Trestman's GPS has Bears en route

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Trestman's GPS has Bears en route

Marc Trestman did not disappoint after being introduced asthe 14thhead coach in Chicago Bears history.Trestman was smart, organized, concise, andclearly a football guy answering questions from the media, which eliminated hisnervousness.After humble appreciationsto those responsible for delivering Trestman game-ready to the Bears, he foundhis element when he spoke about the science of football when fielding footballquestions, which broke the ice in his initial press conference. Trestman was clear about being hands-on reinventingquarterback Jay Cutler.His excitementwas genuine discussing Cutler, as it should -- Trestman understands Cutleris a great canvass to paint upon.Its notan extreme makeover project, but rather Cutler needs etiquette training to polishrough edges for a much more aesthetically pleasing product.The end result for Trestman ishopefully a magnificent piece of art that plays at a more efficient level.Trestman revealed this will be accomplished bypersonally running the quarterback meeting room, along with calling plays for the Bears on Sundays. Trestmanexplained when he said, It is my passion and something I enjoy.Trestman hit his stride during the press conference when discussinghis starting quarterback Jay Cutler, saying great players want to becoached, too; they want direction. This is where many media and fans mistakenlygo astray understanding Jay Cutler.Ihave written repeatedly how Cutlers demeanor would be a bigger problem if hedidnt care.Football and winning are important toCutler.Caring aboutyour job performance in relation to the success of your team and organizationshould be embraced, not demeaned.Although its expressed different by each player, the trait is real,vital and a tangible asset for success.Players who no longer take pride in football as an important priority intheir life are most likely no longer in the NFL.Outside of the passion, urgency, and commitment to winningchampionships displayed by Trestman during the press conference, he delivered averbal promise of what Bears general manager Phil Emery envisioned in a headcoach. Flexibility adapting to talent presented on the roster was aprerequisite for Emery.Trestman knockedit out of the park when he said philosophy is fluid. Trestmans analogy was scientificallyperfect again when he said, Im the GPS of the team. I let the team know wherewe are and where we are going.Trestman came across as an extremely smart coach whounderstands his "GPS coordinates" must be re-adjusted en route due to newunforeseen variables which may affect his final destination and time of arrival.Bears fans know all too well there are bumpsin the road.But if you travel smart,you ultimately reach your desired goal more safely and quicker.So can any Bears fans send me the GPScoordinates for MET LIFE Stadium in New Jersey?They host the Super Bowl in 2014.

Three Bears necessities to lay a broom on the Lions

Three Bears necessities to lay a broom on the Lions

If the Lions beat the Bears in Detroit, it'd be a recent rarity. No, not the Bears losing, but in this long series that reaches 175 games Sunday. One team or the other has swept the season series 11 of the last 12 years (the lone exception being 2011). The 17-14 Bears win Oct. 2 ended a string of six consecutive losses to their division rivals. At that point, both clubs were 1-3. The Bears have remained at that pace since, while the Lions have taken off, winning seven of eight.

It was Brian Hoyer's steady hand that guided that win, while a Vic Fangio defense missing Eddie Goldman, Pernell McPhee and Danny Trevathan forced Matthew Stafford into easily his worst game of the season.

1. STAY COMMITTED

That first meeting was Jordan Howard's first start, and his first 100-yard game, and the rook ran it 23 times for the first of five 100-yard rushing efforts (113). And since the two Bears touchdowns were scored by a couple of players who won't suit up Sunday (Eddie Royal and Zach Miller, from a quarterback who also won't be suiting up), keep feeding the beast. He's 117 yards from reaching the 1,000-yard mark (after just a dozen carries the first three games), and another 100-yard effort would give him the most for a rookie in Bears franchise history.

2. A FASTER START FOR MATT

...meaning Barkley, not Stafford. The Bears want to avoid a faster start by Stafford and the home offense, which was held to just one first down and 14 total plays on their first four possessions back in October. As Barkley makes his first NFL road start in a dome, he and his offensive teammates need to get out of the gate quicker than they have the last two home games. Before they got things rolling on the final drive of the first half against the San Francisco 49ers, they had four possessions that totaled 14 plays, 27 net yards and two first downs. In Barkley's first start two weeks ago against the Tennessee Titans, they surrounded one 13-play touchdown drive in the opening half with five possessions, totaling 16 plays, 108 yards, three first downs, and an interception.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

3. HOO-RATIO

The Bears have lost the turnover battle in eight of their 12 games, and just twice have they won it. One of those instances was in Week 4. For a team that has just five interceptions all year, against a quarterback who's thrown just five picks, two came in the first meeting on the lakefront. And those picks were by (....wait for it....) Deiondre Hall (the rookie who'll play for the first time since that game), and Jacoby Glenn, who's now back on the practice squad. Now, yes, Stafford is a different beast in his den, and there's a completely different confidence level now for the NFC North leaders. But what if the defense can pull an encore? And can Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks pick up where they left off against another mobile quarterback? The Bears had just two sacks in the first meeting, registered by (....wait for it....) Mitch Unrein and Cornelius Washington.

** Finish up your snow removal by 11 a.m. Plop yourself in front of CSN, and watch ex-Bears Lance Briggs, Jim Miller and Alex Brown join Chris for Bears Pregame Live. Then as soon as the second quarter ends on CBS, log on here to CSNChicago.com as Jim and Chris break down the first 30 minutes and go over second half adjustments on Bears Halftime Live. Finally, as soon as the team's start sharing handshakes, flip back to CSN as the three ex-Bears and Chris provide 90 minutes of reaction, analysis, press conferences and locker room interviews from Detroit on Bears Postgame Live. **

Complete Bears-Lions coverage on CSN

Complete Bears-Lions coverage on CSN

The Bears and Detroit Lions square off Sunday at noon and CSN Chicago has you covered along the way.

Check out a schedule of Sunday's events:

— Meijer Bears Pregame Live with Chris Boden, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Jim Miller airs at 11 a.m. on CSN.

— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Bears Halftime Live streaming live on CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBears.com.

— State Farm Bears Postgame Live airing immediately after the game on CSN.

Important Twitter follows:

— John "Moon" Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), CSNChicago

— Bears Talk (@CSNBears), CSNChicago

— Kip Lewis (@CSNKipLewis), CSNChicago

— Chris Boden (@CSNBoden), CSNChicago