Trestman Speaks 12/11

Full-text transcript of Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman's Wednesday press conference.

MARC TRESTMAN

"I wanted to give you a little bit about today. Today is Wednesday to us but it's Tuesday to our players. We wanted to make sure they recovered fully from Monday night's game. Today will be spent in meeting and in a walk through. We won't do any full-field work at all other than at the end of the walk through. We'll work Jay out one more time. We'll give him a good thorough workout and then we'll let you know tomorrow. If things go as planned, that's where we'll go, but we do want to work him out one more time today after coming off a few days of being off. That's how we'll work. Lance is still week to week. We'll see where he is tomorrow with our trainers and see what they want to do with him."

IF JAY DOES WELL, HE STARTS?
"I'm not going to leave things hanging. Tomorrow we'll name the starter. Like we did last week, we're not going to let it hang through the week. The starter tomorrow has got to get the work. So we'll make that decision tomorrow."

BRIGGS OUT?
"I don't know that. I'm not optimistic but again, after today we'll know a little bit more and tomorrow we'll see where the trainers … he did some running last week. Will that be upgraded to some limited work in practice? We won't be in pads tomorrow, we'll be in shells. But he was not in shells last week. We'll see what the trainers want to do and what he wants to do tomorrow.

"It's just the healing of the bone and where that is right now."

EXPLAIN JAY'S WORKOUT
"We'll have receivers there afterward. We'll work him through drops. We'll redirect him in the pocket, move him up and down, and try to get as much suddenness as we can. We saw it last wee but again, he's been off for three or four days now, so we want to see him do it again and make sure that he feels good and we feel good."

DO YOU ANTICIPATE THE WORKOUT GOING WELL?
"I anticipate the workout will be a good one. We have the extra day. I want to make that clear: we have the extra day. I just want to make sure we're giving ourselves all the time necessary. We don't have to make a decision today so we're not going to. But tomorrow we will, because we have to."

DID DOCTORS CLEAR JAY TO PLAY?
I think he's gone through the first steps other than this workout, so I don't want to be … that's a tough question, he's been cleared from a standpoint of allowing us to work him out at full speed, and allowing him to make a decision and us to make a decision based on how he works out and how he feels after he works out.

DOES HE NEED A FULL WEEK OF PRACTICE?
Because I said a full week last week. But I think that with the workout we're going to give him today it's going to be a lot of the script that we'll have tomorrow, so he'd be able to work through it at full speed and then the two days, Thursday and Friday, I would consider that to be sufficient.

DOES JOSH'S PERFORMANCE MAKE THE DECISION TOUGHER?
No. Josh has done exactly what we've asked him to do, he's performed very, very well as a backup and he understands his role. We've got a very close quarterback room, as I think you've seen, guys are resolute in terms of how we operate and how we work. We all feel very, very good about the way we put this thing together. We're certainly very, very happy about the way Josh has performed, but this has been the plan and we're going to execute it when Jay is ready to come back.

ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT JAY?
Yes, yes. But that will be … but I've got to leave it open because we're working him out today and so I feel like today, as long as we see, and he feels good, I anticipate that we'll be moving forward tomorrow. I didn't see enough from Lance last week, all he did was run, so we'll see where the trainers and the doctors want him to be tomorrow. I'm not in any way as optimistic about Lance as I would be about Jay at this time because I've seen Jay move around and do the things that he did last week.

HOW DOES THE REST OF THE WEEK LOOK WITH ONE LESS PRACTICE DAY?
There's a cost-benefit to this process [of putting the guys] out there and running them today and working them out in our base football would inhibit them in our opinion because they wouldn't be fully recovered. They won't even be fully recovered tomorrow because they normally aren't on Wednesday, so we have to combine the practices with our third-down and our base packages and the things that are at the top of the list in terms of things we have to get accomplished. So Thursday are normally, as I say, special situations, normally third down, today's walk-through will be walking through most of our first-down package. We won't get the opportunity tomorrow to practice as much as our first-down practice because special situation/third down will be the priority.

