Peter King: Trestman will instill confidence in the Bears
INDIANAPOLIS -- One lasting image of the 2012 season will be quarterback Jay Cutler twice shunning offensive coordinator Mike Tice on the sidelines during the Oct. 1 game in Dallas. Cutler walked away from Tice initially, sat on the bench, and then got up and walked away when Tice sat next to him to pursue the conversation. (Cutler claimed that he just wanted to go get a drink of water. Lovie Smith didn't buy it and called Cutler into his office for a private talking-to, a source told CSNChicago.com.)
If Cutler pulls that again this season, best guess is that he should probably just keep walking.
Peter King, longtime NFL expert for Sports Illustrated and member of the NBC Sports “Sunday Night Football” team, suggested that neither coach Marc Trestman nor quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh will put up with antics like disrespecting coaches or teammates.
“I think the one thing that players will like about Cavanaugh is that he doesn’t take any crap,” King told CSNChicago.com. “He’s going to be acerbic and he will sometimes out-tough Cutler in terms of his opinions about things. I thought that was a good match, someone who would go head-to-head with Jay a little bit.
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“The fact that he’s tough and he’s not going to take any nonsense is probably a good thing, too.”
King’s conclusion, in addition to how he expects players to react to Trestman game plans: “This is going to be a fun team, because there’s going to be some transition.”