To Salvage 2013 Season, Bears Must Turn to Trestman & McCown

| October 21st, 2013


The Bears offense has emerged as one of the best in football in only seven weeks. Seven weeks was all it took to seemingly erase a decade of offensive futility. Yesterday it took a devastating injury to the starting quarterback  for that fact to become apparent. As Josh McCown stepped into a high-pressure, low-probability scenario, Bears head coach Marc Trestman dialed up smart play after smart play. He put the football in the hands of his Emery-assembled weapons and they rewarded him with a near-flawless second half. For Jay Cutler’s tenure in Chicago, an injury to the lead signal caller meant an offensive implosion and consistently dreary output. Yesterday they rallied – on the field and on the sideline.

Now Cutler is gone for the next four weeks at least. It will probably be longer as the man tore his groin. If the offense continues to perform at their current level under Josh McCown, Trest may be something of a genius. The expectation should be a significant drop-off because, I mean, come on. He’s Josh McCown.

But with every offensive starter expected back in 2014 (Emery has already mentioned re-signing Matt Slauson) and the franchise tag available to secure Cutler, the Bears fan can expect the Trestman era to be chockfull of two things: points and entertainment.

Can the Bears salvage anything from this 2013 season? Who knows. With the defense playing at an organizationally historic low level and losing it’s best player (Lance Briggs) for six weeks it is hard to imagine the Packers, Lions and even Ravens not putting up thirty plus in each of the next three outings. The season now falls squarely on the shoulders of Trestman, McCown and the Bears offense. They must score points by the boatload. They must win shootouts. The Bears must stay .500 or better during Cutler’s time away for them to be considered a contender in the cold month of December.

The Bears entered the modern NFL in just seven weeks and unfortunately the modern NFL is defined by two significant traits: (1) high-scoring, passing game driven offenses and (2) injuries. They must use the former, with a backup quarterback, to survive the latter if they are going to be playing meaningful games down the stretch.

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  • ErikGrogan

    First to say that even know everyone is down and gloom about this season, the future looks incredibly bright. Seriously. It’s a lot easier to fix a defense than it is to fix an offense.

    • Big Mike

      Defense simply died. Like an old car. You fix a part, but it breaks again. Why, because it is old. Old things break easier. I was surprised the defense held up as well as it did last year. (Until it went on oxygen against Seattle). It is football malpractice that the old regime wasted 4 years of Cutler’s career and 4 years of a stellar defense with incompetent drafts.

      2013 will be a great rebuilding year. Lessons will be learned, experience will be gained. Playoff games will not be won.

      I will watch every minute of every game. However, losses will be expected. I’ve resigned myself to watching the damn Packers club us on Monday Night in Green Bay. Hope springs eternal, but the reality is if the Skins can put 45 on us. The Packers are just going to lay an ass whooping on the Bears.

      • Trac


      • Marcos Jaime


    • Marcos Jaime

      Is that you Grogan? Haha. Great article.

      • MB30SD

        how did you guess Jamie? Was it the cleverly, but only thinly-veiled handle?

        You sly fox you.

        • Marcos Jaime

          I was stoned and thought I was reading the bleacher report. After posting that I realized that I was on the DaBearBlog. haha

    • gpldan

      Oh Erik, you are like Little Miss Sunshine.

    • Big Mike

      I think a lot of younger football fans, like the off season more than the actual season.

  • gpldan

    Conan! What is best in life?

    • MichiganBearFan

      • MB30SD

        that… was one of the best things… I’ve ever seen. (well, not really, but it was good)

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Hey, Trestman is the head coach, not only the offensive coordinator. How about he uses some of that genius and leadership on the defensive side of the field ? It’s like he chose the worst coordinator out there and then said ‘deal with it’. Fuck that !!!

    This is waaaaay to Lovie like for my taste. He has to take steps forward on the future.

