.
        Please make the whole thing into a GIF. It would honestly make me laugh every day of my life.

      • johnnywad

        My imagination will only let me see you guys as your avatar. GP, yours pisses me off for some reason, Waffle, yours totally creeps me out, Butch, well…..

  • gpldan

    Jeff,

    What is this MONSTERS documentary of which you tweet about?

  • sc dave

    Excellent Jeff. Really.

    We all know that we want Trestman to be -the man- for us. A truly brilliant coach unlike the Bears have had in my lifetime, and have missed since the advent of the T formation immortalized in the fight song.

    Opportunity knocks.

    Will Trestman open the door? Guess we’ll see

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Gotta give it to you, Jeff, at least you’re trying to rally the troops. Personally, I think we’re going to CheeseCountry and give them a game. It’ll be close until the 3rd quarter, then one team will pull away on some unpredictable momentum play.

    Also, from the last thread, if you think the government is awful, remember the true source.

    http://youtu.be/hYIC0eZYEtI

    Since Irish is awol, someone has to take his mantle. What was that radiowaves from tall whites hovering over the mountains, come hither?…

    • Cormonster

      It’s awfully quiet around here for Packers week. If the D can find a way to shut down the run game and contain Nelson, I think the Bears can win. If the Packers continually have 3rd and short, Bears are doomed. Forte and black unicorn need to have big games receiving and Forte running outside. Need to exploit their linebackers. Bears win, 30-23. I’m reaching, but gotta stay positive.

  • MB30SD
  • Waffle

    I thought I was such hot shit in my first year of fantasy football but have now dropped 3 in a row and am now truly fucked because I had the entire bears offense on a bye last week and forgot to change them out. Now I have Cutler out and Manning on a bye so I have no QB. My backup is Josh Freeman because…well…I thought he was going to play better than Josh Freeman. Now he’s out too. 4 losses in a row and a lesson learned the hard way.
    urghhhh, I want to eat brain.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      You know, you can pick up QBs on the waiver, right? You could have even picked up McDrago, I think.

      But yeah, drafting an entire team means bye hell. Some actually use that as a strategy. Just take it on the chin one week, and go forth.

      And believe it or not, you’re still in the playoff hunt. In fact, there’s like 8 teams still hovering around 4-4. It’s like the NFC Least. Everybody has a chance!

      • Waffle

        the only QB available was Brandon Weeden and he’s not even starting. I have no qb. I have no qb!!!!!

        • Shady

          Butch will be happy to take advantage of you in a trade, he’s already done it to two other guys in the league.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Two words, Waffle. Jason Campbell.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Shit, if I’m still in it, having gone most of the year with zero QBs, then you have hope, Waffle.

  • Trac

    Speaking of Irish, I wonder if he really is snowden?

    • johnnywad

      I predict he resurfaces in the next couple of months and believes he’s been kidnapped by nine foot aliens

  • AlbertInTucson

    Not be be a wet blanket (at least not THIS time) but we would be remiss not to mark that on this date in 1999, arguably, (and you’d get no argument from me) the best football player who ever lived passed away.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Wow. Gotta say, my FF teams have been making a lot of news this year.

    Blackmon, you idiot! That dude get’s busted for drugs again and is now out for the year. Like Sanford from Sanford and Son said. You big dummy!

    He can potentially lose $10.372 million.

    Ouch.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Out for the year” is just the start.

      Blackmon is only eligible to “Apply for Reinstatement’ in 2014 and he can only do THAT if cleans up his act which is a pretty large “IF’ right now.

      • DaBearsBlog

        I hope somebody gets to Blackmon soon. That kid is an ocean of talent.

  • SC Dave

    I assume someone has already posted this long ago, but it’s worth a repeat.

    • MB30SD

      Peanut Tillman has been my second favorite (modern) bear for a long time.

      Have no idea how he held it together telling that story. Just thinking about going through that with my little girl brings me to tears.

      Was watching the game a few weeks ago and for whatever reason, maybe the nickname, my daughter kept asking me about peanut. He’s her favorite player now and asks me about him even if it’s others teams playing.

      Hope very much that he retires a bear.

      • MB30SD

        And thanks for posting dave

      • SC Dave

        It would never seem right were Charles other than a Bear. T’would pain me as much as McMichael wearing green and gold (perhaps a little more, as Steve did start as a Patriot)

      • Doc Nitty

        Love me some Peanut!

