One Bears player last week told CSNChicago.com that Pittsburgh is “just a cool place to play, the history, all the rest, like San Francisco or Green Bay. There’s just something about certain places in this league.”
No disagreement from coach Marc Trestman.
“I don’t think you can ever disagree with that,” said Trestman, before tempering his thoughts to include every NFL city as special, perhaps so as not to offend, say, a Detroit, which he’ll visit next Sunday. “It is Pittsburgh, one of the traditional teams, very similar to the team we’re fortunate enough to be with here.
“When people come into this city or go to Pittsburgh they know great games have been played there with great players and there is great tradition.”
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The Bears would like to avoid furthering that tradition. No simple task, particularly for an offense that still forming and now faced with an operational test where bad things happen to visiting teams.
While the Steelers have been woeful on offense, they have allowed just 36 points through two games, and the teams they lost to fared better against other than Pittsburgh. The Tennessee Titans scored 10 against the Steelers, then put 24 on the Houston Texans on the road. The Cincinnati Bengals hit the Bears for 21 points in Soldier field but managed just 20 at home against the Steelers.
“We’re on the road, first road game, the noise is going to be a problem for us offensively,” Trestman acknowledged. “Just the travel, you know we have some young guys on the offense. Just see how the communication goes with the noise, keeping our poise out there.”