    • relax there, barb. we don’t call trestman the offensive Lovie Smith until he goes through 5 DC’s in 6 seasons. also have to remember that we’re down, what, 6 starters on D?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Well he is 2 for 2… better said he will be in 4 months. In 5 seasons in Canada he hired 4 DCs. So he will be 6 DCs in 7 years.
        Look, I am not a paranoic diva. I don’t care for these numbers. I care for the lack of ‘identity’ and ‘leadership’ he shows towards the defense…untill now.
        He has a vision of HIS offense. He doesn’t have one for HIS defense.
        That’s Lovie, but on offense. Not good enough. Has to get better. Has to ‘demand’ , ‘envision’ and ‘lead’ a Top defense.
        Big time winning coaches are involved in all facets of the game.

        • Trac

          How many grey cups? Hmmm..hmmm?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Grey what ?

          • Cups.

          • MB30SD


          • AlbertInTucson

            Sorry, Barb, if you’re going to reference his CFL record to criticize Trestman you cannot then conveniently get amnesia and dismiss his success in Canada.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The ‘modus operandi’ is what is important. I don’t care if it’s high school, college, NFL, CFL, peewee football.

          • Trac

            No Barb, I wasn’t being facetious, that was actually a football question.

        • bearsfantillend

          really not sure where you are getting you DC coaching information

          Alouettes Defensive Coordinators.
          2008 – 2010 Tim Burke – Left to take job at with Winnipeg Blue Bomber and eventually become their Head Coach
          2011 – Tim Tibesar – left to become DC at Purdue.
          2012 – Jeff Reinebold – left because Trestman left.

          So that is 3 DC in 5 years. and you cant blame Trestman for any of these guys for leaving because they were taking better jobs with better options. Also Tim Tibesar was promoted to his DC position when Burke left so the defensive system did not change much. Also it is the CFL… it is not a PREMIER league, often it is just a stopping place for coaches and you are not going to get the top notch assistants because you are competing against the NFL and College Teams for coaches.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Tim Burke left for another DC job at Blue Bombers , then become a Head Coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. So Trestman sacked him.
            Tim Tibesar is Bears LB coach. He was DC at Purdue for one year.


          • bearsfantillend

            LOL… I cant believe we are arguing CFL coaching what has this world come to…oh well. Tim Burke was never the Head Coach of the Tiger-Cats. Trestman did not “sack” him. They just won 2 Grey Cups with Burke at DC. That would be like the Bears firing a DC after they went to the Super…. never mind bad example.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Hahah. Look, that Burke dude left for a similar position at another CFL club. Something happend. Something big if his HOT DC left for a lesser job.
            I’m from Romania so NFL is kind of new for me. Been watching for about 6 years. I have no idea what CFL is all about. So I don’t argue about it. His managing patterns are different. He has a history that one can go to.

            I read this article a looooong time ago and saved it. Read this shit and tell me this is not a ‘red flag’ or at least something to talk about after watching even ONE defensive performance from these Chicago Bears (incredible lack of identity, leadership and inspiration)…fuck this shit.


  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears entered the modern NFL in just seven weeks and unfortunately the modern NFL is defined by two significant traits: (1) high-scoring, passing game driven offenses.

    San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City are ground and pound, pass of that and kick ass on D.

    New Orleans, Denver and Packers are ‘high-scoring passing game’ with solid Ds.

    New England are somewhere in the middle.

  • Viva

    Run the ball.
    Stop the run.
    Manage field position.
    Control time of possession.
    Win football games.
    Sponsored by burma shave…see Al for details.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And now, by request, a word from our sponsor…

      How to run the ball, stop the run…

      and maintain ball possession…

      this season will not be much fun…

      without answering those 3 questions.


  • Marcos Jaime

    I feel as the only thing we did in the off season was trade a good defense in for a good offense. Cutler or not that game should of been ours. Conte blows big time, Dline blows, LB? Lovie Smith took the defense with him when he left Chicago.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      He didn’t take it with him…the Bears just left them on their own without any substitute.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Well, that sucked…but my groin is intact so I had a better week than Jay.
    A pull is really uncomfortable. I’m assuming he’s done for the year with a tear.

