CHICAGO BEARS HEAD COACH MARC TRESTMAN
Well we move forward, onward to Dallas. That’s where our focus is obviously. Today was like a Wednesday for us.
We’ll put an injury report out tomorrow with everything on it. We don’t have to do an injury report today. The whole group will be on a list tomorrow obviously and that’s, by league approval, obviously tomorrow is the day that will come out.
It’s tough. It’s leadership. It’s experience. I’m just disappointed for him personally. It’s been a rough couple of years for him with the injuries that he’s had. When he’s played he’s played extremely hard and he’s been an important element of this organization not only the last couple years since I’ve been here but obviously throughout his career. He’s been an influential leader in the locker room and obviously a tremendous football player on the field.
COMMUNICATE WITH HIM?
I saw him in here this morning. He was working out with the trainers so I didn’t get a chance to speak with him today. Certainly we’ll talk over the next couple days.
WOULD YOUR DECISION TO SHELF BRIGGS BEEN DIFFERENT IF YOU’D WON LAST WEEK?
This is all based on trainers and doctors. Everything is done according to what they decide so as I said last week when I talked all the injury/diagnosis, all the information was not in at that time. Again, everything that we’re doing with him is all based on decisions made by doctors and the time that he’s going to be out.
PASS DEFENSE VS LIONS
Boy I’ve already moved so far into Dallas. It’s a combination of a number of things. It’s a combination of our pass rush and our back end working together and as we looked at it, we were one step away of hitting Matt. He made a couple really good throws. One step away of hitting him and one step away from just making the play. Both sides of it. Certainly we played against good players, but that’s what we’re trying to do this week. Get one step closer with our rush and one step closer covering these guys. Very similar situation this week.
WAS THE O-LINE OK WITH YOUR DECISION TO ABANDON RUN GAME LAST WEEK?
I’ve been down that road. Our guys are locked in. Every offensive line wants to run the football. We all want to run the football. But we put game plans in to do what we think is best for the team that day against that specific team. They’re a prideful group but I think they understand. Certainly it didn’t go the way we wanted and that’s why we’re working at it today. We’ve talked a lot about it, we’re coaching through it and we’re going to try to do a better job this week and on Thursday night against Dallas.
WHAT GOES INTO CONTAINING DEZ BRYANT?
No. 1 is the pass rush. It starts with the pass rush and doing things coverage-wise to mix it up and make it difficult for him to get the football. That means disguises and all the things that go into playing pass defense, which is not just about the back end but about the rush and the looks that we give the quarterback and protection issues that we cause the offensive line, which is a very good one.
WHAT DO THEY DO WELL ON OFFENSE, ESPECIALLY RUN GAME
They have as good a set of runs as you’ll see. They do it all, all different kinds of combination runs and they’ve really made a point of trying to work in that regard and obviously Murray is having an exceptional year because of it. Personnel-wise they’re excellent up front and they’re running the football well, not with just one type of run but with many different kinds of runs, which makes it a challenge to defend.
WHAT DOES DEMARCO MURRAY HAVE?
He’s got a great line. He’s got great structure. He’s got speed and power. He’s got it all. And we’ve that almost each and every week with the productivity that he’s had.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE FROM JON BOSTIC?
Just continued growth. He plays hard. He plays fast. He’s continued to get better. He’s making calls. He’s doing the things. He’s just got to continue to grow and like a lot of our young guys just get better. But he’s becoming very productive in there.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT HIM ON THE WEAK SIDE?
I think the thing that he can do he’s got great quickness and suddenness to be able to react and respond in zone coverages as well as fit the line of scrimmage. He’s a very sudden player and instinctive player in that regard.
WILL PHYSICALITY BE POINT OF EMPHASIS WITH SHANE VEREEN AFTER LAST GAME?
Physicality is a point of emphasis with all of our players. It’s the No. 1 thing we talk about in terms of playing the game. And as he continues to grow as our group does we’re just going to continue to focus on that area. We can do better. Brock can do better. We can collectively. And really we are very much focused on that as we work into the week.
ANY CLARITY ON CHRIS CONTE?
I think the best clarity I can give you is what the injury report says tomorrow. I’m not a doctor and we’ll wait until tomorrow because that’s when decisions have to be on how these reports come out, with all due respect.
THOUGHTS ABOUT WORKING WITH LANCE WHEN YOU TOOK OVER
I was certainly excited about it. I watched him play for years. With the enthusiasm and the life that he played with he always as I watched him play over the years he always … You want players to be out there having fun playing the game and loving the game and he was a guy that I certainly say that as a coach from afar and certainly saw that as we proceeded on into the OTAs and into the season.
LANCE’S EMOTIONAL REACTION?
I think that’s something he’ll have to respond to. You never want to see a player get hurt. Obviously he wanted to be involved in what we’re doing and finish the season. He certainly played like that when he was up. So I really can’t speak for him. I’m disappointed for our team, but I’m disappointed for him that he can’t finish the season.
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