Chicago Bears HEAD COACH MARC TRESTMAN
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM Jared Allen?
We'll see where he is, we still have a couple more days, we have Trevor back this week, we didn't have him last week, so that's a move in the right direction and we'll see where we are tomorrow and prior to the game.
JARED STILL HOME?
He was here early and then we sent him home. That shouldn't be inferred one way or the other, just trying to give you the ... that shouldn't be inferred because I'm sure he's just back there resting but you know where I'm going with this, it's not that things aren't looking good because he went home, I couldn't tell you that.
EASIER TO PROJECT WHERE HE MIGHT BE IN 2 DAYS BECAUSE IT'S AN ILLNESS INSTEAD OF INJURY?
I leave it up to the trainers, really and the doctors, they have to let us know where he's at and hopefully he'll be ready to go.
IS IT A FLU BUG?
I really can't tell you what it is, he just hasn't been feeling well, and that's been day-to-day, he was in here for part of the morning.
CHALLENGE FOR Brandon Marshall WHEN HE DOESN'T PRACTICE?
Well, it's the obvious ones really, you have to practice the game. It's very difficult to be at your best when you don't practice every day and there's timing issues, there's different formations, there's different looks so that's a challenge and you have to weight those costs and benefits as you move through the week knowing that he may or may not play, so we'll try to work through that and if he is going to play, work hard to put him in position where the things e can give him he knows what to do and he can play at full speed.
IS IT EASIER BECAUSE HE’S A SPECIAL PLAYER?
I've been asked that many times as I think you evaluate whether a guy will play or not, you evaluate whether a guy will play or not if he hasn't practiced on a player-by-player basis. There's some players that ... Brandon gave us enough certainly in the San Francisco game -- he would tell you he wasn't at his best and there were mistakes that were made, and he overcame them. So you have to evaluate those things player-by-player.
HOW MUCH DOES PREPARING FOR TEAMS LIKE THE JETS HELP THE OFFENSE MOVING FORWARD WITH PROTECTIONS AND BLITZES AND WHATNOT?
It would be difficult from experience-wise to see any more than what we've seen in terms of all the different schemes early on, but at the end of the day, you go into it respecting what people do regardless of how they do it because everybody's really good and everybody comes up with new things each and every week and so we're prepared for what we've seen and the only way we can prepare for what we haven't seen is to make sure we use our rules that can handle the different things that come up early and then work to make adjustments if we can't handle it or didn't handle it on that particular play.
HOW DOES Clay Matthews AVAILABILITY AFFECT YOU?
We treat him as a player who is a lineman and most teams do, it not all teams, So we practice that way and we have assigned, his number or that person who's playing his number gets blocked the same way, Certainly he's a special player, he's an elite player and going into games you always have to focus on the difference-making players and he's certainly one of them. And we'll be prepared for him if he plays, and if he doesn't, we'll just move on with the game plan and work accordingly.
DOES NOT KNOWING MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
I don’t think it does and that’s no disrespect to him as a player. I just think we go into a game plan a certain way. We always have the ability to make adjustments. If we say we want to turn the line this way and we’ll take care of it this way we certainly can do that. I don’t anticipate that would happen if he doesn’t play. There’s different things that we can do and adjustments that we can make if they change their style or they change their front and how they’re going to play the game.
WHERE HAS CUTLER IMPROVED INTANGIBLY?
Jay has been very consistent since I’ve been with him. He’s been consistent with his work ethic. He’s been consistent with his demeanor on the field. He’s just a hard worker. He’s a hard worker in the classroom and he’s a hard worker on the field. He’s not a vocal guy on the field. He just focuses on playing the game and doing his job and I’ve watched him continually invest continually in his team and I’ve said that many times. The one word that I can say about him is that he’s been very consistent in his behavior, his dedication, his perseverance, how he handled an injury last year, all very, very positive.
IS MCCLELLIN’S INJURY SHORT-TERM THING?
I think the thinking is next week it will be day-to-day or week-to-week, I really don’t know. We’re on a day-by-day injury report here and I think that’s how we’ll approach it.
IS HE STILL UPSET ABOUT THE INJURY?
I think he’s over kind of the initial grief of something happening to him when he was just starting to get going and his confidence was improving. But talking to him the last few days he’s back to getting himself—and this is what these guys do, these players do, they get re-motivated and dedicated to get back as quickly as they can and I think that’s where Shea is.
HARD CAST OR SOFT CAST?
You know I just saw him today and I can’t answer the question. I try not to look. No, I really can’t answer that question.
WITH Marshall OUT, IS IT GOOD TO SEE MORGAN AND HOLMES GET EXTRA REPS IN PRACTICE?
I think that can only help us. You have to try to turn negatives into positives. You’re right, they’ve gotten more work with Jay. That’s certainly putting money in the bank for times down the road when situations like this will come up and they’ve had the work and they’re more comfortable, they’re more confident. I think that can only help us.
We’ll talk again tomorrow and see where he is. We may work him out in the morning and see how he’s working tomorrow and then we’ll just go from there. We’ll just evaluate it the rest of the day tomorrow and try to make a decision by game-time what we’re going to do.
DID HE SAY WHETHER HE FEELS ANY BETTER OR WORSE THAN LAST WEEK
I didn’t talk to him about that.
IS THIS TYPE OF INJURY THAT CAN LINGER
I can’t answer that either.
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