Bears aiming for higher mark under Trestman

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm •  Published: August 27, 2013
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears weren't afraid to think outside the box when they hired coach Marc Trestman.

They stretched boundaries. They hopped the border.

They lured him back to the NFL from Canada with the hope that he could connect with quarterback Jay Cutler and inject some life into a stagnant offense while leading the Bears to the playoffs after they missed out for the fifth time in six seasons despite 10 wins.

It's no small task, particularly for someone with no head coaching experience in the league. Then again, he had success in the CFL the past five years, leading the Montreal Alouettes to back-to-back championships, and he has a history of success with quarterbacks.

A defense that consistently ranked among the best the past few years will largely remain untouched under new coordinator Mel Tucker. But on the other side, it's a different story.

The Bears are running the West Coast offense, and so far, new tight end Martellus Bennett likes what he sees from his coach.

"I think the best thing about him is he's feeling it out himself and looking for changes that he can make that makes him a better coach," Bennett said. "He's always trying to do the things he can do to become better."

One thing that impresses him is Trestman seeks input.

"He asks us all the time, 'What would you think about this?' Just like we ask him if we're doing a good job, he asks us if he's doing a good job," Bennett said.

Time will be the ultimate indicator. With that in mind, here are five things to know about the Bears:

NEW LEADER, BETTER QB? The Bears are hoping for something along those lines. The Bears couldn't get the most out of Cutler under former coach Lovie Smith and past offensive coordinators Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice. Some of that had to do with the play-calling. A porous offensive line played a big role, too, and the lack of a go-to receiver before the Bears acquired Brandon Marshall last season didn't help, either. Cutler's demeanor and decision-making were contributing factors. Now, he has an expiring contract and something to prove. To many, he's out of excuses. The Bears rebuilt their offensive line, added a versatile tight end in Bennett and brought in a coach who's had success working with Rich Gannon, Bernie Kosar and Steve Young.

THE DEPARTED: The Bears parted ways with linebacker Brian Urlacher, for years the face of the franchise. Now, it's Lance Briggs leading the linebackers from the weak side, with the middle spot up in the air. Veteran D.J. Williams suffered a calf injury at the beginning of training camp. That created an opening for second-round draft pick Jonathan Bostic, and he opened some eyes in the preseason.

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