Chicago Bears HEAD COACH MARC TRESTMAN
A good win. We spent the morning in individual and segment meetings, obviously making corrections. We have all already quickly moved on to Tampa Bay. We’ve got to keep our focus on what’s important and that is using the next 24 hours as players and coaches to get ready for Tampa Bay.
WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR PLAN TO BEAT THE VIKINGS DEFENSE?
We went to work to try to neutralize the pass rush and did that in various ways with our passing game and our ability to slam some runs in there. The guys did a good job. Jay did a good job of managing the protection side of it as well, getting us into the right plays.
YOU MOVED CUTLER AROUND IN THE GAME. DID IT HAVE THE DESIRED EFFECT?
We did get three or four plays out of some movement for us, and it did help neutralize some of the pass rush and give him a different passing spot.
END OF THE 1ST HALF, WHAT WERE YOU DOING?
They had two timeouts. When I looked back at it today, I thought I could’ve done a better job managing it. Part of the process is trying to get them to eliminate their timeouts so they don’t have them if they get the ball, offensively speaking.
ARE JEFFERY AND Marshall HEALTHIER?
They’ve worked very hard in practice. Each and every day their effort level is what it should be — hardworking guys just trying to get better, that’s the way they’ve approached each day. That’s what we see.
WHERE WAS THE MOST IMPROVEMENT IN THE PASS DEFENSE YESTERDAY?
Number 1, it helped us to stop the run. We were able to do a little bit of what we wanted to do, force Bridgewater to throw from the pocket, which we did. We were able to get a good rush, consistent rush, we had a level rush, eliminated his ability to scramble and keep him in the pocket.
THE PLAY RULED AN INCOMPLETE PASS, SHOULD IT HAVE BEEN A FUMBLE?
I really can’t answer that, Rich.
YOU KNOW WHAT PLAY THOUGH, RIGHT?
I think the one where Brandon was on the ground trying to pick the ball up. I really can’t say. I didn’t really have a chance to talk to Jay about it today in terms of what he saw from his side of it.
HOW DID YOU FORCE BRIDGEWATER TO CHECK DOWN?
Just keeping mindful of where the sticks were. Longer yardage certainly helps. Keeping everything in front of them and then rallying to the football. They did a good job of getting to the football after reading Bridgewater. He got it out, then we collected to the ball, we got a net around the football, which is good. And tackled.
MARSHALL THREATENED A FAN ON A PUBLIC FORUM. WAS HE DISCIPLINED?
I think that’s an issue between Brandon and I, and I’m going to leave it at that.
WAS IT ADDRESSED?
I’m going to say it again. It’s an issue between Brandon and I.
WAS HE A DISTRACTION?
I didn’t have any sense or anything other than Brandon working hard in practice. I think that very evidently carried over into the game.
CUTLER’S NEAR INTERCEPTION BEFORE THE SCORE
Well, the fact of the matter is it went incomplete and we can say what we want to and we were able to respond collectively by finding a way to score on the subsequent play. Jay is going to work to try to make a play. The most important thing is the team got together on the next play and found a way to get a completion and score.
WAS IT AN OK DECISION?
I’m not going to start talking about each and every play and breaking down each and every play. As I said, we were able to move on and we got a play, which was the most important thing.
HAVE YOU ACKNOWLEDGED THIS WEEK THAT PLAYERS ARE GOING AGAINST LOVIE?
I think we’re going to talk to our team truthfully about every aspect of this game and making sure that we go in with our eyes wide open whatever that might be.
WHAT SENSE OF LOVIE’S LEADERSHIP AND COACHING DO YOU GET FROM BEING AROUND HIS FORMER PLAYERS?
I’m not going to go through a dissertation like that. The thing I can tell you about Lovie is that I’ve watched him for years and played against him for years and I know him as a person and I have tremendous respect for him as a person in all areas. That’s the only thing I can speak of at this point and I truly mean that.
HOW BIG IS IT FOR A QB TO BE ABLE TO IGNORE THE MEDIA?
It’s extremely important because it’s part of the job, it’s the day to day job of a quarterback in the National Football League to be able to stay focused and be mentally tough enough to be able to do his job amidst all the things that go on on and off the field. That’s part of the job.
IS JAY DOING IT?
Jay comes to work every day and works his tail off. I’ve said that from Day 1. My message is going to stay the same because it’s a fact. He comes in focused in on trying to help this football team win daily.