  • waffle

    http://news.yahoo.com/4d-printing-may-bolster-arsenal-us-army-194155460.html

    people said Terminator and The Matrix could never happen but i’d say were about 25yrs from the beginning of it.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    We’re winning Monday night. Period. Fucking exclamation point.

    • Cormonster

      !!

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  • Big Mike

    Oh if it could be true, as we march to our execution in cheeseland….. I picture drunken aggravation early in the 4th quarter in my Bears’ Den.

  • Waffle

    I don’t know what’s going to happen on Monday night but I know that whoever is on the field is going to go hard. It’s gut check time. They’re hurt, we’re more hurt. They can score points, we can score points. Our WR’s and TE are matchup nightmares.
    Guys on D just have to man up. Peppers has to man up and beat inferior O lineman. Rookies and guys off the street must not be dominated. They have to approach this like it’s a streetfight. Mel Tucker has to blitz and put helmets on Rodgers because what’s worse, losing a guy to a blitz or not getting to the QB? I know If i’m going to die i’m taking a bunch of motherfuckers with me. D has to take the same approach.

    • Waffle

      fuck zone too, bump these guys off the line and put a safety over the top for Nelson.

      • MB30SD

        Agree 100%

        …now if only we had a single safety that was worth even half a shit. Sigh.

        I hate being so right some times.

        • Waffle

          If Ratliff’s groin and hamstring can stay attached for the rest of the season he’ll be a nice temp upgrade. how hurt is this guy?

          • MB30SD

            obviously not enough to keep our desperate asses away from him.

  • MB30SD
    • Waffle

      Ha, love it.
      Drugs, guns, prostitutes…………..and real estate.

  • MB30SD

    Dude, are you kidding me!?!?

    Alright, here the newest thing I really want: http://www.flyskyrunner.com/

    My birfday’s coming up gents.

  • Trac

    My English Bull Daisy laid down and died today. Sweet old girl. I was so glad that she didn’t suffer, she just gave out laying in the back yard. She was 9 which is getting up there for an English Bull and had been her happy loveable self right til the end. Probably had heart failure. I was glad to have had her and specially thankful that I didn’t have to put her down like my black lab Jet.

    • johnnywad

      Sorry Trac. Been there. Sucks

      • Trac

        I really do appreciate you guys. Thanks.

    • MB30SD

      sorry to hear that trac. it’s rough, but sounds like she had a great dog’s life.

      • Trac

        Yeah MB. She had it made in the shade. Sometimes I wonder who has it better. Preciate the kind words.

    • Waffle

      sorry man

      • Trac

        Thanks Johhny.

    • DaMurph

      Sorry to hear Trac, its tough losin your buddy!

      • Trac

        She lived a good life Murph. I was happy for that. I appreciate it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bummer, Trac.

      We’ve had dogs, continuously, for over 30 years now and I have had to make “That Decision” on 3 of them. No fun, but I was with all 3 ’til the very end and I am serious when I say that I think it was very sweet of Daisy to save you from having to, at some point down the line, agonize over whether or not it was time to let her go.

      I think anything past 9 is considered “bonus time” for her breed.

      One of our Bassets is pushing 15 and I have to wonder much longer we’ll have her around.

      My heartfelt condolences.

      • Trac

        Thanks Al and you are right, yes, we were fortunate to have had 9 years.

    • Cormonster

      Sorry for the loss of your dog Trac. I know how tough that can be.

      • Trac

        Thanks Cor.

    • Doc Nitty

      Condolences man. Very sad. Hang in there.

      • Trac

        Thanks Doc. She was a good dog and all is well. We had 3 of them and her time was up. My son handled it very well and he actually helped me bury her. She was one of the few dogs I’ve had that lived a complete life without complications.

    • NewBearInTown

      Losing a pet is losing a member of the family for a lot of people. I feel for you man, I hope there’s a new puppy in your not too distant future.

      • Trac

        Thanks NewB. I’ve had 4 bully’s and she was the best.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      yeah, condolences Trac. I love dogs (or dags), and we get so attached to those suckers.

      • Trac

        Yup, they can be special. Thanks.

  • Trac

    I gotta say, not used to seeing so many on Da Blog pretty much giving up the win to the Cheese. This is a terrible place to be as a Bears fan. I sure hope we get a shot in the arm on Monday.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      I wonder if you shattered it in a SkyRunner, if that would count.

