Bears leadership 'buy in' critical in prep for Giants game

Bears leadership 'buy in' critical in prep for Giants game
October 13, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Marc Trestman has downplayed the importance of records at this point of a season and the focus of the Bears coach and his staff was not on being 4-2 but on “looking to improve our football team — the fundamentals, the techniques but also structure, try to get better next week,” Trestman said.

The Bears will need to be better next week, and the weeks thereafter. And internal team leadership suggests that the over-hyped "buy in" will be part of the improvement process, as it was in the days leading up to the win over New York.

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Trestman's team now has one game in 22 days, going to Washington (1-3) next Sunday before the off week and then go Green Bay for Monday night Nov. 4.

That will begin the toughest three-game stretch of the 2013 schedule with the Packers, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens in the span of 13 days.

Of the Bears’ four wins, only one (Cincinnati) was against a team that began Sunday even at .500.

All of which made escaping with a 27-21 win over the New York Giants (0-6) and getting to 4-2 a not insignificant point given this stretch of conference games with obvious end-of-year playoff scenarios.

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The win over New York was important not only for the result on the field, but also for the fact that internal leadership played a part — another key indicator of the “buy in” by players that really matter. Some players arrived at Halas Hall ahead of the coaching staff the day after the loss to the New Orleans Saints.

“It really started last Sunday night after the New Orleans game, when the leadership took over the team and got in here early Monday to get ready for the game,” Trestman said.