By Charlie Roumeliotis
Last season, the Bears convincingly won their season opener with a 41-21 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, the Bears muscled out a fourth quarter comeback to cap off a 24-21 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals and it oddly feels better than the beatdown last year.
The second season of The Jay Cutler Show kicked off on ESPN 1000 Monday with Waddle and Silvy in which Cutler addressed the difference between the two games and answered questions after week one.
"I think the team is starting to come together now," he said. "There were a lot of question marks revolving around the offense and how we were going to produce and how it was all going to go down under Trestman and the guys."
Cutler admitted that it took a while for things to get going, but the second half message was about sticking to the game plan.
And it worked.
"First half wasn't exactly how we wanted it to go and everyone kind of stuck to the game plan," Cutler said. "I thought Marc did a great job and Aaron [Kromer] of calling plays in the second half and just continuing to trust what we installed and what we had studied."
The Bears offensive line allowed zero sacks against one of the best defensive lines in football. But protection as a team is something Trestman preaches.
"He puts a lot of emphasis on protection and we have a lot of protection meetings throughout the week not only with myself, but with the running backs, the tight ends, all the lineman and guards, and it's something we definitely focus on," said Cutler. "I mean it starts with those guys up front. I don't think we can take away what they did yesterday against a really good defensive front ... That being said, our concepts and our route structures are designed to get the ball out quickly."
Cutler went on to give recognition to some of the younger guys, such as rookie lineman Jordan Mills and the development of Alshon Jeffery whose contributions will be important as the Bears season progresses.