      • gpldan

        You know the next Bond movie opens with a chase scene where Bond is driving this buggy across the sand, being chased by Police in something Euro cop like, like Alfas. They chase him across beaches with babes and into the mountains, they have him on a dead end road leading to a cliff – and POP he deploys the parasail with the Union Jack and cue the music.

        • MB30SD

          awesome. I’d buy that for a dollar!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Yes, for sure “Opportunity Knocks” Monday night for the Bears but, unfortunately, I do not see them as healthy enough to get up off the floor and even answer the door.

    The only thing that changes that equation is an very extended appearance by Seneca Wallace whose mobility would likely STILL give this Bear defense problems.

    Here’s the current injury report for Monday’s game:

    Bears-
    Out:
    QB Jay Cutler (groin)
    LB Lance Briggs (shoulder)

    Questionable:
    WR Joe Anderson (Abdomen; Full Participation Friday, Limited Saturday)

    Probable:
    LB Blake Costanzo (Knee; Full Participation)
    CB Charles Tillman (Knee; Full Participation)
    S Major Wright (Knee; Full Participation)

    Green Bay Packers

    Out:
    TE Jermichael Finley (Neck)
    LB Clay Matthews (Thumb)

    Doubtful:
    LB Nick Perry (Foot; DNP)

    Questionable:
    WR James Jones (Knee; Limited)

    Probable:
    LB Brad Jones (Hamstring; Full Participation)
    CB Sam Shields (Toes; DNP)
    TE Ryan Taylor (Knee; DNP)

  • AlbertInTucson

    Regarding Jay Ratleff, remember that the Cowboys are in the express lane to “Salary Cap Hell” and his exit from Dallas WAS preceded, in fairly short order, by a meeting with Actual-But-Delusional-Owner / Pseudo GM / Pseudo Coach, Jerry Jones. A meeting where the “Legend-In-His-Own-Mind” Jerra, probably tried to get Mr. Ratleff to agree to a (likely insulting) pay cut and was told to “Stick it!”.

  • Woottonsfirstsack

    Hey everybody, I’ve been watching your blog for quite some time and thought I would join up. The sight looks great, hoping our season record does too. But, you know…

    • Doc Nitty

      Welcome! And nice handle and avatar. That was a sweet moment!

      • Woottonsfirstsack

        Yeah, that moment ranked right up there with me. It was only fitting that a Bear put an end to the way too annoying “Favre watch” from all of the commentators. The only thing wrong with that play was that they didn’t carry him out on a stretcher.

        • Waffle

          Favre was a warrior. Everything ended the way it was supposed to. No stretcher needed.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      haha! love the avatar. U already get a +1 fort that.

    • CanadaBear

      Welcome aboard Woot. You’re off to a great start with your name/avatar!

    • Trac

      Great to have a new poster. Welcome.

  • Doc Nitty

    Two Sundays in a row without Bears Football? God help us all.

    • Waffle

      unfortunately over these last two sundays I inadvertantly showed my wife that i can be ultra helpful and almost handy when it comes to certain projects. I hid this side of me from her for almost 10yrs. Now the secret is out. She can pretty much ask me to do any project and I can accomplish it. Now how do i get out of it?

      • Waffle

        i feel like Minnesota is trying to ruin my day. Why can’t the Cowboys, Skins and Panthers lose? Is that too much to ask?
        Vikings, why do you suck so hard?

        • Big Mike

          I mean c’mon. These three teams look like crap, but then they pull out wins…

      • SC Dave

        Plead incompetence; maybe it will work

        • Waffle

          the problem is that i demonstrated competence after feigning incompetence for so long.

      • Big Mike

        You need to mess one up real bad.. I made sort of the same mistake. Not by showing competence, but by getting a lot done. Tons of grunt work accomplished. Now she’s eyeballing me. I see a list being concocted in her mind…

        • Waffle

          lol, I need to carefully select which project I will mess up so I don’t create even more work for myself.

  • CanadaBear

    Sorry to read about your pooch Trac. Sounds like you both hit the lottery.

    Hate to sound like Debbie Downer but it will be a miracle if we win tomorrow night. I’m finding it hard to believe all our defensive issues can be turned around by everyone being more disciplined. Hopefully one of the DT’s on the roster steps up and Woot returns to end. We can’t wait another 3-4 weeks on Ratliff. Someone has to step up now!

    Not that I think it will happen but their punter has had about 6 games in a row where he’s been lethal against us. Maybe we get a break there.