WHEN REVIEWED MONDAY FROM OFFENSIVE PERSPECTIVE WHAT STOOD OUT ABOUT YOUR OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY?
I really didn't have time to look at it. I skimmed it. I skimmed through it so [not] to thoroughly evaluate it, but the things that come to mind was certainly we bounced back from third down. That was number 1. We wanted to get in the end zone when we got down there. We had to settle for some field goals. I thought we had some opportunities down there that we didn't convert so we want to do that. We were good in our short yardage in terms of getting some things done there and we had some scores inside the 10. So there's a lot of positives in there. Every week is week to week as you well know. I mean, we have to be judged only on that week and it was a good week from that standpoint. It was better than it was the week before. We hope we continue to ascend and get better each week and not fall back into a situation where we're looking back and saying we had three or four third-down opportunities like we did against Minnesota that were there and we didn't get it done because of a split. I stood up here and said, a split or the depth of a route or a tipped ball that inhibited us from continuing drives. Third down enabled us to continue drives and that's the biggest part of what stands out.

ANY SATISFACTION FROM THE JOB YOU AND Matt Cavanaugh HAVE DONE WITH MCCOWN?
Matt's really done an outstanding job and it starts with Aaron Kromer and the staff because it's a team effort in terms of building the protection packages, building the running game, the players playing for each other and everybody doing their job. The results that we got out of Josh were results of the growth in our offense. Guys continue to work in together better and players making the plays when the plays were needed. I'm sure Josh would tell you that. So I just get excited for the group that just continue to work and press on. Aaron has been very very clear about our ability to not just be a good offense but to be better than that and to be better than that consistently. And that's the standards we're trying to push towards. We did get better last week. We want to continue on that course.

HOW DID JOSH HANDLE GETTING OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND NOW GOING TO THE BENCH?
I think you know that question. He is all about team. He has very little concern for his personal success. I think that's really very very evident if you get to see him and know him on a day-to-day basis. Certainly I'm sure he's proud of what he's done on the field individually to help this football team. But when a player gets an award, the beauty of an award it brings everything into perspective. And you realize you don't get that award because of you, you get it because of a lot of different guys who have done their job to put you in that position. And I'm sure that's what's going through Josh's mind presently. I really stand by that.

ON Jason Campbell
You know what? As I said to the Cleveland media today is I haven't had time to look. I've spent a lot of time on this highly rated defense. So forgive me. I know Jason pretty well. I know he's a very smart guy. I think he's a very good passer. He's got mobility. You've seen him here play. He's a quiet leader. He's not an outwardly emotional guy. But I've gotten to know him personally. He's a very passionate, very smart player and right now he's got good coaching around him. He's got an environment that certainly on his journey this might be the place for him. Being with Norv and being with Chud and those guys who really know how to work with a big, strong quarterback like Jason. So that veteran, that calmness, that veteran experience, it gives them a chance each and every week. I'm sure they feel that way.

ON BROWNS DEFENSE
They're rated very very highly in a lot of different ways. They're very high in yards against. I mean, they're at the top of the league there in rushing yards, in passing yards. They hold quarterbacks to an average of 58 percent completion percentage. They're good in the back end. They're very thick up front. They're tough to run against. They're very good in their pass defense. Where they've been down is they're around 40 percent on third down, which is a little below the average in the league and they haven't done well in the red zone consistently. But between the 20s, they're as tough as any team we've played. The statistics back that up both in the running game, passing game. They're high in the league in sacks as well. They're not in the top 5, but they're in the top third of the league. I want to say they're No. 9 at this time. So we have a tremendous challenge. They're much more evolved than the team we played. They're healthier than the team we played a week ago, and they've proven over 12-13 weeks that… I think Chud said it in his press conference the other day, he said, ‘We can play with anybody,' and that's certainly evident by looking at the tape; particularly because I focus on the defensive side of the ball. But that's true.

ON DECISIONS TO DEFER AFTER WINNING COIN TOSS
It's a good question Brad. It really is week to week. We've had moments where we've gone the other way. Our strategy is really based on field position right now. It's really a universal strategy based on field position. Some weeks, we don't want to give that player the extra possession. Going back to Green Bay, that would have been a difficult one to give. The wind comes into play, that's a big part of it. Then, it's who you're playing. Sometimes it's the quarterback you're playing. You want to give him one less possession if you can eat up some clock. There's a lot to it. It starts with the wind, and then it's about what you're up against, what you're playing against and what you think you can do. That's the balancing act going in. But the universal way is to defer.


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