Trestman, McCown help Bears regain traction

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  1. short faced bear

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    Coach, QB keep their cool on challenging, memorable day at Soldier Field

    David Haugh
    In the Wake of the News

    9:29 p.m. CST, November 17, 2013

    Killing time during Sunday's 1-hour, 53-minute weather delay that interrupted their 23-20 overtime victory over the Ravens, wide receiver Brandon Marshall flipped coach Marc Trestman a football as he walked past his locker stall.

    Trestman reacted quickly. He caught it.

    Like his team, Trestman clearly was ready for everything on a bizarre day during which the Bears made good use of their time to restore relevance to their season. After lightning amid the storms that rocked the area caused the NFL to suspend play with 4:51 left in the first quarter, Trestman tried whatever he could to keep his players relaxed and positive despite trailing 10-0.

    He played catch with Marshall in the locker room, a scene rookie guard Kyle Long called "epic.'' He sat on the floor to talk to Bears cornerback Tim Jennings. He led the offense in a walk-through at the behest of Marshall. He created a positive environment conducive to coming back, which is exactly what the Bears did against the defending Super Bowl champions.

    "The guys were very energized,'' Trestman said. "When we went out (after the delay) you would have thought we hadn't started the game yet.''

    After the longest Bears game in recent memory finally ended 5 hours, 18 minutes after kickoff with a 38-yard field goal by Robbie Gould, you never would have guessed this was the same team demoralized by its defeat to the Lions only seven days earlier. What a difference a week makes in the NFL.

    On a muddy field in stormy conditions, the Bears regained traction in the NFC North race. They played without five defensive starters and starting quarterback Jay Cutler but found a way to win anyway. They relied on no-name pass rushers like Cheta Ozougwu and David Bass, who returned an interception for a touchdown, as much as big-money sack man Julius Peppers. They carelessly committed 13 penalties and mismanaged timeouts in the final minute of regulation but persevered because they protected the football. They made Ravens running back Ray Rice resemble a Pro Bowl runner again for the first time in 2013 but defensively came up with the clutch stop in overtime when necessary.

    They overcame every challenge the Ravens and Mother Nature provided to produce the most memorable, if not significant, moment of Trestman's first season as $865,000 bargain backup quarterback Josh McCown outplayed $120 million man Joe Flacco.

    "It's something Marc talks about all the time, embracing adversity, (and) that was our adversity,'' McCown said of the weather.

    The way Chicago's skies cleared after play resumed, it begged the question why the NFL failed to postpone kickoff until 3:15 p.m. With today's sophisticated technology, local meteorologists saw this major noontime storm coming as early as Friday, so why couldn't the NFL have made a wiser decision to avoid a weather-delayed game? How much did CBS sending its No. 1 broadcast team influence the decision to keep the game in the first time slot no matter what Doppler radar showed?

    "Weather is unpredictable and there was a chance that the game could proceed without a delay, (but) when lightning dictated that a stoppage was necessary, the procedures for such an occurrence were followed,'' NFL spokesman Michael Signora told the Tribune.

    To their credit, Bears players and coaches kept the football game they just won in its proper perspective. With sincerity in their voice and mud still on their shoes, they offered thoughts and prayers for the people with lives changed by the string of tornadoes that wrought devastation in Illinois towns such as Washington and Peoria.

    "For us, relative to a football game it was adversity, but they're facing some real stuff right now,'' McCown said of the victims.

    Along the lakefront, the winds that whipped up to 34 mph made a passing game a fleeting thought. The elements changed "series by series,'' according to Trestman, who admitted worrying about screen passes and tosses. It forced the Bears to lean heavily on the power of running back Matt Forte and the prudence of McCown.

    "You look across the field and see Joe Flacco and on the sidelines and Jay is over there and I'm like, 'Can I borrow somebody's arm?' '' McCown kidded.

    Yet on the decisive play of the game, McCown reminded us how far smarts and accuracy can take the Bears. Reading blitz, McCown saw Martellus Bennett isolated on 5-foot-10 cornerback Lardarius Webb on a play designed for Marshall. So McCown put the ball up for Bennett to make a play and the tight end came down with a 43-yard catch that set up Gould's field goal three plays later.

    "I didn't want to be a JAG – Just A Guy,'' Bennett said.

    As a result, the Bears suddenly aren't just another team in the NFC after what was hardly just another day.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...-haugh-bears-chicago-20131118,0,298753.column
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    I couldn't help but contrast this with what Lovie Smith would have done yesterday, being down 10-0 and with the horrific weather conditions - he would have done nothing. Zip. He'd just trot out with the "Wooden Indian" stare and we would have lost the game.

    With Green Bay, Detroit and the Vikings, ALL losing yesterday, this win was huge. Trestman is a "work in progress" just like our injury-riddled team. But he's learning, and our team is getting better as it slugs through a lot of adversity. The coach and the team will learn a lot from this season.

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    McCown seems to have really gelled w/Trestman, whatever his future is, playing qb in the NFL still or coaching I think this work w/Trestman will have helped him emmensly moving forward.
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    I guess it's a rather nice blessing to have all the adversity up front to accelerate the team coming together and to learn from than to be derailed by some small thing later on.
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    I'm a firm believer that when you can come out of epic adversity, and be okay, then you're stronger. It's a "life thing" and not just a football thing. This success by the Bears, in spite of everything bad that has happened this season, is pulling the team together under Trestman's new leadership. This will definitely pay dividends, even if it's next season. But hey, it could still help this team gut out an NFC-N title this year. How cool would THAT be?

    I hope the wheels come off in Detroit and they come unraveled in this home stretch. And wouldn't it be cool to have the championship come down to our last game, hosting the Packers - and have Cutler exorcise the demons and win the game for us?
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    Yes, that was the gist of what I was saying.
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    That kind of performance just might earn him a long term deal instead of the FT.

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