    • Woottonsfirstsack

      I will just be excited to see what all of this time off has done to improve our tackling.

  • johnnywad

    If you were to ask me this morning, “What’s more likely, the Jets beat the Saints this afternoon, or the Bears beat the Fudgepackers tomorrow night?”. I would have said Bears beat the Fudge without hesitation. The Bears have a fighting chance tomorrow gents. Screw the “experts”.

    • Woottonsfirstsack

      I agree with you. The experts had the 49ers winning the Super Bowl before the season started.

      • MB30SD

        nice handle… and avatar

    • SC Dave

      Damn fucking right!

  • johnnywad

    The Jets beat the Saints. The vaunted Seahawks need OT to beat the Bucs and nearly lost last week to the Rams without their quarterback. The Niners ain’t what they’re supposed to be. Nick Foles through seven touchdowns today. This thing is wide open. The Bears just need to hang in there. If Trestman gets traction in the next few weeks with the finer points of the offense, the Bears are still live. The defense has to be better, but it certainly can’t be worse. Let’s hope somebody had a “Come to Jesus” meeting with Tucker and company over the last few days. High hopes for Bostic and Green. If those two can play, the future is not so dim on that side.

    • SC Dave

      Yes. Nick Foles – ties NFL record for TD passes. Nick Foles?! Really?

      Fuck it, maybe for Irish the Bears should play Michael Ford so he can become the first 400 yard rusher in NFL history!

      • johnnywad

        Maybe that would bring him out of hiding. Hope he’s alright. Odd that he just disappeared.

        • Waffle

          my gut says family problem

        • Cormonster

          He’s still making picks in the pick em league, and winning. Unless it’s a bot….?

  • Ben Wilkens

    First time commenting on this new layout, very nice. I’ve been reading all along as per usual. Sorry to hear about your pup, Trac, never easy to lose a dog.

  • AlbertInTucson

    It WAS interesting, but, did anybody actually believe, even when it was 21-0, that the Seahawks weren’t going to come back and win that game?

  • AlbertInTucson

    That “Roughing For Going Low” call against the Jets for tackling Brees at his THIGHS was hideous.

    NOT surprising that Clete Blakeman was on the other end of that flag.
    He is a Magna Cum Lousy graduate of Hochuli University.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Chuck Pagano, going for 2 Iin the THIRD QUARTER is ignorant .

    24-13 is STILL just a 2 possession game.

    You go for 2 when you NEED (like getting up by 7 instead of just 6 late in the game to or when you HAVE to (like when you’re down 8 or 11 or 16 in the 4TH QUARTER.).

    Neither of those applied when your boys scored their first TD tonight.

  • Waffle

    watching the Texans piss away the game to Luck so ESPN and NFL Network can keep the narrative going was painful. Games like this make me realize how much we take Robbie for granted. he made douchey comments before the season but you have to keep that guy…..even though the 34 yd miss against the Redskins will come back to haunt badly this season.

    • Cormonster

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Randy Bullock, your plane is boarding.

    Damn. I was ready to watch some O.T.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears hoping Ratleff will be ready to go in 2-4 weeks. Hope it still matters.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, NBC has been able to steal, er, “Flex” the November 17 Chiefs- Broncos Matchup into their SNF slot.

    Bet the network wonks at CBS are loving THAT move!

    • BerwynBomber

      CBS’s loss is our gain: they have no one that compares to Michaels and Collingsworth as a broadcast team. Nance is okay but Simms is weak as near beer as a #1 analyst.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Simms has always been a Cutler fan. Nance displayed a complete lack of preparation for the Bears when they did Jets at Bears 2 seasons ago, Nance referenced Hester back on returning kicks as if it had just happened for the Jet game when, in fact, Hester has been back on returns for a couple weeks.

  • Big Mike

    The march to the chamber begins….

    • Waffle

      fuck that noise Mike. Our boys are going to come out swinging. GB can’t handle Marshall, Unicorn, Alshon and Fore all on the field. McCown just has to get the ball out quickly so some no name homegrown DT from GB doesn’t make the pro bowl on this game alone.
      Mel needs to send Bostic in to put the fucking smackdown on Rodgers like he did to so many in college and in the preseason. Don’t let Rodgers abuse Bostic across the middle.
      Someone call Tucker and get him notify Bostic to fucking destroy anyone that comes across the middle. Pep will pick up the tab because he’s been paid for nothing this year.

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