We liked what we saw in his work ethic and to do it with just about 10 days back into it. It was a good light for us to see him. He made a couple plays at key times, a couple third down conversions if I’m not mistaken -- at least one. Jay has got a lot of confidence in him in terms of his ability. And we’ll just keep working with him, keep trying to get him involved in what we’re doing
DID YOU SENSE FRESH ENERGY FROM HIM?
Oh yes. Yeah. Absolutely, absolutely.
HOW DID JARED LOOK AND HOW DO PASS RUSHERS BENEFIT FROM OBVIOUS PASSING SITUATIONS?
I think we all saw Jared was very active, not only at rushing the passer but playing the run. He came off blocks and ran to the football, was alive yesterday. I think he brought a lot of energy and passion to our front, as did the other guys. But he certainly played with a lot of passion and enthusiasm yesterday.
WAS IT HIS BEST GAME?
I don’t know if I could answer that question. I felt he played very good yesterday.
We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to get off blocks and we’ve got to handle the special situation, the fake. We’ve got to do a better job of handling that. The beauty of this game yesterday was when we did have error in our football it happened in all three phases. We had complementary football as well. We were able to overcome things: offensively if there was a defensive issue, then defensively if there was an offensive issue. And then offensively and defensively by just moving forward with the special teams issue that we did have. There were things that we worked very hard today to correct and hope to eliminate those things moving forward.
All I can speak for is yesterday. He was a very effective blocker yesterday in the perimeter, and in our screen game. Very effective and very determined.
YOU RAN FORTE ON THE PERIMETER A LOT IN SHORT YARDAGE
I think every situation is different. We run certain plays because of the types of defenses that we’re seeing, and we felt like the play selection yesterday fell in line with the things that we were seeing, and so each and every game would take on its own identity relative to the plays that we use. We felt good about the ones we used yesterday.
I thought Jay continued to play hard throughout the game. He made plays, overcame things that he wants to do better, just like our entire team did. I was pleased the way the team played together, as I said, not just Jay, but in terms of just the way we played complementary football yesterday as a unit and stuck together.
ON CUTLER’S SECOND INTERCEPTION, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HIM DO DIFFERENTLY?
They rolled up and he wanted to throw a lower ball to it. Those things happen. What's most exciting to me is the way we responded to it all, once again as a defense containing them, not giving them points and then being able to come down and score the next time around. I think we scored the next drive.
HOW DID PLAYERS REACT TO YOU SHOWING THEM VIDEO OF PREVIOUS WINS?
I think that's really a player question. The information is out that that's what we did. We did it with the intent of trying to show this team a little bit about the team that it can be on a week-by-week basis if we put our minds to it because it's the same guys in the room now (as) was then. You'd have to ask them that. It was part of the things we did to try to help prepare, and now we've got to move forward and get focused in on Tampa.
WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU MISS ABOUT JOSH McCOWN THE MOST?
I don't know if I'm going there. We all have our own relationships with Josh and I'd rather keep it at that. I just stand by what I said when Josh left here -- we were happy for him and his opportunity to continue his journey and I don't think anyone here feels any differently about that now. The fact of the matter is we're not playing Josh on Sunday. We're playing the Tampa Bay Bucs, we're playing the whole team, and we got to get focused on that and doing our part in that.
DIDN’T HE HAVE A BIG INFLUENCE BEHIND THE SCENES?
That should be more relative to what our players think and how they see it. I think Josh is certainly a guy who's a great teammate. He's a very good teammate, like the guys we have in our locker room. He's a good teammate and an unselfish player.
DO YOU HAVE TO PUT IN SOME NEW STUFF TO THE PLAYBOOK BECAUSE OF HIM?
We're going to just focus on our stuff, understand that he's probably focusing on his stuff. A lot could have changed over the last six or eight months so we're not putting much stock into any of that _ with no disrespect, certainly. But we're just going to focus on trying to get better as a football team and put a game plan together in all three phases to get this thing done on Sunday.
I don't think there's anything right now that I could tell you about that stands out in my mind. I'm going to go see the trainers, but I don't think there's anything that stands out in my mind. If there's something, I'm sure it'll be on the report on Wednesday.
I think the biggest thing to the penalties is it's something we were able to correct and get out of that business very early. But it certainly slowed us down. It slowed us down on both sides of the ball early on, getting off the field defensively and staying on the field and continuing drives offensively. It's not what we want. It's not acceptable to us. But at the same time, I appreciated the fact that our team was able to clean that up and move forward. We were pretty clean the rest of the way.
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