CHICAGO BEARS HEAD COACH MARC TRESTMAN
We went indoors today simply get a sweat up, we've been away from it for a few days. We'll certainly get outside the next couple of days, the weather's going to be good anyways. It will be good for our guys to get outside.
MORE ATTENTION FOR JEFFERY WITH Marshall ON IR?
I don't know how much it will change, obviously. From a defensive standpoint, the focus may carry over to him a little bit more and it will be up to the other guys that are involved in our personnel groupings to pick up some of that slack. Certainly, as I've said before, we're not going to replace a Brandon Marshall. But, Marquees, Dante, Josh Morgan, all those guys will figure into the equation in terms of moving the football around.
HOW HAS ALSHON’S SEASON BEEN IN YOUR EYES?
I think that -- and I haven't looked at it real close -- but I feel like his productivity has been better the last three to four weeks. I feel like he's come on in terms of making plays and doing some very good things. He's been probably healthier last month than he's been during the course of the season. I've seen a little bit of that. Specifically, that's what I'm sensing and I'm feeling it at practices as well.
DEFENDING JIMMY GRAHAM
Well, I'm not going to...It's tough to game plan a player like that. He's a dominant player and we're going to have to move coverage around and do things up front to try to speed up the tempo in terms of getting rid of the football before he can get down the field. But he's going to be a problem with any team. Certainly, we're going to have our hands full with him.
WHAT DO THEY DO IN CREATING FAVORABLE MATCHUPS FOR GRAHAM?
They move him around. He lines up all over the field, we see that. He lines up in a wide receiver position, he lines up in there tight. He's very good at double moves. When they see a man-to-man matchup, they're going to try and take advantage of it because there's such a size differential with most of the players that he's up against. And they just work him vertically up the field and throw the ball up in the middle of the field and let him make a play even when it's into coverage.
WHAT DOES MATT FORTE’S DURABILITY DO IN TERMS OF PLANNING AND ATTACKING?
I don't know that anything has changed with him. He's been able to get himself ready each and every week to play, he plays a significant number of plays. What we try to do, certainly, is to be able to use him effectively in both the run game -- which we haven't done a good job of over the past few weeks. It certainly hasn't been as consistent as we'd like it to have been. It's been, interspersed throughout the season. We'd like to do a better job there and just continue to involve him as part of our progressions throwing the football. So nothing's really changed. His durability has been consistent and because of it, we've been able to move him around and get him the ball in different ways.
IS FORTE UNIQUE IN HIS PREPARATION COMPARED TO OTHER BACKS YOU’VE COACHED?
They all do their own … have their own ways of getting ready. It’s very clear Matt is hyper-competitive in his preparation. We have to try and slow him down at times. Mike Clark, our strength coach, has to just, “don’t come in today – just rest,” because he’s a guy who’s gonna try to outwork you every single day during the season and in the offseason, that’s clearly apparent.
DO BRANDON AND JAY HAVE ANY CHEMISTRY PROBLEMS YOU’VE NOTICED?
All I can tell you is what we see, Peggy, everyday. And we see an amicable relationship, a working relationship, a professional relationship – that’s all we see here. That’s the only time I’m around them, basically, is when I see them here. And that’s all I’ve seen throughout the course of the year.
HOW HAS JON BOSTIC PROGRESSED?
Well he’s had to deal with a back injury, he’s been out of the lineup for a number of weeks, which has certainly inhibited his growth. We’ve had to move him around to different positions, we will again this week. He’s back in, he’s healthy and he’s got three more weeks to continue to improve and get better. So I think a lot of it has been difficult to assess because of the time he has spent away.
IMPACT THE REVOLVING LB DOOR HAS HAD ON DEFENSE OVERALL?
First of all, we’re not in the business of making excuses for injuries; we can’t. Certainly we’ve had guys working in and out. It started differently this year with Lance and Shea and D.J. Shea was out for quite some time with his hand. He’s back. D.J. is obviously out of the mix right now and Jon is working at the position. We’ve got Christian Jones, who’s really come out of the free agent market – rookie free agent – comes in, has continued to progress, getting more reps and more playing time. It’s part of the developmental process of our football team right now; we’re trying to develop players and play at a high level at the same time.
TOUGH TO MOVE BOSTIC AGAIN BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SEE MORE OF HIM AT WILL?
Well I think the most important thing is what he can do today, tomorrow and Monday night to help us win a football game. Part of the reason we moved him around during the course of training camp and early in the season is because if we did get in this position, he’d be able to handle it. And if we decide that it’s in the best interest of the team for him to go to that position, that’s what we have to do. And Jon certainly understands that.
WHAT TRAITS OF A NO.1 WR DOES JEFFERY POSSESS?
It starts with work ethic and competitiveness - highly, highly competitive, tremendous work ethic. Very high football intelligence; as quiet as he is, he understands everything that’s going on on the football field. He understands techniques and how to win. And he’s still growing, he’s still getting better, he’s getting an understanding of the league and defenders that he’s playing against weekly, especially when we have divisional matchups where we see teams more than once. So this is just a growing process for him as he continues to get better. A healthy Alshon is generally going to be a productive Alshon Jeffery.
WHO DO THOSE WHO TO WANT TO TALK TO MEL FOR A COACHING JOB, LIKE THE ONE AT WISCONSIN, GO THROUGH?
It would be something that would be through our organization. Someone in our organization generally through Phil and through football operations and that standpoint. But we always want everybody to have opportunities. If they feel, and that's as a general rule whoever they might be, if they have a chance to grow in this profession we're in a position to want to help them do that whoever that might be.
WILL KA'DEEM CAREY GET MORE CARRIES AND TIME?
I can't say that. We feel Ka'Deem is ready to play and ready to get work. As we approach each game we're looking at it one way: Who can play on that play to help us win that play. When Matt comes out and Ka'Deem goes in we feel real good about that -- his understanding of the game and his growth in the game. We feel very good about him. But it goes to winning the play and winning the game and that's all dependent on whether Matt is going to be in there or not. If Matt can be in there he's generally in there. If Matt needs to come out and Ka'Deem goes in that's Ka'Deem's opportunity to win on that play and get better.
SAINTS PASS RUSH
Really they rush a lot of five-man rushes. More than any team that we play. A lot of different looks, bringing five or six guys probably more than any team we play. Cameron Jordan is still a very good player, Gillette is still a very good player. They're really the premier players. But they're configuring pass rushes a lot of different ways in their 3-4 and in their four-down stuff. So it's coming from different angles. Quarterbacks are getting rid of the ball quickly to try to neutralize a lot of that pass rush.
WHERE HAS MARTELLUS BENNETT GROWN THIS YEAR?
I think it goes back to what I've said. He's really taken to coaching as much as anything. I think Andy has done a very good job in his preparation. Martellus is a guy who wants structure, he wants detail. And when he plays within the framework of the offense and is in a position to do what he's supposed to do -- in the right place, right depth, right splits -- he's in a better position to make the play. And I think that's what's really happened. It hasn't been his work ethic. His practice effort is always very good. So I think that's a big part of the growth. And just working with Jay more.
The details, which if you talk to most players who continue to ascend, it's a detailed business and there's no detail that is unimportant. And I think Marty has really taken to that.