    • Cormonster

      In Wisconsin, getting the “Cutler pulled his vagina ” line over and over again. It sucks!

      • Viva

        Cutler pulled his vagina.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Relax. Packer fans don’t even know what a vagina is.

          • MB30SD


            Al… you’re my huckleberry! That was excellent sir! Bravo!

          • Trac

            Thanks, I needed that. lol

    • DaMurph

      They are saying 4 weeks, how accurate? Who knows.

      • gpldan

        Did they state if it was a Grade 2 or 3 groin injury?

        • Cormonster

          I heard 3 on the NFL Network. is that betttter or worse?

  • gpldan

    Steve Maneri was told to hit the road, as they seem exclusively dedicated to having Eben Britton line up there.

    Always nice to know your blocking TE is zero threat to catch a pass and sell the run.

    • Viva

      Wonder if the Packers also assume Britton can’t catch? Nice touch pass bouncing off his sausage fingers…

      • AlbertInTucson

        Caveat Emptor: The Packers once assumed “The Fridge” couldn’t catch, either…

  • AlbertInTucson

    “The Bears offense has emerged as one of the best in football …” ???

    Way better than at any time under Lovie or back to Erik Kramer’s great season, for sure, but I’m not ready to annoint them as “one of the best” just yet, folks, because…

    A) They are still absolutely LOUSY on 3rd down.

    B) Let’s see McCown & company do it against a defense that isn’t as bad as the Redskins’. Or the Bears’ for that matter.

    Torn groin muscle & 4 Weeks to recover?
    I think whomever put THOSE 2 concepts together is kidding themselves.

    • gpldan

      Bears always lie about recovery windows, always will.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They ALL lie about the injury stuff, GP.

        Belicheat has Brady on the injury report EVERY WEEK and lists everything from a hangnail to athlete’s foot.

        If I were commish (and you all know I SHOULD be), I’d tell Belicheat “Knock it off, Butthead! You used up all the slack you had with the cheating scandal, which Commissioner Al would have handled like “Bountygate” and had you sit out for a year.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The NFL has already taken too long to drop the hammer on Brandon Meriweather.

    Reports are that, immediately following the game, he was soliciting donations in the locker room from teammates for the fine he knows is coming. He’s already been nailed for $50K in 2010 and 442K THIS season for knocking out Packer, Eddie lacy.

    That, Roger Goodell, is Meriweather’s not-so-suble way of saying “Ha,ha, Ha, NFL, the fines don’t mean anything to me and I am PROUD to be a headhunter.”

    Time to nail his sorry ass to the wall. Treat him like the dog he is teach him to “sit”.

    • AlbertInTucson


      That 2nd fine was $42K.

      Which begs the question:

      “If you’ve already fined this idiot $50k, WHY on God’s green earth was the next fine LOWER !?”


  • AlbertInTucson

    Have seat, Mr. Meriweather.


    Laugh it up “Funny boy”. See if you can collect enough to make up for the 2 game checks you just lost.

  • Trac

    What a bunch of idiots. I’ll say this much, the broad can take a punch.


    • DaMurph

      That wasn’t much more than a slap. My wife said the ladies on the View said the woman got into the altercation and if you’re going to go in throwing punches you cant complain if something comes back your way.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        One of my pals almost got in a fight with a Les at a club. We had to pull him away (naturally, he was drunk). His rational: she wants to act like a man, she should be treated like one.

        Seems reasonable, but still feels wrong lol

  • Maddbearfan

    And if I’m not mistaken Cutty has a little one that’s about 2 right?….Just think of how loose he’ll keep that groin pull chasing Jr around. Egads.

  • Shady


    MB, can you stop yourself? Can you stop yourself from remembering? The torment? The humiliation? The sorrow? Not being able to face your own children?

    *Rage Quit*


    • MB30SD

      that first one was awesome.

      The second one was a little too raw, Listening to germans recount war scenes. *shiver*

      And come the 15th next month, it’s back OOWWWWNNN bitches. You too rabbit and yonny…. but mostly you nuggets.

      • MB30SD

        shhhhhhhh… don’t fight it.

  • MB30SD

    GP… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddU4tcGIF6k

    Leno is a clown, but watching that was better than watching he hot mess that is giants vikings. Jesus, did you just see that fumble IN bounds. Sweet baby jesus, it’s like god hates the giants this year.

    • gpldan

      Recognize the track he is on?

      Some guy in the west burbs here has a McLaren, saw it yesterday.

      It was dark out, and I see the headlights and I can see it’s something special, then it turns left and I was like “damn, a Mp4, SOB”. There’s a Ferrari dealer in Hinsdale, I’m used to seeing F430s and somebody around there has a lovely Corsa Red 575M but seeing an Mp4 is a treat.

      I don’t know if you remember the mid-90s F1, but they are working on the new F1 for 2015 which is a single seater of the car Leno drives


      Leno exudes prick in a way Carson never would have, but he does know and love cars. His knowledge far outstrips any other celebrity wannabe like Carolla who knows jack shit. Leno really knows history, knows the development chain of everything from 4V to SFI to turbos, knows the whys and hows of their invention – knows alot. He could trash Clarkson in a game of car Jeopardy. But his show ends up being weak sauce, but he gives it away so I guess I’m glad he does it.

      There is supposedly a nice story of Leno pulling over in HIS McLaren and getting out and fixing a motorcycle of a stranded traveller with a Triumph. He literally sat on the dirt on the side of the road and pulled the valve covers off and fixed the ignition problem right there and sent the guy on his way. So he knows what he’s doing.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I don’t necessarily dislike Leno, but he butchers more jokes/punchlines in his monologues in a month than Carson did in his entire career.

  • Waffle

    Josh Freeman. That is all.

  • MB30SD

    “this is just a terrible quarter of football.. both of these team are just… bad”

    Mike terrico, MNF

    • AlbertInTucson

      Accurate, but…

      Do you think the women Tirico was (reportedly) suspended (twice) for sexual harrassment at the 4-letter made similar comments about HIM?

      • MB30SD

        hahahaha… probably. he’s an unattractive, portly little man.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Have to wonder how Trico survived TWO incidents to eventually land the MNF job but Sean Salisbury and Harold Reynolds both got shown the door in short order.

          • MB30SD

            as you well know Al…. entertainment, much like big bidniz, is all about who you know… not who or how many you’ve sexually harassed.

  • MB30SD
    • AlbertInTucson

      “Scary” is THE description, MB. Like the hit that ended Johnny Knox’ career.

  • Shady

    Does Josh McCown remind you of anyone?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.”

    Sam Bradford. Reggie Wayne. Brian Cushing.

    Yeah, NFL, let’s make it an EIGHTEEN GAME schedule!

    But you better expand the rosters to about EIGHTY players.

    • Shady

      I’d be fine with 18 games if they got rid of the preseason.

      • EnderWiggin

        Me too. I know it is selfish, but I would be OK with meaningful football for 6 months… 24 weeks with no bye.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Sorry. But trading 2+ games where most of the players will be guys carrying lunch pails after Labor Day cannot be used to justify adding 2 more regular season games.

        • Shady

          Tell that to the season ticket holder who pays full price to attend those “games”.

  • Waffle

    Josh Freeman is so spectacularly bad that it was actually entertaining to watch. He managed to not only overthrow guys by 8 yards but behind and short of guys by yards as well. It was truly impressive.
    Freeman makes McCown look like Peyton Manning.

    • EnderWiggin

      If it were the early 1930s the game would have been fun to watch – you know, the whole forward pass thing finally making an appearance.

    • Shady

      McCown makes McCown look like Dolph Lundgren.

  • Cormonster

    Since all my complaints about the Bears defense have already been aired, I’m gonna talk about the Frontline episode on CTE.

    I recently watched it and didn’t find it as convincing and damming as many others for several reasons.

    First, they only talked to two doctors. Second, all of the research is from one University. Third, all of the conclusions are from only about 48 brains.

    Conclusion. It was a hit piece and they already had a predetermined conclusion. I’m personally concerned about this issue, but I don’t think they made a convincing case. Brains have been cherry-picked up until now. More hard science is needed to confirm this as an “epidemic” for people who play football.

    • MB30SD

      Corm… 45 of 46 donated brains maing.

      Conspiracy theories need motive.

      Basically, huh?

      • Cormonster

        Cherry picked. What about the thousands of other playerrs who played the game? I’m not denying it, but I don’t think it’s an “epidemic” like the Frontline episode. If it is, football should be banished right now.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Frontline. It’s Public TV. they couldn’t possibly have a bias.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Not sure the brains were “cherry picked.” After all, didn’t the NFL provide a lot of those brains, and wouldn’t it be in their best interest to provide non-cte brains?

          True, the sample size is not large enough – so far. A more comprehensive study of ALL former NFL players in a 20 year study would obviously be more conclusive, but the evidence to date is pretty damning.

          And if the NFL truly was skeptical, then why did they try so hard to suppress the research? IF they really believed no connection was there, then shouldn’t they have contributed billions to clear their names and financial responsibility?

          Instead, they bribed the defendants, and co-opted the research after failing to thwart it.

          If it looks like a rat, walks like a rat and stinks like a rat, it tends to be a rat.

          Not sure if concussions qualify as an “epidemic,” but if turns some years down the line that every NFL players suffers from some form of CTE, then that might very well be the end of football.

          I already know a lot of parents who are funneling their kids to other sports, so let’s all enjoy while it lasts boys!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Al Gore’s minions must have headed the research.

      • Scharfinator

        Looooool love it

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sigh. The Bears’ bye week looks way to much like a “Bye-Bye” week.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Pessimism 101.

    The defense has been, almost literally, decimated.

    Can the offense be far behind?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Heard the one about the guy who won the lottery?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears MIGHT catch a small break.

    The Browns may deal talented wide receiver, Josh Gordon, before next week’s trade deadline.

    Hope it matters.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Pessimism 102

    During Cutler’s tenure in Chicago, the Bears are 2-6 when he doesn’t start at QB.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Today’s MNF matchup. Talk about “Dead on Arrival”…

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. It was bad all around. It’s hard to imagine that we almost lost to both teams.

      I hope Peterson gets traded. I like Peterson. He deserves a chance. Just not sure which “contender” would trade for him.

      9ers have Gore, though I’d put nothing past them. They have the draft picks, and AP behind that Oline and Kap would be scary.

      Seahawks have Lynch.

      NFCN can be eliminated.

      Gmen are desperate for HB, but far from contention, though who knows in the NFCLeast?

      Cowboys actually would make that move. They don’t believe that china-doll Murray is the future, and Jerry is crazy enough.

      Eagles have Shady.

      In the AFC, maybe the Broncos. Moreno is 2yds and a cloud of dust. He almost didn’t make the team.

      Chiefs have Charles.

      Pats have rb by committee, and Bill likes to waste his draft picks too much

      MIA would be really intriguing. They can throw in Miller who is an underused back.

      I just don’t see many playoff caliber teams needing AP enough to give a 1st plus whatever else. I doubt a “Herschel Walker” deal ever happens again for the HB position.

      • Shady

        The Saints would be terrifying with Peterson in the backfield.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          True, but they like the Pats seem to HATE one back football. They always have one catching HB, one plodder/banger, and one HB somewhere in the middle.

          If the Jets think they found their QB, then AP would be a good fit, but not sure the GM actually wants Ryan to succeed and save his job, and they already traded a 4rth for Ivory.

      • AlbertInTucson

        First: Moreno is averaging 4.3 YPC and leads all NFL running back with 8 TDs.


        B) Peterson ain’t right. He took a pass and had a chance to cut it up and take it to the house but his hammy wouldn’t let him and he stumbled out of bounds.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Those stats are a bit misleading though. He’s avg that mostly because every D is worrying about Welker, the Thomas’, Decker, etc. He gets a lot of yards on draws against light boxes (Peyton helps out a lot there too).

          He gets a lot of TDs because the Broncs O gets to the redzone a lot (and aforementioned coverages). McGahee was sort of the same once upon a time.

          Moreno is mostly playing because he can pass protect and knows all the intricacies and audibles and doesn’t fumble.

          The Donkeys tried hard to make Hillman and Ball their feature backs, but they were getting Peyton murdered, and couldn’t hold on to the ball.

          Also remember the “defense” Moreno’s gone against. THe Gmen, Raiders, Eagles, Jax, Cowboys…not exactly top tier Ds.

          When defenses actually play the Bronocs honest, Moreno sux. Just look at how he did vs Colts who played man. 15 carries, 40 yds. That’s 2.66 per carry.

          2 yds and a cloud of dust.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wel, well, well.

            What a convenient, deluded summary of Moreno’s work this season.

            You parsed the stats you needed to support your conclusion and ignored the ones that didn’t.

            Al Gore would be proud.

            I’m not nominating Moreno for the Hall Of Fame, but the results against the lesser teams count, too and translating 4.3 per carry and 8 TDs into “Sux” is pure manipulation.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Or, I could just say. “I saw him play. He sucks.”

            No stats necessary.

            Side note: ALL politicians use stats to support their arguments.

          • AlbertInTucson

            In that case, I saw your post. It sucks.

            And I should have clarified that I was referring to Al Gore, the pseudo scientist.

      • Guest

        NOT to equate him with AP, even a less than 100% AP, but do you think the Colts are having second thoughts about parting with a #1 for Trent Richardson?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Absolutely. Again, someone could point out his per carry avg, etc, but just look at when Brown goes in the game. Same oline, same defenses, yet Brown looks much more dynamic (but he has a habit of disappointing eventually).

          Last year T-rich looked OK, but everyone figured he was a little banged up playing against 8 in the box on the Browns.

          Now that he’s on a better team that WANTS to power run, he’s still avg about the same per carry.

          Could it be that T-rich is still learning the playbook? Possibly. Could it be that he’s one of those RBs who gets stronger with more carries? Maybe.

          But T-rich seems to lack explosion and vision. T-rich wants to hit defenders more than hit open holes. I have yet to see him make a cut-back, or juke, or do anything besides lower down his head and carry defenders (which can lead to fumbles, like on SNF).

          IMO the Colts either gotta commit to T-rich – Feed him 25+ times a game to wear down defenses (like what the Browns did last year, which ended up inj him), OR ask him to get a little leaner and tweak his style of running a bit (be patient – wait for blocks to develop. – look for cutback lanes, AVOID defenders when possible etc). A little more Forte in his game would go a long way. Not sure if the latter is possible though. HB is instinctual, and I can’t really remember one who really changed styles all that much.

          That’s just my take.

  • AlbertInTucson

    NOT to equate him with AP, or even a less than 100% AP, but do you think the Colts are having second thoughts about parting with a #1 for Trent Richardson?

  • Big Mike

    @MB30SD:disqus Bears Safety Major Wright (-15.7) has PFF’s second-worst overall grade for a defensive back this year.

  • Big Mike

    Expectations are that .500 would be a great effort from this squad. With Cutler 9 wins. Defense was going to be average at best if healthy. With Peppers ineffective, Tillman broken, Briggs out, Melton out, Collins out, McClellin starting, Major Wright in search of a clue, Blake Constanzo starting, this group is toast.

    Hope the Bears’ scouts are busting ass this year. I don’t even know what to rally around. Experience for the rookies? What do you hang your hat on as a Bears’ fan? McCown being as effective in upcoming games as he was in the 2nd half against the Redskins, is not likely.

    I guess really getting to learn Trestman’s game calling tendencies is something. Staying ahead of the Vikings… But it looks like 6 out of the last 7 years, home for the playoffs…

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